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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.

The wonderful Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa

posted by Home In Italy on March 11th, 2015

Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa

The wonderful Piazza dei Miracoli, also known as the Square of Miracles in Pisa is likely one of the most famous landmarks in the world. The square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987, is not located in the city center as you might imagine, but it is situated northwest of the fortified wall of the city. The the Square of Miracles has been considered central to religious life since the Etruscan time: the three structures that it comprises, symbolize the main stages of a human’s life: The Baptistery represents birth, the Cathedral life and the Cemetery, of course, alludes to death.
And what about the Tower of Pisa? Well, we have not forgotten it! The so-called Leaning Tower is actually part of the Cathedral, being its Bell Tower.
The square is surrounded by a beautiful green lawn where tourists and students can lie down and relax in this historical setting of rare beauty. The name “Square of Miracles” was given only after the First World War , when the poet Gabriele D’Annunzio in the last novel “Maybe, maybe not” credits it with these words: “The Ardea rotated over the sky of Christ, over the meadow of Miracles”.
Its building began in the XI century and, after various changes, it was completed only in the XIX century, when the architect Alessandro Gherardesca gave the square its final present appearance. The latest changes have been done in the Fascist era: the monument Lupa di Rome was built and 17 cypress were planted, in memory of the militants died during the War.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
Emblem of the Pisan Romanesque, designed by the architect Bruscheto in 1604, the Cathedral represents through its splendor the influence of different styles and cultures. Byzantine and Islamic components testify the richness of the Maritime Republic of Pisa in the past; pay attention to the columns in the Cathedral and you will certainly remember those typical of the mosques.
Despite the fire of 1956, in the Cathedral are preserved many important works of art, including a mosaic by Cimabue, a masterpiece of Giovanni Pisano and works of Beccafumi and Andrea del Sarto.

The Baptistery
The works for the construction of the Baptistery, which is the largest in Italy, began in 1152 under the direction of the architect Diotislavi. Positioned in front of the Cathedral, it was entirely revisited by Nicola Pisano and his son Giovanni in the mid XIII century. They both modified it following the Gothic style and added a loggia and a hemispherical dome. At the center of the Baptistery there is the baptismal font by Guido Bigarelli from Arogno, originally lit by a light coming from an opening in the ceiling, now covered by the Dome. The Pulpit by Nicola Pisano (1255-1260) recounts scenes from the Life of Christ on five panels, while the columns represent the Virtues. We can clearly perceive a classical style in the work, not surprisingly Nicola Pisano is entitled a precursor of the Renaissance.

Piazza dei Miracoli, Pisa
The Leaning Tower
The beginning of the construction of the Tower dates back to 1173 and its slope is due to the land where it was built, which is not perpendicular and subject to constant failures. 55 meters high, it has a slope of 5° south and to reach the top you have to climb 294 steps. The tower was closed to public from 1990 to 2001 due to stability problems.

The Graveyard
The Camposanto is an ancient monumental cemetery located north of the Square of Miracles. It has a rectangular structure with an inner cloister in Gothic arches. Following the tradition, the cemetery was built around a good quantity of Holy Land, coming from the place where Jesus Crist was crucified. In the meadow at the center of the cloister there are numerous tombs and sarcophagi of the Roman age, while in the floor of the corridor there are the tombs of the nobles families of Pisa. Here you can admire many works of art including the Pulpit by Giovanni Pisano, the lamp of Galileo Galilei, frescoes by Benozzo, Gozzoli, Buonamico Buffalmacco with the famous “The Triumph of Death”, the Tabernacle of Della Robbia and many others.

The city offers many beautiful monuments, churches and museums to visit, but the Square of Miracles itself is worth travelling to Pisa. The beauties preserved in the square are numerous, you’ll need a day to discover them all inside. So, what are you waiting for?