The 68° International Film Festival of Venice, that kicks off at the end of this month on August 31st and last up to September 10th 2011, shall have a whole host of world premieres including Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights, George Clooney’s The Ides of March, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method and Abel Ferrara’s apocalyptic drama 4:44 Last Day on Earth, with the above films also in the running for the festival’s main prize – the Golden Lion. The extremely rich program of the Festival includes 5208 films, with 2511 feature films, 566 middle length films and 2131 short length films. Other new screenings of note include Steve McQueen’s follow up to 2008′s superb Hunger, entitled Shame, Al Pacino’s latest project behind the camera Wilde Salome, the return of controversial auteur Roman Polanski with Carnage and Steven Soderbergh’s viral outbreak thriller Contagion, starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and our very own Kate Winslet. Oh, and Madonna is back with a biography of everyone’s least favourite American icon Wallis Simpson – AKA the one-time Duchess of Windsor, in the efficiently titled W.E. The Film Festival shall have 3 different sections with 22 movies on the main prize, 19 movies out of the contest and 24 films in the section “Horizon”, dedicated to the new expression without time and gender. There are 3 Italian movies in the contest: “Quando la notte“ by Cristina Comencini, “L’ultimo Terrestre“, the first film by Gianni Pacinotti, called Gipi, and lastly “Terraferma” by Emanuele Crialese. Diplomatic outcries regarding Taiwan and China’s filmmaking relationship aside, this year’s Venice Film Festival lineup looks particularly strong and, alongside the Toronto and London film festivals, should help to soften some of the critical outcry regarding 2011′s relatively poor cinematic output. Our 24h Reception at the Hotel Alle Guglie shall be more than pleased to let you have any additional information about the fabulous 68° International Film Festival of Venice and invite you to visit our Special Offer page as well to discover our prices and availability for your next holiday in Venice with us.
The unique exhibition Sign Off Design, directed by Luca Beatrice and totally dedicated to design shall be held into the State Department of Venice in Campo of Frari, just few minutes walking from our Alle Guglie hotel. The exhibition, that shall end on October 30th 2011 with a free entrance, is the result of the cooperation of international artists and designers with the aim of explore the links between light and material in order to follow the main theme of the International Art Biennale 2011 that is the “light”. Sign Off Design has been projected and realized by SLIDE, an important Italian company specialized on contemporary light design, that inside the prestigious ‘500 Cloister of Holy Trinity in Campo of Frari has explore the mix between light and different materials, everything watched with contemporary eyes. The materials used are polystyrene, fiberglass, wood and composed materials and each piece of art shall be numbered and created and elaborated by a mathematical 3D model CNC. Sign Off Design shall show the jobs of the designer Karim Rashid, of the Italian post-modern artists Alessandro Mendini and Denis Santachiara and of the sculptors Giuseppe Spagnulo, Jean-Claude Farhi, Bruto Pomodoro and the Korean Park Eun-Sun. Our 24h Reception at the Hotel Alle Guglie shall be more than pleased to let you have any additional information about the Sign Off Design Exhibition and invite you to visit our Special Offer page as well to discover our prices and availability for your next holiday in Venice with us.
Together with the 54th International Art Exhibition, the Foundation of the Civic Museums presents in Venice until September 4th 2011, in the hallway and portego on the first floor of Palazzo Mocenigo – Study Centre for the History of Textiles and Costume, which owns an interesting collection of beautiful Venetian clothes and accessories, two exhibitions of contemporary textile art: “A TEXTILE EXPERIENCE, A PASSION FOR COLOUR. Miniartextil” and “Ruth Adler Schnee”. These two events are included into the Venetian Museum circuit and the full admission fee is 5,00 Euro. Palazzo Mocenigo this summer shall show for the 6th time “Fibre Art” again, that is a contemporary form of expression where thread, fibre and fabric are used with an entirely new independence, which is now being updated through ever-changing structures and iconographies. There are 54 miniatures textiles on display, selected among the 413 project finalists of the 2010 competition, which saw artists compete on the theme “A day of happiness”, loosely based on stories by Nobel Prize winner Isaac Bashevis Singer. The miniature textiles are works not exceeding 20 cm per side which were identified by an international jury. In addition to miniature textiles, the exhibition also includes 7large-sized installations, namely: “Prayer rugs”, by Gabriella Crisci; “Celestial Knights Virgo”, by the Lithuanian artist Jūratė Kazakevičiūtė, and “Night Plains”, by the Argentine duo Toba Toba. Evocative installations by Italians competitors were Raffaele Penna’s “The Flight” and Resi Girardello’s “Danae’s Oracle”. On the other hand, the two artists Dario Zeruto and Hélène Genvrin created, instead, the sculpture-book entitled “Cascada”, consisting of 550 pages of cotton paper. Anna Paola Cibin made a large tapestry, entitled “The Journey”, inspired by the environments described in the “Million” by Marco Polo, the famous Venetian traveler. Our 24h Reception at the Hotel Alle Guglie shall be more than pleased to let you have any additional information about this interesting exhibition and invite you to visit our Special Offer page as well to discover our prices and availability for your next holiday in Venice with us.
