From 12 April to 2 November 2014, the National Museum of Villa Pisani is hosting the exhibition Light on Venice: Discovering Nineteenth-Century Photography, promoted by the Architectural and Landscape Heritage Superintendency for the Provinces of Venice, Belluno, Padua and Treviso and organised by Mosaico, together with Munus, featuring the double photographic masterpiece by Ferdinando Ongania (Venice 1842 – St Moritz 1911) Calli and Canals and Calli, Canals and Islands in the Lagoon, shown here for the first time in its entirety.
Ferdinando Ongania, who was unquestionably the greatest publisher to work in Venice in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, established a fundamental milestone in the process of consolidating and validating the development of ‘writing with light’ (photo-graphics) as urban portraiture: his Calli and Canals constitutes a unique ‘paper monument’ to fin-de-siècle Venice.
Visitors to the exhibition can view 200 photo-etchings of Venice, priceless nineteenth-century originals that conserve a faithful record of the city’s appearance. Follow in the footsteps of the “director” and publisher Ongania as he created his detailed, icastic record of majestic palazzos mirrored in the waters, while the labyrinthine maze of calli (alleyways), canals, courtyards and campi (squares) breathes life back into the narrative of a more intimate, everyday Venice, in an evocative portrait of the city and its social fabric, captured for posterity at the end of the nineteenth century, with sailing ships that ply the basin of St. Mark’s, people being ferried around in gondolas, shielded by their little cabins known as felze, fishermen in the Canal of the Giudecca and ladies with parasols out walking in the Piazzetta.
The exhibition is promoted by the Architectural and Landscape Heritage Superintendency for the Provinces of Venice, Belluno, Padua and Treviso, directed by Antonella Ranaldi, is being hosted in the National Museum of Villa Pisani in Stra (near Venice), directed by Giuseppe Rallo, and is organised by Mosaico, together with Munus, the concessionaire of supplementary services at Villa Pisani, and curated by Myriam Zerbi and Sabina Vianello. The exhibition catalogue is published by Munus – Palombi.
12 Aprile – 2 November 2014
National Museum of Villa Pisani
Via Doge Pisani 7 - 30039 Stra (Venice)
Mosaico, together with Munus, the concessionaire providing museum services at the Villa Pisani National Museum, presents the photography competition Light on Venice. Discovering Contemporary Photography, organised in partnership with the Architectural and Landscape Heritage Superintendency for the Provinces of Venice, Belluno, Padua and Treviso. The aim of this competition is to draw a comparison between the late nineteenth-century Venice illustrated in the exhibition currently being hosted in Villa Pisani, Light on Venice: Discovering Nineteenth-Century Photography, and Venice as it appears today in the interpretations made by anyone: professionals and amateurs, young and old, Venetians and tourists. What visitors will see here are the thirty finalist photographs selected by the Jury from the more than 350 shots entered in February and March 2014. On 7 September 2014, the Jury will announce the winners of this competition, basing its decisions both on its own technical appraisal and on the approval ratings expressed by visitors to the National Museum of Villa Pisani, who are invited to indicate their preferences.Go Back