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Arturo Schwarz, Refugee Who Became A Surrealism Tycoon, 97

Schwarz was expelled from Egypt in 1949, arrived penniless in Italy, and went on to found a prominent gallery devoted to Dadaist and Surrealist art in Milan and become probably the world’s greatest self-made collector and donor of work from those artistic movements.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Milan, People, Egypt, Italy, Schwarz, 07.23.21, Arturo Schwarz

Italy, Like France, Will Require COVID Vaccine ‘Green Pass’ To Enter Arts Venues

The rule will also apply to stadiums, gyms, and indoor restaurants. Said prime minister Mario Draghi, “Without vaccinations, we’d have to close everything again.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, France, Mario Draghi, Italy, Issues

Art Tatum and the “Black Virtuoso Tradition”

On the heels of his film with Alexander Toradze (my previous blog), Behrouz Jamali has released another remarkable film essay dealing with the art of the piano: The Black Virtuoso Tradition. It features what the New York Times once called “piano playing at its most awesome”: Steven Mayer playing Art Tatum. The Black Virtuoso Tradition is an American musical phenomenon that I framed decades ago, inspired by Mayer’s eloquent advocacy of Black pianists who never wrote their compositions ...
Tags: Art, America, New York Times, Italy, Black, Steve, Naxos, Dvorak, Ajblogs, Norton, Joplin, Mayer, Domenico Scarlatti, Antonin Dvorak, Tatum, James P Johnson

Houston Symphony’s Next Music Director Will Be Juraj Valčuha

The 45-year-old Slovakian maestro, currently music director of the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and for seven years chief conductor of Italy’s national radio orchestra in Turin, will take up the post upon Andrés Orozco-Estrada departure at the end of next season. – Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle
Tags: Art, Music, Italy, Naples, Turin, Juraj Valcuha, HOUSTON SYMPHONY, Andres Orozco Estrada, Teatro di San Carlo

The Italians Who Dangle From Ropes To Repair Historic Sites

“EdiliziAcrobatica’s team has rock-climbed up and abseiled down some of Italy’s most significant historic monuments. … Suspended from ropes, the acrobatic technicians can perform a whole range of tasks, from the waterproofing of roofing to welding.” – Apollo Apollo
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual

Italy Bans Cruise Ships From Venice (And They Mean It This Time!)

An announcement to this effect was made earlier this year, but the mammoth passenger boats turned up anyway. But now the national government, eager to avoid UNESCO “World Heritage in Danger” status, has made it feasible for the rule to take effect August 1. – Reuters Reuters
Tags: Art, Italy, Venice, Issues, Unesco World Heritage

Alone In Rome, Before The Tourists Return

Italy was the first to lock down, and one of the hardest lockdowns. “Now most of Italy is in a ‘white zone,’ and museums can operate at their full summer schedule. Still, on a Saturday, I counted four other visitors to the most anticipated show of the year in Rome: ‘The Torlonia Marbles: Collecting Masterpieces,’ at the Capitoline, showcasing a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture unseen for decades.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Rome, Italy, Audience, Visual, Capitoline, 06.25.21

The Artistic & Mystical World of Tarot: See Decks by Salvador Dalí, Aleister Crowley, H.R. Giger & More

The tarot goes back to Italy of the late Middle Ages. Every day here in the 21st century, I see undeniable signs of its cultural and temporal transcendence: specifically, the tarot shops doing business here and there along the streets of Seoul, where I live. The tarot began as a deck for play, but these aren’t dealers in card-gaming supplies; rather, their proprietors use tarot decks to provide customers suggestions about their destiny and advice on what to do in the future. Over the past five ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Games, College, History, Italy, James Bond, Salvador Dalí, Seoul, Carl Jung, Aleister Crowley, Taschen, Giger, Colin Marshall, Albert Broccoli, 21st Century Los Angeles

Who Stole $30 Million Worth Of Art From Italy’s State Broadcaster?

“The Italian press has dubbed it the ‘sack of RAI.’ Investigators believe disgruntled former staff members stole a trove of artworks worth an estimated $30 million from the Italian public broadcasting company Rai over a period of decades.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Media, Italy, Visual, RAI, 06.14.21

Italian TV employees suspected of thieving dozens of works of art

‘Priceless’ pieces removed from Rai’s offices by employees and replaced with fakes, police believe“Disloyal employees” at Italy’s public broadcaster, Rai, are suspects in the theft of dozens of works of art from its offices thought to date back to the 1970s.In what the daily newspaper Il Messaggero has described as “the sack of Rai”, the “priceless” artworks were removed from the broadcaster’s headquarters in Rome and units across the country and replaced with fakes. The works included original ...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Rome, Italy, Art Theft, Claude Monet, RAI, Amedeo Modigliani, Il Messaggero, Renato Guttuso

