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posted by Home In Italy on October 21st, 2016

The famous waterlilies by Claude Monet (Paris 1840 – Giverny 1926), from the United States, expose  Magnani Rocca Foundation in Parma along with two other works by the French painter. The landscape is a constant theme of the whole Monet’s career, he proposes to modernity a different way of observing nature.
Through working en plein air, which effectively brings the studio directly in the places of study, the artist follows the total physical immersion as mental subject, with the intention of capturing not only the most accurate shades of light and movement, but also the change of the natural conditions.

The beginning of these studies is repeated starting from 1876 in the paintings dedicated to the station of Saint-Lazare in Paris, scenario that best of all records, in addition to the dynamic nature of the content, even the transformation of industrial progress in the city. However, with the Rouen Cathedrals series, starting from 1892, Monet reaches not only fame, but also significant results for these new coloristic investigation.
Confirmation of the new way of conceiving space you evanescent is the deepening of the cliffs, in particular are popular cliffs of Normandy to represent the subject of an adventurous desire to mutability.

From Tuesday to Friday 10-18 (ticket office closes at 17) – Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 10-19 (ticket office closes at 18). Closed Mondays, open Monday October 31. Tickets: € 10.00 also applies to the permanent collections and, from September 10, for the exhibition ITALIAN POP – € 5.00 for schools.
Information and booking groups: tel. +39 0521 848327/848148 info@magnanirocca.it


posted by Home In Italy on October 14th, 2016

A must for all art lovers: a review of more than 180 galleries from around the world with works by over 1000 artists, along with museums, foundations, magazines and an intensive program of conversations, meetings and tours.
The discovery of historical monuments and works of contemporary art present in the public spaces of the city thanks to Papum, the portal that collects the monumental and artistic heritage of Turin.

“The 2016 edition will take place ‘from November 4 to November 6. A weekend with exciting events: there will be a great participation of galleries, new projects, further improvements and developments. The fair is extremely healthy economically with a remarkable increase of private sponsors despite the downsizing of public funding. It has expanded the audience, geography, monographic sections, awards, projects, involved curators, foreign collectors, the acquisitions at the fair, the press review, the impact of communication: the pursuit of a specific identity, the experimentation and excellence have led extraordinary results in all directions both of which commercial content. We are one of the most important exhibitions around the world, but we also are aware of the interdependence with the art system of the territory and of our fundamental impact on the city. Along with all of Artissima team, we have worked very hard this year and it looks great, but not perfect yet”.
More information on the website: http://www.artissima.it/site/


posted by Home In Italy on September 12th, 2016

It seems that most of the inhabitants of Rome never has been there. Or they are not even aware of its existence. But during a vacation in the capital city, including the Collosseum, Trevi fountain and Piazza San Pietro, it would be good to leave some space for the Coppedè quarter. It is a most ambitious artistic- architectural experiment ever undertaken in Rome, if not in whole Italy: here blends an eclectic mix of different styles: nouveau, neo-gothic, kitsch, baroque and modernism, all to perfection. In fact, the definition of ‘quarter’, for this complex of buildings around the nucleus square Mincio, between the street Tagliamento and square Buenos Aires, is excessive. In fact the area called “Coppedè” is part of the quarter called Trieste.

