Palazzo Cini, the Gallery. Tuscan and Ferrarese Masterpieces from the Vittorio Cini Collection

24 May – 2 November 2014

Palazzo Cini, the Gallery.

Tuscan and Ferrarese Masterpieces from the Vittorio Cini Collection

 For the sixtieth anniversary of the Institute of Art History, the Palazzo Cini at San Vio will open to the public again

 Thanks to a partnership with Assicurazioni Generali, already a patron of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, from May to November visitors will be able to admire the palace with its marvellous collection of Tuscan and Ferrarese paintings, including works by Giotto, Guariento, Botticelli, Filippo Lippi, Piero di Cosimo and Dosso Dossi. 

In the sixtieth anniversary year of the creation of the Institute of Art History, […]

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Heinz Mack: The Sky Over Nine Columns

Paralleling the Architecture Biennale, nine columns—more than seven metres high and covered with a golden mosaic—stand in front of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, bearing the sky above them. Curated by art historian Robert Fleck, the installation The Sky Over Nine Columns offers a broad scope for association. As a manifestation of the human being standing upright, the column is the earliest element in the history of architecture and forms a direct relation between earth and sky. The golden mosaic consisting of over 800,000 tesserae is an example of the long tradition of local craftsmanship, representing Venice’s early cultural relations between Orient […]

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Glass Tea House Mondrian by Hiroshi Sugimoto

On June 6th, the “Glass Tea House Mondrian” will open to the public on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. The “Glass Tea House” is a temporary pavilion designed by the Japanese artist and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto as part of the activities of Le Stanze del Vetro. Hiroshi Sugimoto is known worldwide for his black-and-white photographs, and for the first time ever he is to design an architectural building in Venice.
The “Glass Tea House Mondrian” is a project by Le Stanze del Vetro – a long term joint initiative between Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Pentagram Stiftung – which […]

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Le Stanze del Vetro / Exhibition Tomaso Buzzi at Venini

The Lombard architect Tomaso Buzzi was a leading exponent of the so-called Novecento Milanese. A friend and collaborator of Gio Ponti, he was also a member of the group called Il Labirinto, together with architects and entrepreneurs like Ponti, Michele Marelli and Paolo Venini. And it was with Ponti that Tomaso
Buzzi became one of the most important creators of Italian taste in the 1930s, setting the benchmark for the next few years. An erudite architect, experimental industrial designer and refined interior designer, as well as being a collaborator with the magazine Domus, his services were sought by some of the most important upper-class Italian families: the Volpi, Cini, […]

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Books at San Giorgio

The book launch series dedicated to the latest Fondazione Giorgio Cini publications resumes in September. The first presentation on 15 September will feature the recent volumes of Studi Veneziani, the prestigious journal edited by Institute for the History of the Venetian State and Society. As usual, the journal includes articles on Venetian and Veneto culture, history, politics and art, including a long essay by François-Xavier Leduc on the Venetian aristocracy’s management of their property from the 14th century on. On 7 October the latest issue of Arte Veneta will be unveiled. For the sixtieth anniversary of the creation of the Institute Art History, the journal, which was […]

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The Tenth World Conference on the Future of Science: The eradication of hunger

Access to food and water are included among the fundamental rights in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Yet over one billion people on the Earth have no access to clean water and suffer from malnutrition. Scarcity of food is the cause of the largest number of deaths in the world from illness, while the struggle to control natural sources of clean water is one of the major causes of armed conflicts. On the other hand, the wealthy nations in the world, which represent only a small part of humanity, have to address the other side of the coin of malnutrition: excess […]

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Conference Stravinsky in Italy. In memory of Roman Vlad

The reception of Igor Stravinsky’s music in Italy is the theme of a twoday conference coordinated by Angela Carone, Massimiliano Locanto and Gianfranco Vinay.

On the first day Francesco Fontanelli, Simone Caputo and Simone Ciolfi will consider the reception of Stravinsky’s compositions in the work of Alfredo Casella, Gian Francesco Malipiero and Goffredo Petrassi, while Federica Di Gasbarro, Alessandro Maras and Sabine Meine will illustrate Italian critics’ response to the music of the Russian composer, when performed in cities like Rome and Venice but also in smaller towns.

The second day will be entirely dedicated to the reception of Stravinsky in published and unpublished writings by Roman Vlad, while papers by […]

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Venetonight 2014. European Researchers' Night

The European Researchers’ Nights, promoted by the European Commission, have been organised every September since 2005. They are an opportunity to meet researchers, talk to them, and to find out what they really do for society, in interactive and engaging ways. This year The Giorgio Cini Foundation will take part to this initiative opening to the public the ‘Vittore Branca’ International Center for the Study of Italian Culture (Nuova Manica Lunga Library and Residence).

The ‘Vittore Branca’ International Center is a residential resource for humanities studies where young researchers and expert scholars can stay while working in the Fondazione Giorgio […]

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The Benno Geiger Poetry Translation Prize

Acting in accordance with Elsa Geiger Ariè’s bequest commemorating her father, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini has set up the Benno Geiger Poetry Translation Prize, to be awarded for an Italian translation of a
work of poetry from an ancient, mediaeval or modern Western language published in the previous year. The annual prize thus honours Benno Geiger (1882-1965), an Austrian writer and art critic who published important works on the history of art as well as his own poetry. He also made some excellent German translations of Italian verse classics.

Geiger’s fascinating letters on literary and artistic matters with early 20th-century Italian and European correspondents are now in the Literary […]

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Exhibition Le Stanze del Vetro

Tomaso Buzzi alla Venini

14 September -11 January

Le Stanze del Vetro, a joint cultural initiative by Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Pentagram Stiftung,

Heinz Mack

The Sky Over Nine Columns

June, 03 – November, 23 2014

The installation The Sky Over Nine Columns is realised by Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Düsseldorf and Sigifredo di Canossa, in cooperation with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini. The realisation is supported by Trend, Vicenza.



Monday – Friday 9am 4.30pm

The Giorgio Cini Foundation library possessions include sections on the history of Venice, literature, theatre and opera, relations between Venice and the East, and relations between Venice and Europe. The most significant section, however, is undoubtedly that dedicated to the history of art, which has over 150,000 books and collections of periodicals (around 800 titles, of which over 200 are current titles).

Photo Library


Monday – Friday 9am – 1pm/ – 2pm -4.30pm

The Giorgio Cini Foundation Institute of Art History has a rich Photo Library containing a total of around 730,000 photographs, including 330,000 mounted on large index cards, and 65,000 negatives. The Photo Library is available to scholars and researchers, partly available for direct consultation, partly divided into thirty photographic funds

Guided tours
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The guided tours will be suspended from March 15 to 21, and on April 5 and 21

Hosted events
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The Giorgio Cini is dedicated to culture, research and study. For over 50 years it has hosted important international events including G7 summits, UNESCO conferences, major scholarly gatherings and smaller specialist meetings. The many possible combinations of interior and exterior spaces make the Foundation’s resources and facilities adaptable for any kind of event.