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Blame the Moon - Venice Carnival 2019 & Things to Do

Blame the Moon - Venice Carnival 2019 - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) It's Carnival time in Venice! This year's theme is "Blame the Moon," that celestial body responsible for all sorts of chaos here on earth, from love affairs to ocean tides. The festivities kicked off with the water show on the Rio di Cannaregio on Saturday evening, February 16, with fanciful floats featuring acrobats and lights dancing along the fondamenta, topped off by an enormous moon-faced balloon, giving the rea...
Tags: Travel, Google, Italy, Cambridge, Venice, Adrian, Eagle, Grand Canal, Sergio, Venice Italy, Carnevale, Merlo, Barbara, Rialto, Cannaregio, Sergio Boldrin


Giorgione's Painting "La Vecchia" Gets a Facelift Before Traveling from Venice to the USA

Before & After restoration: Giorgione, La Vecchia (particular) © Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venezia (Venice, Italy) The portrait that the mysterious Venetian artist Giorgione painted of his mother, La Vecchia (The Old Woman), around 1508-1510 is heading to the States after a fresh nip and tuck.On Thursday evening, February 7, we had the opportunity to see La Vecchia in her new splendor before she takes center stage at the Cincinnati Art Museum in Ohio from February 15 to May 5. After ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York City, US, United States, Ohio, Venice, States, Republic, Genoa, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum, Hartford, Hartford Connecticut, La Vecchia, Leonardo da Vinci


Giorgione's "La Vecchia" Gets a Facelift Before Traveling from Venice to the USA

Before & After restoration: Giorgione, La Vecchia (particular) © Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venezia (Venice, Italy) The portrait that the mysterious Giorgione painted of his mother, La Vecchia (The Old Woman), around 1508-1510 is heading to the States after a fresh nip and tuck. On Thursday evening, February 7, we had the opportunity to see her in her new splendor before she takes center stage at the Cincinnati Art Museum in Ohio from February 15 to May 5. After that she is going on t...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York City, US, United States, Ohio, Venice, States, Republic, Genoa, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Art Museum, Hartford, Hartford Connecticut, La Vecchia, Gabriele


Few Tourists and Lots of Art - Venice is Joyful in January

Agostino Nani Mocenigo - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Venice is joyful in January, when locals mostly have the city to ourselves. Many shops are closed for winter vacations and renovations. The air is brisk and cold. You can see the snow-capped Alps hovering surrealistically in the background. The torrent of tourists has dwindled to a manageable flow, and the vaporetti dawdle on the Grand Canal. It is a brief pause to catch one's breath before Carnival arrives on February 16, and the ...
Tags: Travel, Atlantic, Italy, Venice, Vail, Grand Canal, Veneto, Galleria, Sasso, Pesaro, Dorsoduro, Agostino, Regional Council, Rousseau, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Peggy Guggenheim Collection


Few Tourists and Lots of Art - January is Joyful in Venice

Agostino Nani Mocenigo - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Venice is joyful in January, when locals mostly have the city to ourselves. Many shops are closed for winter vacations and renovations. The air is brisk and cold. You can see the snow-capped Alps hovering surrealistically in the background. The torrent of tourists has dwindled to a manageable flow, and the vaporetti dawdle on the Grand Canal. It is a brief pause to catch one's breath before Carnival arrives on February 16, and the ...
Tags: Travel, Atlantic, Italy, Venice, Vail, Grand Canal, Guggenheim, Veneto, Galleria, Sasso, Pesaro, Dorsoduro, Agostino, Regional Council, Rousseau, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog


Vocal Skyline Rocks the Frari on Epiphany - Venice, Italy

Vocal Skyline rocks the Frari - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Vocal Skyline, the Venetian choral group, rocked the Frari on Epiphany, kicking off the New Year with a seismic shift. It was the most astonishing concert I have ever seen in a church on a sacred holiday, with tunes by Michael Jackson, Abba, Queen, Cold Play -- even "Mad World" by Gary Jules -- mixed in with more traditional fare, all somehow fitting profoundly into the theme of the Epiphany, updated for contemporary ears. T...
Tags: Travel, Venice, Venice Italy, Christopher Columbus, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Canova, Gary Jules, Cat Bauer Venice Italy Vocal Skyline, Michael Jackson Abba Queen Cold Play, Cristina Pustetto Marco Toso Borella, Giacomo Franzoso, Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Cat Bauer Vocal Skyline, Marco Toso Borella


Happy New Year 2019 from Venice, Italy! (And what about that new arrival tax?)

