Art Exhibitions over Christmas Holidays: What to See
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The days between Christmas, New Year and Epiphany’s are also an excellent opportunity to take a break from the copious food of the festive days, nice chance to indulge in the visit of art exhibitions. Well, here are our tips, region by region of Italy.


The Milan program is very rich: at Palazzo Reale the three major exhibitions are under way on Caravaggio, Toulouse-Lautrec and James Nachtwey, award-winning American photographer, universally considered the heir to Robert Capa; at the Gallerie d’Italia, in Piazza Scala, the protagonists are the authors of the “After Caravaggio”, and next to Palazzo Marino, up to 8 January we can bow before the Sacred Conversation by Titian coming from Ancona (until January 14). Less fanfare had the masterpiece of Perugino presented at the Diocesan Museum: an Adoration of the shepherds that lends itself to be visited in the days around Christmas. If you are modern art lovers, Leon Golub and Artists from Chicago at the Prada foundation.



Until April 8th at the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza is set up the large and crowded exhibition on Van Gogh (until April); if you are in town, do not miss the restored frescoes by Tiepolo, now on display at the Palladio Museum (until 18 February). The exhibitions “Illustri persuasioni, between the two wars”, which the National Museum Collezione Salce, also in Treviso, dedicates to the art of advertising between the first and second world war (until January 14th). In Castelfranco Veneto (TV) continues until March 4 “The plots of Giorgione”, an interesting route dedicated to the artist who was born in Castelfranco (details on our event sheet). And finally, in Padua, in Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, interesting “Galileo revolution. Art meets science “(until March 18th).



If you are in Bologna, “Revolutija” has just been inaugurated: 72 paintings arrived from the Russian State Museum in Saint Petersburg (including some masterpieces like Chagall’s Walk, Malevich’s Black Square, Kandinsky’s White), 40 original photos, two sculptures, three videos displayed at MAMbo until May 13th. At Palazzo Albergati, until 11 February, “The Twentieth Century Revolutionaries”, with 200 works from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

In Reggio Emilia, instead, focus on “Kandinsky Cage – Music and Spiritual in Art” at Palazzo Magnani until 25 February (more info in our dedicated news); while in Modena the exhibition “Seismic Sequence” at Mata continues until February 4 (seven forographers recount the earthquake that struck our country between 2009 and 2016). At the abbey of Valserena (Pr) here is the exhibition “Ettore Sottsass, Beyond Design”, curated by the Center for Studies and Communication Archive of the University of Parma: in 1979 the designer donated almost 14,000 design materials including sketches, sketches, drawings and sculptures precisely at CSAC, which, in the centenary of the author’s birth, decided to devise this important exhibition and publishing project (until April 8). We also remember Carlo Bononi until 7 January in Ferrara (Palazzo dei Diamanti).

In Florence, the exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi “Il Cinquecento a Firenze – Between Michelangelo, Pontormo and Giambologna” (until January 21st); if you are visiting the city, do not miss the Antinori lunette by Giovanni della Robbia, returned to Italy after 120 years (until April 3 at the Bargello Museum). In Pistoia, Marino Marini is celebrated with “Passioni visive”, the first retrospective that aims to situate the Maestro organically in the history of sculpture: the exhibition, at Palazzo Fabroni until 7 January, is one of the highlights of the Pistoia Celebrations Italian Capital of Culture 2017. At the Palazzo Pretorio in Pontedera (Fi), until April 22nd, here is “La Trottola e il Robot.


Among the exhibitions scheduled in the Marches, in Loreto (An) until April “The art that saves. Images of preaching between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. Crivelli, Lotto, Guercino “, aimed at the enhancement and protection of the artistic and cultural heritage of the places affected by the earthquake and the relaunching of the tourist and economic point of view: the exhibition aims to deepen the knowledge of artistic production connected to a phenomenon that has characterized in depth the culture not only European, the preaching.

“Capriccio and Nature: Art in the Marche of the second half of the sixteenth century” is an exhibition that takes the occasion of the temporary transfer of the paintings of the Church of Santa Maria delle Vergini in Macerata to the Civic Museums of Palazzo Buonaccorsi for a complete rethinking of that shipyard and its role in the art of the Marche at the end of the 16th century. Until May 13th.

For the Christmas period in Spoleto (Pg) contemporary art is on display: the exhibition “Black Light Art” (until 25 February) at the Rocca Albornoziana concerns a series of suggestive luminescent works inside and outside the structure; another exhibition is “The game of painting. The collection of painted cards by Paola Masino “, which aims to consider playing cards as a work of art, until April 2 at the Mag MetaMorfosi Art Gallery in Piazza Duomo.


In Rome there is still time until 11 February to admire Monet’s masterpieces from the Musée Marmottan in Paris on display at the Vittoriano complex, as well as, in another wing, the images of “100 years of Leica photography” . Instead at the Ara Pacis here is “Hokusai, in the footsteps of the Master”: an exhibition that sheds light on the artist by comparing his production with that of his heirs (until January 14). We also mention “Picasso between cubism and classicism” at the Scuderie del Quirinale (until January 21st) and “Konrad Mägi” at the National Gallery, on a large and little known Estonian artist (until January 28th).
At Palazzo Barberini there is a space dedicated to the Arcimboldo, an exhibition dedicated to the artist who has preceded Dadaism and Surrealism (until 11 February).


Until the 28th of January, the Pan di Napoli continues to visit the photographic exhibition of the master Sebastiano Salgado, “Genesis”, a project begun in 2003 and lasted 10 years, a song of love for the earth and a warning for men: 245 images on our planet that compose a photographic itinerary in a black and white of great charm. Then you can rediscover the Museum of Capodimonte taking the opportunity to admire the staging around “The Parable of the Blind” by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (in the context of “The Work is told”, cycle of exhibitions-focus that puts highlights paintings, sculptures and art objects selected among the 47 thousand works of the collections, told in a new key and in dialogue with other works). Also in Naples, until the end of January “Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China”, the most complete exhibition ever created on the necropolis, on the life of the First Emperor and on the Terracotta Army, set up in the sixteenth century Basilica of the Spirit Holy.