Venice, June and September free guided tours with museum directors

In Venice, during June and September, Dorsoduro Museum Mile presents an unprecedented series of guided tours led by their respective directors and curators, from the Gallerie dell'Accademia to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, on the themes of light and color.

In Venice, Dorsoduro Museum Mile, the cultural journey through eight centuries of art history along the Dorsoduro sestiere, which brings together Gallerie dell’Accademia, Galleria di Palazzo Cini, Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Punta della Dogana, presents an unprecedented series of guided tours, led by their respective directors and curators and dedicated to a number of themes that cut across art of all times, from the ancient to the contemporary, through the collections and current exhibitions. A journey in stages marked by two key themes, light and color, which, like a common thread, will accompany the public to discover or rediscover some of the greatest masterpieces of international art.

The initiative The Guides of the Mile offers eight free tours every Monday in June and September, at 12 noon, in the four institutions of the Dorsoduro Museum Mile. Participation in the tours is free, subject to availability. Visitors who purchase a paid ticket at one of the museums in the Dorsoduro Museum Mile or are Membership Card holders at one of the institutions are entitled to reduced admission at the other partner venues.

The month of June will be dedicated to the theme of light, with the first event set for June 5 at the Gallerie dell’Accademia, June 12 at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, June 19 at Punta della Dogana, and June 26 at the Galleria di Palazzo Cini. From the livid light of Giorgione’s Tempest at the Gallerie dell’Accademia, we will move on to the surreal light that illuminates René Magritte’s masterpiece The Empire of Light; from the golden threads of Lygia Pape’s Ttéia that, like rays, pierce the darkness in the exhibition Icônes at Punta della Dogana, we will reach the Caravaggio-like glow of Artemisia Gentileschi’s Cleopatra at the Galleria di Palazzo Cini.

September, on the other hand, will be dedicated to the theme of color: visits scheduled on Sept. 4 at the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Sept. 11 at the Galleria di Palazzo Cini, Sept. 18 at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Sept. 25 at Punta della Dogana, also at 12 noon.

"With Giorgione’s Tempest, we have the pleasure of inaugurating the initiative The Guides of the Mile, promoted by the Dorsoduro Museum Mile and dedicated in this first appointment to the theme of light," explains Gallerie dell’Accademia director Giulio Manieri Elia. “It is the museum’s icon, which still exerts an extraordinary fascination on the public and among scholars because of its still mysterious iconography, great care of natural effects, chromatism and light.”

“Walking the art mile through the Dorsoduro sestiere discovering some of its artistic gems told by the living voice of directors and curators certainly gives added value to the Dorsoduro Museum Mile,” adds Karole P. B. Vail, director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. “Since its inception in 2015, this project has been based on the synergistic union between Venetian institutions that wish to guide the public on a journey that combines the treasures of antiquity with contemporary masterpieces, passing through the great masters of modern art.”

“The Dorsoduro Museum Mile,” emphasizes Giorgio Cini Foundation Institute of Art History director Luca Massimo Barbero, “is for the public in Venice a cultural peninsula, a kind of unique artistic constellation, and an experience, I would say, unique. It allows, among other things, after the Accademia to visit Vittorio Cini’s palace and house museum, with its Ferrara and Tuscan masterpieces, introducing the visitor to an intimate and profound journey to another extraordinary house museum, the Guggenheim, and to the projection towards the contemporary and the future of Punta della Dogana.”

“The success of the Dorsoduro Museum Mile,” concludes Bruno Racine, Director and Managing Director of Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana, “over the past three years has confirmed the importance of our network’s cultural offerings and its openness to an increasingly broad audience. Together with the series of online guides I Diari del Miglio created by the four institutions, 2023 sees a new project aimed at dialogue between institutions, visitors and the city. We are very happy to invite the public to discover in a brand new format our magnificent collections and exhibitions the current temporary ones, and to retrace them with a privileged look.”

During the months of June and September, the admission ticket purchased during one of the visits of the program The Mile Guides, will be exceptionally valid to obtain the reduction at the other institutions on the days set for the subsequent guided tours.

Pictured is Peggy Guggenheim Collection director Karole P. B. Vail. Photo by Matteo De Fina

Venice, June and September free guided tours with museum directors
Venice, June and September free guided tours with museum directors