Saturday, September 13, 2014

Venice – Giudecca: Casa dei Tre Oci - Building a Nation – Venezia Si Difende 1915-1918 exhibitions


photograph courtesy Casa dei Tre Oci 
           
Venice – Giudecca: Casa dei Tre Oci  - Building a Nation – Venezia Si Difende exhibitions. At the Casa dei Tre Oci on the Guidecca Island of Venice two photographic exhibitions open the autumn season. Venezia Si Difende  1915-1918 and Lewis Hine - Building a Nation are both on show until 8 December.
Casa dei Tre Oci: Lewis Hine – Building a Nation. Lewis Hine – Building a Nation is curated by Enrica Vigano.  The exhibition brings together, for the first time, original works from the Rosenblum family collection of New York. It is the largest archival collection of vintage prints by Hine in private hands.  Through a nucleus of sixty vintage prints his most well known cycles are presented here: the famous workers of the Empire State Building, the immigrants to Ellis Island, from the Pittsburgh reportage to Child Labor in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia. We can admire the mastery and humanity of the father of social photography and link to his experience some of the highest values of the subsequent generation, represented for example by the Photo League.
Above. A trailer of the film America and Lewis Hine, by Nina Rosenblum and Daniel Allentuck, Daedalus Production, on show in the exhibition.
Lewis Hine, Riveters at Work on a Beam New York, 1931, from the series Empire State Building.

 photograph courtesy Casa dei Tre Oci 

Lewis Hine – Building a Nation. Lewis Hine (1874-1940) was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He was a teacher and a sociologist at Columbia University, he decided to embrace a camera to better represent social conditions: his photograph built a nation. “Maybe you are fed up of images of child labor. Well we all are.” said Hine.  “But we aim to make you and the whole country so uncomfortable before this question that when the time comes to action, images of child labor will only no more a testimony of the past.”
Above. Portrait of Lewis Hine.

  photograph courtesy Casa dei Tre Oci 

Lewis Hine - Building a Nation. A mechanic with a micrometer measuring the drive shaft he is building. 1920c.

 
Lewis Hine – Building a Nation - Child Labor. Excavators in a coal mine in West Virginia in 1908.



 
Lewis Hine – Building a Nation. Young Child Picking Cotton, 1908 c. front and back.

 photograph courtesy Casa dei Tre Oci

Lewis Hine – Building a Nation – Ellis Island. An Italian family in search of his lost luggage New York, 1905.
 


Lewis Hine – Made in America - Building a Nation Stamps. A tribute to Hine by the United States Postal Service.  The stamps, bearing his photographs, were issued in August 2013, they honor the brave workers who helped build the country.

   
Casa dei Tre Oci


Photographs courtesy - archivio Storico fotografico della fondazione Musei civici di Venezia
 
Casa dei Tre Oci: Venezia Si Difende 1915-1918. One hundred years after the beginning of the First World War, the Venezia Si Difende 1915-1918 (Venice Defends Itself 1915 – 1918) exhibition, until 8 December, is curated by Claudio Franzini.  It intends to describe the city’s unusual situation at the time of the Great War and offers a comprehensive panorama of the dramatic events, so as not to lose either their historical perspective or that settled in our collective memory, by means of more that 350 original photographs from the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia historic photographic archives housed at Palazzo Fortuny.
Above. Basilica di San Marco, protection status of the church, gelatin print, 1916.

Photographs courtesy - archivio Storico fotografico della fondazione Musei civici di Venezia

Venezia Si Difende 1915-1918. San Marco Bell Tower. The Sansovino loggia is covered and protected with sandbags, gelatin print, 1915.

 
 Director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Gabriella Belli and the curator of the exhibition, Claudio Franzini


Venezia Si Difende 1915-1918. The historic photographic archives are housed at Palazzo Fortuny.

 Photographs courtesy - archivio Storico fotografico della fondazione Musei civici di Venezia
 
Venezia Si Difende 1915-1918. The exhibition is divided into four sections virtually not documenting acts of war but defensive strategies; the complex task of preventive protection of the monuments with sandbags and masonry reinforcements, the removal of precious art treasures, the transformation of the turrets of the city into posts for sighting and air defense, the balloons brakes that were raised to obstruct the airspace.  Also illustrated are the difficulties of everyday life: the blackout, shelters, hospitals, the removal of debris, and the withdrawal of bank deposits. And, an important section is also devoted to the effects of air attacks suffered.
Above. Soldiers on the lookout on railed rooftop platforms, gelatin print, 1915-1918

 

Venezia Si Difende 1915-1918 - The Rialto Bridge.

