Venice prepares itself to celebrate Marco Polo

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Venice prepares itself to celebrate Marco Polo

700 years have passed since Marco Polo's death and the Venice City Council is organising a calendar of initiatives in collaboration with Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and Ca' Foscari University of Venice.  Fondazione Musei Civici is taking part in the celebrations with exhibitions, masterclasses, meetings and moments dedicated to the younger public and schools, such as the exhibition hosted at the Doge's Palace from 6 April to 29 September 2024, 'The Worlds of Marco Polo. The journey of a 13th-century Venetian merchant'.

Other initiatives follow:

- Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo opens to the public from 11 January with The Axis of Time: Silk Clothing Fabrics from Suzhou.

- Also at the Museo di Palazzo Mocenigo from 29 April to 30 September, a selection of stage dresses and sketches from the 1982 RAI screenplay "Marco Polo".

- In the Sala delle Quattro Porte of the Correr Museum The ways of writing, dedicated in particular to Arabic and Chinese calligraphic cultures, followed by a masterclass.

- The Venice Carnival 2024 will also celebrate one of its greatest travellers, bringing the theme of travel to the calli, campi and piazzas of the City with the title 'Ad Oriente. The amazing voyage of Marco Polo', from 27 January to 13 February.

There are also many events on the Ca' Foscari calendar: the Ca' Foscari Short Film Festival, Incroci di Civiltà International Festival of Literature in Venice, Ca' Foscari Theatre, an International Conference of philological and historical-cultural studies on Marco Polo. At Ca' Foscari Esposizioni in April there will be an exhibition of artefacts from the collection of the museums of Uzbekistan, including the State Art Museum of Karakalpakstan I. V. Savitsky.

Fondazione Venezia 2002 will develop the exhibition 'Marco Polo's clothes and the traditional silk clothes of Suzhou - Exhibition of traditional and historical clothes from Marco Polo's two cities: Suzhou and Venice'.

"Numerous institutions, Venetian, Italian and international, are taking part in the Marco Polo celebrations, which have joined in with great enthusiasm and participation, and for this I would like to thank them together with the Ministry of Culture, which has strongly supported the project" explains Tiziana Lippiello, Rector of Ca' Foscari University

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