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TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS

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VENETIA 1600. Births and rebirths – VIRTUAL TOUR
The exhibition dedicated to the 1600 years of Venice offers the unprecedented opportunity of a visit “comfortably” seated at a school desk thanks to a special virtual tour of the exhibition. This new way of visiting the exhibition remotely, for the first time implemented by the Fondazione Muve for a temporary exhibition and specially developed for the world of schools, offers a special in-depth look at the thousand-plus-year history of Venice: from its legendary ‘foundation’ in 421, to the development of the Venetian state over the centuries, with its maritime empire, trade and the great events that have marked its history, right up to the present day. To enjoy this activity, the school must provide a computer or tablet, an IWB (interactive whiteboard) and a good internet connection.
Target: Primary and secondary schools, Universities
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Anselm Kiefer
Questi scritti, quando verranno bruciati, daranno finalmente un po’ di luce (Andrea Emo)
Doge’s Palace
With Anselm Kiefer contemporary art will be coming to the Palazzo Ducale, with an exhibition that is set to be the centrepiece of the fifth edition of MUVE Contemporaneo, the biennale organized by the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and the key concern of which is to reflect on the relationship between contemporary art and museums. The opening of the eagerly awaited installation by Anselm Kiefer, one of the leading artists active today, is part of the celebrations for the 1600th Anniversary of the Foundation of Venice. The title of the work is from the writings of the Venetian philosopher Andrea Emo: Questi scritti, quando verranno bruciati, daranno finalmente un po’ di luce (These writings, when burned, will finally cast a little light). The series of paintings produced specially for the Palazzo Ducale in 2020 and 2021 are arranged in the space and magnificent setting of the Sala dello Scrutinio, engaging closely with the thirty-three monumental paintings on the ceiling and with the heroic values expressed by the palace’s entire decorative scheme. The show underlines the role of contemporary art in reflecting on universal themes, transcending Venice and opening up to current philosophical perspectives.
Target: Secondary school, 1st cycle, Secondary school, 2nd cycle, University
Duration: 45 min

 

DOGE’S PALACE

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The Doge’s Palace: The Symbol of the City
A dynamic and fascinating guided tour that enables visitors to grasp the extraordinary beauty and complexity of a structure that is the symbol of the city, a building that embodies the highest aspects of Venetian civilisation and was formerly home not only to the Doge but also to the entire state administration. A masterpiece of Gothic art whose interiors also contain marvels of Renaissance and Mannerist architecture, the building is superbly decorated with works by artists such as Titian, Veronese and Tintoretto; in effect, a visit to the palace is one massive story told in pictures. The paintings and sculpture adorning the place, together with the architecture and the layout of its interiors, all reflect – in both symbolic and practical form – the workings of the Venetian Republic, the fundamental importance attributed to the various branches of the judicial system and to the visual manifestation of power. This visit through the heart of the city and its history is essential if one is to fully understand them.
From 26 March 2022 the itinerary also includes a visit to the impressive series of site-specific paintings created by the German artist Anselm Kiefer in dialogue with the important spaces of the ‘Sala dello Scrutinio’ and the themes of the history of Venice. The show underlines the role of contemporary art in reflecting on universal themes, transcending Venice and opening up to current philosophical perspectives.
Target: Students aged 13/19 and Higher Education System (Universities etc.)
Duration: 1h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French, Spanish and Russian

The Palace with a Tale to Tell
This interactive visit is designed for younger students, enabling them to discover the history and artistic wealth of the Palace. Divided into stages, it uses games, hidden clues, stories and legends to engage the children, each of whom will have a exercise book that they can take away with them and then use for follow-up work in school or at home. The activities and level of information all vary depending upon the age-level of the students. To ensure the correct execution of the activity, all participants must have a pen or pencil.
From 26 March 2022 the itinerary also includes a visit to the impressive series of site-specific paintings created by the German artist Anselm Kiefer in dialogue with the important spaces of the ‘Sala dello Scrutinio’ and the themes of the history of Venice.
Target: Students aged 10/16
Duration: 1h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French, Spanish and Russian

A 3D Palace with Muve toolkit
With degrees of complexity suited to different school year groups, this interactive visit to the Doge’s Palace focuses in particular on the fabric of the building and its history. It looks at the construction of an extraordinary architectural “apparatus”, which was not only the seat of government but also a “conveyor of messages” expressed through paintings and sculptures. At the end of the visit, a toolkit containing a 3-D cardboard model of the Palace will be provided to all participants with instructions, a short guide to the museum and other materials. The aim is support the school children in the continuation of their experience at home or at school.
In collaboration with Formacultura
Target: Students aged 8/16
Duration: 1h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French


