From 28 October 2010 to 27 February 2011


This exhibition held in Palazzo Zabarella in Padua, just a short train ride (30 min. only) from Venice, is the first to be dedicated to the extraordinary vicissitudes of the portrait, a painting genre that was traditionally considered to be minor but which, during the Nineteenth Century, was able to interpret the multiple aspects of that century with greater intensity than the more important genres such as historical and religious painting. It thus became the mirror of a history and humanity undergoing profound changes.
Canova and Modigliani, two internationally renowned protagonists but with absolutely different personalities, open and close this passionate tale in paintings in which both great names in history and the anonymous extras of a domestic epic appear. Painted and sculptured, of individuals and groups, with or without a setting, celebrative or introspective, these portraits all evoke the changes and restlessness of a society undergoing rapid transformation, interpreting the expectations of a country that was achieving political unity for the very first time. However, above all they also represent decisive changes in style, the artists’ efforts to become more modern, to testify reality in its incessant transformation from a new perspective.

From October 2nd, 2010 till February 27th, 2011
Palazzo Zabarella, via san Francesco, 27 - Padova
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From 12 October 2010 to 31 October 2010


The Poetics of Written Space – Handwriting and calligraphy
Venice, Museo Correr
from october 2, 2010 to october 31, 2010

Museo Correr and the Fondazione Musei Civici Veneziani propose an educational itinerary through handwriting which is the synthesis of both traditional and contemporary visual communication.

The exhibition, presented by Monica Dengo, includes handwritten documents from the Museum Correr Library, in particular materials documenting the private and daily use of handwriting over the centuries, along with contemporary artworks of art that have in common the practice of writing by hand as image, bundle of written marks capable of communicating per se.

The show is organized in four parts:

- Historical: manuals, letters and private documents with handwritings from the 1500′s to the 1900′s from the Correr Museum;

- Contemporary: artworks on paper and artist’s books by contemporary artists working with Western, Islamic and Eastern calligraphy. Artists: Kitty Sabatier (France), Benno Aumann (Italy-Germany), Satsuki Hatsushima (England-Japan), Adriana Seri (Italy), Xin Ye (France-China). Hassan Massoudy (France-Iraq), Torsten Kolle (Germany), Mari Bohley (Germany), Cinzia Ruggieri (Italy), Birgit Nass (Germany), Ewan Clayton (England), Brody Neuenshwander (Belgium-USA), Carlo Buffa (Italy), Monica Dengo (Italy-USA), Akar Abdallah (France-Tunisia), Laurent Rebena (France), Michaela Keller (Switzerland), Norio Nagayama (Italy-Japan), Dominique Pinchi (France-Italy);

- Installation by Monica Dengo: I invite you to make the text your own.
Text to touch, smell, listen and feel.

- Workshop: The works of students participating in the calligraphy workshop, held by Monica Dengo, will be exhibited in the show.


Historical section

Luca Pacioli, Divina proportione …, [Venezia, Paganino e Alessandro Paganini, 1509]
Venice, the Correr Museum Library

Sallustio Piobbici, L’arte compendiata del bene, et leggiadramente scrivere …, [Venezia, Francesco Bodio, 1664]
Venice, the Correr Museum Library

Giovanni Battista Palatino
Libro di m. Giovambattista Palatino cittadino romano, nel qual s’insegna a scriver ogni sorte lettera, antica, et moderna, …, [Roma, Antonio Blado, 1553]
Venice, the Correr Museum Library

Sigismondo Fanti
Theorica et pratica perspicacissimi Sigismundi De Fantis ferrariensis in artem mathematice professoris de modo scribendi fabricandique que omnes litterarum species, [Venezia, Giovanni Rosso, 1514]
Venice, the Correr Museum Library

Giovanni Battista Verini
Elementorum litterarum, [Toscolano, Alessandro Paganino, 1527]
Venice, the Correr Museum Library

Giovanni Antonio Tagliente
Lo presente libro insegna la vera arte delo excellente scrivere, …, [Venezia, Francesco Rampazetto, 1560]
Venice, the Correr Museum Library

Raccolta di Lettere, sec XVII ex.
Venice, the Correr Museum Library

Violet Fenton Rava’
Quaderno, autografo dell’A., 1897
Venezia, Museo Correr, Archivio Ravà Fenton, Serie 4, Quaderni, taccuini e appunti di Violet Fenton

