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The unmissable autumn of Venice

This fall we should all treat ourselves to a long weekend in Venice.

Venues that are already unique for their striking beauty and the emotions they create are now hosting rarely seen masterpieces. Works from Titian and Rubens, beautiful photographs by the Sicilian photographer Scianna, and the captivating history of the love of Peggy Guggenheim had for Venice on display in the exhibition dedicated to her.

Everyone can enjoy looking for the common thread in many different exhibitions: first of all, of course, Venice, with Tiziano, the images of Scianna in the city .. and then perhaps in letting oneself be enchanted by the portraits along the centuries, from “una Dama and his daughter “by Titian, to those dedicated by Scianna to Cartier – Bresson, Sciascia and many other friends, to the many faces of Peggy Guggenheim.

Doge’s Palace – From Titian to Rubens “Masterpieces from Antwerp and other Flemish collections”

From September 5  at the Doge’s Palace the chambers of the Doge are being transformed into “constkamers”, rooms decorated with wonderful works of art that represent the riches of the Flemish collections. The exhibition – From Titian to Rubens – Masterpieces from Antwerp and other Flemish collections – is full of masterpieces by Tiziano, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Michiel Sweerts. These extraordinary paintings belonging to the Flemish collections are rarely loaned, and some are being shown in public for the first time. From Tiziano to Rubens it is a unique opportunity. A special section of the exhibition is dedicated to the famous Flemish composer Adriaan Willaert, who settled permanently in the Serenissima to become Chapel Master of the Basilica of San Marco in 1527. Willaert founded the acclaimed Venetian School of Music, among others such as Giovanni Gabrieli and Claudio Monteverdi.

Doge’s Palace Exhibition

Casa dei Tre Oci – Ferdinando Scianna “Journey Story Memory”

Casa dei Tre Oci, a fascinating venue that houses for the most beautiful photographic exhibitions of the last 10 years in Italy, is hosting an exhibition dedicated to Ferdinando Scianna, a reference point for international contemporary photography. The exhibition covers over 50 years of the Sicilian photographer’s career, through 180 works in black and white, divided into three major themes – Travel, Tale, Memory. Also on display are a series of fashion images that Scianna has created in Venice as a testament to her strong connection with the lagoon city; then extraordinary portraits of his friends, masters like Leonardo Sciascia, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jorge Louis Borges, just to name a few.

The catalog is best experienced up close to relive in the tranquility of one’s free moments and the intense emotions that emanate from these photographs is by Marsilio.

Scianna Exhibition

 Peggy Guggenheim Collection – Peggy Guggenheim “The Last Dogaressa”

“It has always been taken for granted that Venice is the ideal city for a honeymoon, but it is a serious mistake. Coming to Venice, or simply visiting it, means falling in love with it and there is no room left for anything else.” (Peggy Guggenheim, A life for art)

Peggy Guggenheim – The Last Dogaressa

We cannot but begin this way, sharing this love song with all our heart, the excursus of the exciting exhibition Peggy Guggenheim – The last Dogaressa , which celebrates the Venetian life of its founder. Marking stage after stage the exhibitions and events that marked those thirty years spent in the lagoon, from 1948 to 1979, which later proved to be authentic milestones in the history of the art of 20th century. The exhibition focuses on the post-1948 collection of the patron, after her departure from New York and her move to Venice. Sixty works are on display, including paintings, sculptures and works on paper, selected from those acquired during the forties and 1979, the year of her death, of well-known and lesser-known artists from the collection. On the occasion of the exhibition, the halls of Palazzo Venier dei Leoni host most of the works purchased between 1938, when in London Peggy opened her first Guggenheim Jeune gallery, and 1947, the year in which she settled in Venice, an occasion truly unique to see the historic collection displayed almost in its entirety and to relive those extraordinary years through it.

 

For all info on timetables, costs, which vaporetto to take and the purchase of direct access tickets please consult MyPass Venezia

Michael Waite

Mike has been living, working and traveling in Italy and Germany the last 10 years. Originally from Boston, USA he has lived in Munich, Parma, Rome, and Torino but his favorite city to visit is Venice, of course.

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