Today we want to present you a selection of unmissable art exhibits in Italy for the first months of 2022.
The program covers the whole Italian territory from North to South.
Some anniversaries celebrated in 2022
This year marks the bicentenary of the death of Italian sculptor and painter Antonio Canova (1757 – 1822).
Several shows and exhibits will be dedicated to this prominent exponent of Neoclassicism throughout Italy, we recommend these two:
“Antonio Canova and Bologna. To the origins of the Pinacoteca” at Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna, until the February 20th.
“Canova, innocence and sin” at Mart – Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Rovereto, open until April 18th.
Regarding the latter, the curator and director of the museum Vittorio Sgarbi combines sculptures and photographs from the 19th and 20th century with a selection of Canova’s work.
Both these exhibits will precede many other shows in Italy (and particularly in Veneto, homeland of Canova).
At the MANN – Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli in Naples, it can be visited the show “Enrico Caruso (1873 – 1921) – From Naples to New York” opened last December for the centenary of the death of the tenor, and open until April 24th.
Original pictures and video material from the time will be available to watch.
Another significant event is the 80th anniversary from the death of Italian photographer and revolutionary Tina Modotti (1896 – 1942)
After last November’s exhibit at MUDEC -Museum of Cultures of Milan, “Tina Modotti – L’Umano Fervore” a new free show has been inaugurated with a selection of almost 50 shots at Spazio Espositivo PR2 in Ravenna, until February 20th.
It is a unique chance to admire vintage prints from the 70s made with the silver salts technique.
Some of the exhibits in Milan
Also at the MUDEC in Milan we suggest to visit the retrospective “From figuration to abstraction” dedicated to Piet Mondrian – Duch painter founder of neoplasticism – (1872 – 1944), open until March 27th.
Starting from February 22nd the same museum will host an exhibit of photographer Henri Cartier Bresson “China 1948-49 | 1958”, dedicated to a selection of shots of the famous artist.
Also in Milan it is possible to visit other displays of relevant authors at the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca. Until February 20th there is an exhibit by Maurizio Cattelan “Breath Ghosts Blind”.
Starting from February 24th it will be the turn of Korean-American artist Anicka Yo, star of London Tate Modern in 2021, to present 20 works for her first Italian personal exhibit “Metaspore”.
The program in Palazzo Reale is likewise rich.
Starting from February 23rd we suggest the exhibit “Tiziano (1488/1490 – 1576) and the imagination of the woman”.
Many works of the famous Italian painter, along with others by XVI century Venetian artists will be on display, particularly regarding the feminine beauty.
Focus on Florence
We always suggest to pay a visit to the Uffizi Galleries, a reknown Italian art institution.
Not only this museum is the home of many unvaluable masterpieces, but it also hosts temporary exhibits.
In particular, we suggest “Seduction” by Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen (1965), active from the early nineties.
Until the 20th of March, among the works of the Statues and Painting Gallery at the Uffizi, 30 installation of great visual and conceptual impact.
Palazzo Strozzi Foundation hosts, starting from March 19th, an exhibit dedicated to the Italian sculptor, painter and architect Donatello (1386 – 1466) called “Donatello, the Renaissance”.
The exhibit puts together many works from the Renaissance, following the path of the great master Donatello, compared to other artists such as Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Mantegna, Bellini, Raffaello and Michelangelo.
Until January 30th it will be possible to visit the retrospective “Shine” by American artist Jeff Koons (1955).
Also closing on January 30th, the photograph exhibit “Being human” at Musei San Domenico in Forlì, which collects images of thirty great female photograpers.
Definitely not to miss!
Some important exhibits in Turin and Rome
Photograph lovers in Turin can find, starting from February 9th, the exhibit “Vivian Maier Inedita” (1926 – 2009) at Musei Reali di Torino.
The Sale Chiablese of the Museum will show to the public the mysterious human and artistic life of the photographer through 250 rare and colored images, Super 8 videos, audio files with the artist’s voice, some of her cameras and her iconic hats.
Finally, two exhibits in Rome at the MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo:
Until February 13th “Amazônia” by Sebastião Salgado (1944) .
The show consists of more than 200 works related to the Brazilian Amazon forest, alongside true sounds of the forest, recorded by the artist throughout six years of work.
At the same time, you can visit the exhibit “Supernova” by Cao Fei (1978).
The Chinese artist shows “a deep reflection on rapid change and the relationship between tradition and future. A story ranging from thousands of years and the next millenium”
Italy is a key destination for culture enthusiasts
Apart from permanent collection of the highest historic and artistic value, the country keeps hosting shows and cultural activities related to the great names of Art History, both past and contemporary.