- Prof. Bernard Aikema, President
- Monique de Vries, Vice President
History of the Committee
The Dutch Committee (Stichting Nederlands Venetië Comité – SNVC) was founded in 1973, in order to raise money and help Venice recover from the 1966 flooding. In 1977, the sister foundation Poorters van Venetië was established. This foundation helps, alongside the SNVC, to raise funds. The focal point regarding restoring Venice is the San Zaccaria Church, the oldest of Venice.
The crypt underneath the apse of the old San Zaccaria is always flooded and our project aims make the crypt dry and accessible.
We will continue our campaign in the church of San Zaccaria, concentrating our efforts on the “old church”. We focus on restoring the building and its artworks. And to create a museum-space in this magnificent but neglected monument.
What can be and is the role of our Committee within the Association?
The Dutch Committee is among the first international committees founded after the 1966 flood. Over the years, we have realized a series of significant conservation and restoration projects in Venice. We are determined to continue this policy in the future, and to do so within the framework of the Associazione, which is essential for our work.
What does working in Venice mean for our Committee?
We firmly believe that Venice is a unique city and that its culture and artworks should be preserved for future generations. That is why we are doing our work in the city of the Lagoons, now, and in the future.