View of the Island of San Giorgio, headquarters of the Giorgio Cini Foundation which hosts the Le Stanze della Fotografia initiative.
Le Stanze della Fotografia is a joint initiative by Marsilio Arte and Fondazione Giorgio Cini intended to move further along the path begun in 2012 at La Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice in the conviction that photography, among the most interesting modern and contemporary artistic languages, must continue to have its own specific “home” in Venice.
Over the last ten years Marsilio Arte has managed all the exhibitions and activities of La Casa dei Tre Oci, offering thirty exhibitions that have told the story of the work of the greatest photographers, including Elliott Erwitt, Sebastião Salgado, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Helmut Newton, David LaChapelle, Letizia Battaglia, Ferdinando Scianna and Mario De Biasi, in parallel with significant research activities conducted through exhibitions to rediscover authors such as René Burri, Willy Ronis, Henri Lartigue and Sabine Weiss, welcoming over 500,000 visitors in all.
The association between photography and the island of San Giorgio is a natural one, as the Fondazione Giorgio Cini hosts one of the most important photographic collections in Europe. This is a precious collection that over time has been enhanced with a photographic stock that is unique within the sphere of historical artistic research: a huge documentary heritage consisting of the photographic collections that have come into the possession of the Institute of the History of Art over time, belonging to important art historians, among whom Berenson, Bettini, Fiocco, Pallucchini, to journalists and writers, such as Ojetti, together with a conspicuous number of photographs produced from exchanges with other cultural institutions, from the relations existing over a number of decades between Vittorio Cini, the Fondazione Giorgio Cini and the Alinari company. Until 1970, this association contributed to the creation of the Photo Library, which today has almost a million photographs in its possession, freely consultable in the spaces of the Nuova Manica Lunga by scholars, researchers and enthusiasts, by appointment; and online, thanks to the major commitment made by the Fondazione Cini since the early 2000s to digitise its stock.
Research and exhibition activities are coordinated by the technical-scientific committee chaired by Luca Massimo Barbero, director of the Institute of History of Art of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, and composed of Emanuela Bassetti, president of Marsilio Arte, Chiara Casarin, head of cultural development and communication for the Fondazione Giorgio Cini, artistic director Denis Curti and Luca De Michelis, managing director of Marsilio Arte.
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