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Visit to the 57th Venice International Art Exhibition

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by intern No Comments

Saturday, May 20, 2017 – 10 am

Meeting Point: 10 am at the venue “Meeting Point Giardini” (transparent box next to the ticket booth) (see map)
! Do not be late: we will distribute tickets on location and the guided tour must start in time

N.B. The tickets are nominal. Please remember to bring your ID/Passport, otherwise you may be denied access to the Biennale at the ID check


VIU participates in the Biennale Sessions: a unique opportunity for students and professors for a tour in one of the main international events dedicated to contemporary art.

The visit will take place in the Biennale venue of Giardini. Participants will benefit of a guided tour on Saturday 20 morning and of a ticket pass allowing 3 non-consecutive days entrances to Giardini and Arsenale venues.

This activity is part of Prof. Zoeller’s courses S1706 Entertainment Business. Venice and the Invention of Commercial Music Theater and S1710 Comparing East and West; and Prof. Pes’ course S1701 History of Venice; and is open to any other student and professor interested.

- 10.15 am: guided tour of the Biennale venue of Giardini (cc 1.30 h)
- 11.30 am: Visit to a selection of National Pavillions guided by Prof.Zöller and students in his courses (Free participation for all other students and professors interested)

The visit cost is sponsored by VIU for Prof. Zoeller’s courses and Prof. Pes’ course.
Ticket cost for all other participants: 20€ (multiple entrance – 3 days) to be brought to VIU Front Office by Thursday, May 18

Some info about the 57th Venice International Art Exhibition
Curated by Christine Marcel and organized by La Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta, this 57th exhibition theme will focus on positivity, joy and life. VIVA ARTE VIVA is the name chosen for the exhibition and it will unfold over the course of nine chapters or families of artists, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion, followed by another seven across the Arsenale through the Giardino delle Vergini. 120 are the invited artists from 51 countries; 103 of these are participating for the first time.

The Venice International Art Exhibition is a world renown event that hosts thousands of visitors in what can be described as a unique setting in the wonderful spaces offered by La Biennale di Venezia.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this extraordinary international event, and come with VIU to discover art as you have never seen it before!


VIU Movie Series – “Il Caimano”

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by intern No Comments


Monday, May 22 – 5 pm – room 9A

This movie is part of Prof. Luca Pes’ course “Italian Contemporary History in Films”il caimano

Directed by Nanni Moretti                  Starring Silvio Orlando, Margherita Buy, Michele Placido
Genres comedy, drama, romance       Release date 2006 (Italy)
Running time 112 minutes                Languages Italian

Nanni Moretti’s The Caiman (Il Caimano) is an eclectic and at times frustrating movie which satirises former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, makes some limited observations about the Italian film and television industry, and explores the personal and professional crisis of a C-grade filmmaker.

Bruno Bonomo is the producer of trash movies that were famous in the 70s, that finds himself going through a deep crisis both in his career and in his private life and marriage. The only thing that keeps him going on is the script of a young girl, Teresa, who wants to produce a movie entitled IL CAIMANO with the intention to tell the story of the politician Silvio Berlusconi, but the subject is so controversial that even the public television won’t produce it…

Called into action at the last, Moretti presents an immediate and particularly incisive film that allows Italy (and its cinema) to look forward to a more politically engaged and courageous future.



VIU Movie Series – Chinese Students Proposal

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by intern No Comments



Friday, May 19 – 5 pm – room 9A


Directed by Wu Ershan                  Starring Chen Kun, Huang Bo, Shu Qi
Genres action, adventure, thriller    Release date 2001 (China)
Running time 125 minutes             Languages Chinese

The movie is based on the popular adventure novel series Ghost Blows Out the Light about a trio of legendary grave robbers. The protagonists are a famous trio of tomb explorers Hu Bayi, Wang Kaixuan and Hu’s fiancée Shirley Yang. After deciding to split and retire to Manhattan at the beginning of the 1990s, the trio is lured back to their original vocation when Wang is pulled into a deal with a mysterious businesswoman to locate the ancient tomb of a Mongolian princess. But the woman’s real aim is to find and possess the Equinox Flower, a famed artifact that allegedly has the power to raise the dead…

The film won the 53rd Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards for Best Visual Effects



VIU Movie Series – Japanese Students Proposal

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by intern No Comments

“Spirited Away”

Monday, May 8 – 5 pm – room 9A

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Directed by Hayao Miyazaki            Starring Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki
Genres animation, comedy, drama  Release date 2001 (Japan)
Running time 125 minutes              Languages Japanese

Chihiro Ogino (Hiiragi) is a sullen ten-year-old girl who happened to enter the spirit world while moving to a new neighborhood. The witch Yubaba (Natsuki) transforms Chihiro’s parents into pigs, forcing the girl to take a job working in Yubaba’s bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world.
This anime had such a popular success that it became one of the most renown film in Japanese history, receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Academy Award for Best Animated Feature at the 75th Academy Awards

