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Art, unlocked: Italy's museums quietly reopen – in pictures

After Italy’s government loosened Covid-19 restrictions in much of the country – including Lazio, the region that contains Rome and Vatican City – newly reopened museums are offering local visitors the opportunity to enjoy artworks undisturbed by the usual crowds of international tourists Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, World news, Rome, Italy, Vatican City, Lazio, Coronavirus


How To Design A Memorial For The COVID Pandemic?

Several places in Italy and Great Britain are considering the question, and a few memorials have already gone up. “[They] are not intended as sweeping monuments to the historical moment, but simple places to grieve and reflect.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Italy, Great Britain, Visual, 02.22.21


Italy’s Art Museums Emerge From Lockdown, And They Have Lessons For The Rest Of Us

“‘We are now where you will be in a few days,’ wrote novelist Francesca Melandri in a piece for the Guardian newspaper in late March 2020. Her moving ‘letter from your future’ coincided with the beginning of the first pandemic wave in Italy. One year on, her words can be repeated – only this time with a more optimistic resonance. As of last week, Italian museums, foundations and galleries were finally permitted to start reopening their doors post-lockdown. So, what lessons can be learned from t...
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, 02.12.21, Francesca Melandri


Uffizi Gallery acquires street art piece from London artist Endless

Self-portrait featuring his trademark ‘crotch grab’ figure will be first work by a street artist in Italian galleryThe Uffizi Gallery, renowned for its Renaissance collection of Botticellis and Michelangelos, has acquired a work by a British street artist who began spray-painting in London a decade ago.The gallery in Florence unveiled a self-portrait by the UK-based artist Endless on Monday. The montage, a comment on advertising and consumer culture, will become the first piece by a street artis...
Tags: Art, Europe, UK, London, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Italy, Exhibitions, Street Art, Florence, Uffizi Gallery


‘How many husbands have I had? Not enough!’ Vanessa Redgrave meets Miriam Margolyes

They have been friends for 50 years. With theatres closed, they reflect on the joy – and hidden drama – of a life in actingTheatres around the UK have been kept dark by Covid, and it could be months before they are able to open. So we’re celebrating the stage by bringing together some of our greatest actors to share highs and lows from their careers, what they have learned from performing and how they feel about theatre’s precarious future. Vanessa Redgrave and Miriam Margolyes, mates for 50-odd...
Tags: UK, Theatre, Culture, Italy, Stage, Ikea, Vanessa Redgrave, Chekhov, Miriam Margolyes, Chris Wiegand, Barbara Windsor The Guardian


Skywhalepapa enthrals Canberra crowd – even as winds keep him grounded

Thousands gather before dawn for the official launch of beloved Skywhale’s new companion Many cities have patron saints. In Palermo in southern Italy there is a story that a vision of Saint Rosalia, a young hermit, saved the city from a plague. In Berlin, you can see a black bear everywhere you look: on the city’s coat of arms, on street signs, as statues like teddy bears telling visitors they are welcome.Around the world, part of living in a city is to believe in mythical creatures or visions t...
Tags: Art, Family, Berlin, Life and style, Australia news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Italy, Parents and parenting, Canberra, Roma, Palermo, Romulus, Remus


COVID And Theatre: How Half A Dozen Different Countries Are Coping

Here are reports from Taiwan (“Shows go on – with precautions in place”), Italy (“A sharply divided theatre world”), the U.S. (“Struggling on despite lack of leadership”), Sweden and Denmark (“Back to lockdown”), and Greenland (“Cut off from the outside world”). –
Tags: Art, Sweden, Theatre, Taiwan, Italy, Denmark, Greenland, 01.28.21


Italy’s Anarchist Architects Warned Of Endless Building Expansion

And, ironically, they might also have inspired Saudi Arabia to try to make a 100-mile-long building. – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Visual, 01.21.21


A building as big as the world: the anarchist architects who foresaw rampant expansion

