The Night of Wonders: Pink Floyd at your boat

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Pink Floyd concert exhibition: between art and Floydian memories

It has started this trip that will screen all visitors in the psychedelic world of Pink Floyd, among many examples, memories and historical videos. Once in 'The Night Of Wonders', visitors can relive this magical moment thanks.

Many, indeed, are the works exhibited by Floydian artists in the heart and in the soul. It stands out among all the impressive installation of Master Marco Lodola: 'Bright Hammers' tribute to The Wall intense colors and strong visual impact, accompanied by art worthy of palpable 'Sculptures Dressed' Stefano Bressani in honor of The Wall, and of The Division Bell album. the imaginative power and special art.

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Pink Floyd concert 25 years ago, between dream and nightmare

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It was July 15, 1989: The event was broadcasted worldwide by RAI, the city overrun by 200 thousand people

It has been 25 years exactly since that July 15, 1989 when Venice and Pink Floyd clashed for one of the events remained in the memory as a kind of catastrophe, of attempted suicide of a city that could not arrange the invasion of a fan of one of the most popular rock band placed at the end of the world to suffer the onslaught fortunately peaceful in the worst possible condition.

In April of that year, the proposal organizer Fran Tomasi, Venetian by adoption, to hold a concert of the group on a floating stage, free, and broadcast live and worldwide by RAI, had been accepted by the City and so can in particular by the then commissioner responsible Nereo Laroni. The operation was complex and expensive.

In Venice the council red-green led by Republican Mayor Casellati split on whether to hold the event, to make it there in front of Piazza San Marco, and on that day, in the evening of the Feast of the Redeemer.

To remember that famous night, which has already produced two books, "Outbursts in the air" by Lucio Angelini, and "The show of the century" by Tommaso Gastaldi, are now Pink Floyd Venetian fans, fanzine Heyou and the virtual museum Floydseum with a photographic exhibition to the former church of Santa Marta in Venice, "The Night of Wonders", accompanied by video and objects.

In Chioggia instead Collectors "Lunatics" dedicated to the event and to the group, an exhibition at the Museum until July 20 that culminated on July 18 in square Vigo with Venice Floyd concert with guest Durga McBroom, one of the famous vocalists of the British group, protagonist in Venice 25 years ago.

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Poste Italiane celebrates Pink Floyd and The Night Of Wonders

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Special cancellation stamp during the show for all the "aficionados"

Venice, July 16, 2014

Now that it has officially opened its doors, The Night of Wonders has decided to go with the "Special Effects"!

To celebrate the 25th anniversary, Floydseum announces the formalization by the Poste Italiane of The Night Of Wonders cancellation stamp. The opportunity to apply the cancellation stamp will continue until the end of the show. Yesterday, all visitors, who visited the exhibition, had the great opportunity to apply the special stamp on their floydseum postcard on "live".

For those who were not able to get one? Take a Breath and Smile! The stamped postcard can be purchased at the venue of the exhibition, in Santa Marta or at the Philately Space in Piazzale Roma Foundation Gaffaro 3510, one of the few (six) stores in Italy for "postal" collectors. Passion for Pink Floyd joins always and everywhere, as demonstrated by the beautiful atmosphere breathed during the inauguration where the excited Fran Tomasi, organizer of the concert in Venice in '89, and "the one without whom there would be nothing to celebrate" cut the ribbon, thanking the association and giving appointment to all for another spectacular show organized by him in Milan: "Pink Floyd exhibition Their mortal remains" to be held from September 19 to Steam Factory.

And you? You missed the inauguration of the show and were still wandering around Venice? Do not worry, it's much easier to reach than you think! The Night of Wonders has carved a niche outside the usual tourist flows beyond the call of the big cruise ships, at a place which, interestingly is very close to the place where it was built the floating stage used during the concert '89 before being transported to Piazza San Marco. More precisely, it is located in the Port of Venice at the former Gothic church of Santa Marta, and can be reached by vaporetto stops in Santa Marta (landed, turn right and go straight), and St. Basil's (landed turn left and go straight).

Who knows Venice and is willing to walk, you can get there from rafts, going to St. Basil or from Piazzale Roma along the road that runs along the building of arrival of the people mover.


Fran Tomasi oficially opens the exhibition "The Night of Wonders"

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Over 200 works displayed, tracing the history of the "Venetian Big Concert"

Venice July 12, 2014

It was inaugurated today in the former Church of Santa Marta in Venice, the exhibition dedicated to the Pink Floyd concert on 15 July 1989. And who better than Fran Tomasi could inaugurate "The Night Of Wonders"? Yes he, the creator and organizer of the huge music festival in Venice.

Tomasi, at the time, was one of the most important music promoters, has managed to bring to Italy the biggest rock bands in the world, from Lou Reed to the Rolling Stones, Sting Bruce Springsteen. He is also the man who devised the operation plate for the Olympic stadium in Rome, at the end of the football World Cup. In short, a character with many stories to tell. Although the Pink Floyd concert of 15 July 1989 created huge controversy, Francesco Tomasi, aka Fran, has never repented of having organized this colossal and unique concert that judges, after 25 years, an unrepeatable spectacle.