Golden Bear at the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival



Friday trip: Visit to the MOSE Barrier System

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by intern No Comments


Friday, May 12, 2017

Meeting Point: 11.30 am, San Servolo boat stop
N.B. 10.30 am, Room 9A,
screening of Documentary movie on the MOSE construction and discussion with Prof. Sonia Silvestri

The visit is compulsory for students enrolled in:
Prof. Pes’course S1701 History of Venice
Prof. Mannino’s course S1718 Globalization, Environment and Sustainable Development
Prof. Silvestri’s course S1720 Coastal Wetlands, Lagoon and Estuaries: Environmental Monitoring and Management

Students must sign the roster that will be brought in class on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 May; if you could not sign, please write to

Some extra-places might be available: students and professors interested can write to and will receive further communication.

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10.30 am – Room 9B  Screening of documentary film on the MOSE construction and discussion with Prof. Sonia Silvestri

11.30 am Departure with pivate boat from San Servolo Island
12 pm Visit to the MOSE
12.30 – 1.30 pm Lunch break in S. Erasmo Island
2 pm Estimated time of return

Some Info
Mose barriers consist of flap gates, installed in the bottom of the inlets, that allow to separate temporary the lagoon from the sea during an event of high tide. They are part of a project intended to protect the city of Venice and the Venetian Lagoon from flooding, through an integrated system consisting of rows of mobile gates installed at the Lido, Malamocco and Chioggia inlets that are able to temporarily isolate the Venetian Lagoon from the Adriatic Sea during high tides.

The project has met resistance from environmental and conservation groups because of the costs to the Italian State of construction, management, and maintenance, which are said to be much higher than those for alternative systems employed by the Netherlands and England to resolve similar problems. According to these groups, the environmental impact of the barriers are severe, not just at the inlets where complex leveling will be carried out and the lagoon bed reinforced to accommodate the gates, but also on the hydrogeological balance and delicate ecosystem of the lagoon. The NO MOSE front also emphasises what could be a number of critical points in the structure of the system and its inability to cope with predicted rises in sea level.

Find more info on the MOSE Website



Meeting with the artist: “ECO Primavera” with 100 Endangered Species

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by intern No Comments

Wednesday, May 10 – 6 pm - St. George’s Anglican Church (Campo San Vio)

Meeting Point: 4.50 pm, San Servolo boat stop or 5.00 pm S. Zaccaria boat stop

The visit is strongly recommended to students enrolled in:
Prof. Mannino’s course S1718 Globalization, Environment and Sustainable Development
Prof. Silvestri’s course S1720 Coastal Wetlands, Lagoon and Estuaries: Environmental Monitoring and Management

All students and professors interested are welcome to join!
Please sign the participation roster in corridor 9 or at the Front Office


VIU Students and Professors have the opportunity to meet the Irish artist Michelle Rogers at the opening of her exhibition in Venice: “ECO Primavera” with 100 Endangered Species.
The exhibition shows a large-scale painting of endangered animals which incorporates more than one hundred small threatened and endangered species of insects, frogs, birds, and flowers as an environmental homage to Italian painter Sandro Botticelli.

“Historically we paint things that are important, and for me recording endangered species is a way of preserving them, giving them recognition so they won’t disappear completely”, the artist explains. For the past twenty years Rogers has worked as an artist for social justice and human rights, more recently focusing on climate change. As a founding member of Artists For Environment, the artist fervidly believes in the ability of creativity to change the world.

Open May 10–13, 11am–6pm daily
Closing event with special Evensong service by Reverend Alaric Lewis on May 13 at 6pm

Find more on the artist’s official website: Michelle Rogers

About the exhibition venue: St. George’s Anglican Church in Venice is a Chaplaincy in the Diocese of Europe that welcomes Christians of all denominations, people of any faith or no faith to join us in celebrating art that raises our consciousness about the fragile environment that we hold on trust for future generations.



VIU Movie Series – “Mimì Metallurgico”

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by intern No Comments


Monday, May 8 – 5 pm – room 9B

This movie is part of Prof. Luca Pes’ course “Italian Contemporary History in Films”



Directed by Lina Wertmüller            Starring Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato
Genres comedy, drama                     Release date 1972 (Italy)
Running time 125 minutes             Languages Italian

Mimì is an hardheaded Left-wing Sicilian dockworker, who emigrated in Turin after voting against a Mafia kingpin in an allegedly secret election. He is contended first by his wife and, once back in Catania, by the wife of a Tax Police officer in an intricate and surreal plot. Soon Mimì finds himself juggling two demanding relationships while plotting to take revenge against the corrupt forces that ruined his life.

