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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A Guest at the Palace The Adoration of the Shepherds by Lorenzo Lotto from the Pinacoteca Tosio Martinengo, Brescia

As of September, the Palazzo Cini, the stately residence on the Grand Canal which displays highlights from Vittorio Cini’s art collection, will host Lorenzo Lotto’s Adoration of the Shepherds from the Musei Civici, Brescia. A late masterpiece by the great Venetian artist, the painting is characterised by striking colour juxtapositions and admirably intense atmospheric and light effects.

Count Paolo Tosio acquired the work in 1825. The Adoration has always been considered one of the great masterpieces in the Brescia collection. Vittorio Cini was also very fond of the art of Lorenzo Lotto. In 1941
he acquired the splendid Portrait of a Gentleman (possibly Fioravante degli Azzoni Avogadro), previously in the […]

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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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Seminar Poetry “ laden with future”. Friedrich Hölderlin and 20th-century music

To mark the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of Luigi Nono, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini Institute of Music, the Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono, the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani and the Europäische Akademie für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Montepulciano have organised a seminar on the role of Friedrich  Hölderlin’s poetry in 20th-century music.
The event also relies on the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien and the collaboration of the Teatro La Fenice, Venice, which will host the event in the Sale Apollinee.

At 2.30 pm the speakers will be philosophers Massimo Cacciari and Manfred Frank, Germanist Luigi […]

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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 Photo Library Meetings

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.

September 18th Lionello Puppi will give a lecture on the Van Marle-Ventura photographic collection, assembled by the illustrious Dutch art historian Raimond Van Marle, author of the book The Development of the Italian Schools of Painting.

Part of the events to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the creation of the Institute of Art History, a series of meetings presenting the photographic collections preserved in the Fototeca […]

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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.