FISHING IN THE VENETIAN LAGOON. The historic Ninni-Marella model collection

The exhibition

Next opening from 10 September 2021 to 30 April 2022
Centro Culturale Candiani, Mestre

Curated by: Luca Mizzan, Mauro Bon
With: Nicola Novarini, Cecilia Vianello, Silvia Zampieri


On show will be an exceptional collection of nineteenth-century model boats and fishing equipment commissioned from Chioggia craftsman Angelo Marella by Count Alessandro Pericle Ninni, a Venetian naturalist and expert on folklore, linguistics and ethnography.

The original commission received by the count and passed to Marella was from the Minister of Agriculture of the Kingdom of Italy, who wanted to present the famous lagoon fishing activity at late nineteenth-century international expositions on fishing and industry.

The collection from the Museum of Natural History, exhibited for the first time since its restoration, provides an account of the history of fishing in the Venetian lagoon, illustrating the techniques, equipment, boats and traditions linked to this very important sector of the Venetian economy.
Covering valley fishing, lagoon fishing with its various species of fish, and the refined open-sea fishing techniques for which the fishermen of Venice and Chioggia were famous throughout the Adriatic, the exhibition is a valuable opportunity to rediscover an important component of Venetian culture and heritage, one that demonstrates the close relationship between humans and water so uniquely developed in Venice’s amphibious culture.


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Exhibition realized on the occasion of Salone Nautico Venezia
Arsenale, 18-23 June 2019