2019 Study Tour, Venice, Italy

ARLIS/NA Study Tour to Venice, Italy.

Monday, June 10, 2019
to Sunday, June 16, 2019
Venice, Italy
Category: Study Tours


Coordinated by the International Relations Committee, the 2019 ARLIS/NA Study Tour will offer in-depth visits to notable art libraries and archives in study centers, private foundations, and public institutions in Venice. A hallmark of IRC Study Tours is behind-the-scenes tours that offer special access to collections as well as generous hospitality by hosts, and this trip promises an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The dates of the Study Tour are June 10-16, 2019.

Our base for explorations will be the Fondazione Cini, on the island of San Giorgio, a former monastery and now an important cultural foundation with rich art collections, libraries, and archives for the history of art and the humanities. We will stay at the Cini Centro Internazionale di Studi della Civiltà Italiana “Vittore Branca, the foundation’s scholars housing, which provides a unique experience recalling the simple monastic life in a vibrant cultural setting at the competitive price of €80 (single room) or €130 (double room), including continental breakfast. Participants will arrange their own transport to and from Venice. Details on booking at the Cini Foundation will be distributed to confirmed participants. Participants will be given a week pass for traveling throughout the city via public transportation. Within the setting of the Venice Biennale, this study tour also has much to offer for independent visits to museums, galleries, and art installations around the city. A pedestrian-friendly city, Venice requires a lot of walking, including up and down bridges. In some cases, it will be necessary to walk about a mile (about 20 minutes) from one venue to the next one.

Tour Information


Your deposit will be used toward group activities and local group transportation during the trip.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund of the Application Fee will be refunded for cancellations received before April 1, 2019. Cancellations received on or after April 1, 2019 are generally not eligible for a refund. If someone on a waiting list can take the place of a cancellation requested after the deadline, the deposit will be refunded, minus a $50 processing fee. Requests for refunds after April 1, 2019, must be made in writing to the Group Leaders, Isotta Poggi or Spyros Koulouris.

Flight Arrangements

You are responsible for booking and paying for your own flight. Please note that you should not purchase your ticket(s) until you receive an email from the group leader that the minimum of 10 participants have been reached. ARLIS/NA and the Study Tour organizers are not responsible for travel to and from the Study Tour site and therefore are not able to issue any refunds for travel for any reason.


A Study Tour is a great opportunity to visit colleagues, their collections, and tour relevant cultural institutions while representing ARLIS/NA and your home institution. Past tours include library visits, business meetings, collections presentations, and are often in conjunction with conferences, symposiums, or colloquiums. Applications for ARLIS/NA Study Tours will be accepted for current ARLIS/NA members working or currently seeking employment as arts information professionals. Spouses, partners, or friends of Study Tour participants are welcome to travel with participants, however inclusion in tour activities or special events is at the discretion of the hosts.

An agenda is constructed by the tour leader in conjunction with hosts in the chosen location. All items on the agenda are by formal invitation of the hosts and the following guidelines are recommended for all scheduled activities:

  • Participants are expected to participate in the agenda provided by the host(s) and plan to visit local sites either before or after the Study Tour.
  • Study Tour schedules often begin early in the morning and include multiple visits throughout the entire day. Sometimes meals are included or time is allotted for meals on one’s own. It is important that all participants arrive at designated meeting points on time in order to keep the schedule accurate for all our hosts.
  • As representatives of ARLIS/NA and their institutions, participants should dress in a manner that is appropriate for business and wear shoes comfortable for extensive walking and standing.
  • Please refrain from separating from the group while in transit between tour locations.
  • Our hosts often include their supervising directors, or other VIP administrators, in our meetings and tours.
  • Please be prepared to participate in discussions related to the arts information profession and follow all security rules provided by the host institution when invited to examine collections.
  • Not all items on the agenda will be of interest to everyone in a group, however our hosts will expect the entire group to participate and will plan activities based on our full number.
  • If a participant is unable to attend a scheduled part of the agenda, it is advised that the tour leader be informed before the activity. Participants are also recommended to send a note of regret to the host.
  • Many countries and cultures that we visit are very generous with receptions and souvenir gifts. It is recommended that participants bring business cards, brochures, and/or small hostess gifts that represent their institution. Participants should also plan to send thank you notes or emails after the trip is complete.

Sponsors and Host Institutions

  • Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation
  • Facsimile Finder
  • Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi
  • Save Venice
  • Archivio di Stato Venezia
  • ASAC - Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee
  • BAUM - Biblioteca Area Umanistica
  • Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
  • Ca’ Foscari University Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage
  • Ca' Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art
  • Fondazione Giorgio Cini
  • Fondazione Querini Stampalia
  • Fornace Orsoni
  • Museo Correr


June 10
9:00 AM Checkin opens at 9 am at Cini Foundation
2:30 PM Tours of Cini Foundation cultural programs, libraries, and collections
7:30 PM Group Dinner at San Giorgio Cafe (included)
June 11
10:00 AM Visit to Marciana National Library
2:00 PM Museo Correr and Library
5:00 PM Save Venice Library visit and participation at the Rosand Memorial Lecture
6:30 PM Reception (included)
June 12
10:00 AM Visit to Archivio di Stato (State Archives of Venice)
3:45 PM Visit to Fondazione Querini Stampalia
6:45 PM Reception at the Querini foundation’s Caffè Letterario (included)
June 13
9:30 AM Visit to Venice Biennale Archives (Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee), Marghera
2:00 PM Ca' Pesaro
5:00 PM Visit and Reception at the Fornace Orsoni (Included)
June 14
2:00 PM Visit the “Leonardo e la sua grande scuola” exhibition at the Fondazione Ugo and Olga Levi, and the Portuguese and Biennale Bulgarian Pavilions.
3:00 PM Art Libraries Symposium at Fondazione Ugo and Olga Levi (download program).
6:00 PM Reception at the Fondazione Ugo and Olga Levi offered by Facsimile Finder (included)
9:30 PM Visit to Ca’ Foscari University Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage (Art Historians’ Archives) and the University Humanities Library
June 15
10:00 AM Optional visits: Opening of the “Casa di Vita” contemporary art exhibition at the Palladian Villa di Maser (Treviso) or guided tour at the Biennale Art Exhibition (Giardini & Arsenale)
1:00 PM Free time for personal visits to the public museums, private art foundations, or the Venice Lagoon.
June 16
10:00 AM Check out from Cini Foundation