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Redentore Festival fireworks from the Gritti Palace Hotel, Venezia.

Redentore Venice’s magical lagoon illuminated by a fountain of fireworks to celebrate the Redentore Festival

Redentore festival fireworks from the Gritti Palace, Venezia. See History of the  Venice yearly Redentore Festival in a feature below, please scroll down……..



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Macron & Trump Coups de Maitres as President Trump is President Macron’s Guest of Honour at France ‘s 14th July National Day procession on the Champs Elysees. In the midst of so many political considerations this was a master stroke. The traditional defile went with impressive military precision.

Bastille Day 14th July Stunning photo by Philippe Wojazer, copyright Reuters. Selected by the Sunday Times as their image of the week. We agree, the US air force Thunderbirds display team flies over the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. PHOTO COPYRIGHT PHILIPPE WOJAZER REUTERS

President Macron & President Trump accompanied by their spouses watching the traditional 14th July defile.on the Champs Elysees 2017

Garde Republicaine Defile 14 Juillet Paris Champs Elysees 2017

The Drapeaux/Flags:  the Tricouleur & the Stars & Stripes on the Champs Elysees. 2017




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Damien Hirst Venice. Exclusive photos from the Punta Della Dogana Damien Hirst exhibition. Fascinating exhibition in a magnificent setting. With thanks to the Pinault Collection. Go if you can……

Damien Hirst Punta de la Dogana Venice

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst Venice

Damien Hirst Venice

Damien Hirst “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, Venice
We feature exclusive photos from the Punta Della Dogana exhibition.
– Punta della Dogana – Pinault Collection presents “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable”. It is the first major solo exhibition dedicated to Damien Hirst in Italy since the 2004 retrospective at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples (“The Agony and Ecstasy”) and is curated by Elena Geuna, curator of the monographic shows dedicated to Rudolf Stingel (2013) and Sigmar Polke (2016) presented at Palazzo Grassi.
The exhibition is displayed across 5,000 square meters of museum space and marks the first time that Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, the two Venetian venues of the Pinault Collection, are both dedicated to a single artist.
Damien Hirst’s most ambitious and complex project to date, “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” has been almost ten years in the making. Exceptional in scale and scope, the exhibition tells the story of the ancient wreck of the ship Unbelievable and presents what was discovered of its precious cargo: the impressive collection of Aulus Calidius Amotan, a freed slave better known as Cif Amotan II, destined to the legendary temple dedicated to the Sun.
The exhibition highlights the longstanding relationship shared by the artist and the Pinault Collection. A key artist for the Collection, Damien Hirst’s work has previously been exhibited at Palazzo Grassi, where it featured in the museum’s 2006 inaugural exhibition “Where Are We Going?”. With “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable”, the Pinault Collection accompanies the British artist in making a dream come true by opening both Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, allowing the artworks to establish a dialogue between the two exhibitions spaces.
The 2017 exhibition is part of a calendar of monographic shows dedicated to major contem- porary artists – Urs Fischer (2012), Rudolf Stingel (2013), Martial Raysse (2015) and Sigmar Polke (2016) – alternating with thematic exhibitions of works from the Pinault Collection.
at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, Venice
until 3 December 2017

Redentore Venice Fireworks Festival and Traditional Street Markets week end of 15/16th July 2017

Redentore Venice’s magical lagoon illuminated by a fountain of fireworks to celebrate the Redentore Festival

Redentore Venice

On the third Saturday and Sunday of each July, Venice celebrates the Redentore Festival, or Festa del Redentore. Venetians also refer to the festival as “The Famous Night of Fireworks.” Still another reference to the festival is known as Redeemer Day.

Whatever one would call it, this wonderful Venetian festival signifies the end of the1557  plague in Venice  and is deemed as one of the most disastrous plagues in Venetian history. 50,000 Venetians died from this plague, including the famous Italian painter, Tiziano Vecellio. It is also the oldest, most consistently celebrated festival in Venetian history.

The Festa del Redentore, or Redeemer Day, features vivid pyrotechnics displayed over the water.  The fireworks take place the night prior to the Redentore Festival amidst decorated Venetian boats where visitors and residents can dine. Venetians also admire the fireworks from their decorated wooden terraces and on rooftops.

The Zattere, which denotes “raft” in Italian, dates back to 1519 (before the plague) when it was first constructed as a landing dock for timber delivery and ship and building construction. The spacious waterfront walkway is adjacent to the southern shore from the Marittima and San Basilio on to the Punta della Dogana. The Island of Giudeca is directly south. The splendid Redentore Church and Giudeca Island are clearly visible while walking along the Zattere.

Andrea Palladio was commissioned to build the majestic church on the Island of Giudecca.

Whilst the first stone of the church was laid, a temporary wooden church was erected on the third Sunday of July. A long, floating walkway united San Marco Square and the Giudecca Island (from the Zattere) which was built on hundreds of pontoons. In the 16th Century, the Doge and local dignitaries led survivors along the walkway to give thanks to the end of the plague at the temporary church.

Each year (and for centuries—in fact, to present day), army barge bridges have been built between Guidecca Island and the Zattere for the Redentore Festival. The centuries-old solemn yet majestic Venetian church built in honor of the end of the horrific plague is known as the II Redentore.

As time went on, the processions to the Redentore Church lessened and they were replaced by less somber activities like the Festa del Redentore. Typical with all popular Venice festivals, the traditional activities of the Redentore include street markets which sell local Venetian foods and fresh produce, and a charity raffle run by the Redentore Church patronage. These take place beginning on the third Sunday morning on Giudecca Island near the famed church.

And any traditional Venice festival would not be a true celebration without a regatta, which is comprised of Venetian rowing races that are held along the Giudecca Canal, also on that third Sunday morning of July. Religious celebrations are held throughout the day during the Redentore Festival in Venice.


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