Italy’s Superstudio collective warned against rampant development by imagining one continuous structure stretching around Earth. But did their warning actually inspire new Saudi plans for a 100-mile linear city?There was a sense of deja vu last week when Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, unveiled his plans for a futuristic 100-mile-long linear city, momentously titled The Line. The dramatic promotional video showed aerial views of a glowing urban ribbon cutting right across the c...
Tags: Design, Saudi Arabia, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Italy, Exhibitions, Brussels, Mohammed bin Salman


Police find stolen Leonardo copy museum did not know was missing

Museum shut due to coronavirus was unaware that 500-year-old Salvator Mundi had been missingItalian police has found a 500-year-old copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in a Naples flat and returned it to a museum that had no idea it had been stolen.Officers said late Monday they had arrested the 36-year-old owner of the flat on suspicion of receiving stolen goods, after the painting was discovered in his bedroom cupboard. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Naples, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi


Police find stolen copy of Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi in Naples flat

Museum shut due to coronavirus was unaware that 500-year-old painting had been missingItalian police has found a 500-year-old copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in a Naples flat and returned it to a museum that had no idea it had been stolen.Officers said late Monday they had arrested the 36-year-old owner of the flat on suspicion of receiving stolen goods, after the painting was discovered in his bedroom cupboard. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Naples, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi


Caligula’s Pleasure Garden Has Been Unearthed And Will Open To Public

The remains of part of the notorious emperor’s Horti Lamiani (as it was then called) were excavated from under the rubble of a derelict 19th-century apartment building. Starting this spring, Italy’s culture ministry will display those remains in what has been named the Nymphaeum Museum of Piazza Vittorio. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, 01.12.21, Horti Lamiani


Venice’s Mayor Wants Museums To Stay Closed, And Half The Town is Furious

“The decision by Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor of Venice, to extend the closure of the city’s 11 civic museums — including the Doge’s Palace, the Museo Correr, Ca’ Rezzonico, Ca’ Pesaro and Palazzo Fortuny — until 1 April, the beginning of the tourist season, has provoked a culture war in Venice and beyond. Italy’s museums have been closed since 5 November under national government restrictions, which are currently due to lift on 15 January” — unless, of course, COVID cases spike yet again. – The A...
Tags: Art, Italy, Venice, Visual, Luigi Brugnaro, Pesaro, Rezzonico, 01.07.21


The Current State Of Lockdowns Around Europe

Rules vary quite a bit between the eight countries covered here. The Netherlands, which has seen a huge surge in cases, is quite strict; Sweden, which was much laxer than most of the continent, has gotten more strict but still less so than France or Germany (which is letting some performances continue without audiences). Spain’s measures vary widely by region, as will Italy’s starting this week, while Hungary is largely open for business but its borders are virtually sealed. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Europe, Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Issues, 01.05.21


Uncovering – Literally – The Forgotten And Hidden Work Of Italy’s Women Artists

In Italy, for centuries, women weren’t allowed to work as artists, but many did anyway. The group Advancing Women Artists has been working its detective magic to change the history. The group “has shed light on a forgotten part of the art world, identifying some 2,000 works by women artists that had been gathering dust in Italy’s public museums and in damp churches. It has also financed the restoration of 70 works spanning the 16th to the 20th centuries.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, Advancing Women Artists, 01.02.21


"Eighty-eight rarely seen drawings of Dante’s The Divine Comedy have been put on virtual display as Italy begins a year-long calendar of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death."

