Project Description

Decorative panels of Galileo Chini and other works of Art of the Biennale’s permanent collection
Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

Restoration of the Decorative panels of Galileo Chini and other works

Fondazione La Biennale, Venice

Project Director
Ministry of Culture, Monuments and Fine Arts Office of Venice
Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee, Venice

CBC Conservazione Beni Culturali, Rome
Laboratorio Filigrana, Venice
Anna Laganà, Matteo Rossi Doria, Venice

Bruce Crawford
Pierre Durand
Mrs. A. Alfred Taubman
Venetian Heritage

Start date
January 2006

End date
August 2006

60.000,00 €

La Biennale di Venezia’s A.S.A.C. (Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee – Historical Archives of Contemporary Arts) houses a collection of artistic heritage which goes back to the first Venice Biennale 1895. Venetian Heritage funded the restoration of sixteen decorative panels by Galileo Chini along with contemporary art works of significance in recent Venitian history. The collection consists of twenty seven works that deteriorated with the years; together with Chini’s decorative panels, the restorations included six works by Mario Sironi, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Zoran Music, Carlo Mattioli, Bruno Saetti and Agostino Bonalumi, two sculptures by Christos Capralos and Marcello Morandini, and lastly three anonymous tempera on paper. The restoration of the sixteen tempera on canvas paintings of Galileo Chini, destined to be exhibited at the 1920’s Biennale, was undertaken by Carla Bertorello of the cooperativa Conservazione Beni Culturali (CBC). Anna Laganà worked on the six paintings and Margherita Errera on the tree anonymous works. Special thanks are given to the supreintendent Renata Codello, inspector Roberta Battaglia and restorer Lucia Bassotto, with the collaboration of the curator of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna di Roma, inspector Mariastella Marzotto. The restoration project is dedicated to the memory of Khalil Rizk, founding President of Venetian Heritage.