Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess

Sir John Soanes’ Museum has one of the richest holdings of graphic work by Piranesi and this exhibition, in collaboration with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, continues the exploration of Soane’s interest
in Piranesi. Diverse Maniere will focus on Piranesi’s engagement with the decorative arts. The displays will consist of meticulous threedimensional reproductions of the objects, such as coffee pots, chairs,
chimneypieces and antique candelabra, tripods and altars imagined by Piranesi in publications such as Diverse Maniere or Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi…, but never actually realised physically. Now, using the
latest scanning and three-dimensional printing technologies, Factum Arte has realised Piranesi’s vision as a designer. Bronze tripods, porphyry altars […]

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Books at San Giorgio

The series dedicated to the latest Fondazione Giorgio Cini publications resumes in spring.

3 April 5pm

The first presentation will feature the book Pietro Bertoja, scenografo e fotografo edited by Maria Ida Biggi and produced as part of initiatives promoted by the Veneto Regional Committee for the Celebrations of the Centenary of Pietro Bertoja’s death. The book documents his career as stage designer and photographer and highlights his complex role on the theatre scene in the second half of the 19th century.

9 april 5pm

On the second date the focus will be on Antonio Vivaldi. A life in documents, a book in which […]

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The Santillanas – Works by Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana

The exhibition The Santillanas – Works by Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana, conceived by Martin Bethenod, will open to the public on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice on April 6, 2014. The exhibition is promoted by Le Stanze del Vetro, a joint cultural initiative by Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Pentagram Stiftung, whose mission is to study and to promote the art of twentieth-century glassmaking and to show the potential and countless variations of this medium. The exhibition will run until August 3, 2014, and will be open to the public every day except Wednesdays. […]

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Georg Solti Accademia. Sixth Edition of the Solti Peretti Répétiteurs’ Masterclasses. Final concert with five pianos and six voices

The sixth edition of the Solti Peretti Répétiteurs’ Masterclasses will be held on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore thanks to the collaboration of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto and the Honorary Swiss Consulate in Venice. To celebrate this cooperation the institutions will offer to the public the possibilities to take part at the xceptional end-of-masterclass concert.

The concert will take place on April the 29th, at 7pm. Places for the concert are limited. To take part at the event please send an email to concerto.solti@cini.it before April the 15th, with the indication of […]

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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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Books at San Giorgio. Scultura nei giardini delle ville venete. Il territorio vicentino

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Commemorating Roman Vlad (1919-2013)

On 13 June, the Institute for Music, in collaboration with the Teatro La Fenice, is holding a double event to commemorate Roman Vlad, the composer, pianist, music critic, musicolo- gist, artistic director, and radio and television author, who died on 21 September 2013. In July 2013 Vlad presented the Institute for Music with his personal archive, a wide-ranging collection of materials reflecting 20th-century Italian musical life. Now, only a few months since the beginning of reordering and cataloguing his material, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini will host a round-table with speakers Stefano Catucci, Mario Messinis and Enzo Restagno. There will also […]

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Seminar Performing music: a comparative approach

On 18-19 June scholars from the fields of ethnomusicology and the history of music will gather in Venice with the principal objective of comparing their experiences in studying the concept of perfor- mance in Western art music and oral-tradition music. Coordinated by Gianmario Borio and Giovanni Giuriati, the seminar has been jointly organised by the Institute of Music and the Intercultural Institute for Comparative Music Studies and will enjoy the collaboration of the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice, directed by John Rink from the University of Cambridge. Ethnomusi- cology aspects will be addressed by Francesco Giannattasio […]

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Towards a Network of the European Archives of Twentieth-Century Music – On the Correspondence of Musicians and Interaction between Archives

Organised by the Fondazione Cini Institute of Music and the Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi, Ven- ice and coordinated by Paolo Dal Molin (in collaboration with the Fondazione Archivio Luigi Nono and the Universities of Cagliari and Calgary), this symposium aims to strengthen and promote closer interaction between the institutions concerned, starting from a comparative dis- cussion on activities dedicated to correspondence between musicians, and especially composers. From 27-28 June 2014 representatives from the principal European archives housing the 20th-century musical heritage will gather in Venice: the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna (Austria), the Muzička Akademija, Zagreb (Croatia), the Département de […]

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Music in 16th and 17th century Venice: sources, methods and historiographical prospects

Designed for students and young researchers, the Seminar has a dual purpose: to orient research into topics of Venetian musicology by presenting some of the musical and documentary collections conserved in the city’s principal archives and libraries; and to foster methodological reflection on the potential of these sources and on the new research prospects they offer.

Lasting five days, the seminar will feature theoretical lessons and practical workshops. The numerous teaching staff, with scholars from various disciplines, will give lessons ranging from general historical and methodological topics to specific aspects of Venetian music, paying particular attention to the features and potential […]

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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,

Georg Solti Accademia

Final Concert

29 April 2014

Sixth Edition of the Solti Peretti Répétiteurs’ Masterclasses. Final concert with five pianos and six voices



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.