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Don Romualdo and Neri di Bicci: <EM>Magdalene</EM>Painted woodEmpoli, Collegiata di Sant’Andrea
Don Romualdo and Neri di Bicci: Magdalene
Painted wood
Empoli, Collegiata di Sant’Andrea
“Made Sculpture out of Wood and Colored It” : Sculpture from the 1400s in painted wood in Florence
FLORENCE  •  Galleria degli Uffizi  •  21 March - 28 August 2016
During the entire first half of the 1400s, painted sculpture – whether of wood, marble or terracotta – was the highest form of artistic expression for sculpture. The exhibit, for the first time ever, sets out to show the history of wooden, colored sculpture, through a core of 50 works, of 15th century in Florence. In Florence, the life of the workshops, where sculptors, painters and architects came together to discuss, compare and create, were of utmost importance for the work of the Masters of that time.

Galleria degli Uffizi Website

Contact: Galleria degli Uffizi
Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6
50122 Florence, Italy
Tel: (39) 055 238 8651

Parmigianino:<EM> Conversion of Saul</EM>&nbsp;Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Parmigianino: Conversion of Saul 
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Correggio and Parmigianino: Art in Parma during the 16th century
ROME  •  Scuderie del Quirinale  •  12 March - 26 June 2016

The exhibition aims to allow visitors to avail themselves of a selection of masterpieces from some of the world's leading museums to compare and contrast the artistic careers of two of the greatest luminaries of the Italian Renaissance – Antonio Allegri known as Correggio (1489-1534) and Francesco Mazzola known as Parmigianino (1503-40). The formidable talent of these two artists alone placed the city of Parma in the early 16th century on an equal footing with the peninsula's other great art capitals, Rome, Florence and Venice. 

Correggio only travelled to Parma when he was already at the height of his career, in the late 1510s, but he was to remain in the city for the rest of his life.  Some twenty of his paintings, covering his entire career, have been selected to underscore the extraordinary emotive force and expressive range that the artist put not only into his religious works but also into his mythological paintings, which were to have such a huge impact on later artists, ranging from the Carracci brothers to Watteau and even to Picasso.

The exhibition Correggio e Parmigianino. Arte a Parma nel Ciquecento (Correggio and Parmigianino. Art in Parma during the 16th century) hosts such unquestioned masterpieces as the Barrymore Madonna from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Portrait of a Lady from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Martyrdom of Four Saints from the Galleria Nazionale in Parma, the Noli Me Tangere from the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the School of Love from the National Gallery in London and the Danaë from Rome's Galleria Borghese.

The Parmigianino paintings on display include his large Bardi Altarpiece, the first work he ever painted at the age of only sixteen, a monumental St. Roch which he painted for the Basilica of San Petronio in Bologna, the Conversion of Saul from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the San Zaccaria Madonna from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, his extremely celebrated Turkish Slave from the Galleria Nazionale in Parma and his so-called Anthea, one of the most sophisticated and mysterious portraits of the entire 16th century.

Scuderie del Quirinale Website

Contact: Scuderie del Quirinale
Via XXIV Maggio 16
Tel: (39) 06 69 62 71

Piero della Francesca: <EM>Madonna della Misericordia</EM>, 1445-1462, Olio su tavolaMuseo Civico, Sansepolcro
Piero della Francesca: Madonna della Misericordia, 1445-1462, Olio su tavola
Museo Civico, Sansepolcro
Piero della Francesca: Exploring a Legend
FORLI  •  Musei di San Domenico  •  13 February - 26 June 2016
The complex interaction of art and criticism, creative output and scholarship, is the aim of Piero della Francesca. From the success during his life – Luca Pacioli defined him “the king of painting” till being forgotten and newly discovered.
Some paintings by Piero, carefully selected to mark the evolving stages of that rediscovery, will therefore form the core of the exhibition. These will be accompanied by works by other great Renaissance artists, clarifying how Piero acquired his language and the defining role in the evolution of modern art assigned to him by recent scholarship. To illustrate Florentine culture of the 1430s and 1440s, when Piero’s career was launched, the show will display key paintings by Domenico Veneziano, Beato Angelico, Paolo Uccello and Andrea del Castagno, the leading artists of the period after Masaccio. The perspective preoccupation of Paolo Uccello, the emphatically sculptural figures by Andrea del Castagno and the chromatic effects sought by Domenico Veneziano and Beato Angelico, offer significant parallels for Piero in his twenties and thirties. The precocious influence of flemish painting will be seen in a fresco by the portuguese painter Giovanni di Consalvo from the Chiostro deli Aranci at the Badia Fiorentina, where the precision of the perspective construction is accompanied by an unusual attention to light and shade.

