25 May 2016

Appointment with art: the main shows scheduled in Italy


For all lovers of art, Italy is once more confirmed as the crossroads of excellence of exhibitions and artists, with some truly unmissable opportunities.

Let’s start with Venice: while waiting for the inauguration of the Biennale of Architecture, due in May, we can enjoy the homage paid by Peggy Guggenheim to two great interpreters of the American post-war period: Jack Tworkov and Claire Falkenstein.

Milan, as always, has a rich offering, in particular at the Palazzo Reale, where visitors can admire the show dedicated to “Symbolism” – one of the most curious currents in history. And until 20 March, we can also breathe the floral atmospheres of Alfons Mucha’s Art Nouveau.

A trip to Forlì is a must for those who do not content themselves with trendy exhibitions and wish to immerse themselves in the Italian 1400s. There they can discover one of the most enigmatic masters of the early Renaissance: Piero della Francesca.

Impressionists and Post-Impressionists rule the roost at Genoa, with the exhibition at the Palazzo Ducale presenting some of the greatest masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts; meanwhile, at the Palazzo Chiablese, Turin, the genius and colour of “Matisse e il suo tempo” [Matisse and his times] are enjoying enormous success.

Moving on to Florence, while we wait for the visionary works of the Chinese Ai Weiwei to enliven the rooms of the Palazzo Strozzi from 19 March to 24 July, a show held there will be dedicated “to the great art of the Guggenheims” with over 100 European and American masterpieces dating from the period between the 1920s and the 1960s.

Lovers of the contemporary should not miss the MAXXI of Rome, which opens the exhibition season with the versatile Jimmie Durham in the unpublished Sound and Silliness.

To conclude this journey through art, all that remains is to await The Floating Piers, to be realised by U.S. artist Christo, the king of Land Art, on Lake Iseo from 18 June to 3 July, with the installation of a 3 km platform which will make it possible to “walk on water”.