Violet Fenton Rava’
Ricettario, autografo dell’A., s.d.
Venice, Museo Correr, Archivio Ravà Fenton, Serie 4, Quaderni, taccuini e appunti di Violet Fenton,

Violet Fenton Rava’
Copialettere, autografo dell’A., 1940
Venice, Museo Correr, Archivio Ravà Fenton, Serie 4, Quaderni, taccuini e appunti di Violet Fenton, fasc. 2, n. 1

Gabriele D’Annunzio
La nave, autografo dell’A., 1908
mm 260×220
Venice, the Correr Museum Library

Contemporary section

Birgit Nass
Words from books, 2010
mixed technique, acriyl colours, collage on canvas, gouache
cm 15×15; 20×20; 50×30

Birgit Nass
The past – The future – Here and Now, 2010
handwritten pages bound in a hardcover book in a wooden box
cm 40x9x10

Birgit Nass
Words from Stones, 2010
handwritten pages bound in a hardcover book and writing on a stone
cm 42,5x16x4

Satsuki Hatsushima
Letter from Gingaso (a life at the japanese traditional house in the village of the mountain), 2009
bookbinding, watercolour
cm 97×62

Torsten Kolle
Mnemosyne (Part I), Book 1, 2010
chinese ink, graphite, collage, copper, Hahnemüleh-paper
cm 40×27,7

Torsten Kolle
Mnemosyne (Part II), Book 2, 2010
chinese ink, graphite, collage, copper, Hahnemüleh-paper
cm 40×27,7

Torsten Kolle
Mnemosyne (Part III), 2010
gouache, Graphite, Hahnemüleh-Paper
cm 108×78

Brody Neuenschwander
Trying to tell you, 2008
collage of rice paper and old documents on canvas, with whitewash and chinese ink
4 canvases
cm 60×60

Brody Neuenschwander
Which emotions do I accept, 2008
collage of rice paper on Rives BFK paper with whitewash, gouache and chinese ink cm 105×75

Brody Neuenschwander
East/West Dictionary, 2008
collage of rice paper and old dictionary pages on Rives BFK
paper, with whitewash, gouache and Chinese ink
cm 105×75

Brody Neuenschwander
The Prophet raves, 2010
collage of rice paper on Rives BFK paper with whitewash, gouache and chinese ink
cm 105×75

Dominique Pinchi
Chrysos – Tomo, 2006
mixed technique: lava, cardboard
cm 31x25x5; cm 31x17x8

Dominique Pinchi
Paroles labyrinthe, 2006
mixed technique: lava, pigments, cardboard
cm 47×53

Dominique Pinchi
Poeme de paroles, 2006
mixed technique: lava, pigments, graphite, cardboard
cm 52,5×46

Dominique Pinchi
D’avant le temps, 2006
mixed technique: lava, pigments, cardbord
cm 38,5×48

Mari Emily Bohley
The Old, 2010
book object with driftwood, coptic binding, mixed techniques on handmade paper
cm 31x13x10

Mari Emily Bohley
The New, 2010
book object with driftwood, concertina structure, mixed techniques on 28 canvases
cm 16×12,5×10

Laurent Rébéna
Traces et rythmes , 2010
Ink on paper
cm 15×46

Laurent Rébéna
Traits 11 – Traits 3
Traits 8 – Traits 5
Traits 4 – Traits 10, 2009
acrilyc on canvas
cm 50×50

Kitty Sabatier
Sans titre, 2010
pigments and acrylics on paper reinforced with fabric
cm 50×127

Kitty Sabatier
Sans titre, 2010
pigments and acrylics on paper reinforced with fabric
cm 50×127

Kitty Sabatier
Sans titre, 2010
pigments and acrylics on paper reinforced with fabric
cm 50×127

Abdallah Akar
D’un ciel à un autre, 2010
mixed technique on canvas
cm 100×65

Abdallah Akar
Helene, quelle pluie…, 2010
mixed technique on canvas
cm 117×74

Abdallah Akar
Le Chant des chants, 2006
mixed technique on paper
cm 150×130

Hassan Massoudy
Le bonheur, 2009
ink and pigments on paper
cm 75×55

Hassan Massoudy
La vie, 2002
ink and pigments on paper
cm 75×55

Hassan Massoudy
Le rềve, 2007
ink and pigments on paper
cm 75×55

Hassan Massoudy
Ibn Arabi, 2010
ink and pigments on paper
cm 37,5×27,5

Adriana Seri
Madre, 2006
chinese ink on
paper, Han character, cursive form Zhuan
cm 133,5×32,5

