Il Veneto Di Hemingway
Milan, American Red Cross Hospital, Hemingway recuperating.
Fossalta di Piave, the plaque-monument marking the place where Hemingway was wounded. The writer returned here with Fernanda Pivano in 1948, looking for the exact place where he had been wounded. “…when he thought he had found it he dug a tiny hole with a pen-knife and inserted a one-thousand lire note to give back the pension he had received until then.” © Graziano Arici, Venice
Cortina, Hotel Concordia, October 12, 1948. Hemingway and Pivano in the room, with fruit, flowers and two bottles of Valpolicella. Photo by Ettore Sottsass/Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche
Cortina, october 11-12, 1948, Hemingway and Pivano walking around Cortina. Photo by Ettore Sottsass/Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche
Cortina 1948. A conversation between Hemingway and Mary. © Graziano Arici Archives, Venice
Venice 1948.Hemingway on the Hotel Gritti terrace. On the background the church of the Salute. Ivancich family Archives
Venice, Hotel Gritti, October 31, 1948. Hemingway and Mary on the terrace.“To Nanda from Mister Papa with much love.” Photo by Ettore Sottsass/Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche
Venice 1948, Rialto market. Hemingway writing down the name of the fish. © Archivio Borlui / Archivio di Stato di Venezia. Venice
Venice 1948. An athletic Hemingway getting off the gondola at the Hotel Gritti “stazio”. © Borlui Archives/Venice State Archives, Venice
Island of Torcello, 1948. Hemingway on a hunting trip. © Graziano Arici Archives, Venice
Caorle, Valle San Gaetano, 1948. The dog retrieving the duck: ... without looking at the result of his shot he raises the gun smoothly, up, up, ahead and to the left of the other duck that was climbing to the left and as he pulled, saz it fold in flight and drop among the decoys on the broken ice.” Photo by Hemingway - Franchetti Archives, Venice
Franchetti. Caorle, Valle San Gaetano, 1948. Hemingway with baron Nanuk Franchetti. Photo by Hemingway - Franchetti Archives, Venice
Venice, Hotel Gritti, 1954. Hemingway with Mary, after the accidents in Africa. Photo by Ettore Sottsass/Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche
Percoto (Udine), April 1954. Hemingway and Adriana Ivancich at the Kechlers’ Villa. Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche - Archivio Kechler
Venezia 1948, Hemingway in gondola allo stazio dell’Hotel Gritti. © Archivio Borlui / Archivio di Stato di Venezia, Venezia
Dedicace Hemingway Expo Photo Paul Alessandrini
Torcello 1948. From left: Giuseppe Cipriani with his sister-in-law Gabriella, Hemingway and Cipriani’s wife Giulia. The dedication is to Gabriella. Locanda Cipriani Archive, Venice
Cortina, Hotel Concordia, 1948. Hemingway reading “Scènes Choisies” by André Malraux. © Graziano Arici Archives, Venice
Venice 1948, Rialto Market, a curious Hemignway at the fish stands. © Borlui Archives / Venice State Archives, Venice
Isola di Torcello, 1948. Hemingway a caccia. Island of Torcello, 1948. Hemingway on a hunting trip. © Graziano Arici Archives, Venice
Ernest Hemingway among wine barrels, after appreciating Valpolicella and Amarone wines. Ernest Hemingway Collection / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
Caorle, Valle San Gaetano, 1948, lago del Tombolo. “He watched the sky lightening beyond the long point of the marsh”. Photo by Hemingway - Franchetti Archives, Venice
Caorle, Valle San Gaetano, 1948. The dog retrieving the duck: “...without looking at the result of his shot he raises the gun smoothly, up, up, ahead and to the left of the other duck that was climbing to the left and as he pulled, saw it fold in flight and drop among the decoys on the broken ice”. Photo by Hemingway - Franchetti Archives, Venice
Ernest Hemingway was, without a doubt, the first citizen of the world. Long before the hippies and the cult of traveling, he led a life of discovery far from his native North America. His was a voluptuous, eager and sensual curiosity. Above and beyond his admiration for the city’s beauty and their museums, he met with locals, enjoyed the pleasures of regional festivities, made friends, enjoyed women and hunting. We know the Hemingway of the Spanish War who fell in love with bull fighting. Who, after the Second World War, was a permanent visitor to the center of the world of arts and creativity, Paris, where he was a regular at the Ritz Bar. We know the Hemingway that went fishing in Cuba, and the African hunting for wild animals. But we know less of the Venetian, passionate about this region and city where he once declared he had left his heart.
On the 50th anniversary of his death, the city of Venice is holding a photo exhibition. Rare or unseen documents will be revealed along with a rich and informative catalog. Essential and intimate moments of this great writer who, with his voracious appetite for life, found what he was yearning for in this little corner of Italy: bodily pleasures, love, friendship. In addition to hunting and wetlands fishing with this grandiose operatic setting as a backdrop. This love story began during his youth when in 1918 this kid from Illinois found himself in Veneto after joining the American Red Cross. An accidental injury kept him there for several months recuperating. These are the pictures, Hemingway as a soldier on a mission, then with crutches, that open the exhibition. It was during this early Italian period that he would meet another writer who would also become an American literary giant, John Dos Passos.
1948: Thirty years later. Hemingway returns to Venice in a Buick on a nostalgic visit to see the places and friends of his youth. A large part of this photographic story, a chronicle of long happy months in Venice with visits to Cortina d’Ampezzo, happened in the company of a young man who would on his road to stardom, architect and designer Ettore Sottsass. These pictures show Hemingway exploring the region, walking through the markets, immortalizing his devotion to friendship and to Valpolicella. He then resided on Torcello island, staying either at the Palais Gritti or befriending the Cipriani’s at their auberge. Always present were the women, essential to his life. A happy Venetian life, with a penultimate passion for Adriana Ivancich, resulting in the beautiful book Across the River and Into the Trees.
Another exhibition curiosity: photos taken by the master himself, while fishing or hunting, throwbacks of his childhood. Moving pictures, friendly or loving ties, an evident joy of life that would last until 1949. The final part of the exhibition: pictures of Hemingway returning to Venice and the Palais Gritti in 1954 after suffering an injury during an African expedition.
In 1961, Ernest Hemingway would put an end to his life with his hunting rifle. Venice, his love, hasn’t forgotten to honor his memory.
Until May 15
Il Veneto Di Hemingway
Istituto Veneto di scienze lettere et arti
Campo S. Stefano, 2945
Il Veneto di Hemingway, Rosella Mamoli Zorzi, Gianni Moriani, Antiga Edizioni (2011)