(Venice, Italy) We start the New Year in Venice with the news that a new law has passed, and day-tripping tourists will now be charged a fee from €2.5 to €5 -- up to €10 during the highest season -- to enter the city. It is not yet clear exactly how the fee will be implemented, but anything to ease the burden off residents, to me, is a good thing.Last year the living situation in Venice was unbearable. Cruise ships, busloads and boatloads full of day-trippers dumped off people in Venice for jus...
Tags: Travel, New York City, Italy, Venice, Golden Gate Bridge, Venice Italy, Port Authority, Luigi Brugnaro, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Brugnaro


Merry Christmas from Venice! 2018

Merry Christmas from Venice 2018 - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Venice is a Catholic city, with churches in every campo, and bells atop steeples ringing hourly throughout the town. Founded in 421 A.D. just around the time of the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, Venice naturally leaned toward the East to the Byzantium Empire in Constantinople, whose official state religion was Christianity. Its isolated position and seafaring merchant nobility allowed Venice to create a unique b...
Tags: Travel, Egypt, Venice, Alexandria, San Marco, Jesus Christ, Mark, Constantinople, Piazza San Marco, Alexandria Egypt, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Cat Bauer Venice Italy Venice, Western Roman Empire Venice, Basiica, Christian Church of Alexandria


The Italy of Photographers - 24 Artists' Tales at the New M9 Museum in Mestre-Venezia

Italy of Photographers at M9 - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) The Italy of Photographers. 24 Artists' Tales is the first temporary exhibition specially developed for the new M9 Museum, a structural design masterpiece by Sauerbruch Hutton that has transformed the heart of Mestre. Curated by Denis Curti, the distinguished art director of Casa dei Tre Oci, the exhibition in the enormous space on the third floor of the museum examines the 20th century as seen through Italian photography.I w...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Palermo, Venice Italy, Mestre, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Casa dei Tre Oci, Marsilio, Sauerbruch Hutton, Letizia Battaglia, Denis Curti, Mario de Biasi, New Multimedia Museum, Mestre Venezia, Franco Basaglia, Gianni Berengo Gardi


The Beat Goes on at Hotel Danieli in Venice

Christmas Tree at Hotel Danieli - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) American literature had fascinated the Italian writer and journalist Fernanda Pivano (1917-2009) from a young age. She made her mark by translating important works from the States into Italian, opening up her countrymen's minds to what was happening across the ocean. She hung out with Hemingway and Bob Dylan, and brought the radical words of the Beat Generation to Italy, becoming a crucial part of their revolution.On Tuesd...
Tags: Travel, United States, Bob Dylan, Arkansas, Italy, Venice, States, Road, Shakespeare, Jack Kerouac, Romeo, Hemingway, Allen Ginsburg, Blake, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Danieli


M9, the New Multimedia Museum of the 20th Century in Mestre, will Blow Your Mind

M9 - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Two Venetians that I greatly respect told me that I had to go to the opening of M9, the new multimedia Museum of the 20th Century in Mestre because it was the most exciting thing to happen in a long time. I resisted because I think Mestre is one of the least attractive cities I have ever seen, especially from the point of view of someone who lives in Venice, the most beautiful city in the world.Well, I went. M9 is something so astonishing, revolutiona...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Senate, Berlin, Italy, Venice, Venice Biennale, Bauer, Santa Maria, Luigi Brugnaro, Mestre, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, La Biennale, Sauerbruch Hutton, Yvonne Farrell, Shelley McNamara


A World Without Venice and Rhinos? Magnificence vs. Luxury

Pietro Longhi, Clara the Rhinoceros, 1751 (Venice, Italy) Both Venice and the Rhinoceros are endangered species, ravenously desired and unthinkingly consumed by a proliferating consumer class. That was the gist of the symposium on November 24th at Palazzo Contarini Polignac entitled Beauty and the Beast: Venice and the Rhino.The rhinoceros has walked the earth for more than 50 million years, and is the world's oldest living mammal. Its horn has become one of the most costly luxury items o...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Gigi, Venice, Marco Polo, Academy, Catherine, Clara, Iberia, Grand Canal, Carnevale, University of Melbourne, Bauer, Mark Smith, University of Louisville, Edmond