"The drawings, by the 16th-century Renaissance artist Federico Zuccari, are being exhibited online, for free, by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. 'Until now these beautiful drawings have only been seen by a few scholars and displayed to the public only twice, and only in part,' said Eike Schmidt, the Uffizi’s director. 'Now they are published in full, alongside a didactic-scientific comment, where from [Friday] they will be freely available.'"  The Guardian lets us know. Go here for all the art...
Tags: Art, Law, Museums, Italy, Florence, Dante, Uffizi Gallery, Ann Althouse, Eike Schmidt, Federico Zuccari


Italy begins year of Dante anniversary events with virtual Uffizi exhibition

Gallery puts seldom-seen Divine Comedy sketches on display online to mark 700 years since poet’s deathEighty-eight rarely seen drawings of Dante’s The Divine Comedy have been put on virtual display as Italy begins a year-long calendar of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death.The drawings, by the 16th-century Renaissance artist Federico Zuccari, are being exhibited online, for free, by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, World news, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Italy, Florence, Dante, Dante Alighieri, Federico Zuccari


Italy begins year-long celebration of Dante's 700th anniversary with virtual Uffizi exhibition

Gallery puts seldom-seen Divine Comedy sketches on display online to mark 700 years since poet’s deathEighty-eight rarely seen drawings of Dante’s The Divine Comedy have been put on virtual display as Italy begins a year-long calendar of events to mark the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death.The drawings, by the 16th-century Renaissance artist Federico Zuccari, are being exhibited online, for free, by the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Books, World news, Culture, Art and design, Drawing, Italy, Florence, Dante, Dante Alighieri, Federico Zuccari


When Italian Futurists Declared War on Pasta (1930)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VivVf_x3p28 We must fight against puddles of sauce, disordered heaps of food, and above all, against flabby, anti-virile pastasciutta. —poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Odds are Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, the father of Futurism and a dedicated provocateur, would be crestfallen to discover how closely his most incendiary gastronomical pronouncement aligns with the views of today’s low-carb crusaders. In denouncing pasta, “that absurd Italian gastronomic relig...
Tags: Google, Art, College, New York City, Georgia, History, Food & Drink, Italy, Salvador Dalí, Mussolini, Naples, Julia Child, Benito Mussolini, Moma, Facebook Twitter, Bovino


He Ran La Scala, Then The Paris Opera. Now He’s Moved To Italy’s Oldest Opera House

“The future will be very different, and I am convinced that it will no longer be possible for a theater to be passive, waiting for the public, even with a great program. So in the future I see two aspects that are not contradictory but actually complementary.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Music, Paris, Italy, 12.04.20, Oldest Opera House


A Forgotten Literary Star, And Anti-Fascist Activist, Is Finally Getting Her Due In Spain

The writer María Teresa Léon was a good buddy of Lorca, married to poet Rafael Alberti, and took part in rescuing art from the Prado as Franco bombed Madrid. Then she, and Alberti and many other anti-fascist writers, fled to live in exile in France and Italy – and her writing and her power were remembered less and less as the male writers’ fame grew. Now her memoir is being republished, with a new introduction and a new appreciation. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, France, Spain, People, Italy, Franco, Madrid, Prado, Lorca, Alberti, Rafael Alberti, 12.06.20, María Teresa Léon


Florence’s Soccer Stadium Is A Modernist Masterpiece But Badly Outdated. Preservationists And The Team Are At War.

The Artemio Franchi stadium, designed by Pier Luigi Nervi in 1930, is regularly featured in architecture textbooks and is even on a page in Italy’s passport. But the seats are uncomfortable, some of them are exposed to rain, and there’s no place for revenue-generating shops or eateries. The team’s owner, with the fans on his side, wants to tear it down and build a new one; preservationists are aghast; the culture ministry in Rome will be the referee. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Rome, Italy, Florence, Visual, Artemio Franchi, 12.02.20, Pier Luigi Nervi


Japanese Art Installation Lets People Play Erik Satie’s “Gymnopédie No. 1” As They Walk on Socially-Distanced Notes on the Floor

The global pandemic has revealed the depths of systematic cruelty in certain places in the world that have refused to commit resources to protecting people from the virus or refused to even acknowledge its existence. Other responses show a different way forward, one in which everyone contributes meaningfully through the principled actions of wearing masks and social distancing or the principled non-action of staying home to slow the spread. Then there’s the critical role of art, design, and mus...
Tags: Google, Art, Music, College, Life, Italy, Nintendo, Tokyo, Kubrick, Facebook Twitter, Erik Satie, Josh Jones, Super Mario Brothers, Satie, Durham NC Follow, Spoon Tamago


