The city of Rome is hosting an art exhibition dedicated to the artworks from the churches of Aquila that were partly destroyed during the earthquake last year. The exhibition is taking place at the lower house in Montecitorio with the aim of helping restore the town devastated by the quake.
21 historic artworks from the churches in the centre of Aquila are on display, and it is hoped that visitors appreciating the beauty of these works will contribute to the restoration of the centuries-old churches that were destroyed.
A couple of the noteworthy masterpieces include a wooden Pietà from the church of San Marco, attributed to Pompeo Cesura; a Madonna and Child in stone from the 15th century that was housed in the church of Santa Maria Paganica; and the adoration of the shepherds from the Santa Giusta church. The exhibition is open until February 26th and for more information, see the Camera site.
Modern art in Milan took an interesting turn with Italy’s economic capital overrun by gigantic snails. The snails are on display in Milan’s city centre, from the Vittorio Emmanuele Gallery, to the piazza at the front of La Scala opera house, and Piazza San Fedele. The bright purple snails will move in January to Piazzetta Reale, before stopping out the front of Milan’s central train station.
The idea, called “Regenation” comes from the Cracking Art Group of six designers, and is a message that speed, especially in the frenetic city of Milan, is not always the best way to live. The snails reflect the shape of an ear, inviting people to listen to those around them, and also take up an environmental theme.
“The snail is an animal that takes his house with him on his back, and we want Milan to move together with the environment,” said Finazzer Flory, who helped sponsor the exhibition. The snails measure more than two metres high and are three metres long.
Next year the San Domenico museum at Forlì will host an extraordinary art exhibition in Italy celebrating the works of artists such as Rembrandt, Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Renoir. The idea is to explore flowers and floral charm by examining artistic masterpieces throughout history.
The exhibition takes place from January 24th to June 10th and includes other artists such as Manet, Cagnacci, Artemisia Gentileschi, Dolci, Hayez, and Delacroix. For more information see the Romagnaoggi site.
What city other than Venice should host an exhibition dedicated to water? The Ca’ d’Oro palace in Venice will be the venue for “L’anima dell’acqua” or “Water’s Soul exhibition, dedicated to the element of water.
The event includes videos from Bill Viola and some pieces from Venetian artist Fabrizio Plessi. Contemporary poetic performances will take place, and the event is centred on eight different themes of liquid thought, maternity, acqua and femininity, travel, oblivion, transformation, purification and re-birth, and silk.
The exhibition is open until November 22nd 2009 and has been established by Fondazione DNart, in collaboration with the minister for cultural affairs and other Venetian authorities.
The Archaeological Museum of Teramo will host an exhibition that displays artworks from Abruzzo that have survived the devastating earthquake earlier this year. The exhibition opens on June 29th, and is called “A Madonna for every museum”.
After Teramo hosts the exhibition, it will move to the Abruzzo People’s Museum in Pescara and the birth home of poet Gabriele D’Annunzio on July 2nd, then to the Villa Frigerj and Civitella di Chieti national archaeological museums on July 4th, and finally the Prehistoric Museum of Paludi di Celano on July 11th.
After a few years of closure, the Collezione Affreschi and Collezione Farnese from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli will reopen from September. The affresco collection shows more than 400 restored frescoes from Pompeii, destroyed by the Vesuvius eruption of 79 AC. The Farnese collection, however, shows works collected by Alessandro Farnese, the future Pope Paul III, and is the biggest collection of historic statues in the world.
The collection of frescoes from Pompeii were taken from the site during the 18th and 19th century, and after restoration will be on display from April 29 at Naples’ archaeological museum in a new exhibition that includes frescoes from the Casa di Meleagro and the Casa dei Dioscuri.
Below is a gallery of some of the works on display, showing some of the favourite works for Romans, including the love story of Mars and Venus, and mythological figures Perseo and Andromeda, along with idyllic nature scenes of mythology and animals. Other styles include portaits and representations of death. The exhibition concludes in December 2010.
A free Italian photography exhibition is being held at Rome’s Museo Centrale del Risorgimento. The photos are of Italian family life, including weddings, holidays, birthdays and snapshots of the identity of families from Lazio. The exhibition is called “Famiglia: fotografie e filmini di famiglia nella regione Lazio” or “Family: photos and film of family life from Lazio”.
The exhibition runs until May 10 and marks the end of a project that sees a collection of photos from family albums, produced by the people themselves and donated to the project. Over the course of three years, 10,000 family photos and 100 films have been collected, which you can view on fotofamilia.it.
Similar to last year’s exhibition of 19th and 20th century photography in Modena, the photography gives a fascinating insight into just how much Italian society and family has changed. The exhibition is designed to encourage studies of identity, territory and family. If you love retro art and photography, take a look at the catalogue by Gangemi Editore which explores the human life expressed in photography.
From December 6 to January 25 an historic Italian photographic exhibition is on display at the Fotomuseo Giuseppe Panini in Modena, including shots from the 1800’s and 1900’s Italy. The work is from a photographic family, the Sorgato’s who opened photo shops in Emilia, Veneto and Tuscany.
There are portaits of noble and rich Italians, illustrious personalities and kings, but also of historic Italian events, especially from Modena and Emilia. From the studio of Gaetano and Ferruccio Sorgato, father and son, plenty of scenic city shots can be seen, including one of a gathering for the arrival of King Umberto I in Modena. The exhibition is open seven days a week, in afternoons on Mondays, from 9:30 to 12 and 3pm to 5pm Tuesday through Friday, and from 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 7pm on weekends. Entrance is free.
Italy has been celebrating art from the 1800’s with Giovanni Fattori, and now at the Palazzo Strozzi, an exhibition on impressionism is running until September 28. The exhibition is called “Impressionismo. Dipingere la luce. Le Tecniche nascoste di Monet, Renoir e Van Gogh” (Impressionism, painting light, the hidden techniques of Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh).
The exhibition focuses on analysing the techniques of impressionist and post-impressionist artists, revealing some of the secrets from the famous artists of this movement. It’s an interactive exhibition offering the public an opportunity to view 60 paintings that come from the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud collection in Cologne, also by using high-resolution microscopes, and infrared and ultraviolet light.