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Glass Tea House Mondrian by Hiroshi Sugimoto

The Glass Tea House Mondrian
©Hiroshi Sugimoto+New Material Research Laboratory.
Courtesy of Le Stanze del Vetro.
Sponsored by Sumitomo Forestry and Fondazione Bisazza.

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 […]

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The actress at work. Scripts annotated by Eleonora Duse

This exhibitions presents a fascinating series of documents illustrating how Eleonora Duse worked on the plays she staged or unrealised projects. Preserved in the Eleonora Duse Archive, the scripts, printed texts and prompters’ copies reveal how the actress wrote notes, made cuts and variations, and added annotations of various kinds. The exhibition provides great insights into her own personal way of reading, interpreting and exploring. The twenty texts on show are effectively complemented by related photographs, reviews, posters and letters. The scripts are by seven playwrights: D’Annunzio and Ibsen (the most frequently staged), Shakespeare (translated by Arrigo Boito), Gallarati Scotti, […]

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Glass from Finland in the Bischofberger Collection

On 13 April 2015 the exhibition Glass from Finland in the Bischofberger Collection will open on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. The exhibition is curated jointly by Kaisa Koivisto, chief curator at the Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki, Finland, and Pekka Korvenmaa, a professor at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland. This significant single loan of over 300 works of glass art from the Bischofberger Collection is highly representative of the excellence of Finnish and international design. The exhibition will enable a wider public to experience the fascination and brilliance of glass art as they explore masterpieces […]

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Magdalena Abakanowicz: Crowd and Individual

Magdalena Abakanowicz is a Polish artist who uses textiles as her principal sculptural medium. Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, the exhibition of her work at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini will focus on her series of Crowds. She has made several versions of these group sculptures with variations in the number of figures and their poses (standing, walking or seated). Forged in various materials, the Crowds have been periodically created by the artist at different stages in her career and are arguably the most important part of her creative production. In various installations and configurations, her Crowds have been exhibited worldwide, […]

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The Palazzo Cini Gallery

On 25 April the Palazzo Cini Gallery at San Vio will re-open to the public, thanks to a partnership with Assicurazioni Generali, with a number of new attractions for visitors. Some additional works of arts will further enhance the itinerary and a series of exhibitions will be held on the second floor, while this year’s cultural activities programme includes the return of A Guest at the Palace and Art Conversations. Thanks to the generosity of Lyda Guglielmi, Yana Cini’s daughter, a significant group of paintings and furnishings, previously in the extraordinary collection put together by the Vittorio Cini in his […]

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Ettore Spalletti. Palazzo Cini

Promoted by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini Institute of Art History in collaboration with ASLC Progetti per l’arte – Verona, the Ettore Spalletti exhibition will be inaugurated on the second floor of the Palazzo Cini Gallery to mark the annual spring opening of the museum house. Spalletti has carefully chosen the works for the exhibition with the Palazzo Cini in mind. Far from the seductive celebrity at times feted on contemporary artists, he has worked by exploring the venue, getting the feel of it, observing the variations in light and studying the space.

The recently renovated rooms on the second floor of […]

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Inbox Enki Bilal

Enki Bilal has entered a new phase in his work as an artist. With the support of Artcurial he will exhibit for the first time during the Contemporary Art Biennale in Venice. The exhibition will take place between 8 May and 2 August 2015.

At the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, he will unveil a new installation : Inbox. This is a bold artistic project designed specially for this international event that will be freely accessible to the public. With this installation, Enki Bilal plays with spectators’ senses and their perception of reality. He pushes his artistic approach to a new level, continuing to deconstruct visual imagery. […]

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Painting as Shooting by Liu Xiaodong

Faurschou Foundation is proud to present Painting as Shooting by Liu Xiaodong, one of China’s most influential painters of the last two decades, at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice.

 

This exhibition will be the first major European show to fully explore Liu Xiaodong’s unique art practice, one which subtly yet forcefully focuses on the deep social and ecological chiasms in our contemporary life. The exhibition is curated by Jérôme Sans and will focus on a specially selected list of projects from the last decade that are dealing with major sociological and environmental issues in the world.

 

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Liu Xiaodong approaches his work with the […]

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Art Converasations

Primavera – estate 2015

Visitors to the fascinating museum house will also be able to attend a series of “conversations” open to everyone – connoisseurs, enthusiasts or even people just beginning to take an interest in art.

The programme consists of regular meetings at the Gallery with art historians, who will engage in captivating discussions of the gallery’s history and collections.