Remembering Venetian Valeria Solesin, Killed in the November 2015 Paris Attacks

Graduation day in Piazza San Marco - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) One of the perks of graduating from Ca' Foscari, Venice's university, is that the ceremony takes place in Piazza San Marco, one of the most breathtaking venues on the planet. On November 16th, thousands of friends and relatives witnessed young students take that monumental step on their life's voyage.Three years ago today, the residents of Venice gathered in Piazza San Marco for a much sadder event: the candlelight vigi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Isil, Paris, Venice, Daesh, Venice Italy, Piazza San Marco, Valeria, Sorbonne University, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Allianz Worldwide Partners, Valeria Solesin, Ca Foscari Venice, Valeria Solesin Valeria Solesin, Trento University


Juliet texts emojis but Romeo forgets his smartphone: Shakespeare in Venice at Hotel Danieli

Shakespeare in Venice at Hotel Danieli - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) William Shakespeare, the world's most famous English playwright, set one third of his plays in Italy. This rich exotic backdrop allowed him the freedom to tackle difficult subjects that might have been taboo on his native soil.On Friday evening, November 9, I was a guest at the magnificent 14th century hall of Palazzo Dandolo, home of Hotel Danieli, and the stage for Shakespeare in Venice, a Journey through Shakespe...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Marriott, William Shakespeare, Venice, Shakespeare, Jack Kerouac, Verona, Romeo, Venice Italy, Juliet, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Danieli, Insalata, Hotel Danieli, Palazzo Dandolo


Alone in the Doge's Palace - Venice, Italy

Palazzo Ducale at night - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Tonight I was alone inside the Doge's Palace with only the phantoms of the past. I had come from a book presentation in the Doge's Private Chapel. It was not the first time I have been alone inside Palazzo Ducale.When I first arrived in Venice twenty years ago, I was fortunate enough to have an access-all-areas pass to the Doge's Palace to do some research, and could wander freely through the rooms rich with the Renaissance. I met...
Tags: Travel, Venice, Bauer, Mary Poppins, Scala, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Palazzo Ducale, Doge s Palace, Palace Venice Italy, Sansovino, Calatrava Bridge


Acqua Alta - Exceptional High Water in Venice, October 2018

Acqua alta on the Zattare in Venice - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) We are having our first acqua alta, or high water, of the fall season, and it is a doozy. I can't remember it being this high since back in 2008, ten years ago.There is a siren that goes off to warn the citizens of Venice that acqua alta is expected, which starts with a shattering air raid wail, then segues into four ascending harmonic tones that sound something like Close Encounters of the Third Kind. With each ascend...
Tags: Travel, Venice, San Marco, Venice Italy, Rialto, Piazza San Marco, Gino, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Zattare, Acqua Alta Exceptional High Water, Punta della Salute, Turismo Venezia, Province of Venice High Water Information Centre


It's a First in Italy: Léon Bakst, Acclaimed Set & Costume Designer of the Ballets Russe, at Palazzo Cini in Venice

1909 Amoun costume for Michel Fokine in Cleopatra - design by Léon Bakst - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) The Ballets Russes has always intrigued me. Originally conceived by ballet impresario Sergei Diaghilev, who is buried here in Venice on the island of San Michele, the itinerant company never performed in Russia, beginning its adventure in Paris in 1909.The Ballet Russes grew out of the World of Art movement, founded in Russia by artists opposed to the prevailing culture -- a talen...
Tags: Travel, Russia, Paris, Italy, Venice, Cleopatra, Venice Italy, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, San Michele, Michel Fokine, Diaghilev, Sergei Diaghilev, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Léon Bakst, Bakst, Palazzo Cini


What are those Photos around Venice? "Water, Future, Life" - Ten Years of the Elena Trevisanato Foundation

Brehane, elderly woman from Obal village - Photo by Axel Fassio "We were resigned to the necessity of migrating, without knowing where to go. Today we are here, our village is prospering and we can live on our land. Water keeps our roots and our traditions alive." Brehane - an elderly woman from the Obal village (Venice, Italy) Ten photographs. Ten stories. Ten months. "Water, Future, Life," ten photographs by Axel Fassio tell ten different stories in an itinerary that weaves throu...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Africa, United States, United Nations, Ethiopia, Argentina, Kenya, Venice, Sri Lanka, Venice Italy, Elena, Mestre, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Asma, Axel Fassio


Rebel Angels, Dogs are Humans with More Hair and John & Yoko Erotic Lithos - Art in Venice & Treviso

