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The Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia’s programme for 2015 places cultural production in the areas of research and cataloguing right at the centre of its attention, together with the restoration of artworks and the restyling of the museum venues.
The reopening of the enlarged and completely redesigned Museo del Vetro, and the realisation of the Sublime Canova project at the Museo Correr, with the grouping of the works by the great sculptor in the museum and their presentation in a new layout, constitute two extremely important moments for the city and for the Fondazione, in line with the general strategy launched in recent years.
From Ca’ Pesaro to Palazzo Mocenigo and from the Museo Correr – with the restorations in the Palazzo Reale – to the interventions in the Doge’s Palace (air conditioning, restorations, etc.), the Fondazione has always maintained as its priority the introduction of innovation in services and layout of exhibits to attune the museums to their international status. Sublime Canova has been realised thanks to the patronage of two private committees, the Venice International Foundation – American Friends of Venice Foundation and the Comité Français pour la Sauvegarde de Venise, with the latter also being involved in 2015 in the restoration of the Drawing room of King Umberto in the Palazzo Reale within the Museo Correr: a confirmation of the important synergies and collaborations the Fondazione is arranging with public institutions and foundations and with many private bodies, all of them partners in the different cultural initiatives.
An important new feature is the launch of the Collection of General Catalogues of the permanent holdings, a work by thematic volume that will be years in the making but which is fundamental, both for cultural reasons, for ensuring a dialogue with major museums around the world, and for a quantitative and qualitative verification of the immense heritage in the hands of the Comune di Venezia. As in past years, research has led to temporary, high-profile exhibitions that stand out for their academic content and the quality of the loans acquired.
The Fondazione is extremely proud that since 2011, it has been able to present aspects of the history of art as yet unexplored in Italy: exhibitions that have included some of the leading museums of Europe and America as their partners, and some major producers who support the Fondazione in the organisation of exhibitions in various ways, enabling it to pay increasing attention to the permanent collections.
Examples are the extraordinary opportunity of dedicating a major and innovative exhibition, the first in Italy, to Henri Rousseau, and the display of about 100 works from the New German Objectivity movement, with a careful study of how are painting was used to expose critical aspects of society during the Weimar Republic. Others include the tribute to Cy Twombly a few years after his death, and the reconstruction of the oeuvre of a fine Venetian artist of the 16th century, Andrea Schiavone. And finally, much attention has been paid this year to contemporary art and to young artists with the many initiatives of MUVE Contemporaneo, the programme created to hold a dialogue with the Biennale of Figurative Arts.
President, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
Director, Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia
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