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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED: Presentation by the Director of the Querini Stampalia Foundation (Venice)



THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED: Presentation by the Director of the Querini Stampalia Foundation (Venice)


The Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Toronto will host Marigusta Lazzari, Director of the Querini Stampalia Foundation, located in Venice.

The Director will be presenting the Foundation and its activities, including the wonderful art collection housed in its museum and the masterful work carried out on the building by renowned Italian architect, Carlo Scarpa.

The presentation will begin with the screening of a documentary by filmmaker Francesca Molteni, which will higlight the multi-layered history of the Palazzo Querini Stampalia and the foundation's activities.

Ms. Lazzari will also be speaking about the severe damage caused to the museum following the exceptional tide that struck Venice on the night of November 12, 2019.

Tuesday, February 25 | 6:30pm

Istituto Italiano di Cultura
496 Huron Street



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Established in 1869 by Count Giovanni Querini, the last descendant of the Querini Stampalia family, the Querini Stampalia Foundation is unique in Venice for showcasing the patrimony of this noble local family as well as for its promotion of contemporary events. According to the will of the Count, the Library remains open to the public into the evening hours and on holidays. Other facilities within the complex include the Museum, a precious example of an 18th-century aristocratic residence; and an area dedicated to temporary exhibitions. A visit to the palazzo invites you to explore the family's original rooms, antique furnishings and art collection and to view the contemporary architectural additions contributed by Carlo Scarpa, Valeriano Pastor and Mario Botta. The fluid passage from past to present affords a perfect setting for individual study, cultural projects and special events.

Giovanni Querini Stampalia envisioned an institution that would foster enlightenment at an individual and cultural level--"to promote the study of worthwhile disciplines," in his words-- and this remains the mission of the Foundation to this day: to create an open atmosphere that nurtures learning, scholarship, and the exchange of viewpoints.


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The Querini Stampalia Foundation Museum is one of the most significant and well-preserved examples of an historic house museum in all Europe. The magnificent residence of the Querini Stampalia family is recreated on the piano nobile, the traditional reception rooms and living quarters of a Venetian palace, lined in frescoes and stucco decorations. Rare collections of precious furniture, paintings, porcelain, globes, fabrics and sculptures are arrayed throughout the home.

Open to visitors since 1869, the Museum affords a glimpse of daily life of the epoch in which it was inhabited, reflecting Venetian culture and traditions across the centuries.

The historic atmosphere of the dwelling is meticulously maintained while at the same time welcoming of contemporary life in the form of concerts and exhibitions of classic and contemporary art.

Canadian Friends of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia

Donors residing in Canada can support the restoration of the Fondazione Querini Stampalia by making a contribution to the KBF Foundation Canada: (Project: Preservation of the Venetian Heritage).

Your donation will facilitate major restoration work in our Library as well as contribute to the preservation of our important collection of books and rare documents that record the history of Venice, including that of the Querini Stampalia family. The Querini Library is a significant resource for local students and scholars from all over the world.

For further information and to take advantage of Canadian tax exemptions, please visit:

You can donate by:

Credit Card: at the top right of the page, indicate the amount you wish to donate.

Cheque: Payable to KBF CANADA Foundation; in the "for" section, please reference "Project E202-Venetian Heritage"
Mail to: KBF Foundation CANADA
            1 Place Ville Marie
            Suite 1670
            Montreal, QC
            H3B 2B6

Direct Deposit: Send an email to the KBF CANADA Foundation: or call +1 514.481.2000


What happens in Venice is a concern for the Government. As the Minister of Foreign Affairs, I intend to activate initiatives to support Venice in all the embassies and consulates around the world - Luigi DiMaio, Minister of Foreign Affairs

The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is sponsoring initiatives to support the population and the artistic and cultural heritage of the city of Venice, by endorsing the fundraiser promoted by Mayor Luigi Brugnaro.

Through its network of Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes, the Foreign Ministry intends to launch a solidarity campaign in support of Venice to raise the awareness of both the Italian and local communities on the emergency that has struck the city and to promote fund-raising activities.


Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura | 496 Huron Street


Fondazione Querini Stampalia