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Upcoming special exhibition

The exquisite costumes of Venetian Mardi Gras balls

Artistic single pieces of today based on the models of yesterday

21 April – 7 October 2018

This special exhibition is permeated by the charm and mysticism of Mardi Gras in Venice. It focuses on the exquisite costumes that continue to give the Venetian Mardi Gras balls their legendary extravagance to this day.

Only the most elaborate costume will suffice for an appearance at one of the famous private balls. The perfect interplay of work from a variety of craftsmen and women is essential to the creation of the gown. A goldsmith who has mastered the art of enamelling is needed, or an umbrella maker who can make the perfect old-fashioned parasol. You won’t get anywhere without an artist who can make the obligatory fans or a cobbler to create suitable customized footwear. The outfit is the main concern. Plenty of creativity and exemplary craftsmanship are a must. Only the finest and most exquisite materials are even considered.

Records from the year 1094 are the first to make mention of Mardi Gras in Venice. It experienced its heyday in the 18th century. Celebrating Mardi Gras has always been a boisterous affair for Venetians. It lasts 11 days and has come to be one of the most famous celebrations in the world. The purpose of Mardi Gras is to make fun of the established upper class. The historic backdrop of the city puts the finishing touch on Venetian Mardi Gras. Its revival in the mid-1970s has allowed many handicrafts previously threatened with extinction to flourish.

The costumes in the special exhibition The exquisite costumes of Venetian Mardi Gras balls are from a private collection and were custom-made by the best craftsmen and women in the industry. All work was done in France or elsewhere in Europe. Many techniques on the verge of oblivion were used.

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