The Lion Hunt
What better than a lion, the very symbol of Venice, to lead children on a more unusual trip around the Doge’s Palace. In this ‘lion hunt’ they must find various painted and sculpted depictions of the animal throughout the Palace, and “win” some items that, put together, will result in a lion-like surprise to take home.
Target: Students aged 5/10
Duration: 1h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French, Spanish and Russian

 

Workshop

A 3D Palace
With degrees of complexity suited to different levels of schoolchildren, this workshop is preceded by a visit to the Doge’s Palace that focuses in particular upon the fabric of the building and its history, upon the construction of an extraordinary architectural “appartus” which was not only the seat of government but also a “conveyor of messages” expressed in works of painting and sculpture. In the workshop, the students will, starting from an exploded-view diagram, create a real 3-D model of the Palace which they can then take home with them.
In collaboration with Formacultura
Target: Students aged 8/16
Duration: 2 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French

 

COMBINED TOURS IN ST. MARK’S SQUARE MUSEUMS WITH A SINGLE TICKET

DOGE’S PALACE & MUSEO CORRER

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From Doges to Emperors
From the Doge’s Palace – the heart of the Venetian Republic – to the nineteenth-century Royal Palace at the other end of St. Mark’s Square. The students not only experience the magnificence and splendour of these buildings but are offered the opportunity to make out the visible traces left by the complex and often dramatic historical development which occurred as the Venetian Republic ended and came under the dominion of Napoleonic France and then Habsburg Austria. At the same time, however, they see how Venice maintained its identity and the fundamentally Italian nature of its art. A single ticket for a truly “unique” visit.
Target: Students aged 13/19 and Higher Education System (Universities etc.)
Duration: 2 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English

 

MUSEO CORRER

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The Correr Wunderkammer: a Venetian kaleidoscope
This interactive visit enables to discover the treasures and curiosities to be found in the sort of collections that were at the origin of all our museums. The tour passes from the Neoclassical rooms (with a range of important works by Antonio Canova: marble statues, plaster casts, models, paintings and sketches) on to the various valuable collections that reflect just how cosmopolitan the city has been throughout its history. It ends with the picture gallery, one of the world’s richest and most evocative collections of Venetian painting from its beginnings right up to the early sixteenth century. Notes on architectural barriers Lift at the street number 52 St. Mark’s Square (between Florian Cafè and Aurora Cafè). To access, please call in advance the number +39 041 2405234.
Target: Students aged 13/19 and Higher Education System (Universities etc.)
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French, Russian

The Art detective
Having passed through the magnificent rooms of the palace and the vast multifaceted collections on the first floor, the children engage with the picture gallery in a more playful manner.
Story-telling opens the way to the discovery of details and the solution of puzzles, all of which teach the children how to look at pictures and understand them..
Target: Students aged 6/12
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French

 

CA’ REZZONICO – Museum of Eighteenth-century Venice
(Activities available from spring 2023)

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Venice in the eighteenth century
In one of the city’s most opulent aristocratic residences myths and allegories serve to convey the Venetian aristocracy’s image of itself; however, at the same time, a new world can be seen emerging, a more realistic approach to the depiction of the world around us. The visit to Ca’ Rezzonico is a course of “full immersion” in elegance and great art; but it is also an opportunity to reflect upon the century of the Enlightenment, with a multidisciplinary approach highlighting the different ways in which that period can be understood.
Target: Students aged 11/19 and Higher Education System (Universities etc.)
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French, Spanish, Russian

How does Venice work?
Understanding how Venice is made, how it works and how it worked in the past is the first step to living it, respecting and enjoying it. Why is the urban fabric of the city, which is so dense, characterised by so many campi and corti (squares)? Why is there a wellhead in every square? Why do the chimneys have such bizarre shapes? How do the houses and palaces stand in the water? These and many other questions will be answered in a special itinerary in which Ca’ Rezzonico lends itself perfectly as example and at the same time as a perfect observation point. We will start from the museum to reach the nearby Campo San Barnaba where we will see the wellhead in the center. Then we’ ll enter again at Ca’ Rezzonico by the water entrance to the palace on the Grand Canal. It is that here our exploration starts in search of answers to the above questions, and searching for the answers will lead us all the way up… to the attic! Each experience will then be documented and summarised in the workshop, during which the participants will put together a really special board they can take home in a “smart” version.
Available also the toolkit version.
Target: Students aged 8/15
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English