Adriana Seri
Sutra del cuore, 2008
chinese ink on paper, Han character
cm 135,5×33

Carlo Buffa
Sutra del cuore 1, 2008
ink on paper, glue, Tenshō writing
cm 70×136

Carlo Buffa
Sutra del cuore 2, 2008
ink on paper, Tenshōwriting
cm 70×136

Carlo Buffa
Collage, Frammenti di Tenshō, 2009
ink on paper, glue
cm 55×38

Carlo Buffa
Poesia Tang in Tenshō, 2008
ink on paper
cm 138×35

Norio Nagayama
Sensuale, 2009
ink and gold on paper
cm 80×120

Norio Nagayama
Uomo, 2007
ink on paper
cm 130×132

Cinzia Ruggieri
Alla stessa ora della stessa sera, 2010
cm 29 x 21

Michaela Keller
Traces, 2007
handmade paper watercolor, gouache
cm 26×33,5

Benno Aumann
Sketch1. The shadows of the ships, 2010
ruling pen, sumi and gouache on paper
cm 56,5×75,5

Benno Aumann
Sketch2. A long brown bar, 2010
ruling pen, sumi and gouache on paper
cm 56,5×75,5

Benno Aumann
Sketch3. Wavelets crumble, 2010
ruling pen, sumi and gouache on paper
cm 56,5×75,5

Benno Aumann
Lost, 2008-2010
ruling pen, sumi on paper, silhouette

Ewan Clayton
Boundaries, a garden in Kyoto, 2010
Text from Boundaries in The art of setting stones by Marc Peter Keane
sumi ink, metal pen on Zerkall paper, bound in handmade paper from Auronville, India
cm 27,5×62

Ewan Clayton
Yo Canto. A flood of tears for Ignacio Sanchez, 2007
A poem by Garcia Lorca
sumi ink, goose quill and the fingers and palms of both hands
cm 76×56

Ewan Clayton
Separation is also association, 2006
Text from Closing the Circle in The art of setting stones by Marc Peter Keane
royal Watercolour Society paper, antique pine soot, Japanese stick ink
cm 77×51

Ye Xin
Baudelaire, 1997
ink on paper
cm 42×28

Installation by Monica Dengo

Monica Dengo
I invite you to make the text your own, 2010
10 open pages, each one 66×97 cm; 1 / book in loose sheets 50×66 cm; 1 /photo in collaboration with the photographer Marco Ambrosi
paper, graphite, ink, photography
cm 70×100


From 5 October 2010 to 11 January 2011


In the beautiful island of Murano, at the Glass Museum, an extraordinary exhibition is taking place, including around a hundred famous works by Ermanno Nason (born in Murano, 1928), the great glass maker maestro and member of a family that has played an important parti in every stage of the history of Murano from the XVII century to today.
A favourite with the artists of Egidio Costantini’s “La Fucina defli Angeli“, Ermanno Nason has worked together with Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, March Chagall, Max Ernst, Hans Arp, Kokoshka, Nag Arnoldi, Borsi, Jean Le Witt, Fred Fay, Krayer, Antonio Motika and Bergamini, Guttuso, Braque, Verde, Hundertwasser, Fontana, Pignon, Bellini, Minguzzi, Goldoni, Carraro, Fulvio Bianconi, transforming their projects into glass in innovative and unusual forms, achieving outstanding results with his “a massello” production, created by shaping glass as an incandescent mass.
Unrivalled in the history of glass making on Murano, his glass sculptures display a sensitivity that is sincere and convinced (and therefore convincing) towards the modern, abstract and informal.

Murano, Glass Museum
Fondamenta Giustinian, 8
opening times: 10-18 (from 01 november 10-17)
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From 23 September 2010 to 2 October 2010


27 world premieres, 15 Italian premieres, 77 composers, 31 events including concerts, installations, audio-visual performances, choral music as well as workshops, seminars, meetings throughout the entire ten-day program, from September 23 to October 2 in Venice: these are the figures behind the 54th International Festival of Contemporary Music, titled Don Giovanni and the man of stone, and directed by Luca Francesconi.

