20 – 29 June 2014

Private viewing 6.30 p.m.
Tuesday 24 June
Free entrance

La Semaine italienne

Galerie Athena
Mairie du 13e
1 place d'Italie
+33 1 44 08 13 13


"Venise d'autrefois"

27 Sept. – 5 Nov. 2019

Private viewing 3 Oct. 6 p.m.
Free entrance – 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
(including Sundays)

Grand Hall
de l’Hτpital Rothschild
5 rue de Santerre – Paris 12
+33 1 40 19 30 00


"Venise d'autrefois"

3 February – 6 March 2020

+ Conference Thu. 6 Feb.
15:30-17:30 p.m.

Lycée Henri IV
23 rue Clovis – Paris 5
+33 1 44 41 21 21



29 Nov. 2017 – 4 Jan. 2018

Private viewing and
Remembrance Meeting
Thursday 30 Nov. 6 p.m.
Free entrance

Bibliothèque de l'UIA (Université Inter-Ages)
6 imp. des Gendarmes
+33 1 30 97 83 89


"Venise d'autrefois"

2 May – 28 June 2019

Free entrance
Monday to Thursday
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

6 impasse des Gendarmes
+33 1 30 97 83 77


"Venise d'autrefois"

15 Dec. 2019 – 28 Jan. 2020

+ Conference Fri. 10 Jan.
15:30-17:30 p.m.

Repotel Residence – EHPAD
78960 Voisins-le-Bretonneux
+33 1 30 21 30 70


"Venise d'autrefois"

20 Jan. 2021 – 25 June 2021

Library of the University Versailles Saint-Quentin
78000 Versailles
+33 1 39 25 40 04 –


"Par amour pour la Venise d'hier"

(By love for the Venice of yesterday)

of Serge Bassenko





40 black & white photographs of Venice, chosen among Serge Bassenko's most beautiful, shot by day, by night and in the lagoon.
Taken before the recent renovation works (1973-1989), they give us back the authentic, romantic, and fascinating charm of the Venice of yesteryear, so dear to the Venetians' hearts, which even nowadays, irresistibly attracts lovers and visitors from all over the world.
Venice is probably the most photographed city in the world, and yet, it is with astonishment that we discover here a moving and almost unknown Venice: peaceful wynds, small canals accessible only by boat, dark and mysterious nights gently lit by faint lanterns, the secret and wild lagoon. A sense of intimacy and serenity rules, crossing time, as if in a city where we feel at home.
Serge Bassenko passionately and tenderly loved Venice, he spent twenty years photographing it, paying homage to the one that was, not so long ago, the Mistress of the Seas.




Go to the photographs of the exhibition


Interview about the exhibition  (in French)
Italian radio in Paris







– very good choice
– beautiful presentation, handsome with the panels
– beautiful: the night photographs with a black background
– beautiful printing quality, beautiful stuff
– the details are thin
– beautiful black and white contrasts
– oh, there are lights...
– very beautiful work with lights, which gives back its soul to Venice
– [many amateurs of black and white] black and white is beautiful, Ah! black and white photos, silver prints, it could not be so good in color
– the quality of argentic photos gives us back a vision we have forgotten with modern photos technology
– thanks to black & white, plenty of stories can be imagined, the details given by colours don't disturb you
– you can walk in there, for the depth-of-field displays a sense of distance
– each time you come back to the photos, you always discover something else
– photographs on paper: better effect than on a screen, because of the paper grain, the photographs are larger, it's a bit distant to look at them, you have to walk from one to another


– each photograph is different, all beautiful
– [people deeply loved photos by night] how beautiful they are, by night! the photographs by night, they are magical
– in the night, you are safe and protected
– by day: you are at ease, therein
– lagoon: wild, very fascinating, astonishing, unknown, at least as beautiful as day and night photographs


– I have found the exact atmosphere I felt in Venice a long time ago, that's Venice
– past Venice, out of the beaten tracks
– Venice has lost his soul today, like all modern cities, it has become a scenery
– the architecture looks the same as before, but nowaday Venice has lost its charm
– completely different from usual photographs; these are good
– it is calm, beautiful, you feel inside there
– soothing, they make you feel good
– you can feel the sea, it is rising up
– you enter in Venice or you don't: you are taken into a cocoon, in the warm, yet you are free
– that makes you feel like going there, really
– we'd like to be there
– magic photographs
– I want to go back to take photos


– time stops, timeless
– no characters: timeless, immortal Venice
– I prefer Venice without characters, you can look at the city itself, the way life is
– Venice is kind of a living being, one can understand that Serge Bassenko felt he was a friend with Venice, you never forget Venice, it is rather Venice that left us


– Serge Bassenko has a look that makes you love
– very personal framings
– they seem to be film photographs
– not made for watching, but for feeling... the soul
– is it the same photograph who took the photos? it doesn't look like it, lagoon and day/night are so different
– real artist, he sees
– the photographs are like the man: peace and poetry
– what you do is good: to put some beauty and dream in this world


– the photographs by night would be better with a white frame to be emphasized
– some night photographs are too dark, you cannot see the details
– by night: a little sad
– Venice was in bad condition at the time: rickety balcony, ruined rough-cast
– photographs sometimes seem to be cut off, were they reframed?
– with music, people would be more attracted to exhibition

* VISITORS' BOOK (a quotation choice)

– Magnificent photographs, of a serene Venice, with the grace and the charm of the black and white
– A thousand thanks for a gorgeous exhibition! Andrea e Caterina Cavallari, General Consul of Italy
– A completely unknown Venice!
– Splendid photographs. A marvelous dream, a superb stroll. Thank you and thousand cheers
– How powerful, yet, how poetic
– Thanks to the photos, I received much tenderness from Venice, it is precious, Venezia per sempre nel cuore
– Photos filled with serenity and melancholy
– Very beautiful exhibition, romanticism, beauty. The photographer knew how to capture the emotion from a sleeping Venice. Thank you
– Venice as if you were dreaming, a completely different vision offering a new and fascinating light
– Thank you for this marvelous exhibition
– Some people can see things we never saw
– Superb exhibition which has reminded me beautiful records of Venice. Thank you for this beautiful record. Aziz Amri, Cultural Counselor at the Tunisian Embassy
– Never grasped the use of photos, but there, they show something, it's a good thing to save memories with photos; that way, OK
– Poet's peaceful observation, and his tracking as someone who dares to lose himself
– Thank you! Aspire to the calm, serenity. Time unfortunately did not stop… when leaving the exhibition. Too bad
– Such a beautiful story, yours, in these photographs of Venice. I do not know how to say it otherwise
– I gave my students the daytime photographs to be painted! art teacher
– Very beautiful photos, and moreover the words. Laura Federici, showing her paintings at the "Bièvres" Art Gallery in the Mairie du 13e
– Far from Rialto and Saint Mark's, immersion in poor and secret Venice. Very beautiful photographs. And long live the black and white!




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