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Returning to The Great Game in Venice - What are the Rules?

Line to enter Cartier-Bresson exhibit in the lobby of Palazzo Grassi - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) What is life like inside Venice, Italy these days? It depends on which section of town you go to, and at what time of day. It depends on whether you talk to someone who owns an eatery, or rows a sandola, or works in a hotel, or someone whose livelihood does not depend on the tourist industry. It depends on what your interests are. Some people think Venice has never been more beauti...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Austria, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Cinderella, Venice, Venice Italy, Cartier Bresson, Henri Cartier Bresson, Palazzo Grassi, Grassi, Veneto Region, Cat Bauer, Cat Bauer in Venice Blog


Returning to The Great Game in Venice

Line to enter Cartier-Bresson exhibit in the lobby of Palazzo Grassi - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) What is life like inside Venice, Italy these days? It depends on which section of town you go to, and at what time of day. It depends on whether you talk to someone who owns an eatery, or rows a sandola, or works in a hotel, or someone whose livelihood does not depend on the tourist industry. It depends on what your interests are. Some people think Venice has never been more beauti...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Austria, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Cinderella, Venice, Venice Italy, Cartier Bresson, Henri Cartier Bresson, Palazzo Grassi, Grassi, Veneto Region, Cat Bauer, Cat Bauer in Venice Blog


Rising from the Ashes - The 25th Anniversary of the Teatro La Fenice Fire in Venice

Teatro La Fenice New Year's Day 2021 - Photo: Ufficio Stampa (Venice, Italy) Twenty-five years ago today, the world watched in horror and disbelief as Venice's beloved opera house, Teatro La Fenice, burned to the ground. But true to its name, La Fenice -- The Phoenix -- rose from its ashes. During the pandemic, La Fenice has delighted the planet once again with its innovative livestreams, enriching our spirits and uniting the community as we applaud with emojis while confined insid...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Venice, Benjamin Britten, Napoleon, Verdi, Phoenix, Wagner, La Traviata, Maria Callas, Agrigento, Teatro La Fenice, La Fenice, Republic of Venice, Claudio Monteverdi


Musica Venezia Presents Rossini’s “Moses in Egypt” for Holocaust Remembrance Day (Giorno della Memoria) 2021 at Ateneo Veneto in Venice

Moses and Aaron come before Pharaoh, from the Golden Haggadah, c. 1320, Northern Spain, probably Barcelona (British Library, MS. 27210, fol. 1o verso) (Venice, Italy) Musica Venezia has been entertaining and educating Venice for decades with its distinct, top-quality events in some of the city's most impressive venues. Roberta Reeder, the Artistic Director of Associazione Culturale Musica Venezia and long-term resident of Venice, brings her rich background as a scholar and produc...
Tags: Travel, France, Spain, Barcelona, Egypt, Italy, Venice, Moses, Naples, Venice Italy, Aaron, Red Sea, Arias, Pesaro, Rossini, Gioachino Rossini


Musica Venezia Presents Remembrance of the Holocaust (Giorno della Memoria) - at Ateneo Veneto in Venice

Moses and Aaron come before Pharaoh, from the Golden Haggadah, c. 1320, Northern Spain, probably Barcelona (British Library, MS. 27210, fol. 1o verso) (Venice, Italy) Musica Venezia has been entertaining and educating Venice for decades with its distinct, top-quality events in some of the city's most impressive venues. Roberta Reeder, the Artistic Director of Associazione Culturale Musica Venezia and long-term resident of Venice, brings her rich background as a scholar and produc...
Tags: Travel, France, Spain, Barcelona, Egypt, Italy, Venice, Moses, Naples, Venice Italy, Aaron, Red Sea, Arias, Pesaro, Rossini, Gioachino Rossini


Happy New Year 2021 - The Ancient Majesty of Venice - The 14th Quaderno & Four Columns of the San Pietro Portal

The Four Black & White Aquitaine Marble Columns of the Portal of San Pietro - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) As you step inside the main entrance, or narthex, of the majestic Basilica of San Marco in Piazza San Marco, you are confronted by a sacred and powerful presence. To the left of the main portal is the portal of San Pietro; the portal of San Clemente is on the right. There are eight free standing columns with shafts of black and white Aquitaine marble that adorn the sides of ...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Romania, Venice, San Marco, Mark, Venice Italy, Basilica, Adriatic Sea, San Clemente, Piazza San Marco, San Pietro, Eastern Roman Empire, Mose, Marsilio, Cat Bauer