 In continuity with the commitment of the Biennale di Venezia towards the younger generations, the Music Festival will become the stage for prestigious groups but also for young and very young professional ensembles, such as MDI, the two wind and percussion ensembles from the Malmö Music Academy, and L’arsenale, that was asked to perform one of the most important pieces in the history of the Festival, Quando stanno morendo. Diario polacco n.2 by Luigi Nono, presented at the 1982 Music Biennale. This is the reason why the Festival promotes opportunities to discover and encourage the talent of the new generations, and has invited student artists and musicians – from the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice – to measure their skills and stimulate their creative originality in contact with the professional world of composers, singers, choirs, musicians, actors, set designers and directors, all involved in producing the inaugural event, Don Giovanni a Venezia.

 Titled Don Giovanni and the man of stone, the Festival refers not only to the famous opera by Mozart, but to one of the central myths of western culture, the myth of Don Giovanni: within the conflict between human finiteness and its aspiration to eternity, between the body and the spirit, reverberates the relationship between the immortality of the work of art and the inexorable breath of time, between the written and the oral, between tradition and modernity. These themes weave through the 54th International Festival of Contemporary Music and find their synthesis in the opening event, the opera-installation Don Giovanni a Venezia.

From 28 August 2010 to 17 October 2010


Japanese advertising graphics has a time-honoured, inventive and rich tradition, unlike that of any other country. On this premise, in the St. Marks’ Square Gallery, the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation is hosting the exhibition GRAPHIC DESIGN FROM JAPAN. 100 POSTERS 2001-2010. One hundred posters, selected from amongst the thousands of works submitted each year for the most prestigious awards, representing the best of Japanese graphics over the last ten years.

The tragedy of Hiroshima and of Nagasaki is remembered annually and with a great sense of responsibility by the major Japanese graphic designers with a series of posters entitled “Hiroshima Appeals”, one of the most significant awareness-raising campaigns in the sphere of graphic art. Some of these posters, the most representative ones from the last ten years, have been selected for the exhibition in memory of the thousands of direct and indirect victims of the explosion of the two atomic bombs.

The exhibition, featuring the most significant works produced over the last ten years both by great masters and more recent artists of promise, includes posters selected by a committee made up of two contemporary masters of graphic art, Kazumasa Nagai and Shin Matsunaga, in collaboration with the International Hokusai Research Centre, and are representative of the works produced by Tokyo’s main associations of graphic designers and art directors, such as the Art Directors’ Club (ADC), the Japan Grafic Designers’ Association (JAGDA) and the Type Directors Club (TDC). The initiative thus becomes a compendium not only of Japanese graphic creativity but also of the long and fruitful working relationship and cultural promotion established between Italy and Japan in this field for over thirty

From 24 September 2010 to 26 September 2010


After the success of the previous edition, the Flight Show-Festival of the Air is back again. The Expo Venice society, with the support of Prima Aviation, is proposing 3 days, from the 24th until the 26th of September, at Nicelli Airport, a programme chock-full of events.

Along with the exhibition areas and meetings, there will be the thrilling air show called Air Extreme, in which some of the best European pilots will execute flips and daring maneuvres, exciting the public and competing against each other in the freestyle tournament. What is more, on this special occasion, Nicelli Airport at Lido di Venezia will be open to General Aviation traffic and to ULM.

From 15 April 2010 to 18 July 2010


Until 18 July 2010
On the second floor of Palazzo Fortuny, a prestigeous and noble venetian palace, an extraordinary group of armors, helmets and accessories from the Koelliker Collection of Milan are on view.
The combat gear worn by the Samurai – the powerful warrior class that for seven centuries governed Japan – has always been considered, even in periods of peace, an important sign of command and social status, leading to the creation of armor of astonishing beauty, embellished by ornaments of considerable value.
Curated by Giuseppe Piva; produced in collaboration with the Mazzotta Foun-dation and the City of Milan.
Catalogue published by Mazzotta.