A maximum of twenty people can attend at the price of the admission ticket to the gallery.Booking required: palazzocini@cini.it

13 May 5.30pm

Tra Venezia, Padova e Mantova: lo scultore Francesco Segala

Davide Banzato

Direttore dei Musei Civici di Padova 

27 May 5.30pm

Il tavolo nel Settecento: il […]

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Safeguarding Monuments during the Great War. The Ugo Ojetti Photographic Collection in the Fondazione Giorgio Cini

A leading figure on the Italian cultural scene in the 20th century, Ugo Ojetti was an eclectic journalist, art critic and writer, whose multifaceted personality certainly eludes any straightforward classifications. A perennial enthusiast of things beautiful in his writings and a strong character, he successfully described the complexity of cultural and political changes in the intricate historical period from the late 19th century to the Second World War. Ojetti volunteered for the First World War and was a sub-lieutenant in what was then the Royal Italian Army, whose mission was to protect the monuments in the Terre Redente (Liberated Territories). […]

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Shakespeare in Venice Summer School. The Shylock Project

Conferences and seminars
15 June – 11 July 2015
Shakespeare in Venice Summer School. The Shylock Project
Venice, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore

To mark the upcoming 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and 500 years since the creation of the Ghetto in Venice, the Centre for Study and Documentary Research into European Theatre and Opera has organised a Summer School of intensive studies to explore the text and context of the Merchant of Venice.

The events in the rich four-week programme will take place in the splendid setting of the Benedictine monastery of San Giorgio. Lectures and workshops by internationally renowned teachers […]

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Music-Dance: Sound and Motion in Contemporary Discourse and Practice

Oskar Schlemmer, Tänzerin (Die Geste), 1922-23. Pinakothek der Moderne, München
© 2015. Foto Scala, Firenze/bpk, Bildagentur füer Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte, Berlin (detail)

Conference organized by Gianmario Borio, Patrizia Veroli and Gianfranco Vinay

Principles, methodologies, and performance practices involving music and dance have opened new areas of research since the early twentieth century. In investigating this multifaceted field, a plurality of disciplines must be addressed and interconnected. The conference’s central issues include the identity of the choreomusical work, its complex authorship and the concept of embodiment. Scholars of dance and music will produce multiple dialogues, attempting to analyse not only the ways in which the musical score changes […]

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Masterclass with Shobana Jeyasingh. From Bharata Natyam to contemporary dance techniques

The Intercultural Institute of Comparative Music Studies is organising a masterclass with Shobana Jeyasingh on 4 and 5 November at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, thus a study project that began with Carolyn Carlson in 2009. Coordinated by Vito Di Bernardi, the project is devoted to the exploration of new languages and crossovers between the practice of traditional non-European dance and contemporary Western dance.

Shobana Jeyasingh, was born in Chennay, capital of Tamil Nadu, and has lived in London since 1981. She is an authoritative leading figure on the British contemporary dance scene. As an Anglo-Indian artist, her work has often […]

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Shakespeare in Venice Summer School.
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The Shylock Project

11 June - !5 July

To mark the upcoming 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and 500 years since the creation of the Ghetto in Venice, the Centre for Study and Documentary Research into European Theatre and Opera has organised a Summer School of intensive studies to explore the text and context of the Merchant of Venice.

Safeguarding Monuments during the Great War
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The Ugo Ojetti Photographic Collection in the Fondazione Giorgio Cini

9 June- 31 July

The Institute of Art History archives preserve the photographic collection that Ugo Ojetti put together during the Great War. It consists of more than 500 photographs (gelatin and albumen prints) taken from 1915 to 1919.

In Eleonora Duse's Room
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The actress at work. Scripts annotated by Eleonora Duse

This exhibition presents a fascinating series of documents illustrating how Eleonora Duse worked on the plays she staged or unrealised projects. Preserved in the Eleonora Duse Archive, the scripts, printed texts and prompters’ copies reveal how the actress wrote notes, made cuts and variations, and added annotations of various kinds

Palazzo Cini. La Galleria
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Art Converasations

Visitors to the fascinating museum house will also be able to attend a series of “conversations” open to everyone – connoisseurs, enthusiasts or even people just beginning to take an interest in art.

Hiroshi Sugimoto
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The Glass Tea House Mondrian

June, 06 – November, 30 2015

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
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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

Libraries
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Timetable

Monday – Friday 9am 6pm

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 Giorgio Cini Foundation monumental complex is open to visitors thanks to guided tours.

Guided tours will take place, without need of reservation, every Saturday and Sunday from 10.00 to 17.00.
During weekdays, guided tours are for groups of at least 12 people, upon reservation.

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.

“Benno Geiger” Scholarships
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Applications by June 30, 2015

The Giorgio Cini Foundation offers three scholarships for studies focused on the Benno Geiger Archive, which is preserved and developed on the Island of San Giorgio, as well as on other literary archives held by the Foundation.