Calligraphy events between East and West

From 18 November 2023 to 7 January 2024


The well-established MUVE initiatives to promote the knowledge and practice of calligraphy among the general public continue in 2023.
The costumary course, included this year among the activities of the MUVE Academy, will be accompanied by an exhibition of calligraphic works.

The course will be divided into two modules, which can also be attended separately, one dedicated to Oriental calligraphy, by the Japanese master calligrapher Kazuaki Tanahashi, and one to Western calligraphy, by the calligraphy artist Monica Dengo.
The courses and the related exhibition will focus on the investigation of the origins of art and on the mutual exchange relationships between East and West. During the classes students will experience the different writing techniques and the concept of handwriting as a total gesture of the body and expression of the person, inherent in Oriental calligraphy and adopted by the Western world only in quite recent times.

Visits to the book and manuscript collections of the Correr Museum Libraries, the Natural History Museum and the Palazzo Mocenigo Museum will also give the opportunity to learn more about the origin and evolution of writing by hand in Italy and in Europe thanks to the precious ancient manuscripts and historical archives preserved here.

In conjunction with the course, the calligraphic works of Kazuaki Tanahashi and Monica Dengo will be exhibited in the precious room of the Sala delle Quattro Porte, along the path of the Pinacoteca del Museo Correr. The exhibition will provide an opportunity for an approach to writing by hand as an artistic expression and a vehicle of knowledge and messages capable of creating a dialogue, and building an authentic cultural bridge, between East and West



18 November 2023 – 7 January 2024
Museo Correr, Sala delle Quattro Porte
East-West Calligraphy exhibition
Kazuaki Tanahashi and Monica Dengo

18 and 19 November 2023, h 10.30-16.30
Museum Correr, Library
Heart of the Brush
Art of writing in the East
Masterclass with Kazuaki Tanahashi
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25 and 26 November 2023, h 10.30-16.30
Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art
Mark Making for the Imagination
Art of writing in the West
Masterclass with Monica Dengo
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22 November 2023, h 10.30-12.30
Natural History Museum of Venice Giancarlo Ligabue, Library
Visits to the collections

22 and 24 November 2023, h 10.30-12.30
Museum Correr, Library
Visits to the collections

24 November 2023, h 10.30-12.30
Palazzo Mocenigo Museum, Library
Visits to the collections


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