 Photographs courtesy - archivio Storico fotografico della fondazione Musei civici di Venezia
 
Venezia Si Difende 1915-1918. Particularly dramatic bombings of great emotional impact of one of the masterpieces irretrievably lost, which caused a strong international reaction: the ceiling fresco of the Church of the Scalzi with works by Giambattista Tiepolo, was destroyed in an attempt to hit the nearest railway station.
 
Photographs courtesy - archivio Storico fotografico della fondazione Musei civici di Venezia
 
Venezia Si Difende 1915-1918. 42 raids were dumped on the city, a total of 1029 bombs (300 during the night between 26 and 27 February 1918), not only with the result of causing substantial damage to property, but also 52 deaths and 84 wounded. 

 
Venezia Si Difende 1915-1918 - Piazza San Marco

 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Venice: Caffe Quadri – Le Chiavi del Passato Aprono Futuri Preziosi –

 
Venice: Caffe Quadri – Le Chiavi del Passato Aprono Futuri Preziosi – Cocktail. On a warm late summer evening, a cocktail party, entitled “Le Chiavi del Passato Aprono Futuri Preziosi” (the keys of the pass open precious futures…), in the most famous square of Venice, at the Gran Caffe Quadri, the Venetian jeweler, Roberto Coin celebrated the restoration project of three reliquaries of  the Holy Cross,housed in Saint Mark's Basilica, realized in collaboration with the Comitato Italiano per Venezia (Italian Committee for Venice).
Above. The orchestra of the Gran Caffe Quadri.

 photographs courtesy Roberto Coin

Le Chiavi del Passato Aprono Futuri Preziosi. Before the cocktail party an exclusive tour of Saint Mark’s  Basilica, with an exceptional guide in the figure of Monsignor Meneguolo, who is in charge of the ecclesiastic section of Cultural Heritage in Venice.  Guests saw up close the three reliquaries of the Holy Cross; the Holy Cross of the Emperor Henry of Flanders, Saint John of the Barbarigo family and a fragment of the Column of Flagellation, all recently restored by Roberto Coin.
Above: Reliquary – Before and After Restoration.  The Reliquary of the Column of the Flagellation. The reliquary consists of a granite stone the size of a fist, which was part of the treasures of Saint Mark’s back in 1375.

 
Matteo Marzotto and Roberto Coin

 
Alessandra, Carolina and Cecilia Valmarana, Piero Maccarinelli and Pilar Coin

 
 Jerome Zieseniss and Birkim de Montebello

 
Tinetta Gardella, Beppe Modenese and Lucia Zavagli

 
 Rufus Ablemarle and Servane Giol
 

Two Jewelers of Piazza San Marco – Roberto Coin and Alberto Nardi


 Paola and Marino Golinelli

 
Tramezzini

 
Emanuela Notarbartolo Di Sciara and Bianca Loredan
 

Bianca  and Gilberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga


 Paolo Lorenzoni and Pilar Coin


Isabella and Ketty Alvera


Cecilia Matteucci Lavarini

 
The Roberto Coin boutique next to the Caffe Quadri remained open throughout the event welcoming guests with goodie bags.  On show the exclusive window with the creations signed by the Italian designer. In the last decades, his jewels have been considered the origin of many trends in the worlds of fashion and art.
Above. Marta Marzotto and Roberto Coin.

 
Arancini di Pesce
 
 
Luigi Zoratti and Margot Kechler

 
 Raffaello and Silvia Napoleone

 
Isa Parodi, Adalberto Cremonese and Piero Pinto

 
Gloria Beggiato and Marco Loredan
 
 
Jane da Mosto, Josefina Alzetta and Elena Longanesi

 photograph courtesy Roberto Coin

Reliquary – Before and After Restoration. The reliquary of the Holy Cross of the Emperor Henry of Flanders - Maestro Gerardo, 1206.

 
Nicoletta Loredan and Carla Alvera

 
Sigrid de Montrond and Maria Grazia Rosin

 
Nghi Nguyen, John Browne and Fabio Moretti

 
Manila Bernardi and Luca Franceschin

 
Alessandro Palwer and Bianca Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga

 
Fritto Misto
 

Pietro Berlingeri and Erika Bertin

 
Roberto De Feo and Alessandra Zoppi


Alessandro and Miriam Danesin

 
Napoleon called the Piazza San Marco the most beautiful drawing room of Europe.


Justine Bradley and Hugues Le Gallies 

 
France Thierard, Fabio Pacifico and Alessandra Zoppi
 

The  Moon on the Piazza







 


 
 


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