image for Literary Event item typeThe Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love & Art in Venice at Richmond Old Town Hall

Literary Event, Tue 14 Nov 2017


Commissioned in 1750, the Palazzo Venier was planned as a testimony to the power and wealth of a great Venetian family, but the project was abandoned with only one storey complete. Empty and decaying, ‘il palazzo non finito’ remained an eyesore for over a century, until it’s spirit of fairytale abandonment - and potential for transformation - attracted and inspired three fascinating women.

Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim used the Unfinished Palazzo as a stage on which to re-fashion their lives, each making the building famous, or notorious, in her way. Their worlds of art and imagination boasted an amazing supporting cast including Nijinksy, Noel Coward, Winston Churchill, Cecil Beaton and Yoko Ono.

Individually, the lives of these three women make remarkable stories of rebellion, absurd privilege and bold self-reinvention. Together they offer a snapshot of history - both of modern Venice, and of the way women chose to live in the 20th century.

Judith Mackrell is the Guardian’s dance critic and a successful author.

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Event details

Dates Times
Tue 14 Nov 2017 19:30
Riverside Room, Old Town Hall


£10 / £8.50
Special £6.50 ticket price for Richmond Card holders



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Map reference: TQ 177746  Lat: 51.45884 Long: -0.30654

Tube/Rail: Richmond
Buses: 65, 33, H37, H22, R68, R70

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Richmond station


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