An empty space in the city. Make it better.

In our cities there are a multitude of unused spaces or poorly expressed, then it would be better to create new multi-purpose exhibition spaces. This also creates a new place for temporary exhibitions and not, from all over the world. This kind of project it would generate new jobs and a new creative centres favoring the arrival, from all over the globe, of young artists and other professional people. Furthermore this space can be used as a museum of the city, having the aim to create not a static place, as has always been understood until now for these ranges, but dynamic, also in continuous movement, placing it as a center for the creation of ideas for the future of the city.

Here is a very schematic example of which you can start to create a museum of the city of Venice. They were designed 10 rooms to exhibit different themes. All it can and should be adapted and modified according to the building’s container frame.

The themes:

Theme 1: the birth of Venice: from the refuge to the brightness (2 rooms)

Theme 2: the strength of the trade (2 rooms)

Theme 3: the wars: the victories, the defeats. (2 rooms)

Theme 4: doges and families that have made Venice (2 rooms)

Theme 5: the colonies in the Mediterranean (1 room)

Theme 6: the festivals of the city (1 room)

All must make the idea of being in Venice: water on the ground and sky at the top (recreating the effect of the sea on the floor and the sky on the ceiling with projections, panels, …). Must be present short texts written in every room with panels for descriptions and explanations and a pictorial masterpiece for each room. Each point should be extended and developed by individual experts.

 

Theme 1

Map projected about the development of Venice: fade continues alternating and superposition of maps that represent the development of the city until today. Interactive map of the city nowdays, at the touch of a particular area (the most popular of Venice) sees itself as it has developed over the times. Ground projection on the floor. Exhibition of maps and printed codes on various periods of development. Works of Roman times and later to understand the fact that Venice has developed and has started since the fall of the Western Roman Empire. Scenic reproduction as are founded the city buildings.

 

Theme 2

The power of money. Small area of the lounge with coins of the era and brief explanation about the development of the economic system. Trade. Most marketed products: wool, silk, gold and spices. Must be present in the room the products traded (the public can touch and smell goods Venetian blinds). The audience before entering the room sensing odours and scents of products traded. Processed products, from the raw material to the object. Presence in the Hall of the finished goods. Murano glass: glass works. Reconstruction of a forge of the glass. Projection of ancient glass work (possible sounds of the forge, background, so that they do not disturb the visit). Map projected the trade routes. Merchant ships: ship models are being used. Model of the main “fonteghi” with explanations.

 

Theme 3

The secret of warships: the arsenal of Venice, factory scale reconstruction. Show carpentry techniques using a projection. The audience interacts with carpentry tools. Major warships (“long” and “round ships”) in various scale models: propose scale ships parts. Use the remains of the Venetian ships present at the Correr Museum, Venice. The main battles of Venice in a map (particular attention at the battle of Lepanto). (background sound of a sea battle).

 

Theme 4

Presence of a reproduction of the original costumes of the Doge (possible clothing history of the Doge). List of Doge and of the most important Venetian families in a short text written on a panel. Model of the Bucentaur. Reproductions of some of the typical dresses of the most important Venetian families. Design a map detailing the residences of prominent families who have given name to the palaces of the city.

Theme 5

Place a map of Venetian lands conquered. Interactive map projected with Venetian expansion phases and the conquered territories. Crete and Cyprus, Jonie, Dalmatia Islands. Make it clear what remains of Venice in these places today.

Theme 6

Scenic reproduction of a luxurious ballroom of a Venetian Palace (the visitor must have the idea of being inside the Venetian Salon). Play typical music of the time. Indicate on a panel the main festivals of the city and if there are still today. Interactive map with main places where they celebrated the holidays (at the touch of a zone of the city will show the corresponding part). The Carnival. Venetian masks on display along with the costumes. The Redeemer. The marriage of the sea.

Giandomenico Padovan

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