Venetia 1600. Birth and rebirths
Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
The Republic of Venice had been hit by countless moments of crisis and rifts, but it also picked itself up just as many times as it was set back and managed to regenerate and revive. The history of Venice, in other words, is marked by multiple births and rebirths, fine examples of how the city has always been able to face the challenges posed by the changing times. Venice’s past therefore offers a valuable lesson for interpreting the present and, at the same time, for reflecting on a possible, optimistic future of the city. This exhibition offers an unprecedented reading of the history of the Serenissima that identifies an innovative interpretative model with its concept of birth and rebirth to decipher its past, present and future. To illustrate the most outstanding moments of the history and identity of Venice, the exhibition will exhibit works by some of the greatest artists, architects and men of letters who worked in the lagoon over the past millennium. Particular attention will be given to some of the most representative monuments in the city, such as the church of San Giacomo di Rialto, St. Mark’s Basilica, the Rialto Bridge, the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, the Doge's Palace, the churches of the Redentore and Santa Maria della Salute, the Gran Teatro La Fenice theatre and the Bell Tower of St. Mark’s Square, up to and including the major museums and cultural institutions of contemporary Venice. This exhibition aims at involving local museums, libraries and archives, the first and foremost being the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and its very rich artistic and cultural heritage. We believe that the celebrations for the anniversary of the foundation of Venice must begin recognition of the priceless artistic treasures of the Civic Museums by a wider audience. Furthermore, this exhibition represents an ideal opportunity to examine and restore many works of art. Following the example of the Tintoretto 500 exhibitions, Save Venice Inc. would be pleased to finance a series of important restorations, especially relating to the works of art preserved in the collections of the Civic Museums.