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Art exhibitions in Emilia Romagna

From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, from never before displayed paintings to great masterpieces of art history, from classic influences to contemporary experiments, the artistic patrimony on display in Emilia Romagna is truly vast both in small towns and big cities of art. Museums and historic buildings will open their doors to take you on a trip in which human genius finds its pinnacle of expression.


From the packed calendar of exhibitions around the region, here we offer an overview of those that should not be missed.


Following our virtual itinerary through the art world starting in the northern part of the region, do not miss Guercino in Piacenza. From March 4 to June 4 the city will celebrate this famous 17th century Emilian painter Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, nicknamed Guercino. There will be an exhibition at Palazzo Farnese and the opportunity to go up inside the cupola of the Cathedral to get a closer look at the frescos here in the dome.


Instead, Liberty style and contemporary art will come to Reggio Emilia. At Palazzo Magnani there will be 300 works on display, many of which have never been displayed before, for a new look at Italian Liberty. Paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, architectonic and decorative plans, posters, ceramics, and carefully selected loans from the most important Italian museums and private collections make up the seven sections of this exhibition (until April 2); at the Palazzo dei Musei, there will be "Tutto quadra": more than 600 square meters of works with a time range that goes from 1929, the inaugural date of the Pinacoteca Fontanesi inside the building, to today (until August 31).


Modena does not want to let us go and offers everything from "Incubi e sogni di provincia", an exhibition with more than 150 works that look at the “nightmares” and the “dreams” of the years of the economic boom (Museo Civico d'Arte, until April 25), to the collectible cards of "The best albums of our lives" where you can relive many stories through the cards of the legendary champions as well as the catastrophes of sports, all of which will be accompanied by a fun learning activity with a welcome-kit created for this occasion (Mata, until February 27). We will stay in Modena to celebrate a birthday, the tenth year of the Modena Photography Foundation. In fact, this cultural project entirely dedicated to images began ten years ago, and over the years has become an exhibition, research and training center known internationally. To celebrate this event there will be "10 Years Old", a double exhibition that presents the activities carried out by this institution. From March 11 to April 30.


Moving into the heart of Bologna, walking in the shelter of the arcades we reach Palazzo Pepoli where we can admire more than 400 works dedicated to the comic artist Hugo Pratt and his most important character Corto Maltese, a character that turns 50 this year (until March 13).

Do not miss, lastly, the exhibition "Dalì Experience", the event for getting to know, through an innovative interactive and multimedia exhibition, the work and lesser known aspects of this phantasmagoric Catalan artist (Palazzo Belloni, until May 7).

Moving to Ferrara,
the Estense Castle and the Ferrara masterpieces of modern art at “Art for art. From Previati to Mentessi, from Boldini to De Pisis must absolutely be visited. A new show of works by Giovanni Boldini, Gaetano Previati, Giuseppe Mentessi and other artists active between the 19th and 20th century will be on display alongside the show dedicated to Filippo De Pisis. The show "Freedom of art. Between truth and imagination" leads visitors along a journey among various movements that, at the end of the 19th century, were competing to renew conventional art expressions: from the poetry of realism to the art of ideas, from the macchiaioli to divisionism, from depicting modern life to the decorative details of Liberty. The show continues with a selection of works by Filippo De Pisis, active on the Italian and Paris scenes starting in the 1920s. Until December 27.


An ideal exhibition for the whole family is Fish? No, thanks, we are mammals!”. This exhibition includes many artifacts and models supported by texts, images, sounds and films that allow visitors to get to know more about the evolution, anatomy and behavior of cetaceans, wonderful mammals. Among the many amazing artifacts is the large skull of a sperm whale in the center of the room at the Natural History Museum and a model of the ancestors of cetaceans which you can touch that explains the evolution process that led to the actual life forms we know today. Until June 4.


Not far from Ferrara, we will stop in Cento. In the year in which we commemorate the 350th anniversary of his death, four years after the earthquake in 2012 during which his paintings were displayed in the most important museums of the world, from Europe to Japan, finally Guercino will come home to the "San Lorenzo" Pinacoteca. The 12 works are on display in the 17th century church of San Lorenzo, an architectonic masterpiece that is now the new museum dedicated to the most illustrious citizen of this small town near Ferrara.


Forlì will take us into the Saint Domenic Museums, where we are welcomed by "Art Deco. The Roaring Twenties in Italy". Art Deco refers to the years after the Great War, characterized by an eclectic, worldly, international lifestyle dedicated to the pleasure of living put forth by the European bourgeois. This style influenced decorative arts on many levels throughout the 1920s and into the early 1930s. This phenomenon took all of Italy by storm, between 1919 and 1929, and flourished in the form of high quality craftsmanship and early industrialism products and contributed to the birth of Italian design and the prestige of Made in Italy. From February 11 to June 18.



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Last modified Feb 13, 2017

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