Snapshots of Venice: the art of photography to catch Venice timeless dimension 

21 September 2021

Venice, 1st September 2021 - Three exhibitions and three different places to explain Venice architecture through images. To celebrate Venice 1600 years, Fondazione Venezia – in partnership with M9 Museo del ‘900 and the Circolo Fotografico La Gondola – celebrates the important anniversary of the city through the event “Istantanee di Venezia”, a cultural project in which photography is the main character of Venice timeless dimension. These three exhibitions will be displayed within three different locations: the seat of the Fondazione di Venezia in Rio Novo,the Casa dei Tre Oci in the island of Giudecca and the M9 – Museo del ’900 in Mestre. In each one of this places, Venetian architectures will take shape through a selection of photos from the collection of several archives: the one of the Fondazione, the one of the Progetti dell’Università Iuav di Venezia and from the one of the Circolo Fotografico la Gondola.

September 3rd, 2021 – January 9th, 2022

The first one to be open on September 3rd will be the exhibition” Le sfide di Venezia. L’architettura e la città nel Novecento”, at the Museo del ’900 in Mestre. This exhibition is a branch of the parallel exhibition “Venetia 421-2021. Nascite e rinascite”, displayed at the Doge’s Palace. Realized in partnership with the Fondazione Musei Civici, the exhibition is curated by Guido Vittorio Zucconi (architect, architecture historian, italian scholar and one of the founders of the Associazione italiana di storia urbana) and by the Archivio Progetti dell’Università Iuav of Venice. The exhibition contains several images and documents on loan from the Archivio Progetti and proves the architectural changes carried out within the city of Venice, its lagoon and its metropolitan area throughout the XX and XXI century, in accordance with culture, tourism and the growing industrial and port activity. 

The Venice of the 1900s stretches far away from its traditional boundaries, which nowadays include both the mainland and the isthmus between the land and the sea, whilsr balancing its deep culture with tourism and the growing industrial and port activity. The main character of this exhibition is the architecture which, through the 1900s, gave effective responses in accordance with the idea of modernity although respecting traditions. To the innovative trait that characterizes it – expressed by means of bridges, stations, garages and touristic infrastructures – the activity of research to research and mediation between the two sides, as in the case of residential building, must also be added. As a matter of fact, nationally, Venice had a key role in this field and fully contributed to develop an original view. 

Open until January 9th, 2022, the exhibition has the following timetables: Thursday to Friday from 14 to 20. Saturday to Sunday from 10 to 20.

September 16th, 2021 – Novembre 1st, 2021

At the Casa dei Tre Oci, from September 16th the exhibition “La Venezia umana – La Venezia disumana”, in which the Circolo Fotografico La Gondola recalls – in two apparently different sections – a city alive and inhabited through shots by Sergio Del Pero, together with a city which is more and more dehumanised, although not completely defeated, of a Venice portrayed by several other photographers. 

In the “Venezia umana”, the images of Sergio Del Pero are made of contrasts, which are proof of an inhabited city, which human presence describes as a living and working reality. Wrinkles on people’s faces witness the connection between land and water, dreams and sacrifices, beauties and weaknesses. Del Pero’s photos describe the popular and authentic side of the city, which from 1958 to 1978 fully represented these two sides of the city’s existence. Death and rituals are typical of the lagoon context, in addition to the vibrant life which characterizes work, moments of play, sheets to dry along the calli and class struggle. “La Venezia disumana” (through the photos of Enrico Gigi Bacci, Lubomira Bajcarova, Antonio Baldi, Marino Bastianello,Luciano Bettini, Aldo Brandolisio, Ilaria Brandolisio, Nicola Bustreo, Paola Casanova, Carlo Chiapponi, Mariateresa Crisigiovanni, Ezio De Vecchi, Francesco Del Negro, Enrico Facchetti, Paolo Mingaroni, Marzio Minorello, Matteo Miotto, Sandro Righetto, Andrea Sambo, Massimo Stefanutti, Teresa Turacchio, Fabrizio Uliana, Izabella Vegh, Anna Zemella) faces the choices that determined and changed Venice in these last decades and, at the same time, shows a more authentic version of this city that moves, creates and invents, in which we can see that same human realitycaptured by Del Pero. The exhibition, promoted by Fondazione di Venezia and realized in partnership with Marsilio Arte, will be open every day from 11 to 19 until November 1st, 2021 (Tuesday closed). 

September 17th, 2021 – January 9th, 2022

The last opening, scheduled on September 17th, is “Venezia, Gianni Berengo Gardin e Maurizio Galimberti. Due sguardi a confronto”, set up in the seat of the Fondazione di Venezia in Rio Novo. Curated by Denis Curti (advisor for the photographic funds of the Fondazione di Venezia and artistic director of the Casa dei Tre Oci). The exhibition creates an original dialogue between two of the most important Italian photographers of the XX century and their peculiar ways to live and observe the city. Gianni Berengo Gardin can be found through the icons of the city in which he first approached photography, before becoming a famous and recognized photographer at an international level. His black and white is a pure language. “Colours are distracting” claimed the photographer “black and white allows you to look less carefully compared to the natural vision, which forces you to look better”. Maurizio Galimberti’s photos are polaroid. On the one hand a huge mosaic whilst on the other, modified shots. Galimberti seems to be looking for the unveiling of secrets kept for centuries. The repeated glances refer to the school of pop-art, while the method of “deconstruction” takes us back to a strongly futuristic vision. The iconic eye of Berengo Gardin and the fast one shown in polaroid of Maurizio Galimberti create a new path which each visitor can undertake, in order to explore new different angles and to see and read the most fascinating city in the world. The exhibition, open until January 9th, 2022, can be visited Monday to Friday, from 10 to 19.