Venice Cruise Ship Ban Ends — Ships Return To The Lagoon

Residents were caught by surprise on Thursday when a cruise liner sailed into the lagoon city for the first time since the pandemic began, despite prime minister Mario Draghi’s government declaring that the ships would be banned from the historic centre. The 92,000 tonne ship MSC Orchestra collected 650 passengers before leaving for Bari, in southern Italy, on Saturday. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Mario Draghi, Italy, Venice, Issues, Bari, 06.05.21

As Italy Was Locked Down, Looting Of Ancient Roman Artifacts Went Up

“The looting of ancient art in Italy is … at least as old as the Roman empire, which not only contended with its own tomb raiders — or tombaroli, as they are known in Italy — but also pilfered riches from other nations. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, has offered these thieves new opportunities to raid closed archaeological sites, churches and museums for priceless artifacts while police are reassigned to enforce lockdowns.” – CNN
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, 06.05.21

Art Theft Is Way Down In Italy, Thanks To The Carabinieri’s Drones

“Fewer art and cultural heritage works were stolen in Italy in 2020 compared with the previous year, according to the annual report of the Carabinieri TPC, the country’s police force dedicated to recovering stolen art.” (Well, except for antiquities, it seems.) “The drop was partly caused by the pandemic, which also forced dealers in stolen art online, but is part of a longer-term downward trend driven by increasingly high-tech security and surveillance technology.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, Carabinieri, 06.07.21

How the Designer Behind Pixar’s ‘Luca’ Crafted a Love Letter to Italy

When production designer Daniela Strijleva joined Pixar’s “Luca” in 2016, she knew two things — the saga was set in Italy and it was a fantasy. With 3D animation informed by director Enrico Casarosa’s cartoony 2D drawings, the movie, available June 18 on Disney Plus, is the story of two teenage boys having a carefree […]
Tags: Design, Italy, Pixar, Luca, Enrico Casarosa, Daniela Strijleva, Disney Plus

How Eataly Has Changed Our Understanding Of Italian Food

Eataly is not actually Italy, despite the advertising tagline. “Eataly celebrates agricultural life, but its urban stores feel miles away from a rural idyll. It champions hyper-local produce, while being wedded, not least through its name, to the idea of a national cuisine. Eataly presents itself as the whole nation in microcosm; the best of Italian cuisine, all conveniently collected under one roof – yet even if such a thing as the ‘essence’ of a nation or its cuisine existed, it would be impo...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Italy, 05.31.21

The Specialized Bacteria Cleaning Michelangelo’s Masterpieces

A top-secret project made the Medici Chapel gleam anew: “In the months leading up to Italy’s Covid-19 epidemic and then in some of the darkest days of its second wave as the virus raged outside, restorers and scientists quietly unleashed microbes with good taste and an enormous appetite on the marbles, intentionally turning the chapel into a bacterial smorgasbord.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, Michelangelo, Medici Chapel, 05.30.21

How Italy’s Art Police Turned The Tide On Tomb Raiders

It takes extraordinary measures to deal with the thieves. “Looters have been plundering Italy’s cultural sites for decades, but since 2012 their trade has not been as fruitful, owing to an intensified crackdown by Italy’s art police. … In 2020, the squad found 24 illegal digs, arrested 68 thieves and recuperated 17,503 archaeological artefacts. The unit carries out controls of archaeological sites on the ground or above by helicopter. A scuba-diving team also patrols archaeological sites along ...
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, 05.28.21

Plunder of Pompeii: how art police turned tide on tomb raiders

Looters have plundered Italy’s cultural sites for years, but a crackdown by the carabinieri’s art squad means recent trade has not been as fruitfulBy day, the tombaroli, or tomb raiders, marked out the spot. They used long, pointed tools to pierce the earth , beneath which there was a passage that would take them to Roman homes replete with treasure in Civita Giuliana, a suburb of ancient Pompeii, about 700 metres north-west of the main archaeological park.By night, they dug a network of tunnels...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Italy, Art Theft, Pompeii, Civita Giuliana

Medieval Village In Italy Emerges From Waters That Swallowed It Up 70 Years Ago

“In 1950, the Italian village of Curon was flooded to merge two adjacent lakes and make room for an electric plant. Since then, the only evidence of the town’s existence has been a lone 14th-century church steeple that rises, somewhat hauntingly, from the center of the man-made body of water, Lake Resia. Until recently, that is. The state began to drain the reservoir for repairs on a nearby hydroelectric plant last month, slowly revealing the abandoned town underneath.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Italy, Visual, Curon, 05.25.21, Lake Resia Until

Italy Wins EuroVision

Congrats to Italy’s Måneskin. But yikes to the UK (which, technically, is no longer in Europe anyway?). “The UK’s James Newman came last, getting zero points from both the jury and the public. – BBC
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, UK, Italy, James Newman, 05.23.21