The travels which the artist undertook to northeastern Italy (Modena, Bologna, Rimini, Ferrara, Ancona) prompted the growth of a “cultura pierfrancescana” identified by modern scholarship in the works of Emilian artists (Marco Zoppo, Francesco del Cossa, Cristoforo da Lendinara, Bartolomeo Bonascia), also included here. Likewise, Piero’s painting was echoed in the Marches (Giovanni Angelo d’Antonio da Camerino, Nicola di Maestro Antonio), Tuscany (Bartolomeo della Gatta, Luca Signorelli) and Rome (Melozzo da Forlì, Antoniazzo Romano).

A widely-accepted hypothesis suggests Piero’s language also made its mark in Venice, where the work of Giovanni Bellini and Antonello da Messina shows their awareness of his mode of expression.

Musei di San Domenico Website

Contact: Musei di San Domenico
Piazza Guido da Montefeltro
Tel: (39) 0543 71 26 59

Roger Ballen: The House Project
BRESCIA  •  Galleria Massimo Minini  •  14 May - 19 June 2016
Galleria Massimo Minini presents a solo exhibition of works by the photographer Roger Ballen, who was born in New York in 1950, but has lived in South Africa for more than 30 years taking pictures of poor, rural whites. The current show presents the materialization of the self-titled publication, The House Project, issued by Oodee in 2015 and curated by Didi Bozzini. It is set up in the spaces of Inlimbo Arte, an independent curatorial team, based at Palazzo Mondini in Brescia. Starting from the metaphor of the mind as a House, Roger Ballen tried to organize an anthology with images that follow one another, regardless of their dating, according to an upward trend, which accompany the viewer on a journey of analog associations between images, from darkness to light, from the basement to the attic. Seen and unseen pictures, dreamt, written or just imagined. Images of things, animals, people and their shadows, their idols and their reflections. Images in black and white, which is not the absence of color, but the color of thought.

Galleria Massimo Minini Website

Contact: Galleria Massimo Minini
Via Apollonio, 68
25128 Brescia
Tel: (39) 030 38 30 34

Carsten Höller: Doubt
MILAN  •  Fondazione Pirelli HangarBicocca  •  7 April - 31 July 2016
Carsten Höller (1961, Brussels), who has a degree in agricultural entomology, has often been inspired by scientific research and experimentation to explore and transform the exhibition space through installations and sculptures that challenge the observer’s perception and call into question the very idea of art. Doubt presents a rich selection of historical works and new projects that alter the public’s physical and psychological sensations, and that destabilize the certainties of the world around them.

Fondazione Pirelli HangarBicocca Website

Contact: Fondazione Pirelli HangarBicocca
Via Chiese 2
20126 Milano
Tel: (39) 02 66 11 15 73

<P>Mimmo Rotella: <EM>May I? (Posso?),</EM> 1963-1965 (detail). Photograph on canvasRobilant+Voena , London-Milan-St. Moritz © Mimmo Rotella, by SIAE 2016.</P>

Mimmo Rotella: May I? (Posso?), 1963-1965 (detail). Photograph on canvas
Robilant+Voena , London-Milan-St. Moritz
© Mimmo Rotella, by SIAE 2016.

Imagine: New Imagery in Italian Art 1960-1969
VENICE  •  The Peggy Guggenheim Collection  •  23 April - 19 September 2016
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, the exhibition attempts to document artistic experimentation in Italy during the 1960s, at the height of the economic boom. The show features works by artists such as Franco Angeli, Mario Ceroli, Domenico Gnoli, Giosetta Fioroni, Tano Festa, Fabio Mauri, Francesco lo Savio, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Mario Schifano.

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection Website

Contact: The Peggy Guggenheim Collection
704 Dorsoduro
30123 Venice
Tel: (39) 041 24 05 411

Prototypology: An Index of Process and Mutation
ROME  •  Gagosian Gallery Rome  •  14 January - 2 April 2016

Prototypology explores research and development in the work of thirty contemporary artists, tracing the evolution from idea to finished artwork through drawings, archives, maquettes, and bricolage. In doing so the exhibition establishes a typology of diverse drafts.

The studio is a liminal zone for sourcing, modifying, and testing. Derived from the Italian word schizzare (splash), a "sketch" represents the initial impulse from mind to hand, the developmental process whereby form begins to emerge. In the laboratory of the studio, bricolage is often used as an instinctual method in the construction of prototypes.

