The exhibition "The Casal boats: a masterpiece of Zoldo's boatbuilders in Venice" is introduced by an authentic gondola of the thirties and continues with the exposition of the eleven magnificent models of boats, by Giuseppe and Antonio Casal, from the Museo Correr in Venice.
Loan of the Museum are also a model of raft, a couple of ancient "ferri da gondola", and two works by Valentino Besarel: a wooden bust of an ideal Andrea Brustolon and an original frame dedicated to the work of the "squerarioli", while the frame of Sante Colussi's portrait comes from the Val di Zoldo Municipality. The exhibition is completed by a rich documentary archive, together with the fruit of recent research on the squeri zoldani and their location in Venice.
A sentimental itinerary takes place on the upper floor, in which the artistic quality gives way to the affective value of the works: some of the watercolors by Ninetta Casal Besarel are exposed, together with the reproduction of the of the frescoes still present in the Casal venetian house, reproducing nineteenth-century life in Zoldo.
This project aims to rediscover and enhance the heritage of excellent craftsmanship represented by mountain people in past centuries, especially the boat builders of the Venetian lagoon - a trade in which they put all their knowledge, experience, skill and fantasy. This is why it is important to "bring the models home".
The exhibition is closed now, but to discover the precious linkage between the Dolomites and the Ancient Republic of Venice we suggest to visit the following museums:
Museo del ferro e del Chiodo - Museum of Iron and Nails
Via S. Francesco, 15 – Forno di Val di Zoldo
Museo etnografico degli zattieri del Piave - Etnographic Museo of "Zattieri" of Piave
Via Gianni D'Incà 1 - Codissago, Longarone
Museo del cidolo e del legname - Museum of Cidolo and Timber
Piazza Roma, 2 - Perarolo di Cadore
Museo dell'Uomo in Cansiglio - Museum of Caniglio Population
Strada Provinciale, 6 - Farra d'Alpago