Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018
VENICE

Mexico to restore Venice church for use as cultural space

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(ANSA) - Venice, August 27 - The government of Mexico is to
restore the 9th-century Venetian church of St Lawrence in
exchange for the right to manage it as a cultural space and use
it as its national pavilion in the biennial international art
and architecture exhibitions until 2020.
On Monday the agreement with Venice city council led to the
special opening of the church for the display of projects by
Mexican architects engaged in designing spaces for contemporary
arts and culture.
The exhibition, 'Culture under Construction', came two days
ahead of the inauguration in Venice of the 13th international
architecture exhibition directed by British architect David
Chipperfield and entitled 'Common Ground'.
The church of St Lawrence, one of the oldest religious sites
in the lagoon city and allegedly the burial place of the Italian
explorer and merchant Marco Polo, has undergone several
transformations over the centuries and is currently closed to
the public.

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