Workshop

Canaletto, Venice and… its gondolas
In the monumental entrance hall on the ground floor, the Ca’ Rezzonico museum houses Laura, the oldest gondola in Venice (dated 1847), which certainly belonged to a patrician family. But how many stories and secrets can a gondola tell us? We will discover it together, then move on to the second floor of the museum, where we will observe the gondolas depicted in the famous views by Canaletto and other painters that allow us to “enter” the life of eighteenth-century Venice. But that’s not all: in the workshop, against a backdrop taken from Canaletto, after building it with our own hands, we will insert a “real” small 3D gondola that we can colour and reinterpret as we like!
Target: Students aged 8/16
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English

How does Venice work?
Understanding how Venice is made, how it works and how it worked in the past is the first step to living it, respecting and enjoying it. Why is the urban fabric of the city, which is so dense, characterised by so many campi and corti (squares)? Why is there a wellhead in every square? Why do the chimneys have such bizarre shapes? How do the houses and palaces stand in the water? These and many other questions will be answered in a special itinerary in which Ca’ Rezzonico lends itself perfectly as example and at the same time as a perfect observation point. We will start from the nearby Campo San Barnaba (meeting at the well) and then we will reach the water entrance to the palace on the Grand Canal. It is that here our exploration starts in search of answers to the above questions, and searching for the answers will lead us all the way up… to the attic! Each experience will then be documented and summarised in the workshop, during which the participants will put together a really special board they can take home in a “smart” version.
Target: Students aged 8/15
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English

 

 

CA’ REZZONICO & CASA DI CARLO GOLDONI
(Activity available from spring 2023)

Combined tour

In search of ‘reality’: Carlo Goldoni & Pietro Longhi as witnesses of their time
The venue for this fascinating tour is Casa Goldoni, where the first part of the activity takes place. Here the lively theatre scene of eighteenth-century Venice is explored and the salient aspects of Carlo Goldoni’s approach to the medium are outlined, together with his ‘revolutionary’ way of interpreting – in the theatre – many aspects of the real life of his time. The circuit then continues to Ca’ Rezzonico, the famous museum of the eighteenth century in Venice, where exactly the same approach and the same intentions can be seen in the paintings of Pietro Longhi, Goldoni’s friend. A closeness of which both were proud and which still allows all of us today to grasp the fundamental elements of a crucial era recorded with freshness and irony.
Target: Secondary schools and Higher Education System (universities etc.)
Duration: 2 h 30 min
Languages: Italian, English

 

CA’ PESARO – International Gallery of Modern Art

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Journeys through the Twentieth Century… and beyond
This guided tour navigates a clear and emotionally-engaging course through the museum’s masterpieces of the twentieth-century art. The comparisons and contrasts which highlight the different tendencies and trends during that century also suggest various directions for further reflection and in-depth study. Organisation on the basis of chronology and theme makes it possible to grasp how the “making of art” changed as the century progressed, with works of the highest quality serving to illustrate a constant process of experimentation and the key phases in the evolution of painting and sculpture. At the same time, this approach is multidisciplinary in inspiration, enabling the students to see changes in art in relation to the radical – perhaps dramatic – transformations that were taking place in the world at the time.
Target: Students aged 13/19 and Higher Education System (Universities etc.)
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French

My art Gallery
This activity includes an interactive visit to masterpieces exhibited in the International Gallery of Modern Art of Ca’ Pesaro, including Rodin’s “The bourgeois of Calais”, Klimt’s “Judith II” and “The ladies” of Casorati. Through this visit, the participants will rediscover the masterpieces with ‘new eyes’, a renewed appreciation of their beauty and of their details. For younger participants, the visit will take place and will be supported by the storytelling method. Through this method, the younger participants will use their body to trace the movements of some works; while for the older ones, the visit will alternate observation with moments of analysis, developing the critical skills necessary for the subsequent workshop. Once in the workshop, the students will experience the difficult yet ‘intriguing’ profession of the museologist, rearranging the museum’s works through a diorama that recreates perfectly a 3D art gallery.
This activity is also available in the Muve toolkit mode.
Target: Students aged 5/14
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French