Francesca Woodman - From Eel Series, Venice, Italy, 1978,© Charles Woodman, courtesy Victoria Miro, London/Venice (Venice, Italy) Francesca Woodman (1958-1981) was an angel on earth, and like many angels, died young. The sensitive photographer killed herself at age 22 by jumping out a window in New York City. Born on April 3, 1958 in Denver, Colorado to artists George and Betty Woodman, the family spent their summers in Italy, which profoundly influenced her work, and is the focus of th...
Tags: Travel, New York, Scotland, New York City, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, United States, Italy, Marilyn Monroe, John, Venice, Treviso, Grand Canal, Leica, Magnum, Elliott Erwitt


Homo Faber Shines in Venice - Michelangelo Foundation's Mission for Creativity and Craftsmanship

Homo Faber Opening Ceremony ©SGP (Venice, Italy) Homo Faber. Crafting a more human future is Europe at its finest, an exhibition that celebrates the human touch. You can feel the excitement in the air as soon as you step off the boat and onto the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Sixteen dynamic event spaces imagined by a team of world-class designers, curators and architects spice up the monumental spaces of the Giorgio Cini Foundation. It is the first major cultural exhibition dedicated...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Scotland, Venice, Frank, Louis Vuitton, Venice Italy, Clark, Bauer, Geneva Switzerland, Sergio Boldrin, San Giorgio Maggiore, Cartier, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Montblanc, Giorgio Cini Foundation


Splendor of The Venice Glass Week - 2018 The Second Edition

Still Life in Glass - Centrotavola Veneziano 2018 by Judi Harvest at The Gritti Palace (Venice, Italy) The Venice Glass Week, now in its second edition, has the remarkable ability to get residents out of their homes and out on the town to visit galleries, sip wine and socialize like the good old days before mass tourism made it nearly impossible to move comfortably through the city. Founded on excellence and cooperation, it has a noble cause: its aim to is revitalize and sustain one of V...
Tags: Travel, New York City, Venice, Beirut, Murano, Grand Canal, Judy, Caravaggio, Marya, Gritti Palace, La Serenissima, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Fondazione Musei Civici, Hotel Danieli, Brandolini, Venice Glass Week


New Art Form: Virtual Reality at the 75th Venice Film Festival

Eclipse - Jonathan Astruc & Aymeric Favre - Film Still (Venice, Italy) The Venice Virtual Reality competition is in its second year at the Venice Film Festival, and is zipping forward at warp speed. No one really knows where this thrilling new medium is heading. I imagine that someone reading this post in the future will find it as antiquated as we do today when stumbling upon an old article about that newfangled medium called the "movies."The Venice International Film Festival's mission ...
Tags: Travel, France, Berlin, Bbc, Royal Air Force, James Bond, Virtual Reality, Pixar, Richard Armitage, Jesus Christ, Alicia Vikander, Venice Italy, Kurt, Meena, Vikander, Arden


Mind-blowing New Art Form: Virtual Reality at the 75th Venice Film Festival

Eclipse - Jonathan Astruc & Aymeric Favre - Film Still (Venice, Italy) The Venice Virtual Reality competition is in its second year at the Venice Film Festival, and is zipping forward at warp speed. No one really knows where this thrilling new medium is heading. I imagine that someone reading this post in the future will find it as antiquated as we do today when stumbling upon an old article about that newfangled medium called the "movies."The Venice International Film Festival's mission ...
Tags: Travel, France, Berlin, Bbc, Royal Air Force, James Bond, Virtual Reality, Pixar, Richard Armitage, Jesus Christ, Alicia Vikander, Venice Italy, Kurt, Meena, Vikander, Arden


So far, My Favorite is "The Favourite" - 75th Venice Film Festival

Emma Stone on Red Carpet for The Favourite - photo courtesy La Biennale di Venezia ASAC  (Venice, Italy) Trying to capture the magic of the Venice Film Festival in 500 words is a challenge, but I hope I've managed to give you a taste of it with a feature article for LUXOS.com, which is now live on their site: The Red Carpet and Beyond - Welcome to the 75th Venice International Film Festival, where stars are born There have been a bunch of dynamic films screening this year. The one that...
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Lady Gaga, Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Red Carpet, Indiewire, Bauer, Errol Morris, Yorgos Lanthimos, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, Owen Gleiberman, Gleiberman, Variety The Hollywood


