The exhibition L’ultima Venezia, combined with a number of study and research initiatives about life in Venice in the years from the end of the Second World War to the flood in 1966, is dedicated in ideal terms, for the centenary of his birth, to Vittore Branca (1913–2004), who was vice-president and president of the Istituto Veneto for almost a decade. He was representative of a group of men, Venetian by origin or Venetian by adoption, who, with admirable sensitivity, were capable of loving and understanding this city, of animating it with a profound and not merely ephemeral cultural life – rich in values and open to the world – , and who consolidated the legacy of international prestige that we have inherited, and that we are called upon to preserve and enhance.
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