Fabrica Ecclesiae i.e. “Vestire lo spazio”

  • Saturday 11 February Hours 10.30
  • Chiesa di San Lio
  • Exhibition

Event Details


This event is running from 11 February 2017 until 28 February 2017. It is next occurring on 22 February 2017 10:30

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Vestire lo spazio (Fitting out space) is an exhibition/installation achieved at San Lio’s Church, situated between Rialto and San Mark’s Square. Recalling the theme proposed by this year’s Carnival, it depicts the festival theme in the House of God, converting itself into a search for beauty, by fitting out the architectural space with sought-after art, colours, fabrics, and perfumes. Not for vanity purposes, but to give a complete meaning and spiritual value to the festival joy. Thanks to videos and exhibition of objects, one seizes the perceptive/perceptual transformation of churches, through decorations, ornaments and furnishings used during religious celebrations. Embellishment, dressing-up and redressing-up space, transforming it into an exhibition and experience involving the senses in a game of sounds, images, objects and perfumes that characterize the complex “machinery” in places of worship or churches.

The key part of the exposition will be about the manufacture of fabrics and vestments, presented through an unprecedented video by artist – Angela Colonna. The video shows the “dressing up” of the columns in the Basilica of the Madonna della Salute during its annual feast day when, Bevilacqua fabrics are used. Also present with their original designs, and weaving data used for the production.

Collateral events

Saturday, 11th February 11.00am – Opening of the Fabrica Ecclesiae i.e. “Vestire lo spazio” exhibition by: curator, Fr. Gianmatteo Caputo, artist, Mrs Angela Colonna and all collaborators. Free Entrance.

11th – 28th February 2017, from 12.00 midday to 3.00pm – On occasion of the Fabrica Ecclesiae i.e. “Vestire lo spazio” exhibition, there will be a free, daily, guided tour of the icons on show in the church, and an explanation regarding the materials and techniques involved. Free Entrance.

Wednesday, 15th February 4.00pm – Segni di Festa (Party time). On occasion of the Fabrica Ecclesiae i.e. “Vestire lo spazio” exhibition there will be a conference meeting about the symbolic value of furnishings with relations to the place of worship/church, and the rediscovery of symbolism in art, colours, perfumes, and sounds. Free Entrance.

Wednesday, 22nd February 4.00pm – Colonne di stoffa (Columns of fabric). On occasion of the Fabrica Ecclesiae i.e. “Vestire lo spazio” exhibition there will be a conference meeting about the production of Bevilacqua fabrics. Its managers and artisans will be present, and Angela Colonna’s videos about fabrics in the Basilica of the Madonna della Salute will be shown. Free Entrance.

by Don Gianmatteo Caputo (Priest and Architect) Patriarchal representative for CULTURAL HERITAGE AND PASTORAL TOURISM AT THE CULTURAL HERITAGE DEPT. OFFICE (Beni Culturali, UFFICIO BENI CULTURALI E PER LA PASTORALE DEL TURISMO)

A Vela spa and UFFICIO BENI CULTURALI E PER LA PASTORALE DEL TURISMO (Cultural Heritage and Pastoral Tourism Dept. Office) co-production

Further Information – www.veneziaubc.org E-mail: turismo@patriarcatovenezia.it Phone 041 2771702

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