LIVE! From the 75th Venice Film Festival - Waiting for the Stars

Waiting for the Stars at the Venice Film Festival - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) There is an embargo until 8:30 tonight against writing anything about Damien Chazelle's world premiere "First Man" starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. However, I don't think I'll be giving anything away to reveal that when a journalist asked Gosling if he thought the moon walk was America's greatest moment, Gosling replied, "I'm Canadian."  I wandered around and...
Tags: Travel, America, Bradley Cooper, Guillermo Del Toro, Lady Gaga, George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Lebanon, Florence, Neil Armstrong, Gaga, Damien Chazelle, Venice Italy, Elena, Padua, Lido


Equilibrio: LINDA KARSHAN - "Art, Architecture and Sacred Geometry in Conversation" at the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice

From Equilibrio by Linda Karshan - Choir of San Giorgio Maggiore - Photo Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) If you title an exhibition, Equilibrio, with a subtitle of Art, Architecture and Sacred Geometry in Conversation, and the venue is the Benedictine Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, designed by Palladio, you will be sure to catch my attention. It was not what I expected. American artist Linda Karshan says that she is "after the most perfect line," and that she feels like the Vitruvian Man. T...
Tags: Travel, London, Minnesota, Connecticut, Italy, Venice, Peter, Basilica, Abbey, Linda, Giotto, Davey, Brescia, San Giorgio Maggiore, Equilibrio, Sorbonne


Equilibrio: LINDA KARSHAN - Art, Architecture and Sacred Geometry in Conversation at the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice

From Equilibrio by Linda Karshan - Choir of San Giorgio Maggiore - Photo Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) If you title an exhibition, Equilibrio, with a subtitle of Art, Architecture and Sacred Geometry in Conversation, and the venue is the Benedictine Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, designed by Palladio, you will be sure to catch my attention. It was not what I expected. American artist Linda Karshan says that she is "after the most perfect line," and that she feels like the Vitruvian Man. T...
Tags: Travel, London, Minnesota, Connecticut, Italy, Venice, Peter, Basilica, Abbey, Linda, Giotto, Davey, Brescia, San Giorgio Maggiore, Equilibrio, Sorbonne


Venice Insider Tip: How to "Skip the Line" on Ferragosto and the Feast of the Assumption

Pala d'Oro - Photo: Cat Bauer (taken with permission) (Venice, Italy) There is usually a long, winding line of hundreds of tourists waiting to get into the Basilica of San Marco in Piazza San Marco. The wait -- about 45 minutes -- is much longer than the visit -- about ten minutes (as part of a shuffling horde) if you don't pay to "skip the line," or pay for a guide.However -- to focus on reality -- St. Mark's Basilica is one of the most magnificent places of worship on the planet. Attend...
Tags: Travel, Diana, Venice, Sin City, Vivaldi, San Marco, Venice Italy, Bauer, Basilica, Virgin Mary, Augustus, Piazza San Marco, Ferragosto, Monteverdi, Pala, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog


From Venice to Athens and Back - A Journey to the Foundation of Western Civilization

The Parthenon in Athens - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Venice blew the roof off the Parthenon on September 26, 1687 when it was a mosque, complete with minaret, and under the rule of the Ottoman Turks. A cannonball hit the Parthenon during the Morean War in what the Venetian general Francesco Morosoni called a "fortunate shot," which ignited the gunpowder that the Ottomans had stored there. But that is only one chapter in the long history of the Parthenon, a staggering structure t...
Tags: Travel, England, London, Greece, United States, Athens, Manhattan, Parthenon, Venice, Parliament, British Museum, Sophocles, Venus, Zeus, Aristotle, Aristophanes


"May You Live in Interesting Times" - Ralph Rugoff, the curator of Venice Biennale Arte 2019

Ralph Rugoff & Paolo Baratta - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) This morning the press in Venice had the opportunity to meet Ralph Rugoff, the curator of  next year's La Biennale 58th International Art Exhibition. Rugoff chose the intriguing title, "May You Live in Interesting Times," based on what he initially thought was an ancient Chinese curse. However, after he did some research, he learned that there never was any such ancient Chinese curse, even though Western politicians have made...
Tags: Travel, UK, London, Rome, United Kingdom, Venice, VENEZIA, Venetian Cat - Venice Blog, La Biennale, Interesting Times, Cat Bauer Venice Italy, Biennale Arte, Paolo Baratta, Baratta, Hayward Gallery, Ralph Rugoff



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