Pietro Bellotti “Archivi del Vedutismo” at Ca’ Rezzonico

Pietro Bellotti on display at Ca’ Rezzonico.

Pietro Bellotti appears for the first time at the famous Ca’ Rezzonico,  the amazing palace of XVII century now become museum facing on the Gran Canal, as one of the main painter of the exhibition dedicated to the lesser known artists of 1700.

The “Archivi del Vedutismo” is an exposition which includes the main works of this artist (around forty), well-known to be Canaletto’s nephew. Bellotti, born in Venice in 1725, moved to France, Toulouse, where he lived and worked for fifty years under the name of  “Le Sieur Canalety” or “ Pietro Bellotti di Canalety”, taking advantage of the reputation of his uncle. He is known also in Paris, Nantes and Lille, working for few years in England as well. However, he only took  the name from his uncle, his works are completely personal and depict the most beautiful views of the major European cities.

Do not miss this amazing exposition, on display up to April the 28th 2014.

Regata Storica 1 Settembre 2013

Today in Venice we celebrate the Regata Storica which is together a sport competition and a historical reenactment that takes place the first sunday of September.

During the first years of the Serenissima Republic, in the venetian lagoon people were very used to have fun practicing the voga. From this amatorial practice, truly fastness and endurance contests were born, with precise modality and rules.

The manifestation has two phases: the historic parade and, then, the competition.
Since the 50’s, the water procession that opens the celebration reminds the triumphal greeting for the Queen of Cyprus, Caterina Cornaro who arrived in Venice in 1489, after the throne abdication in favour of Venice.

The venetian voga contests are:
– the regata de le maciarele, for children until 12 years old
– the regata de le maciarele, for children until 14 years old
– the regata dei giovanissimi on pupparini with two oars
– the regata of women on mascarete with two oars
– the regata of bisse of Garda Lake
– the regata on caorline with six oars
– the regata of champions on gondolini with two oars

The title of King of the Oar (“Re del Remo”) is the prize given to the participant who wins five times in a row the conclusive regata of champions on gondolini; it is considered the most prestigious prize because of its difficulty and because it is released by local authorities.

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Manet: Return to Venice

You still have a couple of days to go and see the Manet: Ritorno a Venezia (Manet: Return to Venice) exhibition. Up until September 1st the Civic Museums foundation will host it within Palazzo Ducale.

This exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Musèe D’Orsay, the institution that has the world’s largest collection of Manet’s paintings. It will include about 80 pieces among which we count paintings, drawings and incisions.

Manet: Return to Venice explores the young artist’s life and the influence that cultural models had on it. In particular, you will notice how Italian and Venetian artists such as Tintoretto has on some of his techniques.

If you want to see this exhibition in Venice, do not forget to book your hotel through Best Bookings!

Venice: Venetian Dialect

The main characteristic of the Venetian dialect is its musicality: to a person that is not used listening to it, it could provoke a smile due to its highly flexible intonations and its exaggerate tones. You will certainly get to hear it while walking through Venice’s streets.

As you probably have already heard, every region of Italy has its own dialects which have evolved across the centuries, each of which mirrors the places’ history of invasions and foreign influences. In some cases, the inflection can be noticed by city in city. This is the case of Venice and its peculiar Venetian Dialect.

The Venetian dialect, also known as Veneto’s lagoon dialect, is a variant of the regional dialect spoken in the lagoon and the surrounding area. This is divided in several different categories such as the chioggiotto, the pellestrinotto, the Burano dialect and from the northern lagoon the caorlotto and the mainland Venetian.

If you want to hear the Venetian dialect with your ears, do not forget to book your stay with Albergo Marin!

Music Biennale: Altra Voce, Altro Spazio

 The Biennale is art, and art is also music. This fall will open with a series of appointments dedicated to 81 composers, most of which were born during the 80s and the 70s. From October 4th to 13th Venice will be the set to the Festival Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea (International Festival of Contemporary Music): many of the artists will play for the first time in public.

The 57th edition of this festival was named Altra Voce, Altro Spazio (Another Voice, Another Space). These words summarize the concept of music and the two ideas that revolutionized it. Life lives with sound, and sound moves through space eternally mutating and in evolution through every generation, obtaining new meanings while people try clinging on to the old ones.

