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 Zurich’s Kunsthaus, the rare graphic works by Paul Gauguin

16 October 2012

For some artists, especially those from the recent past, success looks more like a punishment: they are exploited and trivialised by the art business, and their exhibitions are unbearably overcrowded. Sometimes though, one has the chance to enjoy their work in a different milieu, more private and authentic. This happens today in Zurich, where the local […]

At the Prado, Goya’s Drawings restored and the vibrant “Aun aprendo”

9 October 2012

An old man with a long white beard, a feet-length tunic, cautiously makes his way against a dark backdrop, bent over on his two sticks. Above his head is the inscription “I’m still learning”. Amongst Francisco Goya’s works, this small drawing is by no means the most celebrated, outside the scholarly circle. And yet there’s […]

One exhibition, one question: the “Century of the child” at MoMA

28 September 2012

It wasn’t just the century of world wars, of great regimes and the ideological clash. The twentieth century was also the century of the child. Almost everywhere in the world, serving the most diverse political and philosophical causes, hundreds of designers built toys, school desks, outfits, books and images for our children. From Bauhaus to […]