Another month another excuse to delve into the art world and experience the exhibitions that are taking place throughout Italy. Here are 5 of the best shows that you can’t miss this June 2015, from Milan to Naples and further afield.
Pompei e L’Europa 1748 – 1943
Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Napoli
May 27 – Nov 2 2015
Recounting the fascination that Pompeii has held over artists and onlookers from wider Europe, this exhibition will take visitors back in time, from the first excavations in 1748 to the unfortunate bombings of 1943. The Vesuvian city is at the centre of a two-way exchange between those excavating and those being influenced by these finds and the history of Pompeii. Between art and artifacts, a collective tapestry of Pompeii comes to life. The exhibition joins the program of events planned for Expo Milano 2015.
Lapislazzuli – Magia del Blu
Museo degli Argenti, Florence
June 9 – Oct 11 2015
This exhibition is the first of its kind, highlighting the use of Lapis Lazuli in science as it is in the arts. This rare rock is composed of several minerals, mainly lazurite which is generally found fused with white marble taken from one of the Lapis Lazuli deposits. What looks like the outline to the white marble, the Lapis Lazuli is usually few meters thick of beautiful blue and it has been used in art and science as far back as 7000 BC. The stone was particularly popular in Florence during the renaissance, decorating goblets, tabletops, vases and various other pieces of furniture. It was also pulverized and used as a pigment. Here you’ll get to see the many ways in which this precious stone was used.
Il Cibo, nutrimento per corpo e spirito
Oratorio di S. Cristoforo, Piacenza
June 9 – June 29 2015
Perhaps one of the most Italian exhibitions ever, the Oratorio di S. Cristoforo brings together art, food, and Italians that love it. With a selection of paintings from the last century, visitors are invited to examine the various ways that food and food lovers are represented in art; from apprentice cooks to modern takes on renaissance style still life, food has never looked so good.
Damian Ortega: Casino
Hangar Bicocca, Milan
June 5 – Nov 28 2015
Like your art interactive and three dimensional? Then the first solo exhibition in Italy of Mexican artist Damian Oretega is for you. Permeated with a very personal story and with a sense of humour, the exhibition consists of sculptures, installations, performance and film, and all which in one way or another interact with one another. His piece Beetle Trilogy takes centre stage, one of his most challenging works that tells the ‘tale’ of a Volkswagen Beetle. There is also his piece Moby Dick, a performance project that he completed in 2004.
Roman Polanksi: My Inspirations
Prada Foundation Milan
May 22 – July 25
Held at Milan’s new Prada Foundation, this documentary film was made this year by Laurent Bouzereau, discussing his first encounters with film, filming, and the illusions of cinema. Polanski talks about the films that influenced his direction, choices and vision, and even the lies that have continued to inform his work. The director also offers new ways to interpret his masterpieces as well as unexpected and intentional links between his work.
Source: Swide, by: Ben Taylor