The exhibition is divided into sections, the tour of Verona in 1989, the origins of the Venetian project with the preparation, the days immediately preceding the concert and the event, up to the concert of Gilmour in 2006. Material comes from professional photographers worked directly in those days, as Guido Harari and Vision Venice Marco Sabbadin and Andrea Pattaro, but also a lot of pictures that come from the fans, as Bob Hassall, who was present on stage. They were selected out of almost 600 shots. A year of work to develop the material to be exhibited.

There are very rare memorabilia, like a poster that was never exposed because the organizers feared that he would attract too many people. Visitors to the exhibition will also see the pictures of the concert projected on a large screen and other video clips of those days on smaller screens. On the walls, there are many examples of famous and not so famous, who attended the concert and wide press coverage at the time, both Italian and foreign. In addition to photographic material, there are works such as the famous Martelli of Marco Lodola, the cloth sculptures of Stefano Bressani and the winners of the online competition created and designed by sculptor painter Grace Marino aka Dadagabem: "The idea was born - Grace Marino points out - for fans and the artists related to Pink Floyd culture, who are many and very good. The selection was made online and were chosen two authors, already well known in the art: Valerio Scarapazzi with Astronomy Domine and Aldo Claudio Medorini with Shine on your Crazy Diamond. To promote young talent has been chosen Giorgia Lembo with Young David Gilmour who is only 19 years." Dadagabem, for the occasion, created a work dedicated to the event titled Crazy Diamond.

In the exhibition, it was displayed "Chit Chat With Oysters" by Adrian Maben, the new unreleased documentary on the band. Fifty-minute black and white film at the studio Europa-Sonor in Paris in December 1971 during the processing to the master of "Echoes" recorded in Pompeii few months earlier.

Alberto Durgante, president of Floydseum thanked Fran Tomasi, Adrian Maben, members of the Floydseum, particularly the vice president Gian Luigi Soldi, all the guests, artists and his staff, reminding that on July 15 there will be the "commemorative cancellation stamp". A stand, just in front of the gates of "The Night Of Wonders", where it will be printed the postmark on the postcards created by Floydseum to be purchased directly at the show, throughout the day.



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VENEZIAVISION - Andrea Pattaro / Marco Sabadin

Vision Photojournalism is active in the historic center of Venice since 1984. Agency is directed by Andrea Pattaro and Marco Sabadin, photojournalists specializing in news and current affairs for daily newspapers. Following the record in the historic center for Il Corriere del Veneto (back of the Corriere della Sera), collaborates with the Corriere della Sera, and the corresponding French News Agency AFP.

In the nearly 30 years the agency has provided and provides services on behalf of national and international newspapers and magazines such as: Epoca, L'Europeo, Christian Family, Burda, Vogue, GQ, Photo Italy, The Times, International Herald Tribune, Guardian, El Pais, the Daily Mail, The Sun, Panorama, Italy today, People today, La Gazzetta dello Sport, La Stampa, Il Tempo, Il Messaggero, Il Giornale. It also collaborated with agencies: D.i.m. study, DFP, Unopress, Alti, Prism, Infophoto.



Who is Guido Harari?

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Guido Harari -

Guido Harari has become in the early seventies a photographer and music journalist, working with numerous magazines and record companies. Today it operates in the report, the institutional portrait, fashion and advertising, as well as signing the curating of exhibitions and books, of which even care by the time the entire project, from editing to graphic design.

He signed numerous album covers for international artists such as Kate Bush, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, BB King, Ute Lemper, Paul McCartney, Michael Nyman, Lou Reed, Simple Minds and Frank Zappa. In Italy he worked mainly with Claudio Baglioni, Andrea Bocelli Angelo Branduardi, Vinicio Capossela, Paolo Conte, Pino Daniele, Fabrizio De André, Eugene Kelly, Ligabue, Mia Martini, Gianna Nannini, PFM and Vasco Rossi.

It was also one of the curators of the exhibition of multimedia Fabrizio De André, produced by Palazzo Ducale in Genoa. Genoese artist, which for decades has been one of the photographers personal, devoted three books: "Fabrizio De André. E poi, il futuro" (2001), "Fabrizio De André. Una goccia di splendore" (2007 ) and "Fabrizio De André & PFM. Evaporati in una nuvola rock" (with Franz Di Ciocco, 2008).

His books include "Strange Angels" (2003), "The Beat Goes On" (with Wing Violence, 2004), "Chris!" (2006), "Mia Martini. L’ultima occasione per vivere" (with Menico Caroli, 2009), "Gaber. L'illogica utopia" (2010), "Quando parla Gaber" (2011), "Vinicio Capossela" (2012 ) and "Tom Waits" (2012).

In 2011 he opened in Alba, Piedmont, where she has lived for years, its a photo gallery, Wall Of Sound Gallery, devoted entirely to the imaginary music. In 2013 he was a guest of the exhibition "Outside The Wall", organized by the Floydseum in Padua, where he was able to photograph Mr Gerald Scarfe in person!

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Who is Bobby Hassall?

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Bobby Hassall (Pink Floyd Backstage)

Big fan of Pink Floyd began his "career" sneak backstage for many concerts, especially Floyd, then took a liking to be able to work as part of the crew on several occasions, including that of the famous concert in Venice in 1989.

Thanks to the publisher of Glenn Povey, mindheadpublishing, well-known author of the best books written on Pink Floyd, has published his memories in the book "Pink Floyd backstage." In the exhibition you can see his photos related to the preparation of the stage and the visuals of the public from the perspective of the band.


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