I pay homage to the town of my grandfather, a place that is visited every day by thousands of people, because of its uniqueness. “Venice is the consummate magician. It makes marble palaces vanish into silent fogs, labyrinthine calli (streets) disappear at the whim of moody tides, and can even turn the most pedestrian of people into fantastical, masked creatures”, as described by a writer of a famous travellers’ guide.
The Republic of Venice, La Serenissima, was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as a crucial center of commerce for silk, grain and spices. Art did also make Venice a wealthy city throughout most of its history.
And still does. The Biennale is an unmissable appointment for Art&Architecture. 2016 is the year of Architecture and Design. The whole city is theatre of exhibits and events, taking place in a fairy scenario. The ‘Corderie’ and the ‘Arsenale’, the former shipyards and armories of La Serenissima, just deserve a visit on its own. During the Biennale the atmoshpere is even more enchanting thanks to the display of the architectures of the 2016 edition, named ‘Reporting from the Front’. The Biennale runs from 27th May to 26th November 2016.
Even the Renaissance Palazzos on Canal Grande will showcase architecture and design. Palazzo Michiel is one of those, focusing for the first time on Design.
The full name of the Palazzo is Palazzo Michiel del Brusà, ‘burned in Venitian’, because in 1774 it was destroyed by a huge fire. It is located on the Canal Grande, just few steps from Rialto Bridge.
The Biennale offers an unmissable opportunity to visit places from the past, like Palazzo Michiel or La Scuola della Misericordia, just recently restored.