Happy New Year 2021 - The Ancient Majesty of Venice - The 14th Quaderno & Four Columns of San Pietro Portal

The Four Black & White Aquitaine Marble Columns of the Portal of San Pietro - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) As you step inside the main entrance, or narthex, of the majestic Basilica of San Marco in Piazza San Marco, you are confronted by a sacred and powerful presence. To the left of the main portal is the portal of San Pietro; the portal of San Clemente is on the right. There are eight free standing columns with shafts of black and white Aquitaine marble that adorn the sides of ...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Romania, Venice, San Marco, Mark, Venice Italy, Basilica, Adriatic Sea, San Clemente, Piazza San Marco, San Pietro, Eastern Roman Empire, Mose, Marsilio, Cat Bauer


Controversial Christmas Tree in Venice - Digital vs. Real - Why not both?

Digital Christmas by Fabrizio Plessi - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) There is a debate in Venice about whether or not you like the glowing gold Digital Christmas installation by the international artist Fabrizio Plessi that is currently in the Piazzetta in San Marco, made up of more than 80 panels of flowing light. Each river of gold flows in a different direction, symbolically uniting earth, water and sky.    The 80-year-old Plessi was inspired by his deep love of Venice and the gold ...
Tags: Travel, Venice, Murano, San Marco, Piazza San Marco, Correr Museum, Piazzetta, St Mark s Basilica, Cat Bauer Venice Italy, Cat Bauer, Pesaro Venice, Fabrizio Plessi, Cat Bauer in Venice Blog, Venice Digital, Plessi, Cat Bauer Long


Remembering John Lennon on the 40th Anniversary of his Death

The Imagine Circle in Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York City (Venice, Italy) On December 8, 1980, I was living in the West Village in New York, studying theater with Stella Adler, and working part-time as a waitress at a pub called Traders Inn on Hudson Street between West 11th and Bank. I lived right around the corner, and had gotten home about 11:00 PM. My phone rang a little while later. It was my sister calling from New Jersey. "John Lennon has been shot." I was stunned. ...
Tags: Travel, New York, New York City, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, New York Times, Italy, Madonna, Bank, Venice, Upper West Side, Central Park, West Village, Dakota, Alan Weiss, Weiss


Visiting a Plague Church during a Pandemic - The Feast of the Madonna della Salute, Venice 2020

Madonna della Salute 2020 - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) No blazing candles. No pontoon bridge. No balloons for the children, or sweets from the South of Italy. We can only imagine the discussions that went on as to how to celebrate the Feast of the Madonna della Salute this November 21st -- the day when Venice gives thanks for deliverance from the plague -- in a year restricted by a global pandemic.    Normally, thousands of Venetians pour across a pontoon bridge that stretche...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Madonna, Virgin, Venice, Christ, Crete, Grand Canal, Venice Italy, Campo, Virgin Mary, Candia, Gritti Palace, Venetian Senate, Mark Venice, Cat Bauer


One Year After the Venice Flood - Walter Mutti's Newsstand is Back!

The Zattere during acqua alta - Photo: Cat Bauer   (Venice, Italy) On the night of November 12, 2019, Venice was barraged by rising tides and whipped by winds of more than 75 miles per hour. Walter Mutti's newsstand struggled to remain upright in its perilous position on the Zattere, the main promenade that runs along the Giudecca Canal. Even though it was constructed from heavy steel, Walter's edicola was no match for the forces of nature. The violent winds knocked the newsstand over. T...
Tags: Travel, Europe, West, Italy, Venice, Carnival, Mother Nature, Walter, Venice Italy, Conte, VENEZIA, Veneto, Piazza San Marco, Newsstands, Cat Bauer, Giuseppe Conte


One Year After the Venice Flood - Yes, Walter Mutti's Newsstand is Back!

