Museo di Palazzo Palazzo Mocenigo

Mocenigo Palace

NEW ITINERARIES FOR PALAZZO MOCENIGO. Between fashion and fragrances


Between fashion and fragrances

From November 2013, Palazzo Mocenigo
Centro Studi di Storia del Tessuto e del Costume

The project restyling of the museum of Palazzo Mocenigo, supported by the Soprintendenza ai Beni Architettonici e Paesaggistici di Venezia e Laguna and the City of Venice, has the scientific supervision of Pierluigi Pizzi, the internationally acclaimed architect, set and costume designer, and is carried out under the scientific direction of Gabriella Belli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and curated by Chiara Squarcina, curator of the museum.

The redesign of the museum provides a wide range of interventions that include the full restoration of the wall hangings, the restoration of antique furniture of the palace, the recovery of about 150 artifacts from the rich collections of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, currently in storage, and of a series of historical Venetian paintings from the Museo Correr, the restoration of antique laboratory equipments, such as ampoules and other objects, always coming from the Museo Correr, the restoration of precious 18th-century furniture from the sotrerooms of Ca ‘Rezzonico – Museum of 18th-century Venice and other museums of the Foundation.

Along the new museum itinerary, visitors can rediscover the atmosphere of the original 18th-century environment and have a comprehensive framework of the habits and customs of that period, thanks to exhibition spaces dedicated to the most important nucleus of textiles, clothing and accessories of the 18th-century conservated in the Center for Studies of the History of Textiles and Costume of Palazzo Mocenigo.

Inside the new path an unprecedented museological proposal dedicated entirely to the history of perfume and essences, which will be arranged by MAVIVE SpA, the main partner in this exciting operation geared to the revival and promotion of the museum venue. In this way, MAVIVE will underscore the historic link between Venice and perfume, integrating ancient artifacts, including the cosmetic handbook I Notandissimi Secrets de l’Arte Profumatoria (G. Rossetti, Venice 1555), and “olfactive waypoints” along the museum layout to offer a new way to explore the history of perfume and fragrances.

Join the project also the well-known German fragrance house Drom, which will provide scientific and technical support for installations on perfume and will display a selection of its extraordinary collection of Storp perfume bottles (one of the most important in the world, with more than 2,500 items and pieces dating up to 2,000 BC).

Are involved in the project also Cosmetica Italia (ex Unipro), the association of Italian cosmetic companies, with the loan of his librarian fund, the creation of a video documentary, educational support and retrieval of historical material, the Camera di Commercio di Venezia, with an important economic contribution, and the Course of Cosmetology of the Università di Ferrara, which will provide scientific advice and will organize olfactory seminars.