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Tilda Swinton at the Venetian Heritage Gala

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The Venetian Heritage gala returns to New York next week, christening the new Frank Gehry–designed Signature Center with its old-world glamour. This year, the Heritage will introduce a series of performances paying tribute to the decadent, dramatic traditions of Italian filmmaking, beginning with Tilda Swinton and Richard Gere’s Monday night performance, Caro Luchino. Introduced—of course—by Isabella Rossellini, the play will guide the audience through the life and work of the great filmmaker Luchino Visconti, known for exquisite, darkly dramatic films like The Leopard and Death in Venice. After past galas at venues like The Plaza and The Pierre, the sweeping, modern forms of the Signature will offer a change of pace, but Venetian Heritage’s high-flying style remains—Diane von Furstenberg, Anna and Veronica Bulgari and the Clementes family will all be in attendance. This year, the organization is working to restore the façade of Cathedral Korcula, the Italian treasure on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast, as well as the treasure rooms of Venice’s Museum of San Salvadore. Later this year, Caro Luchino will travel to London, Paris and Rome—and, remember, there is Caro Frederico, the forthcoming tribute to Fellini, to look forward to. Performance of Cara Luchino on April 23; tickets for the performance, from $300; gala tickets, from $1,000; venetianheritage.org.

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