The Zattere during acqua alta - Photo: Cat Bauer   (Venice, Italy) One year ago, on the night of November 12, 2019, Venice was barraged by rising tides and whipped by winds of more than 75 miles per hour. Walter Mutti's newsstand struggled to remain upright in its perilous position on the Zattere, the main promenade that runs along the Giudecca Canal. Even though it was constructed from heavy steel, Walter's edicola was no match for the forces of nature. The violent winds knocked the new...
Tags: Travel, Europe, West, Italy, Venice, Carnival, Mother Nature, Walter, Venice Italy, Conte, VENEZIA, Veneto, Piazza San Marco, Newsstands, Cat Bauer, Giuseppe Conte


Mystical Hallowmass Season in Venice during the Blue Moon

San Michele, Venice's Island of the Dead - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) A heavy mist engulfed Venice on All Hallows' Eve, adding a mystical element to the Hallowmass season. Enhanced by the light of the full Blue Moon, the air was so thick that it seemed to swirl with the phantoms of the ancestors. Now is the time of their annual journey through the veil that divides the realm of the dead from the world of the living.   San Michele, the cemetery island, is where Venice buries h...
Tags: Travel, Venice, Dante, Grand Canal, Venice Italy, Virgil, Rialto Bridge, San Michele, Rialto Bridge Photo, Cat Bauer, Georgy Frangulyan, San Michele Venice, Cat Bauer in Venice Blog, Fondamenta Nuove, Olga Rudge Ciao


Ca' Scarpa, a new exhibition space in Treviso, celebrates Venetian architects Carlo Scarpa & his son, Tobia

Entrance to Ca' Scarpa - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) A new exhibition space opens in Treviso celebrating the great Venetian architects, Carlo Scarpa, and his son, Tobia. The ancient church of Santa Maria Nova was suppressed under Napoleon, then went on to be used as a print warehouse for the Finance Authority. Thanks to Luciano Benetton, one of the co-founders of the Benetton Group, it was recently acquired by Edizione Property, and transformed into a spacious, contemporary cult...
Tags: Travel, Scarpa, Italy, Venice, Treviso, Gardens, Napoleon, Cappadocia, Venice Italy, Tobia, Tobia Scarpa, Valle, Cappadocia Turkey, Luciano Benetton, Rose Valley, Università


A Masterpiece for Venice at Gallerie dell'Accademia - First Up: Lorenzo Lotto's Sacred Conversation

Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Thomas (Sacred Conversation) by Lorenzo Lotto (1526-28) (Venice, Italy) A Masterpiece for Venice is a new initiative that brings exceptional works of the Venetian Renaissance home from abroad for a limited visit. The first painting to sojourn at the Gallerie dell'Accademia is Lorenzo Lotto's vibrant Madonna and Child with Saints Catherine and Thomas (Sacred Conversation) on loan from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The A Masterpiece ...
Tags: Travel, Vienna, Madonna, Jesus, Venice, St Petersburg, Thomas, Venice Italy, Veronese, Intesa Sanpaolo, Gallerie, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Cat Bauer, Saints Catherine, Lorenzo Lotto, La Pietà


Van Gogh, The Colors of Life - in Padua, a Day Trip from Venice

Van Gogh - Self Portrait with Grey Felt Hat (1887) - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) If you want to get up close and personal with the enigmatic Vincent van Gogh, The Colors of Life at the San Gaetano Cultural Center in Padua gives you the opportunity. With 82 works by Van Gogh himself, several by Japanese artist Hiroshige -- a major source of the artist's inspiration -- and paintings by contemporaries like Pissarro and Seurat, it is the largest Italia...
Tags: Travel, London, France, Paris, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Belgium, Holland, Brussels, Venice, Francis Bacon, Bacon, Road, Anna, Provence, Arles


20 Films from the 2020 Venice International Film Festival - Quick Recaps

Cate Blanchett, President of Jury - Image courtesy of La Biennale ASAC - Photo: Andre Avezzù   (Venice, Italy) Many people expressed concerned about the dangers of attending a film festival during a pandemic. For me, it was worth taking a chance. I have worked with La Biennale di Venezia for more than two decades, and trust the institution to do everything in its power to maintain high standards. Cinema is such a crucial art form that it was imperative to demonstrate how a film festiv...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Usa, Hollywood, Germany, Frances Mcdormand, Italy, Middle East, United Nations, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Miami, Venice, Jim Broadbent, Andrew Garfield, Alex Gibney


Venice Film Festival Closes with the Eerie "Lasciami Andare" (You Came Back) - Filmed during the Venice 2019 Floods

Image Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures - Photo: Andrea Pirrello (Venice, Italy) The closing film of the 77th Venice International Film Festival was Lasciami Andare (You Came Back), which filmed in Venice last November and December when the city was hit by the devastating November 12th flood, followed by endless periods of acqua alta, or high water. Production continued on the movie, and the weather was skillfully incorporated into the film. Venice and all her mysteries add an ...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Venice, States, Leo, Clara, Marco, Don, Warner Bros Pictures, La Repubblica, Stefano Mordini, Cat Bauer, Nicholas Roeg, Cat Bauer in Venice Blog, Andrea Pirrello, Christopher Coake


How does it Feel to Attend the Venice Film Festival during a Global Pandemic?

