Spring 2014: Milan 2015 and a weekend on Elba Island

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Hidden Italy walking tours 2015:

Hidden Italy walking tours 2015:

New for 2015: Hidden Italy Gardens of Tuscany walking tour, 18 to 30 May, 2015. Lead by my friend Paul Blanchard, art historian and author of the Blue Guides to Northern and Southern Italy (among other things), this is the ultimate Tuscany tour, exploring historical and modern gardens, vineyards, national parks and the famous undulating hills. Places are still available: fine food, boutique accommodation and gentle walking... http://www.hiddenitaly.com.au/guided-tours

Events in Italy, Spring 2014:

Events in Italy, Spring 2014:

Eataly Smeraldo opens in Milano (www.eataly):  3-stories of Italy’s finest produce and wines in the heart of Milan, Eataly Smeraldo is the latest venture of impresario Oscar Farinetti (other hops in Turin, New York and Tokyo).  Spectacularly set in a restored 1940s lyric theatre, it includes several restaurants and numerous specialist snack bars (cheese, slami, fish and meats etc) accompanied by daily concerts on the second floor! 

Suona Francese, various cities until 30 June (www.institutfrancais-italia.com): From the Apls to Pantellaria, with over 80 concerts in 40 cities, the 7th edition of the Suona Francese (French Sounds) offers a program featuring the very best of French music, from classical, to contemporary to electronic and ethnic – check the website for details.

‘Design beyond Crisis’, Triennale Design Museum, Milano (www.triennale.it): Necessity is the mother of invention and periods of economic challenge often result in the best creativity – this is the theory behind the new exhibition at Milan’s Triennale Design Museum.  It focus on three of the most demanding periods (1930s, 1960s and 2000s) in recent Italian history which resulted in some of Italy’s finest innovation and design.

Exhibitions in Italy, Spring 2014:

Exhibitions in Italy, Spring 2014:

Perhaps it’s because of the impending Expo in 2015 but Milan has a particularly rich offering of exhibitions this spring:

Klimt: the origins of a Myth; Palazzo Reale, Milano (www.klimtmilano.it).  Organised with the Belvedere Museum of Vienna, this exhibition presents 20 oil works by the Austrian artists including his masterpieces of Salome, Adam and Eve and Judith.  Until 13 July.

Giovanni Bellini, Devotional Humanism; Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano (www.brera.beniculturali.it).  To celebrate the completion of the restoration the Pieta (painted between 1465 -1470), the Brera gallery has organised a remarkable exhibition to celebrate the works of the Venetian master, one of the founders of the Italian Renaissance. While you are there, check out the very interesting live restoration of Canova’s sculptural portrait of Napoleon as the Roman god Mars, which stands in the museums courtyard (Napoleon lived in the palace during his reign as King of Italy.   Until 13 July.

Frida Kahlo; Scuderia del Quirinale, Rome (www.scuderiequirinale.it).  Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist (1907 to 1945) suffered sustained physical and psychological difficulties throughout her life.  She felt herself to be ‘bizarre and defective’ but produced some extraordinary works of art.  This exhibition, which includes over 40 portraits and self-portraits, was one of the most keenly awaited for this spring and it hasn’t disappointed.  Until 31 August.

Exhibitions in Italy, Spring 2014:

Exhibitions in Italy, Spring 2014:

Perhaps it’s because of the impending Expo in 2015 but Milan has a particularly rich offering of exhibitions this spring:

Klimt: the origins of a Myth; Palazzo Reale, Milano (www.klimtmilano.it).  Organised with the Belvedere Museum of Vienna, this exhibition presents 20 oil works by the Austrian artists including his masterpieces of Salome, Adam and Eve and Judith.  Until 13 July.

Giovanni Bellini, Devotional Humanism; Pinacoteca di Brera, Milano (www.brera.beniculturali.it).  To celebrate the completion of the restoration the Pieta (painted between 1465 -1470), the Brera gallery has organised a remarkable exhibition to celebrate the works of the Venetian master, one of the founders of the Italian Renaissance. While you are there, check out the very interesting live restoration of Canova’s sculptural portrait of Napoleon as the Roman god Mars, which stands in the museums courtyard (Napoleon lived in the palace during his reign as King of Italy.   Until 13 July.

Frida Kahlo; Scuderia del Quirinale, Rome (www.scuderiequirinale.it).  Frida Kahlo, the Mexican artist (1907 to 1945) suffered sustained physical and psychological difficulties throughout her life.  She felt herself to be ‘bizarre and defective’ but produced some extraordinary works of art.  This exhibition, which includes over 40 portraits and self-portraits, was one of the most keenly awaited for this spring and it hasn’t disappointed.  Until 31 August.

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