The exhibition includes new works and archival material from Michael Heizer, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, and Robert Therrien, among other artists. Studies for sculptures by Dan Graham, Claes Oldenburg, Tatiana Trouvé, and Rachel Whiteread reveal moments of process that lead to epiphanies. Monumental, civic, everyday, and otherworldly gestures are visible in a range of preparatory drawings and proposals.

Artists: Vladimir Arkhipov, Richard Artschwager, Nina Beier, Will Boone, Mike Bouchet, Chris Burden, Jason Dodge, Aleksandra Domanović, Dan Graham, Loris Gréaud, Michael Heizer, Carsten Höller, Thomas Houseago, Allan McCollum, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Claes Oldenburg, Steven Parrino, Giuseppe Penone, Kirsten Pieroth, Ry Rocklen, Nancy Rubins, Arcangelo Sassolino, David Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Robert Therrien, Mungo Thomson, Tatiana Trouvé, Cy Twombly, Rachel Whiteread

Gagosian Gallery Rome Website

Contact: Gagosian Gallery Rome
Via Francesco Crispi 16
00187 Rome
Tel: (39) 6 42 08 64 98

Symbolism: Art in Europe from the Belle Époque to the Great War
MILAN  •  Palazzo Reale  •  3 February - 5 June 2016
Palazzo Reale presents a retrospective of some 150 artworks, including paintings, sculptures and a major selection of graphics - that represents one of the most interesting artistic features of Symbolism - deriving from major Italian and European museums as well as from private collections; these works evoke the ideal aspiration of Symbolism which was to fuse spiritual and sensorial elements to achieve a unitary effect to create absolute art.

Palazzo Reale Website

Contact: Palazzo Reale
Piazza del Duomo, 12
Tel: (39) 02 88 46 52 30

Events in Jazz

Wayne Escoffery Quartet
MILAN  •  Blue Note Milano  •  5 June 2016
Wayne Escoffery Quartet

Blue Note Milano Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Blue Note Milano
via Borsieri 37
Tel: (39) 2 69 01 68 88

Events in Opera

La fanciulla del West: By Giacamo Puccini
MILAN  •  Teatro alla Scala  •  3 - 28 May 2016

Giacamo Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Teatro alla Scala Chorus and Orchestra
Teatro alla Scala New Production

Riccardo Chailly, conductor

Staging: Robert Carsen
Sets: Robert Carsen and Luis Carvalho
Costumes: Petra Reinhardt
Lights: Robert Carsen and Peter Van Praet
Video Designer: Ian William Galloway

Minnie: Barbara Haveman (3, 6, 10, 13, 18)
Eva-Maria Westbroek (21, 25, 28)
Jack Rance:  Claudio Sgura
Dick Johnson:  Roberto Aronica
Nick: Carlo Bosi
Ashby: Gabriele Sagona
Sonora:  Alessandro Luongo
Trin: Marco Ciaponi
Sid: Gianluca Breda
Bello: Costantino Finucci
Harry: Emanuele Giannino
Joe: Krystian Adam
Happy: Francesco Verna
Larkens:  Romano Dal Zovo
Billy Jackrabbit: Alessandro Spina
Wowkle: Alessandra Visentin
Jake Wallace: Davide Fersini
José Castro: Leonardo Galeazzi
The carriage attendant: Francesco Castoro

Teatro alla Scala Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Teatro alla Scala
Via Filodrammatici 2
Tel: (39) 2 72 003 744

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

Books that have made Europe
ROME  •  Accademia dei Lincei  •  31 March - 22 July 2016

"The exhibition was designed to show that Europe means plurality of cultures because, with the Mediterranean Sea, it was at the junction of three continents (Africa, Asia and Europe)," curator Roberto Antonelli told AFP.

"It is no coincidence that so many cultures and languages crossed here," he said at a presentation to the press.

Nearly 190 works are displayed in the library of the prestigious Lincean Academy in Rome's Trastevere district, a science academy founded in 1603 and named after the lynx, an animal with the sharp vision science demands.

Books, manuscripts, codices and encyclopedias in Latin, Greek, Chaldean, Arabic and Hebrew, borrowed from Roman and Vatican libraries, are on display in over 40 display cases -- eight of which are bulletproof.

They show "that it is culture which unites us as Europeans. That is the strong message which emerges from the exhibition, even more than its great scientific value," said Rosanna Rummo, head of Italy's state libraries.

Accademia dei Lincei Website

Contact: Accademia dei Lincei
Via della Lungara, 10
00165 Roma
Tel: (39) 06 68 02 71

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