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Photography, a Matrix for two Exhibitions

Le ville venete (1952) by Giuseppe Mazzotti and Les villas de la Vénétie (1954) by Michelangelo Muraro

Margherita Naim    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



Le ville venete touring photo exhibition, which opened in Treviso in 1952 with the curatorial support of Giuseppe Mazzotti, was transferred to Paris in 1954, where it was curated by Michelangelo Muraro and was given a new format and a new title: Les villas de la Vénétie. Both exhibitions aimed to demonstrate the importance of ancient villas, by highlighting their original characteristics and the territorial value they had not only for Veneto, but also for Italy. Although it was used for quite different purposes, photography played a central role in both exhibitions. By drawing on a number of sources, primarily those found in the Fondazione Giuseppe Mazzotti per la civiltà veneta (the Giuseppe Mazzotti’s Foundation for Venetian Civilization) and in the Treviso State Archives, it was possible to provide a more accurate and clearer understanding of the works of the two different photo series featured in those exhibitions, of the different   venues where they were made available for circulations and of the goals of the two curators.

Dec. 20, 2016
Sept. 15, 2016
July 2, 2016

Keywords: Venetian villasPhotographyExhibitionGiuseppe MazzottiMichelangelo Muraro

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