Real Venice is taking place in the Abbey of an Giorgio Maggiore on the island of San Giorgio, in collaboration with the neighbouring Fondazione Giorgio Cini.
About the Fondazione Giorgio Cini
The Fondazione Cini is a non-profit cultural institution. It was constituted by Vittorio Cini, in memory of his son Giorgio, with the aim of restoring the island of San Giorgio Maggiore (devastated after 100 years of military occupation) and of creating an international cultural centre that would re-integrate the island into the life of Venice. The Fondazione Cini’s mission is to promote the redevelopment of the monumental complex on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore and encourage the creation and development of educational, social, cultural and artistic institutions in its surrounding territory.
Besides the monumental complex which used to be a Benedictine monastery, featuring Palladio’s Cloister and Refectory, Longhena’s Library and other works from great architects of the past, there are two other important locations on the island: the Teatro Verde and the New Exhibition Centre. The Teatro Verde, built in the 1950s with materials left over from the Island restoration, is an amphiteatre inspired to ancient teatri di verzura (vegetable theatres), featuring stepped rows of white Vicenza stone divided by box-hedges, in the heart of the San Giorgio Maggiore park. On the north-eastern side of the island, a major restoration work has been carried out on the former warehouse building constructed at the turn of the 19th century for the free port on the island. In 2008 a new exhibition centre of over 1,000 square metres was created.
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About the exhibitions taking place on the island of San Giorgio this summer, organised by the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and Factum Arte
Penelope’s Labour: Weaving Words and Images
Exhibition venue: Centro Espositivo “Le Sale del Convitto”, Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Dates: 4th June – 18th September 2011
Opening Hours: 10am – 6 pm (closed on Tuesdays
Anish Kapoor Ascension
Exhibition venue: Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore
Dates: 1st June – 27th November 2011
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am -1pm / 2.30pm – 6.00 pm | Sunday: 9am - 11am / 2.30pm – 6 pm
For more information about the Fondazione Giorgio Cini please visit: http://www.cini.it/