It owes its name to Luigi Coppedè, an architect, sculptor and decorator, mixing different styles, has given endless life to a corner of Rome. The entire quarter can be considered a milestone of eclecticism: it combines the dark style of the Gothic to the classical Greek inspiration, as well as gates and towers from the Medieval time to Baroque and decoration Liberty. Needless to give any definition: walking through the streets of the Coppedè neighborhood gives you the impression of being in a bubble: caused by the silence, so different from the chaos of the surrounding streets, but also by the atmosphere, just like in a movie.
Overall, the quarter Coppedè is made up of eighteen buildings and twenty-seven other houses and structures. The most charming way to get there is through the big arch that connects the buildings of the Ambassadors at the corner between the street Arno and Tagliamento: the particular aspect is that under the internal vault of the Arch, decorated with asymmetrical architectural elements, there is a large iron chandelier. Once past the arch that connects the buildings of the Ambassadors, you find the square Mincio, the heart of the quarter. At the center you found the fountain ‘delle Rane’, with the main pond slightly higher than the street level: perhaps that is why, according to the legend, the Beatles bathed there after an evenings pent at Piper in 1965. Decorated with numerous frogs, from each of them gushes out water.
There are not only fountains dedicated to frogs. Even the buildings of Coppedè have their own name. There are so-called “Villini delle Fate”, from the refined exterior golden facades and with numerous golden women painted above. In these building alternate with travertine, tile, glass, wrought iron and wood, is enhanced Florence, with the words “you are beautiful Fiorenza”: not by coincidence, from a short distance you can recognize the figures of Dante and Petrarch. There is also “Palazzo del Ragno”: named after a giant arachnid, a decoration above the main entrance door. Not to miss on the third level is the balcony: above there is an ochre-black colored painting of a rider between two griffins, topped by the word “Labor”.

To list all the details and decoration of this quarter would be impossible. You have to arm yourself with patience and maybe binoculars and, with calm, discover every corner of the Coppedè. The atmosphere, as mentioned, is suggestive. It is not a coincidence that these roads were used for filming several feature films of the atmosphere noir, if not worse. This is the case of “The girl who knew too much” by Mario Bava, but above all the two horror films of Dario Argento such as “The bird with the crystal feather” and “Hell”. In these streets, movies have been shot such as “The Omen” and “The perfume of the woman in black”.

TO EAT: In Rome there is no shortage of restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine. In the area we recommend to try the specialties of Larysa, which brings you back to the original way of the Mediterranean tradition. In particular those based on fish, such as salmon tartar with pistachio and Tabasco, or rolls of sesame potatoes with a yoghurt dressing. But even the prawns in coconut cover with cous cous and Gazpacho sauce. In the street called Po you find Bucavino: its shops are below the street level. Worth going down to enjoy the facilities of this restaurant, that does not betray the regional gastronomic tradition. Do not miss the fried potato skins. In both cases a complete dinner costs about 30 Euros.

TO ARRIVE: the quarter of Coppedè is not far from the Termini train rail station. To get there, just get off the train and take the buses 86 and 92: in about 15 minutes you arrive at the square Buenos Aires. On the other side stands the church of Santa Maria Addolorata and is behind the arch with the chandelier. You can also walk if preferred: it will take you only two kilometers along the streets Goito, Piave, then Salaria and finally turning right in the street Po.


posted by Home In Italy on September 8th, 2016

The last stop of the exhibition David Bowie IS arrives exclusively in Italy. From July 14th till November 13th at the Mambo Museum of Bologna finally comes one of the most successful exhibitions of the past years, carried out by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the first retrospective devoted to the extraordinary career of David Bowie, one of the artists most fearless, influential and innovative of the contemporary music scene.
David Bowie Is, started in London in 2013, after being in Chicago, St. Paul, Toronto, Paris, Berlin, Melbourne and Groningen, will be at MAMBO from July 14th till November 13th and this is the only stop in Italy.

The exhibition celebrates the prolific career of David Bowie able to permanently pursue innovation in five decades, without ever betraying himself and his audience. The exhibition runs through “multimedia” contents that lead visitors into a creative process of the Thin White Duke and describes how his work has channeled the broader movements in art, design, theater and contemporary culture.
The portrait that emerges is of an artiest able to observe and reinterpret contemporary society with an innovative look which left indelible traces in the visual and pop culture.
The curators Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh have selected more than 300 objects of the musician’s personal archive, granted by the David Bowie Archive, including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photographs, set designs and other rare material to tell the evolution and success of this great artist.

David Bowie’s work influenced movements in the world of art, design and other aspects of contemporary culture, coming into contact also with the world of fashion, theater and cinema. The exhibition uses Sennheiser technology up to the highest enjoyment of sound, original video installations and animation.
For more information and pre ticket sale: www.davidbowieis.it , telephone number: +39 092 234.
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays between 10am – 7pm. Thursday: 10am – 11pm. Monday closed.
Minimum time to visit the exhibition: 1 hour.