Regata Storica 2014
Sunday 7th September 2014
The Regata Storica is the main event in the annual "Voga alla Veneta" rowing calendar. This unique sport has been practised in the Venetian lagoon for thousands of years and today it is particularly well-known for the spectacular historical water pageant that precedes the race. Scores of typically 16th century-style boats with gondoliers in period costume carry the Doge, the Doge's wife and all the highest ranking Venetian officials up the Grand Canal in a brightly coloured parade. An unforgettable sight and a true reconstruction of the glorious past of one of most the powerful and influential Maritime Republics in the Mediterranean.
Today there are four races divided in terms of age and type of craft. The best known and most exciting of these is the "Campioni su Gondolini" race, where a series of small, sporting gondolas fly down the Grand Canal to the finishing line at the famous "machina", the spectacular floating stage located in front of the Ca' Foscari palace.
Saturday, 19 July 2014 - Sunday, 20 July 2014
The Festa del Redentore is a festival that is particularly popular with Venetians as it combines a religious theme with a spectacular celebration that attracts thousands of visitors. Every third Saturday of July night, the inimitable setting of St. Mark's Basin hosts a phantasmagorical firework display that lights up the spires, domes and bell towers of the city with a kaleidoscope of colours and reflections. At dusk, just as they have done for centuries, numerous small boats decked out with balloons, decorations and brightly coloured lanterns, begin to flock into St. Mark's Basin and the Giudecca Canal. The boats then moor alongside each other and all the participants enjoy a sumptuous dinner of traditional Venetian specialities while they wait for the firework display that begins at 11.30pm and lasts until well past midnight.
The Festa del Redentore is a tradition that dates back to 1577. It was first held to celebrate the city's deliverance from a terrible plague, and the construction of Palladio's "Redentore" (Redeemer) Church had been commissioned for the same reason. The Church, built on the Island of the Giudecca, can still be reached by pilgrims during the festival by means of an impressive 330-metre-long pontoon bridge. The "Redentore" celebrations include a solemn religious service and procession presided over by the patriarch of the city, and the weekend ends with a series of gondola races, organized as part of the "Voga alla Veneta" rowing season.
Medita©tions 1st FLOOR for contemporary art - Liassidi Palace Hotel Ponte dei Greci - Castello 3405 - Venice May 29th to September 28th 2014
Photography captures the moment, painting is meditation.
The exhibition Medita©tions is presented by photographer Marc De Tollenaere, during the XIV edition of the Architecture Biennale, and it showcases the artist’s latest research around a new concept of interpretation of the photographic image.
Marc De Tollenaere used the instant photographic film to repaint that very instant, the artist’s “vision and feeling”, dividing the image and offering the viewer a gateway to a higher level of emotional involvement. Photography fascinates and becomes eternal, forever imprinted on the photographer’s lens.
Thanks to this technique, Ca ' d'Oro becomes a beautiful wall of an Indian palace polished in countless cells, a village on pillars or a sea refracted on the sand. The buildings of the Istanbul center become thread-like skyscrapers of Hong Kong, and in each mosaic life remains indelible, regardless of the evolution of history. Medita©tions is an exhibition, a reflection, a way of life.
Curated by ALU, the display will be on view at the Exhibition Hall of the Liassidi Palace Hotel, Ponte dei Greci - Castello 3405 – Venice from May 29th to September 28th , 2014 . Marc De Tollenaere
Supported by ALU
14th International Architecture Exhibition
The 14th International Architecture Exhibition will take place from 7 June to 23 November 2014 at the Giardiniand Arsenale venues (Preview on 5 and 6 June) and in various other venues in Venice.
The title chosen by Rem Koolhaas for the 14th International Architecture Exhibition is:
Rem Koolhaas has stated: “Fundamentals will be a Biennale about architecture, not architects. After several Biennales dedicated to the celebration of the contemporary, Fundamentals will focus on histories – on the inevitable elements of all architecture used by any architect, anywhere, anytime (the door, the floor, the ceiling etc.) and on the evolution of national architectures in the last 100 years. In three complementary manifestations – taking place in the Central Pavilion, the Arsenale, and the National Pavilions – this retrospective will generate a fresh understanding of the richness of architecture’s fundamental repertoire, apparently so exhausted today.
In 1914, it made sense to talk about a “Chinese” architecture, a “Swiss” architecture, an “Indian” architecture. One hundred years later, under the influence of wars, diverse political regimes, different states of development, national and international architectural movements, individual talents, friendships, random personal trajectories and technological developments, architectures that were once specific and local have become interchangeable and global. National identity has seemingly been sacrificed to modernity.
Having the decisive advantage of starting work a year earlier than the Biennale’s typical schedule, we hope to use this extra time to introduce a degree of coordination and coherence among the National Pavilions. Ideally, we would want the represented countries to engage a single theme – Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014 – and to show, each in their own way, the process of the erasure of national characteristics in favour of the almost universal adoption of a single modern language in a single repertoire of typologies.
The First World War – the beginning of modern globalization – serves a starting point for the range of narratives. The transition to what seems like a universal architectural language is a more complex process than we typically recognize, involving significant encounters between cultures, technical inventions and imperceptible ways of remaining “national.” In a time of ubiquitous google research and the flattening of cultural memory, it is crucial for the future of architecture to resurrect and expose these narratives.
By telling the history of the last 100 years cumulatively, the exhibitions in the National Pavilions will generate a global overview of architecture’s evolution into a single, modern aesthetic, and at the same time uncover within globalization the survival of unique national features and mentalities that continue to exist and flourish even as international collaboration and exchange intensify…”
8 giugno 2014
28th of May 2013
Maestro Fabio Farnasier: www.lu-murano.it