Panorama of Venice in Moscow

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Monday 13 December 2021

UniCredit Bank Russia supports the Russian-Italian Exhibition Project: “Panorama of Venice. Opening Up an Endless Horizon”.

2:00 min

The Russian-Italian exhibition project entitled “Panorama of Venice. Opening Up an Endless Horizon”, organised by the Schusev State Museum of Architecture, the Italian Institute of Culture in Moscow and the Querini-Stampalia Foundation (Venice) is open to the public from 3 December 2021 to 27 February 2022, thanks to the support from the Italian Embassy in the Russian Federation as part of the Russian-Italian Cross Year of Museums 2021-2022 and UniCredit Bank Russia.

At the ceremony opening, Kirill Zhukov-Emelyanov, Chairman of the Management Board of UniCredit Bank Russia commented: “UniCredit Bank is committed to strengthening Russian-Italian relations by supporting, among other things, projects in culture. Venice is not just one of the most beautiful and famous cities in Italy, it is also a very symbolic city for Russian culture and art. Therefore, it is doubly gratifying that now visitors to the Russian museum also have the opportunity to learn more about the history of this unusual city and once again admire its beauty.

The project originated in Italy, at the Querini Stampalia Foundation Museum in Venice. It provides insights into how Venice, the “city on the water” that emerged on the islands, became the heroine of a special subject of art called “Panorama of Venice”, which had been developing over centuries. The curators of the project are Giandomenico Romanelli and Pascaline Vatin, who thought up the Italian exhibition, studied the history of the Venice panorama genre in European engraving and painting, and studied the unique panorama of the city by Giovanni Biasin, which is about 23 metres long. This panorama was created as a special art attraction for the 1887 National Art Exhibition in Venice, the forerunner of the renowned Venice Biennale of Contemporary Art.

In the Russian-Italian version of the exhibition, the panorama of Venice was complemented by paintings of vedutas from the collection of the Schusev State Museum of Architecture. These works not only preserved the views of the city, but also captured the traditions of Venetian scenic painting by Giovanni Antonio Canaletto, Michele Marieschi, and other Venetian artists. Julia Ratomskaya from the Museum of Architecture joined the team of curators of the project for the Moscow exhibition. 

The exhibition will show panoramas of Venice from the 15th to 18th centuries, which have long inspired the public to travel to the city on the water. With the help of advanced technologies, the Panorama of Venice by Giovanni Biasin will be recreated, and for the first-time fragments of a copy of the panorama created by Giovanni Biasin and his son Vittorio for the World’s Fair will be presented.