July 17, 2015

The Friends of the Israel Antiquities Authority are delighted and honored to tell you that the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice, Italy, will exhibit our beloved Lod Mosaic from October 9th, 2015, to January 10th, 2016. The exhibition of the 3rd century CE ancient masterpiece from the collections of the Israel Antiquities Authority in the galleries of this world famous cultural and exhibition center will be the first archaeological exhibition from Israel in Italy which is a cause for excitement and pride, strengthening and expanding cultural relations between Israel and Italy. Following the successful exhibition of the Lod Mosaic in the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg (expected to be seen by nearly 300,000 visitors), the exhibition of the mosaic in the Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore will take place during the 56th Venice Art Biennale in which the Cini Foundation is one of the hosting venues. It is rewarding to know that visitors to the Biennale will have an opportunity to see Israel represented by both the Lod Mosaic and a contemporary exhibition in the Israeli Pavilion.

The Fondazione Cini's exhibition of the Lod Mosaic joins a multi-city international tour of nine museums, among them the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The San Francisco Fine Arts Museums, the Louvre, the Altes Museum, Waddesdon Manor and the Hermitage Museum, making this the most visited traveling exhibition from Israel. The exhibition of the Lod Mosaic in Venice is a rare opportunity to share with the people of the city, its Jewish community and the millions of international visitors one of the most spectacular cultural heritage objects ever discovered in Israel.  We hope that you will have an opportunity to join us when we arrange a special trip to see this masterpiece on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore.

The Giorgio Cini Foundation

The Giorgio Cini Foundation was established by Vittorio Cini in memory of his son Giorgio, with the aim of restoring the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, devastated after 100 years of military occupation, and of creating an international cultural centre that re-integrates the island into the life of Venice. The Giorgio Cini Foundation's mission is to promote the redevelopment of the monumental complex on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore and encourage the creation and development of educational, social, cultural and artistic institutions in its surrounding territory.

The Lod Mosaic exhibition is made possible by Patricia and Phillip Frost.

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