Archive for September, 2016

Introductory seminar and International Conference ‘UNREST IN VENICE’

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by intern No Comments

Wednesday, October 5 - 5.00 – 6.30 pm - room 9A

Unrest in venice picture

The seminar will be coordinated by the two conference organizers: Dr. Maartje van Gelder (University of Amsterdam) and Dr. Claire Judde de Larivière (University of Toulouse).

This co-curricular activity is part of prof. Pes’ course History of Venice – Italy Core,  the participation to the seminar is compulsory for its students.

All students and professors are welcome to join.


The aim of the seminar is to introduce you to the late medieval and early modern Venetian society, in order to present the questions and problems that will be discussed during the international conference, which will be held at VIU on Friday, 7 October.

The seminar will be divided in three parts:

The first part will present how the Venetian society was organized, explaining the relationships between the three main groups which made up the society : the nobles (patricians), the citizens (cittadini i.e. bourgeois) and the ordinary people (popolani). We will consider how this social framework, created at the end of the Middle Ages, was related to the exclusion of the popolani from any political involvement, both in the city government and in the main institutions. We will relate these questions to the city scape and to the way Venetian spaces were and are organized.

The second part will introduce the question of the so-called “myth” of Venice, i.e. the idea that Venice has been one of the rare regimes to know no revolt or popular political unrest during its millennial history. We will analyze the evolution of this idea, and how it influenced the way the history of Venice has been written ever since the 16th century.

The third part will finally introduce the programme of the conference. It is the first time that two eminent historians of Venice will focus together on the question of political unrest in Venice, tackling collectively its myth, trying to unveil events and forms of actions and proving that political tensions were taking place in Venice and that the popolo was involved in such events.


Friday, October 7 – all day – Aula Magna

International Conference

unrest in venice conference

Participation to the international conference UNREST IN VENICE is compulsory for students attending the course History of Venice - Italy Core

Read more about the  conference on the VIU website Unrest In Venice. Popular Politics in an Aristocratic Republic“.



VIU Movie Series “Amarcord”

Posted on: September 29th, 2016 by intern No Comments

Monday, October 3 – 5 pm – room 9A


It’s an extravagantly funny, sometimes dreamlike evocation of a year in the life of a small Italian coastal town in the nineteen-thirties [...] as it is recalled by a director with a superstar’s access to the resources of the Italian film industry and a piper’s command over our imaginations. [...]   “Amarcord, which opened yesterday at the Plaza Theater, may possibly be Federico Fellini’s most marvelous film.

Amarcord is as full of tales, some romantic, some slapstick, some elegiac, some bawdy, some as mysterious as the unexpected sight of a peacock flying through a light snowfall. It’s a film of exhilarating beauty”

Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Directed by Federico Fellini,        Starring  Bruno Zanini, Pupella Maggio, Magali Noël, Nando Orfei, Ciccio Ingrassia

Genres  comedy | drama | biographical                 Release date 13 December 1973 (Italy)

Running time 127 minutes         Language Italian (sub. Eng)



Visit to the Ghetto and Jewish Museum

Posted on: September 22nd, 2016 by intern No Comments

Friday, September 30, 2016 – 1.30 pm


The Jewish Museum of Venice is located in Campo del Ghetto Novo, between the two most ancient synagogues in Venice.

It is a small 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 19th centuries, are a lively witnessing of the Jewish tradition. Furthermore, the museum offers a wide selection of ancient books, manuscripts and ritual objects used in the most important moments of civil and religious life.

The museum is divided into two areas: the former is devoted to the cycle of Jewish festivities and to liturgical objects, the latter -planned with a greater educational approach- deals with the history of Venetian Jews.


Meeting Point: Our intern Celeste will be waiting for you at 1.15 pm in Campo del Ghetto Novo, in front of entrance of the Jewish Museum of Venice (how to get there)

Ticket fee: 7 euro, due to the VIU Front office

The visit is compulsory and free for students attending the courses Cultural History of the Jewish Diasporaand Jewish History and Culture in Imperial Russia and in the USSR​.

To participate: all students and faculty wishing to take part to the visit have to sign in the list posted on the door of the classroom corridor by September 23.



Night visit to Saint Mark’s Basilica

Posted on: September 22nd, 2016 by intern No Comments

September 28 – 8.30 pm


Meeting point: Piazzetta dei Leoncini, a square located next to the basilica, known for its lion statues

Saint Mark’s Basilica represents one of the most famous Italian cathedrals and enshrines an extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage, which attracts four to five million visitors per year.

The night visit to Saint Mark’s basilica is a unique opportunity to admire this magnificent artistic and architectural masterpiece, surrounded by the very evocative and enchanting night atmosphere!

Some history…
It was first built in 829 with the function of ecclesiastical structure to house and honor the relics of Saint Mark, smuggled by the Venetians from Alexandria. For about one thousand years this structure served as personal Doge’s chapel and as State Church under the supervision of Saint Mark’s Procurators. In 1807 it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice and the city cathedral, closing its thousand years of ducal history.
As remarked by the French writer Stendhal, “Saint Mark’s is the first mosque one encounters when traveling eastwards”.
As a matter of fact, thanks to its elaborate five domed roof, to the nearly two acres of mosaics with gold backgrounds covering the walls, the arches, cupolas and the fascinating inlaid marble floors, Saint Mark’s Basilica is regarded as one of the finest examples of Byzantine art.
The unknown architect, probably Greek, who first planned the basilica’s actual shape in 1063 , drew inspiration from the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople: both of the churches have in common a typical Greek cross plan. Moreover, many sculptures and mosaics were stolen directly from Constantinople during the Crusades and it is thought that the artists who created the floor, as well as those who did the mosaics, came from Constantinople or Greece.
Students and Professors wishing to take part in the visit are kindly asked to sign in within Tuesday, September 27 (Front Office).
The visit is offered by VIU.


