Palazzo Zaguri, which has been under scaffolding for the last few years, is finally reopening–as a museum and exhibit space. It will also have a large library and bookstore. It’s located in Campo San Maurizio, not far from Campo Santo Stefano. Its first exhibit is titled “Venice Secrets: Crime and Justice.” Read about it here in Monica Cesaroto’s blog.
I’m particularly excited about this new space because this is a Casanova location that I researched for my book Seductive Venice: In Casanova’s Footsteps (also available in Venice from Supernova Edizioni under the title Casanova’s Venice: A Walking Guide.) Giacomo Casanova visited this palazzo, when it was a palazzo, to see his friend Pietro Zaguri. Lorenzo da Ponte, later librettist for Mozart, also joined them. That’s a lot of talent under one roof!
Here’s my video from Palazzo Zaguri, with more details about what Casanova did while there. You can see the scaffolding was still up in 2016 when I filmed. Thanks to Adriano for filming that day. Enjoy the tolling bells at the end!
Also, there is a new small museum opening in Ca’ Pesaro dedicated to Casanova! While Ca’ Pesaro is best known for its International Gallery of Modern Art, the Palazzo Pesaro Papafava will now house the “Casanova Museum and Experience.” This name causes me to wonder a bit–will they offer some sort of multi-media extravaganza that tries to replace serious scholarship? I’m not necessarily against extravaganzas, but I don’t consider something like that as a true museum with high academic standards. I’m keen to learn more about what will be on offer. See details here in an article in the UK’s Telegraph.
Of course, both places should carry Casanova’s Venice: A Walking Guide! If you visit, please ask for it–and also drop me a line to let me know what you thought of the new exhibits.