CARNIVAL AT THE MUSEUM TO “REMEMBER THE FUTURE”
From Friday 18 February to Tuesday 1 March the following museums will be open until 10PM:
- The St Mark’s square museum (Doge’s Palace and Museo Correr)
- 18th-century Venice Museums (Ca’ Rezzonico – Museum of 18th-Century Venice, Carlo Goldoni’s House, Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo – Study Centre for the History of Textiles and Costumes)
To visit the 18th-century Venice museums you can purchase a cumulative ticket at a special price. The entrance is free for residents.
In addition to the extraordinary openings, it will take place a free event dedicated to children and families at Ca’ Pesaro, in the International Gallery of Modern Art.
Carnival Special – Una Casetta Pop-up
Ca’ Pesaro – International Gallery of Modern Art
Sunday 27 February at 11 and 14.30
Under the guidance of an important artist of the sector, it will be possible to play and create using paper, especially the creation of paper pop-ups. The activity is part of the exhibition “Due mesi di carta” ongoing in Ca’ Pesaro.
From 6 to 14 years old. Free event with reservation from 21 to 25 February here.
18th-century Venice Museums
> Ca’ Rezzonico – Museum of 18th-Century Venice
> Museum of Palazzo Mocenigo – Study Centre for the History of Textiles and Costumes
> Carlo Goldoni’s House
The 18th century was the last great season of flowering of all art in Venice and, perhaps, the most iconic.
With a single ticket it is possible to “retrace” it. Firs of all, the must-see Ca’ Rezzonico is one of the most beautiful palaces on the Grand Canal, a treasure trove of artistic masterpieces of that period. Then, in the aristocratic residence of Mocenigo family, located in San Stae, are preserved collection of textiles, original costumes and an interesting section dedicated to the art of perfumery. Last but not least, the native home of Carlo Goldoni, leading character of the 18th century revolution of play at international level, it houses an important centre of theatrical study.
The cost of the cumulative ticket is 16 €, reduced 13€ (Family ticket, children from 6 to 14 years old, students from 15 to 25 years old, Rolling Venice Card holders). Purchase it here.
Among the works in Ca’ Rezzonico – Museum of the 18th-century Venice there are some representations of Carnival. Carnival is indeed the subject of many paintings by Pietro Longhi, the most famous being the one with the rhinoceros Clara. Back in the 18th-century Carnival lasted three months and St Mark’s Square was full of curiosities and vendors of various kinds: not only puppeteers, magicians, astrologers and charlatans, but also exotic animals such as lions, elephants and rhinoceros. Longhi also painted the Bauta. This famous Venetian mask is one of the most common disguises from the 18th-century onwards. Carnival is also depicted in Giandomenico Tiepolo’s magnificent frescoes, like the one of Pulcinella now kept at Ca’ Rezzonico.