Aldo Tambellini, experimental artist obsessed with black, dies aged 90

‘Titan’ of the 1960s New York scene, who developed his obsession during the war, received mainstream acclaim in his final yearsAldo Tambellini, the pioneering artist and film-maker who had an obsession with the colour black, has died aged 90. He will be remembered among other things for developing what he termed “electromedia” – the bringing together of multiple forms including strobes, dance, film, poetry and slide projection. “We have lost a titan,” said Stuart Comer, a curator at MoMA in New ...
Tags: Art, New York, US, Painting, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Italy, Installation, Moma, East Village, University of Notre Dame, Syracuse University, Tate, Syracuse New York, Yayoi Kusama


These landscapes from Jehangir Sabavala’s new solo reveal the luminous beauty of his art

A master of light and play, with a blend of Impressionist and Cubist elements, Jehangir Sabavala’s blue-chip art has inspired a sense of wonder and awe. Akara Art’s latest show revives the late artist’s legacy Article by Shaikh Ayaz | Architectural Digest India PUBLISHED: NOV 04, 2020 | 09:30:19 IST Jehangir Sabavala, The Miasmic Shore, Oil on Canvas 28 x 42 inches, 1967 Puneet Shah remembers only one brief encounter with the late Jehangir Sabavala who passed away in 2011 at 89, but he met t...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Life, India, Paris, Italy, Mumbai, Kerala, Bombay, Rajasthan, Shah, Madhya Pradesh, Mark Rothko, Shirin, Parsi


La Scala Cancels Opening Night After COVID Hits Company

“The Dec. 7 season [opening] at Milan’s La Scala opera house, a gala event that is one of Italy’s cultural highlights, is being canceled after a rash of coronavirus infections among musicians and chorus members.” The program was to have been a staging of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor starring Lisette Oropesa. – AP
Tags: Art, Music, Milan, Italy, Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Scala, 11.04.20


Come together: images of unity at Photo Vogue festival 2020 – in pictures

From mothers and brothers to imagined lives both past and future, this year’s edition of the Italian festival explores the theme All In This Together Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Photography, Society, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Exhibitions, Photo Vogue


Enzo Mari obituary

Designer of everyday objects whose work was infused with radical politicsPolitics infused everything that the designer Enzo Mari touched. Mari, who has died aged 88 of complications related to Covid-19, produced thousands of objects over a 60-year career, from pen holders and toys to chairs and vases. Each of those items drew inspiration from the Arts and Crafts movement, in the simplicity of their form, and from his own uncompromising belief in communism.His stackable Delfina chair, designed fo...
Tags: Europe, Design, World news, Culture, Art and design, Italy, Enzo Mari, Mari, Delfina, Driade, Danese


Italy Re-Closes Performance Venues And Cinemas As Coronavirus Roars Back

With the country setting new daily records for infections, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has ordered that movie theaters, concert halls, opera houses, live theaters, and gyms (which include dance schools) must shut down completely until at least November 24. – Variety
Tags: Art, Italy, Issues, Giuseppe Conte, 10.25.20


Gertrude lampe à poser par Gabriele Panciera

« Bonjour Gertrude, enchanté !  » Les présentations maintenant faites, Gabriele Panciera, jeune designer italien basé du côté de Milan lève le voile sur l’histoire de son projet… Résolument rétro, ce modèle de lampe à poser, lampe de table ou de chevet nous transporte quelques années en arrières, au coeur de l’Italie en nous offrant certaines références religieuses… On remarque assez rapidement sa ligne, nous renvoyant à la silhouette des nonnes délicatement épurée… Pour être parfaitement exa...
Tags: Books, Design, Lamp, Italy, PLA, Productdesign, Italie, Gertrude, Monza, Alessandro Manzoni, Deco, Luminaire, 3dprinted, Gabriele Panciera, Gabriele Panciera Retrouvez



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