Housed on the first and second floor of the Museo Correr, the exhibition will be open to the public from 1 May to 11 July 2004 at the usual museum hours.
Under the Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, the exhibition is under the aegis of the Italian Prime Minister’s Office and the ministries of Defence, Education, University and Research, Environment and Technological Innovation. It has been organised by the Regional Government of the Veneto, the Venice City Council, the Military Geographical Institute and the Venice Architect Faculty, in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA), the ESRI Italy, Planetek Italia and the CGR Aerial Photography Company.
Opening in conjunction with Army Day, this innovative exhibition is on a European scale and intends to explore the changes in the representation of territory made possible by the advent of new technologies. It also offers a stimulating overview of the rich collection of ancient maps and cartographical works that are housed in the Museo Correr.
Co-ordinated by Giandomenico Romanelli, the Committee of Experts for the show comprises four curators – Andrea Cantile, Maurizio de Gennaro, Luigi De Prinzio and Camillo Tonini – who in their work have drawn on the collaboration of Salvatore Arca, Giovannio Biallo, Alberta Bianchin, Francesca Cavazzana, Carlo Colella , Maurizio Fea, Mario Fondelli, Francesco Guerra, Paolo Lombroso, Giulio Macchi, Bernardo Secchi, Giovanni Sylos Labini and Antonio Zampieri.
Published by the Istituto Geografico Militare, the catalogue is edited by Andrea Cantile.
Exhibition Design is by Alberto Prandi.
Special thanks to: Assiteca, Autorità di Bacino dei fiumi dell’Alto Adriatico, Autorità Portuale di Venezia, Geosigma, Insula, Intergraph, Trimble Geodesia ,Vesta.
The four sections of the exhibition are dedicated to: ancient cartography; the application of scientific processes to the mapping of territory in the period from the end of the eighteenth century to the first experiments with terrestrial photogrammetry; geographical information and its role in in regional development; new technologies and integrated system of territorial knowledge.
The forty rooms on the first and second floor of the museum house more than 250 pieces, ranging from ancient parchment maps to the latest generations of geographical database, from state-of-the-art technological equipment to scientific instruments dating from the Age of Humanism.
These exhibits will be accompanied by a rich range of informative material; and the show will provide a series of opportunities for further study and technical/cultural debate regarding a whole range of concerns of great contemporary relevance. The event is addressed to the young, to those in public government responsible for the management of territorial resources, to those who work in the various professional sectors involved, and of course to the general public. The documents and instruments on display offer a fascinating picture of five centuries of history, providing a first-hand encounter with a technological revolution that is still taking place.