a long planning phase, Chorus was formerly set up by public act in June
1997 as a non-profit association with, as its first members, the
priests and rectors of the 13 churches initially taking part in the
Following an application made on 27 August 1997, the
Association was registered in the Register of Associations recognised
by Venice City Council with registration number 1595.
On 23 December
1999, with decree number 60/13300-D, the Veneto Region in turn
recognised the Association as a legal entity in accordance with the
Italian Civil Code.
In 2000, the Cassa di Risparmio di Venezia
Foundation joined the Association, followed by a number of other lay
members representing secular society, bringing the total membership to
the present 19.
The project and its implementation
project involves creating a network of 16 of Venice's most important
monumental churches, containing a heritage of more than 1000 works of
art, fundamental for all those wanting to learn about the history and
art of the lagoon city.
The basic concept behind the Association's
project is that of an "area museum", a term covering the personnel
involved in managing the historical and artistic heritage of Venice's
churches and application of the most up-to-date theories and practices
for the conservation and valorisation of a monumental heritage spread
throughout an area.
All the Association's decisions are based on
the concept of "conservation through utilisation", recognising that it
is equally important to offer a response to the growing demand from
visitors wanting to benefit from the heritage represented and preserved
in Venice's most important monumental churches and to establish a
self-financing mechanism able to ensure that this demand translates
into a resource to be allocated to the maintenance, conservation and
valorisation of this heritage.
Introduction to the project
Below are a number of texts taken from documents of various origins which together effectively express the demand which Chorus attempts to satisfy and the ideology forming the basis of its cultural project.