Associazione Piazza San Marco
September 27, 2013


The historic Caffè Florian in St Mark’s Square is hosting a captivating exhibition of the photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin. About 50 pictures by the great Italian photographer, printed in black and white and almost all unpublished, are being shown in the Liberty and delle Stagioni rooms of the famous bar. Berengo Gardin has presented very characteristic photos since 1954, the year he took up photography, focusing on the world and different realities, from architecture to landscape and everyday life, that have earned him international success. Stefano Stipitivich, the curator of the exhibition, emphasises the artist’s ability to portray the life of a bar that ‘lives on its splendid past but also its everyday life’. And Berengo Gardin portrays a Florian’s that really is a part of the city’s history with his splendid photos. But the artist also takes the opportunity offered by the exhibition to express a certain annoyance with the way men treat this city that, according to Berengo Gardin, ‘has lost all its charm’.