August in Venice, the exhibitions not to be missed while waiting for the Mostra del Cinema


Venice with tourism at a reduced pace does not renounce to offer a truly interesting artistic panorama. An unusual summer for the lagoon city deprived of international tourism which has decided to reopen the exhibitions in the most important museums of the city that remain open during the summer holidays.

Waiting for the kermess of the 77th Venice International Film Festival, organized by the Venice Biennale and directed by Alberto Barbera which will take place on the Lido di Venezia from 2 to 12 September 2020 and the Kineo Diamanti al Cinema Prize to be held in the splendid setting of Ca’ Sagredo in Venice on September 5th, we offer you our selection of exhibitions not to be missed:

Emilio Vedova Trittico dell'Angelo dettaglio
Emilio Vedova Trittico dell’Angelo dettaglio

The All’Angelo Restaurant, owned by the brothers Renato and Vittorio Carrain, who over time have collected the works of the most significant contemporary artists now exhibited in the L’Angelo degli Artisti exhibition. The art of the twentieth century and the All’Angelo restaurant in Venice at the Querini Stampalia Foundation. A collection that was saved from dispersion thanks to the acquisition of Luciano Zerbinati.

The Angel of the Artists
Querini Stampalia Foundation
Until 30 August 2020
Opening time:
from Tuesday to Sunday 10/18
the ticket office closes at 17.30

La collezione Peggy Guggenheim Ph_Matteo De Fina
La collezione Peggy Guggenheim Ph_Matteo De Fina

There are museums that after the lockdown have decided to reopen to the public by putting their permanent collections at the center, suspending temporary exhibitions for safety and economic reasons. Precisely for this reason, these places are worthy of being mentioned in our guide. Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice can be considered alive thanks to a miracle, or rather, to the collective generosity of all those who participated in the crowdfunding to save it. One more reason to go and visit the collection put together by the mythical collector of Jewish origins, the so-called “Ultima Dogaressa” who has gathered the most important American and European artists of the post-war period and beyond. From René Magritte to Jackson Pollock via Ernst, Chagall, Mondrian, De Chirico, Kandinsky, Bacon, Chagall, Picasso, Brancusi, Warhol, Sironi, Mondrian, Malevich, the vast collection of masterpieces is set up in the rooms of Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, overlooking the Grand Canal.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Venier dei Leoni Palace
Opening time:
From Friday to Monday: 10 am-6pm

Palazzo Ducale Venezia
Palazzo Ducale Venezia

The same goes for the civic museums, which can be visited throughout August even without having set up personal exhibitions yet. The offer of the civic museums includes Palazzo Ducale, Murano Glass Museum, Burano Lace Museum, Palazzo Mocenigo Museum, Ca ‘Rezzonico – Museum of the Venetian eighteenth century and Natural History Museum, which guard the historical and artistic heritage of the city lagoon. Below, the timetables of all the different locations.

MUVE – Venice Civic Museums
Opening time:
Palazzo Ducale every day from 9.00 to 18.00 (last admission at 17.00)
Murano Glass Museum from Thursday to Sunday from 11.00 to 17.00
Burano Lace Museum from Thursday to Sunday from 12.00 to 16.00
Palazzo Mocenigo Museum from Friday to Sunday from 11.00 to 17.00
Ca’ Rezzonico – Museum of the Venetian eighteenth century from Friday to Sunday from 11.00 to 17.00
Museum of Natural History of Venice Giancarlo Ligabue from Friday to Sunday from 11.00 to 17.00
Correr Museum, every day from 10.30 to 18.00

Henri Cartier Bresson Simiane la Rotonde France 1969 épreuve gélatino argentique de 1973 Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson Magnum Photos
Henri Cartier Bresson Simiane la Rotonde France 1969 épreuve gélatino argentique de 1973 Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson Magnum Photos

The Venetian museum owned by Pinault keeps its doors open throughout the summer, welcoming visitors with an offer divided into three exhibitions – two solo and one collective. At Palazzo Grassi Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu, an exhibition curated by five exceptional curators (the photographer Annie Leibovitz, the director Wim Wenders, the writer Javier Cercas, the curator and director of the Department of Prints and Photography of the Bibliothèque nationale de France Sylvie Aubenas, the collector François Pinault), who freely drew from the Bresson archive, choosing about fifty shots each and interpreting them according to a personal point of view; in the same location Youssef Nabil. Once Upon a Dream, is a representation of a legendary Egypt, divided between symbolism and abstraction, in which the photographs on display have been hand painted by the artist following the traditional local technique. Finally, Untitled 2020 is the collective exhibition located in Punta della Dogana, which collects languages ​​of sculpture, video, painting and photography with loans from the Pinault Collection and international museums. Conceived and curated by Caroline Bourgeois and Muna El Fituri, the exhibition will have its centerpiece in the reconstruction of the Houseago studio, in the heart of Punta della Dogana, inside Tadao Ando’s cube room, with a site-specific installation.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu
Youssef Nabil. Once Upon a Dream
Untitled 2020
Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana
Opening time
Saturday, Sunday and Monday: 10-19

Biennale di Architettura di Venezia 2018. Arsenale Freespace -Photo Irene Fanizza
Biennale di Architettura di Venezia 2018. Arsenale Freespace -Photo Irene Fanizza

Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. Arsenale. Freespace

The Venice Biennale, after postponing the Architecture Exhibition and the Art Exhibition for a year due to Covid-19, has decided to use this free space to open an exhibition, lasting six months, dedicated to its history which has been going on for a century and a quarter now. It is curated by Cecilia Alemani, nominated director of the Biennale Arte, now postponed to 2022. The restless Muses, whose construction was already in the pipeline before the pandemic, takes inspiration in the title from an almost homonymous painting by Giorgio de Chirico and for the first time crosses all six disciplines of the most important event in the world in a single path (art, architecture, music, cinema, dance and theater).

Le Muse inquiete
From 29 August to 8 December 2020
Central Pavilion of the Biennale Gardens
Opening time:
11-19 summer period; 10-18 winter period (from 6 October)

Emanuela Zini
Emanuela Zini
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