From the beginning of June till September 2011 in Venice on the occasion o f the Biennale Art Exhibition, the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation offer to all Venetian tourists 4 different exhibitions based around young artists and the experimental art in particular. The first exhibition shall be held at Palazzetto Tito near Campo San Barnaba from May 31 with the title “Enrico David’s First Italian Solo Show”. This young Italian artist from Ancona, after his education in the UK and a participation in the Biennale 2003 and 2009, has held a solo show at the ICA in London in 2007 and been given a residency at the Schaulager in Basel in 2010. His paintings and sculptures owe a big deal to manual skill, featuring lattices, stylized human figures and large mouths telling of expressive difficulties. The second exhibition shall be held in St. Mark’s Square Gallery from June 1 by the artist collective “Xijing Men”, featuring a Korean, a Japanese and a Chinese artist. The exhibition, that underlines with some irony a sort of make-believe capital of modern Asia, has been designed specifically for the rooms of the Gallery where a huge light blue flag of a fictious state is exposed, ironic symbol of the economic power and collective identity. The third exhibition shall be held in the same Gallery form June 2, with the name “Terrarium For Two Pubblishers” that is an adaption of the concept of the aquarium to a situation in which, instead, the books seem to spring up from the soil in which they are rooted, as if they were living beings. In Palazzo Carminati on San Stae and in the Complesso di Cosma e Damiano on the Giudecca Island shall be held from June 2 the “Open Studios – Atelier 2001” dedicated every year to 12 young artists coming from Northeast of Italy. All the visitors can enter into the Atelier in every moment and participate to the various work phases, from the planning stage to the final realization of paintings sculptures or installations. Contact our reception at the Hotel Alle Guglie at any time for further information about this event.
In Venice from June 4th, 2011 the 54th International Exhibition of Contemporary Art entitled this year ILLUMinations shall have an important and symbolic role in Tintoretto, one of the most important Venetian artist ever. Bice Curiger, the director of the 2011 Art Sector for the Venice Biennale, has underlined the opportunity to establish an intense dialogue with the past and present artists but with all who want to approach art as well. In order to reach such an artistic, historical, and emotional connection with the great Venetian painter and with Venice, 3 more big works by Jacopo Robusti, known as the Tintoretto, will also be shown at the show of the 2011 Art Biennale. In particular the works will be “The Last Supper”, from the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore, the “Theft of the body of St. Mark” and the “Creation of the Animals”, both preserved in the Accademia Gallery. Exceptionally this year, the award ceremony, the inauguration, and the official opening will all coincide: the Biennale will open to the public on June 4th, 2011 at 10am and the opening ceremony will be held at 12pm. But there shall be even 37 collateral events proposed by international organizations and institutions that shall set up their exhibits and their initiatives in various parts of the city, which will coincide with the Biennale. The collateral events offer a wide range of contributions and investments that enrich the program of the 54th International Exhibition in an original and important way. Our 24h Reception at the Hotel Alle Guglie shall be more than pleased to let you have any additional information about the Biennale and invite you to visit our Special Offer page as well to discover our prices and availability for your next holiday in Venice with us.
Venice has a lot of secrets and a lot of unexplored corners like a small yet exceptional museum, scarcely known and thus almost a secret, which contains unique old Venetian boats. The world of traditional Venetian boats can be considered as a sort of cultural heritage which would have disappeared were it not for the work and passion of the Venetian association, with the dantesque name of ‘Arzanà’ (Arsenal in Venetian dialect), that for the last ten years has been safeguarded, preserved and studied. Once upon a time a huge variety of boats sailed up and down the Venetian canals: in fact in 1600 there were nearly 10.000 boats all around the Laguna, gondole di pirata, gondola di cassata, caorline, sandali, etc. With the advent of the first motor boats, the heritage of traditional boats was in danger of being lost but with the aim to prevent typical Venetian boats from falling into oblivion the Arzanà Association acquired the old Squero (the place where small boats were built in the past) ‘Casal dei Servi’ in Cal delle Pignatte in Cannaregio, that has been transformed into an exceptional little ‘living museum’. Please be aware that you shall find a unique boats collection inside the museum, built all with an old artisanal and almost lost workshops. One of the strongest pieces in the collection is the gondolin da fresco, the only example in the world which remains in perfect condition. This type of gondola, used for ‘strolls’ on the water in the summer, was often made less weighty in order to be faster. The Hotel Alle Guglie is very closed to this unique museum and our reception shall be more than please to let you have all the necessary information to visit it. Do not forget to visit our Special Offer page to find the proper offer for your next vacation in Venice.