The Red Carpet behind the wall - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) How does it feel to attend the Venice Film Festival during a global pandemic? Mostly serene. Less frenetic. More European. There is a new system in place where every person with accreditation must make a reservation for every screening and every press conference, which is a good thing. In past years, it had become more like a competition to get in the door to the buzzy films, and attendees were sometimes forced to queue l...
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, Milan, United States, Venice, San Marco, Red Carpet, VENEZIA, Veneto, Tucano, La Biennale, Cat Bauer Venice Italy, Cat Bauer, Cat Bauer in Venice Blog, Sala Grande, Sala Darsena


Black Power: “One Night in Miami” Moves the Needle Forward at the Venice Film Festival

One Night in Miami (Venice, Italy) One night in Miami, on February 25, 1964, the brash 22-year-old Cassius Clay defeated the World Heavyweight Champion, Sonny Liston. Years later, playwright and screenwriter Kemp Powers would stumble upon a paragraph in Redemption Song - Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties, a book by Mike Marqusee about the intersection of sports and politics. One paragraph mentioned how four Black icons had gathered in a hotel room after the fight: Cassius Clay, M...
Tags: Travel, America, United States, Italy, Miami, Venice, Muhammad Ali, King, Joe Lewis, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke, Clay, Malcolm X, Variety, Hodge, Kemp


Black Power: “One Night in Miami” Jumps the Needle Forward at the Venice Film Festival

One Night in Miami (Venice, Italy) One night in Miami, on February 25, 1964, the brash 22-year-old Cassius Clay defeated the World Heavyweight Champion, Sonny Liston. Years later, playwright and screenwriter Kemp Powers would stumble upon a paragraph in Redemption Song - Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties, a book by Mike Marqusee about the intersection of sports and politics. One paragraph mentioned how four Black icons had gathered in a hotel room after the fight: Cassius Clay, M...
Tags: Travel, America, United States, Italy, Miami, Venice, Muhammad Ali, King, Joe Lewis, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke, Clay, Malcolm X, Variety, Hodge, Kemp


The Haunting Film “Venetian Molecules” (Molecole) shot in Venice during Quarantine pre-opens the Venice Film Festival

Molecole - Photo courtesy ASAC (Venice, Italy) Filmmaker Andrea Segre has had a complicated relationship with Venice, his father’s hometown, as well as a complicated relationship with his deceased father, Ulderico, who was born in 1946. Andrea, who lives in Rome, had come to Venice on February 20, 2020 to work on two projects for cinema and theater about the banes of Venice — over-tourism and high water.  Then the global pandemic struck, and Andrea was quarantined here in Venice. The film...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Italy, Venice, Andrea, Cat Bauer, Cat Bauer in Venice Blog, Andrea Segre, ASAC Venice Italy, Ulderico, Molecole


The Disquieted Muses Grapple with the World - When La Biennale di Venezia Meets History

Freedom for Chile (1973) at Le Muse Disquiete - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) When La Biennale was forced to postpone the International Architecture Exhibition due to the current health crisis, it got creative and dug into its Historical Archives for Contemporary Arts (ASAC) to mark the 125 years that it has been in existence. For the first time, all the artistic directors of La Biennale's six different departments -- Art, Architecture, Cinema, Music, Dance and Theater -- have come...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Russia, United States, Chile, Italy, Belgium, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Venice, Adolf Hitler, Federico Fellini, Lufthansa, San Marco, Jasper Johns, Benito Mussolini


Mysteries of the Month of August - The Sacred meets the Profane

The Sun - Photo: NASA (Venice, Italy) In 18 BC, Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman Empire, created the Feriae Augusti, the Festivals of Augustus. Many sources say he consolidated several pre-existing Roman festivals in August in order to give his people a longer period of time off after their hard work during the harvests. Others say it was to celebrate his conquest of Egypt and victory over Mark Antony, who committed suicide on August 1, 30 BC. For millennia, the Ides of August ha...
Tags: Travel, Senate, Wikipedia, Jerusalem, Nasa, Rome, Egypt, Judaism, Italy, Palestine, West Bank, Diana, Jesus, Catholic, God, John


