From the emergency to the restoration of cultural heritage: stories and images from the Venice archives
Among the numerous events organized as part of “Aqua Granda 1966-2016”, UNESCO is directly contributing to the exhibition “From the emergency to the restoration of cultural heritage: Stories and images from the archives of the city” at the Marciana National Library in Venice, Italy. The exhibition will run until 27 November 2016.
The Aqua Granda 1966-2016 exhibition at the Marciana National Library (original title: “Venezia 1966-2016. Dall’ emergenza al recupero del patrimonio culturale. Storie e immagini dagli archivi della città”) is organized by the State Archives of Venice, the Marciana National Library, the Municipality of Venice, in collaboration with the State Central Archives of Rome, the Archive Superintendence for Veneto and Trentino - Alto Adige, the Venice Superintendence of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscapes, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, the Association of International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice, the Italia Nostra-Venezia, the RAI Veneto and the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.
During the inauguration on 28 October 2016 several personalities intervened among which the Director of the Marciana National Library, the Director of the State Archives of Venice, the Venice Superintendent of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscapes, the Secretary General of the Ministry of cultural properties and activities and tourism, the Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau, the Vice-President of the Association of the International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice, the Chair of Italia Nostra-Venice.
Documents and photographs originating from the archives of the main Venetian institutions, both public and private, offer a retrospective of the great flood, as well as numerous testimonies. A video produced by the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne illustrates chronologically 50 years of restauration projects implemented during the International Safeguarding Campaign for Venice and within the Joint UNESCO-International Private Committees Programme for the Safeguarding of Venice, as well as by various private committees directly. A specific documentary was prepared by the Italian television RAI, including pictures, film archives and interviews.