If you want to participate to this event, do not forget to book your stay in Venice with Albergo Marin!

Vedova Plurimo Exhibition

Emilio Vedova is an Italian artist that disappeared during the last decade. Born in Venice, he always had a deep connection with the lagoon city; he taught everything himself, receiving the bases from his artisan family.

This year, in honor of the Biennale, Venice has decided to homage Vedova. The artist has participated to the event in the past, becoming its protagonist more than once. During this edition, his artworks populate once again the streets and the most popular spots of the city. Among this we find Museo Correr, CaRezzonico and the Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna.

Through a path called “Vedova Plurimo” these places try rebuilding the artist’s personality, offering a new interpretation on his artwork and the influence of his city and his personality on them.

If you want to visit the “Vedova Plurimo” exhibition, do not forget to book your hotel through Albergo Marin!

“Supernatural” Exhibition

Once again, in honor of the series of events that are animating this summer due to the Biennale, a new exhibition with international importance has opened in Venice. It’s Supernatural, an exhibition that will last up until the last days of November at the Officina delle Zattere. Everything has been organized by Francesco Elisei and Fabio Anselmi.

Supernatural presents artwork by eight famous contemporary artists from Bangladesh who belong to a group named “Chhakka“. These artists use a large selection of mediums to produce their pieces. An example is Lala Rukh Selim, a woman that has experienced work with both painting and sculpture in the search of a link with her country.

In the exhibition you will also find artwork by Gavin Rain (South African) and Gianfranco Meggiato (Venetian), making it truly international.

If you want to participate to the Supernatural exhibition, do not forget to book your stay with Albergo Marin!

Ai Weiwei’s “Disposition”

This exhibition is one of the many events that lighten Venice’s summer life, using the aura of culture that permeates the city since thousands of years. It’s Disposition by Ai Weiwei, an important artist, designer and Chinese human right activist.

Two artworks by this artist will be exposed in Venice in two different spots of the city. The first one is Straight, a project that remembers the shape of an armor that was made using metal bars recovered from schools destroyed during the earthquake in Sichuan in 2008. This piece is currently found in the Zuecca Project Space.

The second one is called S.A.C.R.E.D. and is found in the Chiesa di Sant’Antonin. It’s a piece that shows the contradictions of modern Chinese life.

If you want to go to Venice and see Ai Weiwei’s art, do not forget to book your stay with Albergo Marin!

Alison Lapper Pregnant

Since a few days the people of Venice have been able to see a peculiar statue that has been placed on San Giorgio Maggiore Island; an imposing white figure that hits the eye. It’s Alison Lapper Pregnant, one of the most important pieces created by Marc Quinns, important exponent of the Young British Artists generation.

This statue portrays a pregnant woman that was born with no legs or arms. It wants to emphasize the mutability and the duality of the human body: spiritual and physical, surface and depth, cerebral and sexual.

After traveling through the globe, Alison Lapper Pregnant has been brought to Venice because of the Art Biennale, in which Quinn has an exhibition completely dedicated to him. The sculpture was inaugurated in Trafalgar Square and remained then up until 2007; it was later seen at the London 2012 Olympic games as a sign of vitality and power of creativity. Alison Lapper Pregnant can be deflated, and this makes it easier to transport.

If you want to visit the Biennale in Venice and see Alison Lapper Pregnant, do not forget to book your stay with Albergo Marin!

Yüksel Arslan at the Venice Biennale

Yüksel Arslan’s artwork are among the most shocking and crude that you will get the possibility to see this year at the Biennale in Venice. They immediately attract your attention through their style and the themes in them with graphic details; they paint surrealistically the history of Turkey, the artist’s home country.

Starting from 1955, Yüksel Arslan has made over 700 artworks reinventing historical narratives, religious stories and biological taxonomies. They are mostly painted with earthy colours through the use of a special paint formula whose ingredients include potash, egg whites, honey, oil, bone marrow, blood and urine.

To see Yüksel Arslan’s works you have time until November, when the Biennale in Venice will close. If you want to see the lagoon city during this period, do not forget to book your stay with Albergo Marin!