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Alfred Sisley - Poet of Impressionism
Palazzo dei Diamanti, Ferrara
Until May 19th, 2002

This exhibition - organised by Ferrara Arte, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid and the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyons – is the first in Italy to be dedicated to the artist. It reconstructs the various phases of Sisley's creative journey and the sources of his inspiration through a selection of 80 paintings.

.BIG - International Biennial of Young Art
Turin and environs
From April 19th - May 19th, 2002

Five weeks of exhibitions and workshops dedicated to young artists from all over the world. The eclectic programme includes visual art shows, installations, film screenings, music, dance, theatre, readings and food tasting. Don't miss the Slam Poetry event in Caraglio (Cuneo) where participants challenge each other in an off-the-cuff poetry performance.


65th Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Venues throughout Florence
From May 11th - July 6th, 2002
Italy's oldest music festival, Maggio Musicale, opens on Saturday May 11th in Florence's Teatro Comunale with Les Trojans. Conducting is festival stalwart and international star Zubin Mehta. Mehta will also close the festival on July 6th with Verdi's Te Deum and Mahler's Symphony 1 in D Major. Don't miss the festival fund-raising event on May 17th when top international wine makers and collectors come together to auction their prized plonk.

Robert Capa. Faces of History
Arengario of Palazzo Reale, Milan
From May 8th - September 8th, 2002

A retrospective of the work's of one of the world's greatest photographers and founder of the legendary Magnum Photographic Agency, Robert Capa. This exhibition underlines the importance of people and portraiture in Capa's vision and includes images of Picasso, Hemingway, Steinbeck and Ingrid Bergman.

Roma 1948-1959
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome
Until May 27th, 2002
The life and art of a decade seen through a collection of photographs, design, architecture and fashion which mark the dawn of the Dolce Vita. (Web site in Italian only.)


Dubuffet and Grafitti Art
Palazzo Martinengo, Brescia
From May 25th - October 6th, 2002
An important exhibition dedicated to the great French artist. Works on show are from the latter period of the artist's life and include the vibrant Mires series and the collection of Non-lieux. The exhibition also includes works of some of the most renowned international grafitti artists, some of whom will create their own live installations specifically for the exhibition.

Greek Theatre Festival
Greek Theatre, Syracuse, Sicily
From May 17th - June 29th, 2002
Enjoy plays by Aristophanes, Euripedes and Aeschylus in the atmospheric setting of Syracuse's amphitheatre. Advance booking is recommended.

Spoleto Festival 2001
Spoleto, Umbria
From June 28th - July 15th, 2002
The Festival dei Due Mondi is now entering its 45th edition and promises a rich selection, of music, theatre and art. The festival programme will be online from May 29th.

Vincenzo Foppa
Museo della Città, Santa Giulia, Brescia
From March 3rd to June 2nd, 2002
The first ever major exhibition of Foppa's work. A collection of more than 110 paintings by this Renaissance artist shown alongside works by other important artists of the period including Donatello and Mantegna. Don't miss the section dedicated to Brescia in the mid 1400s.

Ashes and snow
Arsenale, Venice
From April 7th, 2002
The delicate relationship between man and nature is explored in this evocative exhibition by the Canadian photographer Gregory Colbert. The photos were taken over a ten-year period with particular emphasis on the magical universe of elephants - "nature's living masterpieces" in Colbert's words.

Piazza Dante Metro Station
From March 27th, 2002

The art scene in Naples goes (literally) underground with the opening of Piazza Dante metro station. The station was designed by the renowned architect Gae Aulenti and provides an exciting new space for both Italian and international contemporary art. Piazza Dante is the fourth metro station in Naples to become an active exhibition space (Cilea, Salvator Rosa and Museo opened their doors to art in April 2001). In the words of Gae Aulenti: "it's a way to get to people in direct contact with art, avoiding the psychological barrier that is often created by a museum."

Giotto's Crucifix and Masaccio's Trinity
From April 11th
These two masterpieces are now on show once more in Florence's Basilica di Santa Maria Novella after extensive restoration.

Giotto's Scrovegni Chapel reopens
From March 25th, 2002
Giotto's newly restored masterpiece reopens to the public on the same day (March 25th) that his patron Enrico Scrovegni opened the frescoed chapel in 1305. Advance booking is advisable as only a limited number of visitors will be admitted to the chapel in order to protect the frescoes. And remember, up until February 17th you can still book a guided tour of the frescoes during restoration.

Genoese Painting from the Hermitage - from Luca Cambiaso to Magnasco
Palazzo Ducale, Genoa
From March 15th, 2002
The Doges' Apartments in Genoa's magnificent Palazzo Ducale are the setting for an exhibition which traces the relationship between Genoa and St. Petersburg during the 18th Century through a series of well-known masterpieces.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Mazzotta Foundation, Milan
From February 23rd to June 9th, 2002
Paintings by one of the most important German artists of the 20th century.

From Puvis de Chavannes to Matisse and Picasso

Palazzo Grassi, Venice
From February 10th to June 16th, 2002

An unusual selection of 200 works which takes us from the works of the often neglected post-impressionist Puvis de Chavannes to Gauguin towards modern art.

Themes and variations: Post-war Art
Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Venice
Until August 4th, 2002
Paintings, sculptures and drawings from the Guggenheim Collections in Venice and New York.

The Leaning Tower reopens
Pisa's famous tower reopens to the public after 12 years of work. Visits will be limited to 25 people at a time for a maximum of 30 minutes per visit. For 15 Euros visitors can climb to the top of the Tower, or rather to the railings overlooking the belfry, while they'll no longer be able to walk around the picturesque arcades. Tickets can be bought in Piazza dei Miracoli until the online booking system gets up and running. Phone +39-050.560547 or +39-050-561820 for information.

Baroque painting in Genoa
National Gallery, London, UK
From March 13th - June 16th, 2002
The first ever exhibition of Genoese painting in Britain brings together a collection of international artists all of whom painted in Genoa in the 17th century. Highlights include Ruben's Equestrian Portrait of Giovan Carlo Doria and Valerio Castello's Rape of Proserpine. A series of lunchtime and evening lectures tie in with the event explaining the principles of Baroque and a video and catalogue of the exhibition are also available.

Zero to Infinity
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
From April 28th to September 22nd, 2002
Ten years of the Arte Povera movement. The exhibition brings together 128 pieces of contemporary Italian art, in a variety of media, created over the ten-year period between 1962 and 1972. Many works are being shown for the first time in the United States.

Faenza's Jewish Ceramics

Jewish Museum, New York
Permanent Exhibition

The Jewish tradition of ceramics of Faenza is brought to light in New York after 400 years. Italian-Jewish culture and tradition is fashionable in the US. Following the Palo Alto (California) Jewish Art Fair (California) New York now dedicates a permanent exhibition and sales space to Faenza's legendary ceramics.

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