All the events to experience a unique summer in Venice: museums open at night-time, Art Night, Biennale Danza, open air theatre, live music and unique itineraries
This summer art and culture will enliven Venice, day and night: Art Night, Biennale Danza, Venice Open Stage, live music and unique itineraries will offer a season of fun and culture.
Palazzo Ducale lights up at night, for instance with the evening visits to the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista. A Biennale Danza full of surprises opens the doors of the Arsenale di Venezia and the ones of a garden where everyone is invited for films and events; through music Palazzo Grimani will be shown in an unprecedented way. With ArtNight we will discover the city and its art spaces, including galleries and exhibitions open at night and shows for everyone; in July the open air theatre will stage the Venice Open Stage and the great cultural festival: ‘Musei in festa’.
So… shall we go out?
Biennale Dance: Breath, strategy and subversion
From June 22 to July 1 the 12th International Festival of Contemporary Dance returns, directed by Marie Chouinard and titled Respirare, strategia e sovversione. Daily events in which the broad spectrum of today’s choreography is investigated, highlighting the dynamics and developments of dancers and choreographers.
Meg Stuart, Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement and leader of improvisation projects, will be at the Biennale to present the marriage between the postmodern of Deborah Hay and the perfection of the dancers of Cullbergbaletten
There will be the contemporary flamenco by Israel Galván, Frédérick Gravel‘s choreographic concerts and the work of Jacques Poulin-Denis, composer and choreographer. Between conceptual operations and ironic gestures are Xavier Le Roy, one of the pioneers of anti-choreography and the Danish Mette Ingvartsen. In this perceptive sphere we will discover the Italian Francesca Foscarini and Irina Baldini.
The choreography as a social experience, a common space that performer and spectator model together, orientates the work of Faye Driscoll while the Cape Verdean Marlene Monteiro Freitas, awarded with the Silver Lion, brings energy and expressive vitality. Twenty years after the anthology of her first creations Les Solos 1978-1998, Marie Chouinard returns with Solos et duos, a retrospective work of about thirty solos and duets.
Also this year Biennale College – Danza participates in the program with three projects: Dancers, Choreographers and a selection of Professional Dancers.
Music and art at Palazzo Grimani
During the summer Palazzo Grimani offers a journey between art and music on Saturday, June 23 with Art Night when the museum will extend its opening hours from 10 am to 10 pm with a free admission after 6.30 pm and it will offer a guided tour of the Chiarore del Mito among the monumental halls and the palace frescoes.
On July 29th a concert will be dedicated to all outsiders – Jews, foreigners: Calli, campi e scole: a walk in the Venice of Shylock. The images and sounds of an ordinary day in the life of the Merchant of Venice, a dip in the colourful world of the Serenissima of the Renaissance, a melting pot of cultures and lifestyles.
In September with the Veneto Jazz concerts, art and aperitifs you will be immersed in the suave melodies of tango, contemporary jazz and of an ancient Sephardic music with a strong emotional charge re-proposed with fresh and original arrangements.
June 23 – ArtNight
At the Chiarore del Mito
July 29 – 5pm
Calli, campi e scole: a walk in the Venice of Shylock
September 15th – 7.30pm
Tango de la Noche. From Gardel to Piazzolla
22 September – 7.30 pm
4 MILES MORE! plays the music of Miles Davis
29 September – 7.30 pm
Mi Linda Dama: Historias Sefarditas
Culture and performance with ArtNight
On 23 June the night of art returns to Venice: the widespread event where public and private institutions open their venues to the public with music, theatre and performances, a free evening among museums, galleries, foundations, libraries, cultural associations and schools.
The event includes the Casa dei Tre Oci, the Civic Museums, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory, the Giorgio Cini Foundation on the Island of San Giorgio, Ca ‘Pesaro, Ca’ Rezzonico and many other Venetian art venues.
The event organized by the Ca ‘Foscari University in collaboration with the City of Venice is at its eighth edition and it is part of the European Art Nights calendar.
In July – Musei in Festa: nine museums with free admission
After the success of the previous two editions, Musei in Festa returns; it is an initiative promoted by the Civic Museums and the City of Venice to promote art and culture with free entry to the museums.
On the day of 15 July, nine Venetian museums will be open to the public: Palazzo Ducale and the Correr Museum (with the integrated itinerary that includes the National Archaeological Museum and the Monumental Halls of the Marciana National Library), Ca ‘Pesaro with the Museo d’ Oriental Art at the Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo, the Museum of Murano Glass and the Museo del Merletto in Burano, Carlo Goldoni’s residence, the Museum of Natural History and Ca ‘Rezzonico – 18th Century Venetian Museum
Discover the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista open in the evening
A centuries-old result of architectural and decorative works, the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista will open in the evening hours for a cycle of extraordinary openings and evening guided tours.
Organized in different languages, the visits will let the public know about the succession of events that led the factory of the fourteenth century to be transformed, over the centuries, into one of the most prestigious school of the city; this was created thanks to the collaboration of well-known architects and artists of the time, including Carpaccio, Bellini and Tiziano.
The guided tour of the museum includes the Scuola Grande, the Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, the Campiello della Scuola and the Campiello San Giovanni with the marble Septo. Since its foundation in 1261, the building has been known for the combination of different architectural styles – Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque.
From the noble staircase leading to the Capitular Room of Mauro Codussi, to the splendid marble septo, an example of Venetian Renaissance architecture, by Pietro Lombardo, to the last eighteenth-century architectural modifications including the Chapter Room and the east and west extensions of Giorgio Massari.
Museums in the moonlight. Discovering the night time tours of Palazzo Ducale
Throughout the summer every Friday and every Saturday Palazzo Ducale will remain open until 11 pm (last admission at 10 pm). The opening hours will be longer then usual; this initiative offers the opportunity to admire one of the symbols of the Serenissima through the suggestions of a nocturnal itinerary.
Structured on different layers of constructive and ornamental elements, Palazzo Ducale underwent fires and reconstructions, extensions and regeneration plans by well known architects and artists of the time, including Jacopo and Domenico Tintoretto, Veronese, Palma il Giovane. This ancient site, where the Doge lived and the magistrates met, offers now hidden itineraries and wonders to discover.
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