The Campus of Venice International University (VIU) on the island of San Servolo will be the magnificent scenario of AQUAE, the new Exhibition by Oliviero Rainaldi on the occasion of the 55th Venice Art Biennale.
Ten sculptures inspired by water – AQUAE - will be on show in the unique framework of the island of San Servolo from May 29 to November 24, 2013. The choice of the VIU campus, with its gardens and inner courtyards, as a setting for his exhibition represents an intriguing experiment for Oliviero Rainaldi and a stimulating opportunity for Professors and Students from all over the world who visit the island for their daily activities.
The theme of Water has already been explored by the Italian artist in two important exhibitions held in Villa Aldobrandini, Rome (2009), and in Villa Pisani, Venice (2010).
The way Rainaldi's works interacts with the unique setting of the VIU Campus, among the trees, the lagoon and the ancient buildings, is a special feature of the Exhibition.
The artworks confirm Oliviero Rainaldi's ability to experiment with different materials, such as glass, tin, bronze and gold. An 8-meter tall staele covered in gold leaf and running water will overlook the lagoon towards the Venice Giardini, representing the everlasting bond between Rainaldi and his old master and friend Fabio Mauri.
Exhibition dates: May 29 – November 24, 2013
Opening: May 29-31, 2013
Presentation of the catalogue: May 31, 11 am
On Saturday, April 20, 2013, under the presidency of Ambassador Umberto Vattani, the VIU Assembly voted unanimously to admit the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP) into the Consortium.
Oleg Kharkhordin, Rector of the European University at St. Petersburg, expressed his appreciation and enthusiasm: "We are very happy to join Venice International University. We will collaborate on different projects, especially in the field of Republican Studies, self-governing community but especially on Art History: a unique and long-lasting relationship links the EUSP to the Hermitage Museum as its Director, Mikhail Piotrovsky, is also Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees".
The European University at St. Petersburg is a non-state graduate university located in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was founded in 1994. Today the University is widely recognised as one of the leading academic institutions in Humanities and Social Sciences in Russia.
EUSP joins the other 11 Universities that compose the VIU Consortium: Duke and Boston College (USA), Tsinghua and Tongji (P.R. of China), Waseda (Japan), Tel Aviv (Israel), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (Germany), Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) and the Italian Universities Ca’ Foscari, IUAV and Università di Padova.
Press release (in Italian)
The recent publication of the annual Times Higher Education - World University rankings confirms the academic excellence and prestigious reputation of the VIU Member Universities.
Five out of the eleven Universities which constitute the VIU network ranked among the top 200 Universities in the world:
# 023 Duke University
# 048 LMU
# 052 Tsinghua University
# 150 Boston College
# 158 Tel Aviv University
Under the Presidency of Ambassador Vattani the University of Padua has joined VIU this year.
The University of Padua is the second oldest University in Italy. Along with such Universities as Bologna, Paris, Oxford and Cambridge, that of Padua was one of the first to exemplify the idea of a Gymnasium Omnium Disciplinarum.
Today, the University of Padua covers all fields of academic teaching and research and it is very active in the field of international cooperation.
In the past years VIU and its Members Universities have joined in several initiatives with Padua. A new project, the Digital Workshop Space, Time and City, Training and Teaching in a Digital Laboratory is about to start involving experts and professors of the Iuav University of Venice, Duke University and the University of Padua.