Venice

Italian museums start to reopen from today after €55bn lifeline from government

National spending package includes emergency support for state museums, arts organisations and cultural businesses

Explosion in chemicals factory threatens Venice with cloud of toxic smoke

The fire is now under control, but the mayor warns people to stay indoors and keep their windows closed

Important underdrawings in 15th-century nativity triptych revealed in time for Easter

Restoration on the Bellini workshop piece at Venice studio was halted by coronavirus outbreak

Venice cruise ship crash in 2019 was caused by captain’s incompetence

Contrary to assurances, the MSC Opera was sailing under its own power, reports the navy

Vittorio Gregotti, the last modern architect of Venice, dies of coronavirus aged 92

He designed many prestigious buildings in Italy and internationally and led the visual arts section of the Venice Biennale twice in the 1970s

Venice canals appear cleaner amid coronavirus lockdown

Images of clearer water and returning wildlife to the Italian city are being posted on social media

Anish Kapoor to unveil world's 'blackest' sculptures during 2021 Venice Biennale

Exhibition at Galléria dell'Academia will be first time public can see artist's works using the controversial Vantablack material

Coronavirus travel restrictions force Venice Architecture Biennale to postpone opening until August

The biennial's 17th edition will now only run for three months rather than six

Mass museum shutdown in northern Italy—including Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Fondazione Prada—as coronavirus spreads

Public and private institutions in Venice, Milan and Turin will stay closed for at least a week as more than 200 cases of Covid-2019 are confirmed

Sonia Boyce chosen as UK's first post-Brexit Venice Biennale artist

Selection committee says British Afro-Caribbean artist "has consistently probed one of society’s big questions: how do we live with difference?”

The cost of Venice's worst floods since 1966

We survey the multi-million-euro impact of the disaster on the city's cultural heritage sites—and the funds pledged for restoration so far

Cecilia Alemani appointed artistic director of the 2021 Venice Biennale

The High Line and Art Basel Cities curator is the first Italian woman to hold the position

Governing body of St Mark’s basilica wants to build a Perspex anti-flood wall

Officials warn cathedral cannot take any more damage after the record-breaking floods that hit Venice in November

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Italy should call in the Dutch to help finish the Venice flood barriers

Following years of corruption and issues with Italian administration, an independent expert is the best bet to rescue the city from peril

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Venice is in peril: Unesco should come to the aid of Venice as it did after the great flood of 1966

Its official international role, to which Italy signed up, enables it to mobilise world expertise and funds

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Obituary: Nathalie Brooke, a leading figure in the preservation of Venice

A remarkable cultural ambassador in London's art, political, and musical scene and on return visits to her native Russia. One of the founders of Venice in Peril

David Bowie’s Tintoretto returns to Venice after more than 200 years

Belgian collector Marnix Neerman revealed as buyer as exhibition of masterpieces from Flemish collections opens at the Palazzo Ducale this week

Top of the Pods: The best of the Venice Biennale

A look back at our coverage of the contemporary art event, including interviews with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Ralph Rugoff

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson
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Don’t believe what you read in the papers: Venice won't lose its cruise ships any time soon

A lack of a long-term plan combined with the economic benefits brought by the luxury liners means a cruise ship ban will take long to implement

Venice has no official plan for how to deal with climate change

A new report by Icomos details how the science/culture divide is stopping world heritage coming to the aid of climate change and urges speedy action

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A former Unesco chief denounces its failure to protect Venice at Baku meeting

“Where have the ethics and sense of a global mandate to protect the world’s heritage gone?”, asks Francesco Bandarin

Dramatic speech in Baku challenges Unesco’s support for damaging Venice cruise ship decision

The non-governmental organisation Europa Nostra recommends that the World Heritage Committee put the lagoon city on the endangered list

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The Turkish shareholders in the port of Venice want to keep cruise ships coming—and the mayor supports them

The World Heritage Committee is meeting in Baku and intends to dodge declaring Venice endangered for the third time

Solid evidence that Venice's Mose mobile flood barriers have serious conservation faults

Repair work on Mose is estimated to take ten years, calling the operational date of 2021 into question

Red Regatta: public art sets sail across Venice lagoon

Artist Melissa McGill teams up with Venetian sailors to celebrate maritime tradition in face of mass tourism and climate change

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Where does the cruise ship crash leave Venice?

The mayor demands that liners use other channels to enter the lagoon but this solution also poses problems