Address: San Beneto, San Marco 3780 – Venezia
Boat stop: Rialto Boat Lines 1 – 2 ACTV St. Angelo Boat Lines 1 ACTV
Times 10am – 6pm
Closed on Tuesday 
Last admission, 5pm.
Closed Tuesday.
Info Call Center, 848082000


From 25 March 2010 to 31 December 2010


Until Dec. 31st, 2010
CHIESA DI SAN BARNABA, Dorsoduro 2771, Venice

On April 15, 1452 in Anchiano, a small town near Vinci, Leonardo was born the illegitimate son of a Ser Piero who belonged to a family of notaries. About his mother we know only that her name was Caterina. Leonardo grew up at home, most certainly raised by those closest to him, a grandmother and his stepmother.

In the countryside around Vinci, Leonardo began to be interested in nature, observing the flight of birds and the workings of windmills. But before too long, after the death of Ser Piero’s father, the family moved to Florence where young Leonardo began a respectable career, though with little success. In that period Florence was an open-air workshop: architectural and artistic works were underway everywhere, and Leonardo was drawn into the happenings in the artists’ workshops surrounding him. Therefore Ser Piero decided to send his son to one of the most well known workshops of the period: Verrocchio’s.

There, Leonardo remained for eight years. Due to his marked pictorial talents, he was already taking part in the Company of Artists in 1472. In this period he collaborated with his teacher on many works. 1482 signaled for Leonardo the beginning of a series of trips that brought him to visit many Italian courts and even that of the French King Louis XII. His stay at the court of Ludovico Sforza, where he acted as engineer, architect, sculptor, artist, and singer extended until 1499. It was in this period that Leonardo painted some of his most famous works: The Last Supper and The Virgin of the Rocks.

At the same time he was also intensifying his studies of machinery, architecture, hydraulics, city planning and anatomy, passing entire nights in the mortuaries of hospitals. After the fall of the dukedom, Leonardo began a period of wandering which carried him to Mantova and Venice. A year later he was back in Florence, and afterwards he entered into the service of Cesare Borgia as military engineer. Between 1503 and 1505 Leonardo returned to Florence where he began his most famous work: La Gioconda (The Mona Lisa). In 1506 he was again in Milan where he dedicated himself full-time to scientific speculation, studies in biology and physics, anatomical research, hydraulics, and geophysical mathematics. These studies also continued during his stay in Rome.

In 1517 the son of the king of France Francis I, who appreciated Leonardo’s great talent, called him to the French court. Here, Leonardo passed the last years of his life. He died in Cloux on May 2, 1519 at the age of 67 and was buried at the church of Saint-Florentin in Amboise. In his will, Leonardo left all of his writings to his favourite student Francesco Melzi, while to his other pupil, Salai, he left the paintings still in his studio, among these La Gioconda. This is the summary of an exceptional life, intense and of prodigious activity, of which remain few paintings and a great number of writings and drawings, fragments of studies and unordered notebooks.

This exhibition is made up of about 40 modesl placed on cubes or wooden foot-boards. The machines regarding the topic of the principles of mechanics are interactive and can be used by the public.

Where: Chiesa di San Barnaba, Dorsoduro 2771, Venice
Opening Times: 09:30 – 19:30 every day
Admission: Euro 8,00 / reduced Euro 5,00


From 23 April 2010 to 25 April 2010


23-25 April, 2010
Terminal Passeggeri 103 – Venice

Once again the Terminal Passeggeri in Venice (two steps from Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal) hosts an important exhibition with philatelist collection, historic postage stamps nad related materials that compete for the “San Marco” Grand Prize. It is a showroom of philatelist trade, postal history, numismatics, antique publications and books, postcards, call cards and other printed collector items. For small and big fan!

Time: 10:00-18:00


From 30 March 2010 to 30 March 2010


30th March 2010 – at 9 pm
Venice – La Fenice Theatre

Any fan of Woody Allen’s films knows that the comedy legend has always had a special place in his heart for jazz music-particularly the old Dixieland sound. What you might not know is that Woody is an avid jazz musician himself (the director plays clarinet) and his band, the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band, has been going strong for years.

Woody Allen has taken his clarinet beyond the status of prop or hobby with his famous Monday-night New York club gigs , and the New Orleans jazz septet will be now at the prestigious La Fenice Theatre in Venice with its bespectacled celebrity front-man playing it absolutely straight.

As a musician, he innovatively plays the clarinet and replicates to perfection the sounds of jazz from its origins, supported by an encyclopaedic musical knowledge that is evident in the colours of his identifiable musical selections. A can’t miss evening.

Tickets: from Euro 30,00 to Euro 90,00
For any information : Circuito Hellovenezia 041 24 24