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A new exhibition of the Venice State Archive is scheduled. Il gioco: ingegno, fortuna, agilità is a selection of documents about game and fun in the Venetian Republic, arranged in a path curated by Michela Dal Borgo and Monica Del Rio.The initiative aims to evoke some playtime of the venetian civitas ludens.


What the exhibition is about

The added value of this proposal is the exhibition of original documents: this will be an exclusive opportunity to see precious documents dating back to centuries ago, faithfully guarded and preserved. Most documents dates back to the 18th century, but this should not be taken as an indication of the spread of the game they deal about: some periods are better represented by the documentation available, but the quantity and quality of sources may differ from the actual spread of the object in question. In the exhibition, game analysis will be divided in four steps: cards games, lotteries, games in public spaces and forbidden games.

Each visitors will enjoy original and exclusive evidences: the first catalogues cards; a wooden array of later forbidden cards; descriptions of games that were made in public places and so on.

A special film analyzes the relationship between gaming and public administration, then the way in which the game is involved in the State interests.

Game in Venice

Game is a part of every people tradition, and so of the Venetians – which is demonstrated by the large number of gambling games invented in Venice.

Gambling could threat public order, but on the other hand it was a great source of income for the state coffers.

Interview with Monica del Rio

Here you can listen to an interview with Monica del Rio, one of the exhibition’s curator. The interview is in Italian and it’s led by Radio Ca’ Foscari and Ca’ Foscari in maschera staff.

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