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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)

Civita di Bagnoregio: the dying city

posted by Home In Italy on April 21st, 2015

While travelling through the center of Italy, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Civita di Bagnoregio, a small village full of charm.
The history of this town is famous throughout Italy. Located in the Valley of Calachi, the village was built on the tuff, a very friable rock, which crumbled during the years due to the erosion caused by two streams surrounding the valley. For this reason, Civita di Bagnoregio is now connected to the rest of the world through a bridge, passable only on foot.The dying city, Civita di Bagnoregio

It is a ghost town, destined to disappear. Nowadays, there are only 12 inhabitants, who are the owners of the restaurants and souvenir shops in the village.
You will be amazed by this place, not only for the beauty of the village itself, but also for the feeling that a place like this can arouse.

Imagine arriving by car and glimpse, perched on a hill, a small village that seems a rocky island, suspended in the air. Imagine crossing the long bridge that connects it to reality and enter a place where time has stopped. The medieval houses, the church of San Donato, the streets with their arches: everything has remained as it once was.
Most of the houses are abandoned. Those that are not, however, are perfectly maintained in every detail, with balconies embellished with flowers.

Welcome to the dying city of Civita di Bagnoregio

Walking along the streets gives you a strange feeling. It’s like being on a movie set: if a lady dressed in medieval clothes appeared, it would seem quite normal to you. A visit in Civita di Bagnoregio means immersing yourself in a dimension where reality and fantasy, past and present, continuously blur and gives the opportunity to jump into the past.

the dying city in Italy

However, once on the bridge leaving this village behind you, it is impossible not to ask yourself a question: what will happen to this place? Experts say it will collapse in the future, disappearing in the valley that houses it.
We are not expert in geology, but we do like dreaming and hope something will be done to save this little wonder, elected “the most beautiful village in Italy”.

Are you ready for EXPO? The event of the year, not to miss.

posted by Home In Italy on April 14th, 2015

Expo 2015 Feeding the planet, energy for life

Everything is ready: Milan will be the center of the world, from the Expo Gate in front of the Sforzesco Castel on the Navigli canals, to Rho, the new city of the food. Until October 31st, we will talk about food as “energy of our planet”, with the participation of 147 countries, exhibitions, conferences, temporary installations, events and new metropolitan icons, as the Bosco Verticale, the two skyscrapers with more than 900 trees species and 83900 sqm of terraces, created by Stefano Boeri.

The theme at the center of the event

Food is nourishment, pleasure, taste, home, family, art, war, peace, affection, love and, most of all, “Food is Life”, for us and for the planet.
A unique journey not to be missed among people arriving from far away offering their foods, their cultures, their traditions, their shows. A journey that describes “a place where cultures, traditions and flavors cross between extraordinary architectures”.

The China Corporate United Pavillon at Expo 2015

EXPO will host four thematic areas, from the Pavillon Zero, which tells the story of man through his relationship with food, to Future Food District, which explains how technology will change the storage, distribution, purchase and consumption of food. The other two areas are the Biodiversity Park, a large garden where it is reproduced the variety of ecosystems which can be found on our planet, and the Art & Food, an extraordinary exhibition showing how the relationship between art and food has changed over the centuries.

The Vanke Pavillon created by Daniel Libeskind

Expo Milano 2015 introduces a new model of Universal Exhibition: not only a showcase of the best technologies for a sustainable future, but a global and interactive event with thousands of cultural occasions and entertainment both inside and outside the exhibition site. Shows, concerts, conferences, show cooking, workshops and exhibitions will transform Expo Milano 2015 in a big party with a chance to learn while having fun.

Five greatest Italian architects

posted by Home In Italy on April 7th, 2015
“Was it true glory? Time will end the arduous doubt” said Alessandro Manzoni about Napoleon Bonaparte in his famous poem “Il Cinque maggio”. But this is true for any great man who tries to make a mark in the history: only those who come after will be able to judge with due detachment. And this is even more true in the arts, where momentary trends might lead to big awards while the artist is alive but might inexorably forget his works once time allows a correct evaluation.
For this reason, it is very difficult to decide which are the greatest Italian contemporary architects: in the last fifty years, many Italian architects have been dominating the Italian and international scenes, deserving to enter our top five list. In the end, we have chosen five artists and we hope you will agree with us; if not, there is always space for your comments at the end of the article!

Renzo Piano
Born in Genova in 1937, Renzo Piano is without any doubt the greatest contemporary architect. His awards speak for him: he won the prestigious Imperial Japanese section in 1995, the Pritzker Prize in 1998, the Sonning Prize, the Compasso d’Oro, the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, and dozens of other awards around the world.
He studied in Florence and Milan and travelled in the United States and Great Britain, where he met his colleague Richard Rogers. The real breakthrough in his career came in 1971, when he and Rogers won the competition to design the new Centre Pompidou in Paris, which immediately became the manifesto of the so-called high-tech architecture.
Among his works, we can list the Old harbor of Genoa and the aquarium, the Stadium of Bari, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, the Kansai International Airport in Osaka and the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the London skyscraper The Shard (the highest in Europe), the New York Times Tower in Manhattan, the new Palace of Justice in Paris and the skyscraper Intesa Sanpaolo in Turin.

Great creation of Renzo Piano, the Shard

Aldo Rossi
An architect who died prematurely in 1997 due to a car accident, and perhaps for this in part today unjustly forgotten, Aldo Rossi is the only other Italian with Renzo Piano, who won the Pritzker Prize, in 1990.
Born in 1931 in Milan, Rossi approaches the post-modenism in reaction to the rationalism of his era, creating controversial works, as the Monument to Sandro Pertini in Milan and the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht. What is memorable of Rossi is his theoretical contribution with essays, articles and exhibitions.

The Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht

Gae Aulenti
Born in 1927 in Friuli from a family of southern origins, Gaetana Aulenti graduated from the Politecnico of Milan in the early fifties and started soon to adhering to neo-liberty and cooperating with many magazines.
She restructured the Orsay Museum in Paris, the National Museum of Catalan Art in Barcelona and Piazzale Cadorna in Milan.

Interior of the Orsay museum

Orsay museum in Paris

Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass, Italian-Austrian architect, known not only for his architectural achievements, but also for his work in industrial design. He graduated from the Politecnico of Turin and moved to Milan, where he started working with the Olivetti, drawing many electronic products. He collaborated with Alessi and founded the Memphis group, creating furniture, chairs and bookcases, which are now hosted in the best museums in the world (some of them are in permanent collection of the MoMa in New York). Form an architectural point of view, he realized various private homes in Italy and abroad, in addition to the interiors of Milano Malpensa airport.

creation of the artist Sottsass, in Maui

The Acme House, Maui

Massimiliano Fuksas
We decided to close our top five with Massimiliano Fuksas, very famous in Italy and known throughout the world for its achievements.
Born in Rome in 1944, he began working in Italy together with Anna Maria Sacconi, seeing his fame progressively growing throughout Europe, up to the realization of the University Brest and Limoges, the Vienna Twin Tower, the Fiera Milano Rho-Pero, the Peres Center for Peace in Jaffa in Tel Aviv and various projects still in process as the new Congress Centre and the skyscraper Piedmont region of Turin, which should be opened this year.

The Bolle creation by Fuksas

Le Bolle, Bassano del Grappa