The Gigantic Installations of ‘Venini: Light 1921-1985’ extended to 9 July 2023

Curated by Marino Barovier

The renowned Velarium created for the roof of Palazzo Grassi and the large polyhedron chandelier designed by Carlo Scarpa for ‘Italia 61’ will remain on display in the rooms of the Fondazione Cini until July 2023

The two large installations part of the exhibition ‘Venini: Light 1921-1985’, curated by Marino Barovier, and set up in the galleries of the Fondazione Cini, next to the Basilica, will remain open to the public until 9 July 2023. Visitors will thus have the opportunity to admire for a few more months the renowned Velarium – crafted for the skylight of Palazzo Grassi and consisting of a series of ‘festoons’ with steel cables and balloton crystal glass spheres – and the monumental polychrome polyhedron chandelier, consisting of around four thousand elements and designed by Carlo Scarpa for the Veneto pavilion at the 1961 ‘Italia 61’ exhibition in Turin.

Starting on January 14 free guided tours are scheduled every Saturday and Sunday at 12 noon in English and at 3.30 pm in Italian. Free guided tours can also be requested at any other time, except on Wednesdays, by booking at least two days in advance.

It is still possible to visit ‘Venini: Light 1921-1985’, which was on display at LE STANZE DEL VETRO, through the virtual tour. Those wishing to learn more about the well-known furnace’s activities in the field of lighting can still book free guided online tours: these will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at 6 pm, for a minimum of five participants, and must be booked two days in advance.

All educational activities are free of charge subject to booking with Artsystem (, freephone 800-662477, Mon-Fri from 10.00am to 5.00pm).

Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese

Installation view, ph. Enrico Fiorese