Venetia 1600: Births and Rebirths

A 1600 years journey through the glories and moments of crisis in Venice. An exhibition that with over 250 works celebrates the resilience, beauty and power of this unique city in the world.

From 04 September 2021 to 25 March 2022

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This year Venice celebrates 1600 years from its foundation and to commemorate this great milestone, the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia has set up a major exhibition that explains and illustrates with over 250 works of art the history of Venice starting from its mythical foundation in the distant year of 421.

The exhibition 'Venetia 1600. Births and Rebirths' is shown in one of the most representative places in the lagoon city, a symbol of the power of the Serenissima Republic: the Doge's Palace.

Inside it, in a sort of extended and breathtaking illustrated story, visitors are transported back into the exciting events of Venice and come into contact with the characters, places and monuments that have made its history.

But this is not the usual historiographical exhibition on Venice: 'Venetia 1600: Births and Rebirths', offers an all-new reading of the history of the Serenissima, whose events have been marked by countless moments of crisis and abrupt change always overcome by as many times of regeneration and renewal, births and rebirths, in other words.

Great artists who have worked in the lagoon over almost a century, such as Carpaccio, Bellini, Tiziano, Veronese, Tiepolo, Guardi, Canaletto, Hayez, Pollock, Vedova, were invited to tell the salient facts and the identity of Venice. Not to be excluded from the list are the many architects, men of art, writers and musicians who have accompanied Venice over the centuries.

This new 2021 exhibition at the Doge's Palace in Venice is a unique opportunity to admire, in an exciting journey, the immense heritage preserved in the various collections of the Civic Museums of Venice and which represents the very identity of Venice, the true treasure of this extraordinary city.

The exhibition, curated by Robert Echols, Frederick Ilchman, Gabriele Matino and Andrea Bellieni, set up by Pier Luigi Pizzi under the scientific direction of Gabriella Belli, is developed in 12 sections housed within the Doge's Apartment

1) Introduction,

2) The Chosen City,

3) Queen of the sea,

4) The city of merchants,

5) Renovatio Urbis: Andrea Gritti and the architects,

6) The fire of the Doge's Palace, 1577,

 7) The plague, 1576 and 1631,

8) Eighteenth century: glory and fall of the Serenissima,

9) Nineteenth century, revolution and unification,

10) The capital of contemporary art,

11) Acqua Granda, 1966, 2019,

12) Venice and the future.

The journey through the sixteen centuries of history of the Serenissima ends with a topic that is very much felt and discussed today: the future of Venice. The last room, in fact, invites us to reflect on the future of the city, a city that in its fragility - as the curators of the exhibition write - 'has managed to survive for so long because it has been able to be reborn, time after time, in new and more adaptable forms. Looking to the past to plan for the future is absolutely possible in Venice more than in any other city... '

On the occasion of the exhibition, some great masterpieces have been restored by Save Venice Inc. such as the grandiose canvas with the Lion of San Marco by Vittore Carpaccio (a work of over 3 meters in length), the Family portrait by Cesare Vecellio and the monumental altarpiece by Jacopo Palma il Giovane with Madonna and Child in glory, San Magno crowning Venice flanked by Faith, but also a refined sixteenth-century mosaic, rare illuminated manuscripts, precious drawings, an important Chinese vase of the Yuan dynasty of the fourteenth century and much more.

By Insidecom Editorial Staff