Workshop

My art Gallery
This activity includes an interactive visit to masterpieces exhibited in the International Gallery of Modern Art of Ca’ Pesaro, including Rodin’s “The bourgeois of Calais”, Klimt’s “Judith II” and “The ladies” of Casorati. Through this visit, the participants will rediscover the masterpieces with ‘new eyes’, a renewed appreciation of their beauty and of their details. For younger participants, the visit will take place and will be supported by the storytelling method. Through this method, the younger participants will use their body to trace the movements of some works; while for the older ones, the visit will alternate observation with moments of analysis, developing the critical skills necessary for the subsequent workshop. Once in the workshop, the students will experience the difficult yet ‘intriguing’ profession of the museologist, rearranging the museum’s works through a diorama that recreates perfectly a 3D art gallery.
This activity is also available in the Muve toolkit mode.
Target: Students aged 5/14
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French

Clay faces
Sculpture, as we know, is one of the strengths of the Ca ‘Pesaro collection: monumental works such as Rodin’s Bourgeois of Calais, or the intense waxes of Medardo Rosso or the perfect and expressive marbles of Adolfo Wildt can offer a formidable impact with this art also for the youngest. After a “targeted” tour in the museum, in the laboratory the children will be guided to shape their own sculpture with clay: a face, their own self-portrait or a subject inspired by the experience they have just lived.
Target: Students aged 7/19
Duration: 2 h
Language: Italian, English

 

MUSEUM OF PALAZZO MOCENIGO – Museum of Textiles, Clothing and Perfume

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Voyage through an eighteenth-century home
In the former home of the aristocratic Mocenigo family, the thematic tour takes visitors on a voyage of discovery past original clothing, accessories and fabrics, displayed alongside furnishings and works of art in what is effectively a ‘house-museum’ documenting the taste of an era, a time when Venice was one the main centres in Europe for the production not only of textiles but also of cosmetics and spices.
The display, to which is added a selection dedicated to eighteenth-century fashion in Venice, with a number of period dresses and petticoats, ends with a visit to the evocative perfume section and, from 20 April to 11 September 2022, to an exhibition entitled ‘Es-senze’, in which a group of young artists from the international contemporary creative scene have used perfume and the sense of smell as the inspiration for their various creations.
Target: Students aged 13/19 and Higher Education System (Universities etc.)
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French

The fashion game at Palazzo Mocenigo
How did people live in a Venetian palace? What clothes did the gentlemen and ladies wear on different occasions of the day? Who were the ‘muskers’? Why were perfumes produced in Venice? The furnishings, paintings, accessories, clothes and raw materials – all there to be sniffed! – of Palazzo Mocenigo tell the story of fashions and customs in eighteenth-century Venice, in a mix of opulence, elegance and cosmetics. An interactive path with many things to discover and do, with paper dolls to ‘dress up’, in order to understand the complex ritual of dressing and continue the ‘journey’ of knowledge at home.
Target: Students aged 7/14
Duration: 1 h 30 min

Language: Italian, English, French

 

FORTUNY MUSEUM

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In the ‘studio-home’ of Mariano Fortuny
For the reopening of the Museo di Palazzo Fortuny with a completely new layout dedicated to the multifaceted and industrious genius of Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo (1871-1949) and his muse and wife Henriette Nigrin, a special thematic itinerary follows in the footsteps of this extraordinary exponent of the Venetian and European art scene at the cusp of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in what was once his home and studio in Campo San Beneto in the evocative setting of Palazzo Pesaro degli Orfei.
The tour takes place on the first floor of the palace, an exceptional example of Venetian floral Gothic, where the ‘spirit’ of the Genius loci, Spanish by origin but Venetian by adoption, still hovers: in the salon, furnished in the ‘Fortuny style’, and in the adjoining rooms, the life, art and collecting of the family, who lived here from 1898 to 1965, are revealed. From his first experiences with painting, copying the great artists of the past along with the works of his father Mariano Fortuny y Marsal (1838-1874), visitors move on to the Wagnerian cycle, and from the splendid printed fabrics to the pleated dresses, including the legendary ‘Knossos’ and ‘Delphos’ – creations of Hellenistic inspiration – and so to the innovations in the field of stage design and lighting, such as the ingenious ‘cupola’ with which he revolutionised the theatre of the early 1900s.
The itinerary provides a fascinating journey revealing the extraordinary eclectic genius of an artist who perfectly embodied the concept of ‘total art’ so dear to Wagner.
A truly extraordinary and unprecedented opportunity is offered to the world of education through an after-hours visit, available under special conditions, enabling school pupils to experience a special thematic itinerary on an exclusive basis.
Target: Upper secondary schools
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French

