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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I Dialoghi di San Giorgio. BIBLIOTECHNICA. Digital Arts, Philology, and Knowledge Worlds

Today’s systems of knowledge are undergoing profound changes in content, form and location. New fields emerge and old ones disappear or re-appear through the recombinations of disciplines. Ancient manuscripts and the most recent scholarly publications, as well as objects and artefacts from every place and time, are enriched through metadata and made searchable, crunchable and remotely accessible. Centres of learning in the global south and east stretch and reorder previously established hierarchies of research and expertise.

We propose a dialogue to be held in September 2014 on the Island of San Giorgio in Venice to explore these critical issues around knowledge […]

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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.

Exhibition The Santillanas

Works by Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana

6 April - 3 August 2014

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



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.