How about going on a nice vacation this year to look for the magic…
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.
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
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.
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.
Where: PALAZZO FORTUNY
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.
Info Call Center, 848082000
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.
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!
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
Sunday, April 4th 2010 – starting from 12:30 hrs.
We invite you to celebrate Easter together with us savouring our local and international specialties: the classical lamb, the traditional Easter Cake “Colomba” and much more. You will be served with a very special menu studied by our Chef for this occasion. And our Maitre Filippo is at your disposal for any request.
This is our special wish for all of you:
“As spring comes to the world
bringing sunshine and gladness…..
this comes to you
bringing wishes for joy.”
A tribute to an exceptional american artist, Jim Hodges, with his first personal exhibition in Italy.
Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa in collaboration with Centre Pompidou Paris, Musée national d’Art Moderne and Camden Arts Centre London, offers to the public an original collection of 60 works, where drawing, poor materials or rich ones, as fine silver or gold thread, merge into a – sometimes very simple and some others sophisticated – melting pot which approaches big themes such as love, life, death, fragility or time.