 

CASA DI CARLO GOLDONI

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Carlo Goldoni in Eighteenth-century Venice
Starting from the evocative Gothic courtyard of Ca’ Centanni in San Tomà, the house in which Carlo Goldoni was born, the itinerary focuses on the life of the great Venetian playwright and the characteristics of the theatrical arts of his time, when there were fifteen theatres in the city, making Venice one of the capitals of European culture. The visit aims to retrace and understand the great theatrical and cultural revolution brought about by Goldoni in the eighteenth century, which substituted the masks of the commedia dell’arte for stories drawn from real life. The visit is rounded off by the wonderful puppet theatre on display in the museum.
Target: Students aged 11/19 and Higher Education System (Universities etc.)
Duration: 1 h
Language: Italian, English

 

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF VENICE GIANCARLO LIGABUE

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Nature in a museum: stories and collections
A visit to this museum is a fascinating experience that brings many different senses into play: in each room, touch, sight and hearing all contribute to our understanding. And each section of the museum is a complete unit, making the place a series of museums within the museum. The first “journey” one undertakes is to the origins of life on earth, exploring fossils and the world of dinosaurs. Then one looks at how natural history collections themselves have evolved, from the days of ancient explorers to those of modern scientific researchers. And finally there is a fascinating section that looks at the enormous variety in the strategies upon which the maintenance of life depends – from movement to nutrition.
Target: Students aged 7/19
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English

 

VENICE NAVAL HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Venice and the sea
The visit to the Museo Storico Navale della Marina Militare di Venezia, the most important of its kind in Italy, is proposed as a selected guided tour examining representative works, with the intention of offering visitors a special and groundbreaking key to understanding the theme: after an introduction to the building – the former granary of the Serenissima – and the founding of the museum, the itinerary continues by telling the story of the Arsenale, the heart of the Venetian naval industry, from which vessels (galleys of various forms and galleasses) emerged that were to dominate the ‘Stato da Mar’, proving decisive in the victory of Lepanto as well as for assuring the supremacy of the merchant navy. The visit is enriched with objects and artefacts from the maritime world illustrating ancient technologies, strategies, historical events and curiosities, including the precious model of the Bucintoro, the gondolas and boats of the Lagoon, offering an extraordinary overview of the subject.
Target: Students aged 7/19 and Higher Education System (Universities etc.)
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English

 

MURANO GLASS MUSEUM

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Glass treasures
A playful tour, supported by materials and cards that can also be used by those unable yet to read, with many things to do, in order to discover some true, fundamental secrets of the art of glass and the museum’s masterpieces with joy and naturalness.
Target: Students aged 3/7
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English 

A Story of Skill, Sand and Fire
The thousand-year craft of Venetian glass-making is recounted in a guided tour through the rooms of the museum, which house some of the famous works that made, and continue to make, the city’s glass legendary throughout the world – not only for the technical skill of its craftsmen but also for the creativity of the artists and designers who have drawn inspiration from the huge potential of glass as a material.
Target: Students aged 13/19 and Higher Education System (Universities etc.)
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English

A Story of Skill, Sand and Fire (with glassworking demonstration)
The thousand-year craft of Venetian glass-making is recounted in a guided tour through the rooms of the museum, which house some of the famous works that made, and continue to make, the city’s glass legendary throughout the world – not only for the technical skill of its craftsmen but also for the creativity of the artists and designers who have drawn inspiration from the huge potential of glass as a material. Furthermore, thanks to collaboration with ElleGi Glass, it is possible to see these craftsmen in action within in a Murano glassworks.
Target: Students aged 7/19 and Higher Education System (Universities etc.)
Duration: 1 h 30 min
Language: Italian, English, French

 

 

 

LACE MUSEUM

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Lace and Lacemakers
In addition to the splendid display of lace ranging from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, the museum’s guided tour includes a real-life look at the complex and original lace-making techniques used by the island’s last lace-makers, who offer a lively and highly skilled testimonial to their craft.
Target: Students aged 7/19 and Higher Education System (Universities etc.)
Duration: 1 h
Language: Italian, English, Spanish

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