08.04.2011 - UNESCO Venice Office

First-time participation of UNESCO in the Italian Culture Week

UNESCO Venice Office, in collaboration with the Municipality of Venice and the Superintendence for Architectural Heritage, Landscape and Historic, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological Heritage of Venice and Lagoon, will take part in this initiative organized by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage. This cultural event will take place from 9-17 April 2011 in Italy. For nine days, monuments, museums, archaeological sites, archives, and libraries and over 3,000 events (exhibitions, conferences, special openings, workshops, guided tours and concerts) will be open free to the public.

On 9 April, Palazzo Zorzi, UNESCO’s Venetian location, will open its doors to the public from 3pm. to 7pm. The building is a particular example of the Early Renaissance architecture, attributed to the architect Mauro Codussi (c.1440-1504). The courtyard of Palazzo Zorzi is an exceptional piece of structural design with a delicate ground-floor loggia, slender columns with Corinthian capitals, surmounted by elegant biforate windows. Paola Modesti, expert in Venetian Renaissance architecture, will hold at 5.30pm. a conference titled “Behind the snow-white marbles. Ca’ Zorzi at San Severo”.

Thanks to the technical and scientific collaboration provided by the Superintendence of Venice, guided visits will be organized to the most significant restoration works carried out in the framework of the Joint UNESCO – International Private Committees Programme for the Safeguarding of Venice, which - along the years- has restored more than 1,000 works (buildings, statues, books etc) returning its former beauty to the city. This initiative underlines the important outcomes achieved as a result of the valuable synergy between the public and private sectors, having joined hands to restore and preserve the artistic heritage of the city of Venice.

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