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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I Santillana Exhibition at The Mak, Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art of Vienna

Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana have chosen glass as their medium, and their work is consciously aligned with contemporary art practices.Their fascinating works can be seen from 19 November 2014 to 8 February 2015 in the exhibition I Santillana, which is being presented in Vienna’s MAK Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art by Le Stanze del Vetro and the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice. Based on the exhibition I Santillana – Works by Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana, conceived by Martin Bethenod, and shown in the Le Stanze del Vetro until the beginning of August […]

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XX International Seminar on Ethnomusicology

From 29 to 31 January 2015, the Intercultural Institute for Comparative Music Studies organizes the XX edition of the International Seminar on Ethnomusicology curated by Francesco Giannattasio: “Musical traditions: patrimonies, archives, and new creativities.”

In the past two Seminars we have extensively debated the issues of status, perspectives, tasks and methods of investigation for a comparative musicology of the XXI Century, in the light of recent dramatic changes in the cultural and social scenario that characterizes the world in this new century. In order to update our discipline to the new reality that we are facing, we have thoroughly […]

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The Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the International Ethnomusicology Seminar, the Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies has organised an important event as part of its programme of activities: at 8 pm on Friday, 30 January 2015, there will be a performance at the Teatro Goldoni of the Magic Flute according to the Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio,which will be playing in Venice for the first time.

Originally inspired by the Mozart opera, in this version conducted by Mario Tronco, the Orchestra – made up of musicians with very different cultural and musical backgrounds – brings to the opera each of its members’ own […]

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Early Music Seminars Egida Sartori and Laura Alvini. Matteo da Perugia Music in Gothic Milan (1390-1425)

Early Music Seminars Egida Sartori and Laura Alvini
17-21 May, 2015
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice


Matteo da Perugia Music in Gothic Milan (1390-1425)

Director: Pedro Memelsdorff


The seminar will focus on the secular music of Matteo da Perugia (fl. 1400-1425), maestro di cappella at Milan Cathedral from 1402 to 1407, and again from 1414 to 1416. Nothing is known about his possibly Umbrian training, and no documents of his non-Milanese years survive. Scholars have speculated on his possible stay at Pavia, Pisa or Bologna, where he might have served Cardinal Pietro Filargo (Pisan pope Alexander V after 1409), most likely his main patron.

Matteo’s […]

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Shakespeare in Venice Summer School. The Shylock Project

The Shylock Project

Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Venice, 15 June – 11 July 2015

An intensive four-week course of study exploring the text and contexts of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.

A rich program of lectures and creative workshops by leading scholars, actors, and musicians held in the beautiful San Giorgio monastery will be complemented by theatre performances and excursions to the Jewish Ghetto and other Venetian sites.

A unique full-immersion experience aimed at creating the first historical production of the play in the Ghetto of Venice in the year of its quincentennial (1516-2016).

Application deadline
15 February 2015

The Shylock Project

Bill Alexander

Shaul Bassi

László Benke

Maria Ida Biggi

Jerry Brotton

Donatella Calabi

Dario […]

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Call for applications: 9 scholarships Vittore Branca Center

The International Center for the Study of Italian Culture Vittore Branca

Deadline: 31 January 2015

The Fondazione Giorgio Cini offers three and six months scholarships to Italian and international scholars wishing to further their studies of Italian culture – especially that of the Veneto – with an interdisciplinary approach in one of the following fields: art history, literature, music, drama, early printed books, Venetian history and comparative cultures and spiritualities.

Call for application: 1 scholarship Stanze del Vetro

20th-century glass-making in Venice

Deadline: 31 January 2015

Part of the Stanze del Vetro project, the scholarship will be awarded to an Italian or foreign PhD student, to be used in completing a thesis, or to an Italian or foreign post-doctorate. scholarship wishing to spend six months doing Period April–December 2015.

Call for applications: 6 scholarships Ottoman Music Seminars

Bîrûn. Director Kudsi Erguner

Deadline: 15 January 2015

The maftirîm and the works of Sephardi Jews in Ottoman classical music

From 13 to 18 April 2015 the Intercultural Institute for Comparative Music Studies, part of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, will organize the fourth edition of Bîrûn, seminars on classical Ottoman music, directed by Kudsi Erguner, addressed to professional and semi-professional musicians.

Call for applications: scholarships Early Music Seminars

Matteo da Perugia and Milanese Gothics (1390-1425)

Deadline: 1 February 2015

Scholarships will be given to one or two professional or semi-professional vocal or mixed vocal-instrumental trios specialised in late mediaeval repertoires. The seminar will focus on the secular music of Matteo da Perugia (fl. 1400-1425), maestro di cappella at Milan Cathedral from 1402 to 1407, and again from 1414 to 1416.

Call for application: 1 scholarship "Olivo and Vilma Andreazza"

Scholarship for children and grandchildren of Italian emigrants

Deadline: 31 January 2015

In memory of Olivo and Vilma Andreazza, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini has created a six-month residential scholarship worth 12,500 euros to enable “second and third generation” Italians (i.e. children and grandchildren of Italians who emigrated to work abroad) to come to Italy for a study period at the Vittore Branca International Center for the Study of Italian Culture.

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 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,

Hiroshi Sugimoto

The Glass Tea House Mondrian

June, 06 – November, 29 2014

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.

Photo Library

Meeting in the photo library

13 November 4.30pm

The series entitled Meetings in the Photo Library. The Photographic Archives in the Institute of Art History, aims to attract specialists and art historians, but also anyone interested in furthering their knowledge about the photographic collections and the people who put them together.



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).

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.