From Wagner to Wagnerism, at Venice’s Palazzo Fortuny

4 December 2012

While La Scala prepares to celebrate Richard Wagner with a staging of Lohengrin directed by Daniel Barenboim, in the next months an exhibition in Venice will be devoted to a lesser-investigated aspect of the German composer’s work: his influence on the world of visual art. “Fortuny and Wagner”, open at Fortuny Palace starting from 8 […]

At Monza’s Royal Villa, an Italy-China Biennial between art and nature

6 November 2012

What does bring Italy and China together? Reading China in Ten Words (Vintage), an at once scoffing and moving portrait of the Celestial Empire by Chinese author Yu Hua, through a collection of words like “people”, “leader”, “disparity”, “copycat” and “bamboozled”, one may get much in emotional terms, but little as to precise cultural references. […]

At Milan’s Hangar Bicocca, a dive into Tomàs Saraceno’s floating cities

24 October 2012

Can art shape new ways of living? Yes, but only if it combines with science. Argentine, 1973 born Tomàs Saraceno has built an entire career upon this idea. During the last years, he went as smoothly from exhibiting at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof and New York’s Metropolitan Museum to working with Nasa and the Massachusetts Institute […]

The Italian contemporary Sculpture gardens and Arts Patronage

6 July 2012

In the Tuscan countryside of Pistoia, the Fattoria di Celle has just celebrated its thirtieth anniversary, bringing new permanent works of artists such as Luigi Mainolfi, Alessandro Mendini and Robert Morris in the vast green estate owned by Giuliano Gori. Alberto Giacometti’s Walking Man is also on show, borrowed from the Fondation Maeght. In Montemarcello, in La Spezia […]