The ground floor of the historic Venetian institution has been re-opened in few days after the invasion of “high water”.
Querini Stampalia Foundation is much more than a museum, a library and a space full of charm for events.
Since the beginning, it has always been a cultural reference point for Venetian students and for all history of Venice lovers offering them its rich library and its art collections.
A special feature of the Foundation is its vocation to be useful for people, as established in 1869 by its founder, Count Giovanni Querini Stampalia, so that the Library is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.00 am to 12.00 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 7,00 pm
For this reason, when the rumor spread that the water had entered the ground floor of the Foundation, a general mobilization started and over 200 volunteers came to work to secure the books and to do what was necessary.
A special contribution was made by Bofrost, a company selling frozen foods, who took charge of the damaged books in order to “freeze them” and prevent molds from starting their destructive work while waiting books can be restored. Thus 363 boxes weighing 15 kilos each were shipped from the headquarters of the Foundation and transported with a boat equipped with refrigerators up to the refrigerated truck and then to the warehouse where they have been stored in 15 pallets.
The artworks and the most precious books were safe, but the damage involves 35 linear meters of late-nineteenth-century books and another 600 linear meters of modern library publications and magazines that were kept in external warehouses in Venice historic center.
It is possible to contribute to the restoration of books by making a donation on the account of the Querini Stampalia Foundation via bank or by card. See instructions at the following address >>>
Right now the Auditorium and all the meeting halls are again in very good shape, so also planning an event in this beautiful Venetian residence can be a win-win idea in order to help the Foundation while discovering a very beautiful venue in the center of the beautiful Venice.
Exhibition activities also started again with the Venice 1860-2019 exhibition. Photos from the Graziano Arici Archive: over 140 photographs, nineteenth-century originals, plates, and stereoscopies, digital prints: a veritable overview of the city’s visual memory coming from the Graziano Arici Archive. From November 29th to March 1st, 2020.
Fondazione Querini Stampalia, one of the most ancient cultural foundations in Italy, is located in a 16th-century mansion in Venice city center. The mansion has an Auditorium that can host up to 132 people, a garden, a museum, multi-purpose rooms and areas for temporary exhibitions. The ground floor and the auditorium were projected by architects Carlo Scarpa and Mario Botta