The Invention of Happiness - Jacques Henri Lartigue at Casa dei Tre Oci in Venice

La Baule, 1979Photograph by Jacques Henri Lartigue © Ministère de laCulture (France), MAP-AAJHL (Venice, Italy) Jacques Henri Lartigue was seven-years-old when his father, an amateur photographer, gave him his first camera. But it wouldn't be until he was nearly seventy-years-old that an exhibition at MoMA in New York City and a portfolio in Life magazine marked the real beginning of his international fame for works he had produced more than fifty years before.Born into a wealthy f...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, France, New York City, United States, Paris, Venice, Kennedy, Moma, Monte Carlo, Henri Cartier Bresson, Palazzo Grassi, Szarkowski, Bois de Boulogne, Jacques Henri Lartigue


The Great Game - Henri Cartier-Bresson Master Collection at Palazzo Grassi in Venice

Henri Cartier-Bresson, prisoner of war (Venice, Italy) Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) used a small Leica camera to capture his singular vision of humanity, disguising the shiny chrome parts with a black ribbon or tape to make it less conspicuous. He was adverse to fame, yet seemed to be at every important event or in the company of every prominent figure of the 20th century. Most importantly, he pioneered the art of street photography.Born into a wealthy bourgeois family, he painted wi...
Tags: Travel, France, Germany, Spain, United States, Venice, Venice Italy, Cartier Bresson, Wim Wenders, Henri Cartier Bresson, Palazzo Grassi, Punta, François Pinault, John De Menil, Pinault Collection, Annie Liebovitz


The Great Game - Henri Cartier-Bresson Master Collection at Palazzo Grassi

Henri Cartier-Bresson, prisoner of war (Venice, Italy) Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) used a small Leica camera to capture his singular vision of humanity, disguising the shiny chrome parts with a black ribbon or tape to make it less conspicuous. He was adverse to fame, yet seemed to be at every important event or in the company of every prominent figure of the 20th century. Most importantly, he pioneered the art of street photography.Born into a wealthy bourgeois family, he painted wi...
Tags: Travel, France, Germany, Spain, United States, Venice, Venice Italy, Cartier Bresson, Wim Wenders, Henri Cartier Bresson, Palazzo Grassi, Punta, François Pinault, John De Menil, Pinault Collection, Annie Liebovitz


The Great Game - The Compelling Henri Cartier-Bresson Master Collection at Palazzo Grassi

Henri Cartier-Bresson, prisoner of war (Venice, Italy) Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) used a small Leica camera to capture his singular vision of humanity, disguising the shiny chrome parts with a black ribbon or tape to make it less conspicuous. He was adverse to fame, yet seemed to be at every important event or in the company of every prominent figure of the 20th century. Most importantly, he pioneered the art of street photography.Born into a wealthy bourgeois family, he painted wi...
Tags: Travel, France, Germany, Spain, United States, Venice, Venice Italy, Cartier Bresson, Wim Wenders, Henri Cartier Bresson, Palazzo Grassi, Punta, François Pinault, John De Menil, Pinault Collection, Annie Liebovitz


Bottega Cini - New Concept Store in Venice Celebrates Excellence

Bottega Cini - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Bottega Cini, a new type of museum shop in Venice, is a cause for celebration. It is refreshing to witness the opening of a store that fits so perfectly into the local community, mixing commerce and traditional Venetian culture, positioned in just the right zone. Located directly in front of Palazzo Cini at San Vio in the Dorsoduro district of Venice, it is sure to attract both locals and travelers who visit the Accademia Galleries, the Pala...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Raphael, Venice, Cannes, Bologna, Napoleon, Agrippa, Linea, Andrea, Marco, Bauer, Sabin, Vittorio, Giovanni, Marisa


Venice: Better than we can Imagine - European Travelers Return

Basilica of San Marco with Seagull - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) On June 3, Italy reopened its borders to travelers from Europe. For the first time since March 8, Venice could welcome visitors from outside Italy. The question was, after three months of quarantine, would the outside world return? I am happy to report that not only are visitors beginning to return, new travelers are coming to Venice to see the Lagoon city for the first time, and bringing with them a new sense of wond...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Germany, Italy, Venice, Lola, Puglia, San Marco, Nico, Elizabeth, Venice Italy, Rialto, Sergio Boldrin, Piazza San Marco, NAVI, Caffè Florian