March 14 2019

The Venetians in the Sixties

How did people live in Venice in the Sixties? What has changed compared to the present day? If you are intrigued by these issues, you cannot miss the exhibition “The Venetians in the 1960s” which will be inaugurated Saturday, March 23 at 5.30pm at the Multimedial Laboratory Art Conservation in Fondamenta della Misericordia in Cannaregio and which will remain open until April 14th. Admission is free for all.

The exhibition, curated by the collector and scholar of twentieth-century photography Mario Trevisan, is divided into five sections and is dedicated to the photographic works of Andrea Grandese, a photographer who immortalized an age and a nearly lost Venetian era with his splendid shots.

  1. Venice industrious city (the trades). Minor and necessary trade was run by men and women lazily dedicated to their daily work, inevitable and serene.
  2. Venice, the ancient city (the elderly). The old, poor or not, found their quiet spaces everywhere on the banks of slaves or in bars on the outskirts of the historic center.
  3. Venice noisy city (children). In the fabulous sixties the children played in the fields and swam in the canals, running risks unthinkable today, in the splendid absence of mothers busy keeping the rented house and fathers busy accumulating primary and non-primary goods.
  4. Venice, the living city (people). But where did they all go? When did the exodus begin? And why? I do not know. But I know that the lives of those who built it are still all in the stones, in the streets, in the works that today all the “others” use and that “we” would like to save as an irreproducible historical find. For “us” the city has always been there, inevitable, present, in which it was normal to live, usable without fear, lived by everyone, perfect, “our”.
  5. Venice silent city (the places of everyday life). Black and white photographs, therefore, taken with a Pentax reflex by a curious and solitary twenty year old in search of life. Today these photos help us to understand “how much water has passed under the bridges” of this city grown on water and for which it is increasingly necessary to ask aloud: let us save almanic ‘and piere (at least save the stones).
Buona visita a Venezia