The 54° International Art Exhibition of Venice shall take place from Saturday June 4, 2011 until Sunday November 27, 2011 in the Giardini and the Arsenale, two of the most beautiful and unknown corners of Venice. The Biennale, managed this year by Bice Curinger, is one of the most important forum in the world for the dissemination and the illumination of current developments in international art, with the title of “ILLUMInazioni – ILLUMInations”. The exhibition will be shown in the Central Pavilion in the Giardini and in the Arsenale, through a special itinerary showing the creations of 82 artists from all over the world, including 32 young artists born after 1975, as well as 32 women artists. As usual, the Exhibition will be paralleled by 88 National Participations, a record for the Biennale Arte (they were 77 in 2009), housed in the historical Pavilions in the Giardini, in the Arsenale, as well as in other locations around Venice. The famous Italian Vittorio Sgarbi shall be the curator of the Italian Pavilion – Padiglione Italiano in the Arsenale, organized by the Ministry for the Cultural Heritage and Activities together with PaBAAC – General Direction for landscape, fine arts, architecture and contemporary art. The countries that shall be participating for the first time will be Andorra, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Haiti. Other countries will be participating after a long period of absence: India (1982), Congo (1968), Iraq (1990), Zimbabwe (1990), South Africa (1995), Costa Rica (1993, afterwards with IILA), Cuba (1995, afterwards with IILA). More than 40 Collateral Events will be arranged by international organizations and institutions, which will set up their exhibitions and initiatives in various locations around the city on the occasion of the Biennale. Our Reception at the Hotel Alle Guglie shall be more than pleased to let you have any additional information about the 2011 International Art Exhibition and invite you to visit our Special Offer page as well to discover our prices and availability for your next holiday in Venice with us.
After nearly 30 years form the last exhibition, held in the far 1982, the Civic Museum of Venice, from December 11, 2010 until April 25, 2011, shall organize a big exhibition dedicated to the glass art entitled “The Adventure of the Glass” in the fantastic stage of the Correr Museum. Some of the material on display will be borrowed from the homonymous exhibition which has terminated recently at the Castello del Buonconsiglio in Trento, in addition many other objects will be added in order to properly celebrate the millennium of the history of glass in Venice and its lagoon. With more than three hundred pieces on display, the great exhibition at the Correr Museum just in the St. Mark’s Square covering all the stages of the extraordinary adventure of glass in Venice, from appearance on the lagoon, during the classical age, of glass coming from remote areas, to the ever-closer union between glass and design that represents the present and the future of the Murano glass production. Besides, for the first time in the city, a further selection of more than one hundred works coming from the private collection Maschietto will be added. These glass figurines, with Venetian and the comedy of art masks, charming female nudes, costumes and subjects of fantasy along with a selection of nineteenth-century drawings on Carnival, from the collections of the Correr Museum, will be placed in one of the sumptuous rooms on the first floor of the Museum. The Hotel Alle Guglie shall be more than pleased to let you have any additional information about this interesting exhibition and invite you to visit our Special Offer page as well to discover our prices and availability for your next holiday in Venice.
The Carnival of Venice shall be from February 26 to March 8 this year and the city shall be transformed into a unique and fabulous open air theatre. Every hidden corner of Venice shall be dedicated to the Carnival and all over will be a flowering of theatre pieces, concerts, special itineraries, cultural events for both tourists and locals. Comedy of art shows and Historical Re-enactments will be performed in the most popular squares of the city, called Campi, while the street artists entertainments and the circus theater shows will be planned in every district in order to create a rich and surprising program every day, for most part of the day, and for all the people. For the Venice Carnival 2011 Special itineraries, invented by theatre actors, will let the most curious and creative visitors discover the hidden corners of the city and the secrets of Carnival, concealed in the curiously named venetian “Calli”. In order to keep Venice open for the Carnival all the local churches will be open in the evenings too, in order to offer a repertoire of classical and contemporary music, and allowing the people to experience these unique worship places during the night time. The main cultural circles in town, museums and art galleries, will join the Carnival atmosphere as well by extending their opening days and time frame, allowing everybody to enjoy the culture all day till late night. Our Reception shall be more than pleased to let you have any additional information about the 2011 Venice Carnival and its program and invite you to visit our Special Offer page to discover prices and availability for your next holiday in Venice at the Hotel Alle Guglie.
The Grand Foyer of St. Mark shall be the main theatrical structure equipped just in the middle of the Square to host the all the most important Carnival shows and performances, from the the traditional ones to the most innovative and trendy: from the “Volo dell’Angelo” that starts the Carnival and belongs to one of the most ancient Venetian tradition, the “Festa delle Marie” dedicated to the most beautiful Venetian girls and the “Maschera più bella – The best masked costumes contest”. This last contest shall be held on Sunday march 6 directly on the stage in St. Mark’s Square. An international jury will select not only the best costumes, but also their colors, originality, beauty, savoir faire and bearing. This year two different prizes will be given: one, as usual, for the best mask of the Carnival, and the second one for the best nineteenth century style mask. But the Gran Foyer shall also host all the choreographic companies shows, the international circus-theater performances, the parades and the comedians’ entertainment and all the live concerts organized by the DJs of the national media partners. And more, every evening from 8 pm the waltzes and tango balls and again, the cocktail time entertainment where the Dj sets will offer the stimulating happy hours of the Carnival 2011. Our Reception shall be more than pleased to let you have any additional information about the 2011 Carnival in Venice and invite you to visit our Special Offer page to discover all the prices and availability for your next holiday in Venice at the Hotel Alle Guglie.