Honey, I Found A Guarneri In The Attic

“A violin found in an attic in Italy has been confirmed as a priceless instrument made by Giuseppe Guarneri ‘filius Andreae’ in c.1705. The age of the wood was confirmed using dendrochronology, and the researchers were even able to prove it came from the same tree as the wood in an already-identified violin by the same maker.” – The Strad
Tags: Art, Music, Italy, Andreae, 05.19.21, Giuseppe Guarneri

Six Stolen Roman Frescoes Returned To Pompeii

“Six fragments of wall frescoes stolen from the ruins of ancient Roman villas have been returned to Pompeii’s archaeological park after an investigation by Italy’s cultural protection police squad. Three of the relics, which date back to the first century AD, are believed to have been cut off the walls of two Roman villas in Stabiae, a historical site close to the main Pompeii excavations, in the 1970s before being exported illegally.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Italy, Pompeii, Visual, Stabiae, 05.18.21

Hanif Kureishi: ‘I’d like to see a British Muslim Sopranos’

As his new play The Spank opens in Italy, the writer talks about the power of ludicrous ideas, the crisis facing the middle class – and why he can’t get white liberals off his phoneHanif Kureishi has been reflecting on toxic masculinity. He has heard a lot about it in the past year and it has entered the fiction he has been writing over lockdown – at quite a rate by the sound of it – and sparked stories about predation, sexual misdemeanour and “what’s going on between men and women”.But he is ju...
Tags: Books, Gender, London, Activism, Race, Theatre, Life and style, Society, Culture, Italy, Stage, Men, Parents and parenting, British identity and society, Hanif Kureishi, Kureishi

As Glaciers Melt, Relics From WWI’s Alpine Front Emerge

On the 10K Mount Scorluzzo in Italy, “the Austro-Hungarian soldiers who occupied those barracks were fighting Italian troops in what became known as the White War. There in the Alps — removed from the more famous Western Front, a site of bloody trench warfare between Germany and France — troops climbed to precarious heights in the stinging cold to carve fortifications into the rock and snow.” Now everything they abandoned in 1918 is coming to a museum. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, France, Germany, Italy, Visual, Mount Scorluzzo, 05.08.21

Did Kim Kardashian Traffic A Looted Antiquity?

According to a newly filed lawsuit, in 2016, U.S. Customs seized a fragment of an ancient Roman statue that it believed had been stolen from Italy and illegally sold. The seller was a Brussels gallery; the buyer, “Kim Kardashian dba Noel Roberts Trust.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Kim Kardashian, Italy, Brussels, Visual, U S Customs, Noel Roberts, 05.04.21

Ermenegildo Zegna Teams with Stellantis

Today, the Ermenegildo Zegna Group announced its affiliation with Stellantis. By 2025, the Zegna Group’s entire fleet of 200 will go green. A new green-car policy has gone into effect at the company, well known for its pricy clothing and accessories. “The quality of our products must go hand in hand with our respect for nature. […] The post Ermenegildo Zegna Teams with Stellantis appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Media, Advertising, Global, Sales, Sustainability, Green, Luxury, Electric Vehicles, Italy, Autos, Carbon Footprint, Hybrid, Branding

Medieval Treasures Stolen In 1989 Recovered In Sicily

“After being stolen more than 30 years ago from a village in Italy’s Tuscany region, a group of stolen medieval artifacts has been located by police in the home of an antiques collector in Sicily. In that house near Catania, the police discovered a pilfered reliquary that dates back to the 13th century, as well as other objects including a copper cross and six chalices.” – ARTnews
Tags: Art, Italy, Catania, Sicily, Tuscany, Visual, 04.28.21

Giant statue of Roman emperor reunited with long-lost finger

Bronze finger found at Louvre is remounted onto Constantine’s hand at museum in RomeA giant statue of the hand of Constantine the Great in Rome has been reunited with its missing finger after more than 500 years.The 38cm-long bronze index finger, found in the Louvre in Paris in 2018, was remounted onto the statue at Rome’s Capitoline Museums on Wednesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Museums, Sculpture, Paris, Italy, Archaeology, Louvre, Capitoline Museums, Constantine, Romea

Italy Begins Reopening Theaters And Museums

“After six months of rotating on-again, off-again closures, restaurants, bars, museums and cinemas opened to the public in most of the country under a gradual reopening plan that is seen as too cautious for some, too hasty for others.” – AP
Tags: Art, Italy, Issues, 04.26.21

‘Damn! This Is A Caravaggio! Where The Hell Did You Find It?’ (The Inside Story)

“It took all of six minutes for Massimo Pulini to realise that the small oil painting due to go under the hammer in Madrid earlier this month with a guide price of €1,500 ($1,800) could be worth millions. … Within two weeks, Spain’s culture ministry [acted] to impose an export ban. The painting was pulled from auction. Pulini, a painter himself as well as an authoritative art historian, told The Guardian about his identification of the painting and the ultimately doomed scramble to bring it bac...
Tags: Art, Spain, Italy, Madrid, Visual, 04.23.21, Massimo Pulini, Pulini

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