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The culterati and what might be called "real society "—not to be confused with the surreal gang you see at every store and gallery opening,charging the photographers,the better to get their pictures in every periodical,pamphlet and paper in print...

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The culterati and what might be called "real society "—not to be confused with the surreal gang you see at every store and gallery opening,charging the photographers,the better to get their pictures in every periodical,pamphlet and paper in print —will congregate in Venice in June for the Venice Biennale of Art.And it just so happens that to coincide with this world-famous Contemporary Art exhibition, Venetian Heritage,the group whose overriding mission is to keep Venice ’s historical monuments whole and beautiful,will be in Venice at the same time,celebrating their own Biennale weekend,preserving and conserving all the while.

The group is simply delighted that Prince and Princess d ’Arenberg —she is the beautiful Sylvia,the dama grande of Beatriz Patino ,he is the son of the late American social figure Peggy Bedford Bancroft d ’Arenberg d ’Uzes —have agreed to be co-chairs of that weekend and that Attilio Codognato ,the leading private collector of Contemporary Art,will be the chairman for Venice.You all remember Attilio,of course.Of course.

It is also pretty exciting that Mrs.John N.Rosekrans Jr.will host,after drinks in her glorious garden,a dinner/dance at her splendid piano nobile in the dazzling Palazzo Brandolini as only she can.Dodie Rosekrans is not only a stunning hostess,but a great personality who entertains and dresses in her own unique fashion and never has paid heed to soi disant fashion experts without an iota of her flair,who can ’t wait to trumpet what ’s in and what ’s out and so last-year in fashion.

There will be more parties,uncheons,dinners and concerts (one in the magnificent ballroom of Ca ’Rezzonico; another in the recently restored Teatro Malibran).

The New York hostess Mrs.Lawrence Copley Thaw —Lee to the cognoscenti —is as involved with Venetian Heritage and,incidentally,the International Rescue Committee as it is possible to be,being the vice president of one and a board member of the other.At the little dinner she gave at her Park Avenue maisonette the other night, she took care of both interests.Among the guests were the international financier Nemir Kirdar and his wife, Nada ,who will be among the honored guests at the Venice weekend,and Dr.George Rupp ,the new president of the IRC and for the last 10 years the president of Columbia University,and his wife,Nancy .Also dining in style were the executive vice president of Sotheby ’s Hugh Hildesley and his architect wife,Connie ;the super-active philanthropists,Judy and Sam Peabody ;financier Paul Soros and his wife,Daisy ,a board member of Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic;publisher Alexis Gregory of the Vendome Press,a director of Sotheby ’s; investment banker Pierre Durand ,the principal owner of the Chinese Porcelain Co.and the secretary/treasurer of Venetian Heritage;Vanity Fair ’s Reinaldo Herrera ,scion of the rich and distinguished Venezuelan family,who lives in New York with his famed fashion designer wife, Carolina ,and the Hon.Robin Chandler Duke ,our bright and beautiful former ambassador to Norway,who is on the board of IRC.
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