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Pat Carra
Dedication to Fondazione Querini Stampalia

From the press release 2012….


A visit of the beautiful Querini Stampalia Library, restored by Carlo Scarpa in the Sixties is an absolute must.

Nella Venezia tutta di carta dove i libri vanno in gondola ("In a Venice made of paper, where books go on Gondolas") by Cristina Favento (Il Piccolo, 13 January 2012)


An amazing Museum and one of the richest art collections: more than four hundred Venetian, Italian and Flemish paintings from the Fourteenth and the Fifteenth century. The Sixtheeth-century Palace, which used to be the residence of the Patriarch of Venice, is enriched by stuccos and frescos, testifying the style of two great architects: Carlo Scarpa and Mario Botta. The Library is made even more enchanting by its refined rooms, mirrors and boiseries on the walls, Murano's chandeliers, fabrics weaved on ancient designs, tapestries, Messein porcelain, Antonio Canova's sculptures.

Venezia in 5 tappe ("Venice in 5 steps") by Lucrezia Argentiero (Vie Del Gusto, February 2012)


Fondazione Querini Stampalia, which as a vocation is always open, from today until 9 April will be welcoming adults only if accompanied by at least one child for the event "Easter-time of long, long ago... at home with a noble Venetian family", special tours for children with guides dress up in 18th-century costumes created by Rubelli.

Pasqua, musei "precettati" ("Seized Easter "museum"") by Monica Zicchiero and Alice D'Este (Corriere del Veneto, 6 April 2012)


Baby parking in the Museum with an area dedicated to children from 3 to 6 years old and lent books in supermarkets, hospitals and prisons. These are some of Fondazione Querini Stampalia's most peculiar initiatives.

Libri tra gli scaffali del supermercato ("Baby sitter in the museum and lent books at the supermarket") by Fabio Bozzato (Corriere del Veneto, 31 May 2012)


Querini Stampalia gets into the saddle again and looks at the future. After two negative years from a financial point of view due to the drop public funds and the sudden zeroing of the contribution from Fondazione di Venezia (about 400 thousand euros cancelled after 15 years), forcing to drastic cuts and a significant reduction of services, the prestigious cultural institution under Marino Cortese is looking toward an upswing. After closing last year with a 248 thousand euro deficit, Fondazione Querini was able to close this fiscal year breaking even owing to cuts and sacrifices.

Dopo le rinunce, bilancio ok. Querini Stampalia si riparte ("Querini Stampalia starts new") by Enrico Tantucci (La Nuova di Venezia and Mestre, 31 May 2012)


Throughout the centuries, our Country's Palaces and villas have always housed elegant "Italian" parks which are now open to the public. Here are some among the most beautiful and restricted. The garden planned by Carlo Scarpa in 1963 for the Querini Stampalia Palace in Venice: water and essential lines reflect both a modern and an oriental style.

Giardini d'Italia ("Italian gardens") (Focus History, June 2012)


Since Earl Giovanni's death 1869, Venice has been provided with a very special place, freely accessible by all, where it is possible to study and carry out researches. Its furnishings offer a warm atmosphere and environment for the soul. Open also on Sunday and in the evening.

Più di un salvataggio ("More than a rescue") by Sandra Gastaldo (GenteVeneta, June 2012)


In the heart of the lagoon, St. Erasmus is the centre of a cultural experiment promoted by Fondazione Querini Stampalia, which represents the Venetians' public library and has been able to offer a further service to those living on the islands through the exclusive cooperation with a supermarket. In fact, it has opened a centre on the island where books are lent, point of reference being a supermarket, a place which sooner or later is visited by all.

Libri tra gli scaffali del supermercato ("Books on the shelves of the supermarket") (Il Mattino di Padova, 29 July 2012)



"In the year 2000, on an autumn Sunday, a friend of mine involved in contemporary art invited me to Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice. There was a boiserie full of books and young people, and small tables with little lamps encouraging to read. I was impressed. It was like being in Oxford". This is how we came up with the idea of creating a prize for young artists "who are not yet well-known".

Giovanna Furlanetto. Ritratto dell'imprenditrice che ha dato vita al più importante premio italiano per giovani creatori e tuttavia si definisce "un'anti-collezionista" by Paolo Cascella ("Giovanna Furlanetto. Portrait of a business woman who has created the most important Italian award for young artists and continues to define herself as an anti-collector") (La Repubblica, 19 July 2012)


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Fondazione Querini Stampalia


Santa Maria Formosa

Castello 5252, 30122 Venice

Tel. 041 2711411

Fax 041 2711445

VAT number and Fiscal Code


[email protected]


Opening hours


Museum, Carlo Scarpa Area, the Intesa Sanpaolo Collection and Temporary Exhibitions

from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm

Closed on Monday

last admission 5.30 pm


Library and Newspaper Library

from Tuesday ti Friday, 10 am - 8 pm

Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 10 am - 7 pm

Closed on Monday



from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm

Closed on Monday



from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm

Closed on Monday


Animals (of all sizes) are not allowed in the Palace


Website credits

Studio Camuffo

Alvise Rabitti
Giovanni Rosa