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All the World’s Futures

posted by Home In Italy on April 23rd, 2015

the International art exhibition in Venice

It will be open to the public from Saturday 9th May to Sunday 22nd November the 56th International Art Exhibition “All the World’s Features”, directed by Okwui Enwezor and organized by the Biennale of Venice.
The art exhibition will include 136 artists, 89 of which will be present for the first time, coming from 53 countries. 159 are the new productions created for this edition. 44 Collateral Events promoted by international organizations and institutions, will present their exhibitions and their initiatives in various places of the city.
“The Biennale celebrates 120 years and, year after year, continues building its own history, made of a long succession of different points of observation of the phenomenon of artistic creation in the contemporary age.” With this words, Paolo Baratta, the president of the Biennale, introduces this year’s edition.

The director and the President of the Biennale 2015

Today our world is characterized by fractures and lacerations, strong asymmetries and uncertainties about the future. Despite huge improvements in terms of knowledge and technology, we live in a sort of ‘age of anxiety’. Once again, the Biennale observes the relationship between art and the development of the human, social and political realities. There is the willing to investigate how the tensions of the outside world might influence the sensitivity, the expressive energies of the artists and their desires. The Biennale appointed Okwui Enwezor as its director, also for his particular sensitivity to these issues.

From the 9th of May to the 22nd of November 2015, the 56th International Art Exhibition

Okwui does not pretend to make judgments, but wants to convene the arts and artists from all over the world and from different disciplines: a parliament of forms. A global exhibition where we can interview or, at least, listen to the artists from 53 countries and from the areas we usually call “suburbs”.

Everything is ready for a Biennale with varied and intense vitality.

The Canadian Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition

The show will be open at the Giardini and Arsenale venues from May 9th to November 22nd, 2015.
Opening times: 10 am – 6 pm.
Arsenale venue opening times: 10 am – 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays until September 26th.
Closed on Mondays (except May 11th, June 1st, and Nov. 16th, 2015)

Pompeii’s Ashes. The Reception of the Cities Buried by Vesuvius in Literature, Music, and Drama.

posted by Home In Italy on March 3rd, 2015

a work of literature on PompeiiMarch 2015 is the launch of Eric Moormann’s new work of literature, Pompeii’s Ashes. Although many novels have been written on Pompeii and Herculaneum, none of them can be compared to Moormann’s study.

In this book, the author encompasses the entire spectrum of material related to the reception of Pompeii in popular imagination. Pompeii’s Ashes studies an extensive variety of documents, from travelogues between 1740 and 2010 to fictions, stage works, music a and films.

The work focuses on the many ways Pompeii and Herculaneum feature in fiction, drama, music, and cinema and shows how interest in the oldest running archaeological projects in the world continue until now. It begins with in-depth analysis of the excavation history and an overview of the reflections of travelers.

The novel continues with discussions of travelers’ reports and their depiction in historical novels, contemporary and time traveling adventures, and works dedicated to Vesuvius.
“Pompeii’s Ashes” demonstrates how the eternal fascination with the oldest still-running archaeological projects in the world began, developed, and will continue forever.

Contents

Introduction
I From Treasure Hunting to Archaeological Dig. History of the Excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii
II Travelers to the Vesuvian Cities
III Pagan Pompeii in Fiction
IV Jews and Christians in Pompeii Novels
V Modern and Contemporary Visits to Pompeii in Fiction: A Perilous Affair
VI Time Traveling to Ancient Pompeii
VII Real and Fictional Manuscripts from Pompeii and Herculaneum
VIII Pompeii on Stage and Screen
IX Herculaneum Under Vesuvius
X Intimations of Pompeii: By Way of Envoy

Wonder of Italy: Pompeii