The film was presented in the 1972 Cannes Film Festival.



Introductory Lecture to the MOSE visit, May 8

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by intern No Comments

“Both the sea and mobile dams as threats. The contemporary imaginary of the fishermen in the lagoon”

Monday, May 8 – 5 pm – room 9A

Guest Speaker: Rita Vianello

The lecture is part of the MOSE Visit, and it is strongly recommended for students enrolled in:
Prof. Pes’course S1701 History of Venice
Prof. Silvestri’s course S1720 Coastal Wetlands, Lagoon and Estuaries: Environmental Monitoring and Management


Prof. RITA VIANELLO, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, is an Anthropologist of the Sea and author of books about Pellestrina’s fishermen and about the Gondoliers.
Professor Vianello, who did extensive field work in Pellestrina, will introduce the Culture of the Fishermen of the Lagoon and their perception and reaction towards the massive environmental transformation induced by the building of the Mobile Dams (MOSE).

All Students and Professors interested are Welcome to Join!



Visit to the Doge’s Palace and the Marciana Library

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by intern No Comments

Friday, April 28, 2017

Meeting point: 9.20 am San Zaccaria boat stop (boat line n°20)


The visit is compulsory for students enrolled in the courses:
Prof. Pes’course S1701 History of Venice
Prof. Perilli’s course S1707 Art and Architecture in Renaissance Venice

All costs are sponsored by VIU for students of the above mentioned courses

- 9.30 am: Meeting with local guide, Caterina Nardin, for the visit to the Doge’s Palace
- 10.30 am: Estimated time for the end of the visit
- 11 am: Visit to the Marciana Library


Some History

The Doge’s Palace is an impressive structure composed of layers of building elements and ornamentation, from its 14th and 15th century original foundations to the significant Renaissance and Mannerist adjunctions. Originally an agglomeration of different buildings destined to serve various purposes, many fires destroyed it through the centuries, leading to constant renovations. It housed not only the Doge’s apartments, the seat of the government and the city’s courtrooms, but also a jail, and in the second half of the 16th century new prisons were built, linked to the Doge’s Palace by the Bridge of Sighs. When the Republic fell in 1797, its role as the heart of political life inevitably changed and it was occupied by various administrative offices, housing important cultural institutions such as the Biblioteca Marciana (from 1811 to 1904). In 1923, the Italian State, owner of the building, appointed the City Council to manage it as a public museum.

The Marciana Library was the result of a long history regarding the building of a public library in Venice. In 1362 Francesco Petrarca decided to donate his books to the Venetian Republic as a starting point for book lovers. In 1560 the St. Mark’s Library opened and started growing as more and more works were donated to the municipality and also thanks to a 1603 Venetian law that led all the printers to deposit a copy of every publication.



Percorso della Memoria, visit to the Ghetto and the Jewish Museum

Posted on: April 20th, 2017 by intern No Comments


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Meeting point: 10.15 am Campo San Canciano, Cannaregio (see map)

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The visit is highly recommended for the students of Prof. Pes’course S1701 History of Venice
The costs are sponsored by VIU for students of S1701 course.

18 extra places are available for any other student and professor interested!

Extra participants: the cost of the visit to the Jewish Museum is 10 euro/student under 26 and 12 euro/over 26
To get the reduced price, please remember to bring your university/VIU Card with you
The ticket will be bought on the spot.

- 10.15 am: A walk through Italian history of resistance in Venice: Campo San Canciano – Bruno Crovato; Ponte dei Sartori – Luigi Borgato; Calle Priuli – Giuseppe Tramontin; Fondamenta San Felice – Ubaldo Belli; Calle Colombina – Piero Favretti; Campiello del Magazin – Augusto Picutti; Corte Correra – Manfredi Azzarita.
- 11.30 am: The cortege arrives to Campo del Ghetto Nuovo, where the Jewish Museum of Venice is situated, accompanied by the April 25th Choir – Mezzalira Olivolo. Commemoration at the monument in memory of the Shoah.
- 12 pm: Visit to the Jewish Museum of Venice

To confirm your participation, please sign the roster at the Front Office before Monday 24 at 3 pm.


Some Info:
The Jewish Museum of Venice is placed between the two most ancient Venetian synagogues. It is a little but very rich museum founded in 1953 by the Jewish Community of Venice.
The precious objects shown to public, important examples of goldsmith and textile manufacture made between the 16th and the 19th centuries are a lively witnessing of the Jewish tradition. The museum furthermore offers a wide selection of ancient books and manuscripts and some objects used in the most important moments of the cycle of civil and religious life.
The museum is built in two areas, the first one devoted to the cycle of Jewish festivities and to objects used for liturgy, the latter- planned with a greater educational approach- deals with the history of Venetian Jews through images and objects.