VIU Movie Series: Israeli students proposal

Posted on: September 22nd, 2016 by intern No Comments

Monday, September 26 – 5 pm – room 9A


“Melancholy climactic trajectory aside, Zero Motivation is primarily very funny, thanks both to its game cast and Lavie’s flair for unexpected gags” (Vladim Rizov, A.V. Club)

“In three loosely connected episodes, we watch as each woman pursues her goal in an environment where men seem to be the only ones destined for full personhood” (John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter)

Zero Motivation portrays the hard, though comedic, everyday life of a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers posted in a remote army base. The main characters of the movie spend their time dealing with bureaucracy and battling in computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, they manage to handle with humor and wit all of their issues related to friendship, love and commitment to the country.

Directed by:Talya Lavie                        Starring:  Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein

Genres: comedy | drama                         Release date: 26 June 2014 (Israel) 

Running time:100 minutes                   Language: Hebrew



15th International Architecture Exhibition – Lecture and guided visit

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by intern No Comments

Friday, September 23, 2016

 Biennale Architetura 2016

VIU Students have the opportunity to enjoy a special visit to Biennale Architettura 2016

An introductory lecture on public spaces, museums and festivals by Prof. Zinovieva will introduce the visit to the Russian Pavilion at the Biennale – the visit will be exceptionally guided by its curator, Arch. Sergei Kuznetsov. A guided visit to the National Pavilions at Giardini Biennale will end this culturally intense experience.

The program
10.00 meeting point at S.Zaccaria n.20 boat stop

10.30 Lecture at Biennale – Arsenale “Lomonosov Moscow State University, public spaces, museums and festivals: urban perspectives” by Prof. Olga Zinovieva, The Mikhail Lomonosov Moscow State University, College of Arts, Moscow

12.30 – 13.30 visit to the Arsenale Pavilions and free time for lunch

14.00 visit to the Russian Pavilion guided by its curator Arch. Sergei Kuznetsov
15.00 guided visit to the National Pavilions at Giardini Biennale

Participation & Costs
The visit is open to all VIU students and faculty.
The cost for the Biennale Pass is 20 euros per person. Biennale Pass allows you 3 non consecutive day entrances to both Biennale Pavilions.

This visit is compulsory for students attending the course “F1624 Economics and Management of Art”.
Students of the course will have the entrance to the Biennale (Biennale Pass) covered by VIU.
Since participation is compulsory, absences will be noted as in class.

The visit is strongly recommended for students attending the courses “F1625 Trainign in UNESCO World Heritage Studies and F1601 History of Venice.”

Please sing the list to confirm your participation and bring the amount for the Biennale Pass to VIU Front Office Wednesday at 1 pm.



VIU Transcultural Game – Symposium

Posted on: September 16th, 2016 by intern No Comments

Wednesday, September 21 – 5 pm – room 9A

Multiculturalism      transcultural game

How to play?

Participants will make a list of debate topics, laying a ground for comparisons among cultures.

They will draw from their own personal experiences, describing common features of the place they live.


Possible relevant topics

-  Fashion

-  Childhood memories (games, things we were afraid of, etc.)

-  Differences in passports and border crossing

-  Drinking culture

-  Nightlife

-  Body parts we find attractive

-  Sports

-  Food

-  Love/Relationship/Sex

-  Daily College Life


Everyone is invited to join:  this is going to be an important moment in your VIU experience.

All participants are more than welcome to take part to the discussion, sharing their personal background.

In the style of ancient Greek symposia, where they used to debate serious issues while sharing food and drinks, you can bring refreshments in order to make the event more communal and involving.


For further information, you may contact: Thomas Ikeda – Iulia Amatuni – Ryun (Lynn) Song or Professor Luca Pes (



VIU Movie Series – Il Gattopardo

Posted on: September 16th, 2016 by intern No Comments

Monday, September 19 – 5 pm – room 9A


(The Leopard) by Luchino Visconti, 1963, with Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale, Alain Delon

Based on Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s novel.

The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860′s Sicily.

Golden Palm at the Cannes Festival 1963.


Visit to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Posted on: September 14th, 2016 by intern No Comments

FRIDAY, September 16 – 9.50 am


The core mission of the museum is to present the personal collection of Peggy Guggenheim.

Peggy Guggenheim devoted her whole life to the advancement of  art of her times.

She was born in New York in 1898. After traveling to Paris, she discovered her passion for art thanks to the painter Laurence Vail, who became her first husband in 1922.

In 1939 war broke out in Europe and the Nazis were threatening to invade France. They had also declared war on modern art, confiscating and destroying many paintings. Peggy bravely undertook the mission of rescuing as many artworks as possible: by Spring 1940, she was buying a painting a day. In 1941, only after making sure that her precious collection had been safely sent to the US, she flied to New York as well, where she opened the gallery Art of This Century showcasing the Cubist, Abstract and Surrealist artworks recently rescued from Europe.

In 1947 Peggy moved to Italy, choosing to settle down in a city she had a very special relationship with: Venice.

She bought Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, where she lived and permanently moved her artworks. In the 1970s she donated both her palace and her collection to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which was created in 1937 by her uncle Solomon with the aim of promoting the understanding of art.

Hosting  some of the major works of Cubism, Futurism, Metaphysical painting, European abstraction, avant-garde sculpture, Surrealism and American Abstract Expressionism, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection represents nowadays one of the most important Italian museums of the 20th century European and American art.


Meeting point:

Our intern Arianna will be waiting for you at the main entrance of  the Peggy Guggenheim Collection at 9.50 am  (how to get there)

For further information visit the official Peggy Guggenheim Collection website