Architecture awards at the MilanTriennale
The week begins with a foray into architecture on 16 October at the Milan Triennale. In collaboration with Made Expo and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, the Triennale awards the winning projects for the Gold Medal for Italian Architecture Prize and inaugurates an exhibition on its winners and finalists, which will run until 18 November. In addition to the gold medal, special awards will be assigned – for Debut Work, Clients, and Research, in addition to six honourable mentions in each of the following categories: New Buildings, Parks and Gardens, Infrastructure, Restoration and Conversion, Architecture and Emergencies, Architecture, and Design for the Future. The awards panel is presided by Ennio Brion, with Cecilia Bolognesi, Ole Bouman, Alberto Ferlenga, Massimiliano Fuksas, Fulvio Irace, and Luca Molinari. It has decided to award three career gold medals to Gae Aulenti, Maria Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo, and Vittorio Gregotti. Some of the topics explored by the participating projects include urban renewal, environmentally sustainable architecture, and architectural integration and continuity with the landscape and existing buildings.
Also in Milan, 18 October marks the inauguration of a new exhibition venue, Gam Manzoni – in the space once occupied by the historic Galleria del Naviglio, founded in 1946 by Carlo Cardazzo – with “Divisionism. From Segantini to Pellizza”. The exhibition, which runs until 23 December, features 35 paintings by the main representatives of that artistic movement, such as Giovanni Segantini, Giuseppe Pellizza da Volpedo, and Emilio Longoni, and traces its history in Lombardy. Divisionism emerged in Italy in the late 19th century, and was fully autonomous from French Neoimpressionism. Noteworthy works include the left-hand panel of Pellizza da Volpedo’s pentaptych L’amore nella vita (1901-1902), one of the artist’s most important pieces in terms of its approach to light and the breaking down of colour.
Milan’s third event of note this week is the opening of the exhibition “The metamorphoses of the traveller. The mental, dreamlike, and real states of leaving – and returning”. Running from 19 October to 2 December at the Galleria Gruppo Credito Valtellinese, it features eighteen carnets de voyage and nine comic books describing both actual voyages and imaginary journeys and dreams. The exhibition has its roots in a competition announced in December 2011 by Fondazione Credito Valtellinese and Associazione Illustratori.
Journeys are also the main topic of “Steve McCurry. A trip around man”, running from 18 October to 24 February at Genoa’s Palazzo Ducale. This exhibition, curated by Biba Giacchetti and Peter Bottazzi, is organized by Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura and by Civita. It showcases over 200 photographs in various formats by one of the leading photographers of our time, and a multiple winner of the World Press Photo Awards. The images on display trace over thirty years of McCurry’s extraordinary career as a photographer and reporter. The exhibition is also an occasion to display some of his most recent, post-2010 works, along with other unpublished images.
The first Detour Film Festival, from 18 to 21 October in Padua’s Porto Astra theatre and other local venues, is also dedicated to travel, as both a mental and physical experience. Created and curated by the March Foundation, with the Padua-born Marco Segato as its artistic director and Francesco Bonsembiante as its president, the festival has three sections: “Retrospective”, “Tribute to the author” and “Competition”. Scheduled events include a tribute to the German director Werner Herzog (1942), who often delved into the topic of journeys during his career, while special events include screenings of Terrence Malick’s Badlands, Davide Ferrario’s Piazza Garibaldi , and Makoto Shinkai’s Children Who Chase Lost Voices; also scheduled is “Padua meets cinema", with the participation of Carlo Mazzacurati, Roberto Citran, Umberto Contarello, Andrea Segre and Enzo Monteleone, the president of the jury for the feature film competition.
An important exhibition will be inaugurated this week at the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GAM) in Turin. Running from 20 October to 3 February, it is a major anthology dedicated to the leading international artist Salvatore Scarpitta. Born in New York City, he lived in Italy for many years and was an active member of the post-war Italian art scene: indeed, two of his works from the 1960s – Straight Away and Rajo Jack Special – are held by GAM itself. The exhibition – housed in the museum’s Exhibition Area and in the Underground Project space, for a total of 2,000 square meters – is curated by Danilo Eccher and Germano Celant with the collaboration of major museums and prestigious collectors, including Fondazione Prada, the MART Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Trento and Rovereto, Galleria Niccoli, and the La Gaia collection. An entire section is dedicated to race cars, all built in America, testifying to Scarpitta’s great passion for auto racing.
Another major exhibition, “The Italian Novecento – Passion and collection” will run from 20 October to 20 January in the new wing of the Civic Museum of Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza). Works from the leading masters of the last century – Balla, Boccioni, Severini, Fontana, Guttuso, Morandi, Schifano, Afro and many others – are on display after being loaned to the Museum by leading historic private collections. The exhibition, curated by Annalisa Scarpa, Giuliana Enricani, and Gabriella Belli, begins with an overview of the history of collecting in the 20th century and focuses on two historic collectors and patrons of the arts, Renato Gualino, depicted in a portrait by Felice Casorati (1922), and Carlo Cardazzo. The many works on display include Giacomo Balla’s Villa Borghese dalla finestra (1908) and Quando? (1929), Giorgio Morandi’s fascinating still lifes, and Renato Guttuso’s paintings steeped in social commentary. Also exhibited are Lucio Fontana’s Concetti spaziali, Mimmo Rotella’s Pop Art di Mimmo Rotella, an enormous tapestry by Santomaso, a bronze sculpture by Arturo Martini, and works by Burri, Licini, and Capogrossi, for an exhaustive overview of the century’s art, made up of myriad different artistic approaches that profoundly typify the lighting-quick evolution of an entire century.
Additionally, from 20 October to 27 January Modenahosts “Changing Difference. Queer Politics and Shifting Identities" at the Modena Civic Gallery, Palazzo Santa Margherita, and Palazzina dei Giardini. The exhibition is curated by Lorenzo Fusi, the curator of the Liverpool Biennial, and it is organized and co-produced by the Gallery and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena with the support of the Emilia Romagna Regional Department of Culture. The exhibition, staged in partnership with Gender Bender, the international festival presenting contemporary imagery to Italian audiences, compares and contrasts the work of three influential underground artists and image-makers.
A personal exhibition by Annapaola Del Nevo will run from 18 to 31 October at the “Mario Di Iorio” Art Gallery in Gorizia, and will feature original plates and illustrations for Italian and foreign publishers created by the artist over the last 18 years. Titled “NaturArteIllustrata. A journey to discover scientific illustration in children’s publishing”, the exhibition focuses on animals, including dinosaurs, prehistoric fauna, natural habitats, and paintings depicting scenes from animal life ,.
In Florence, “Landscapes”, an exhibition by the renowned, Pistoia-born master Salvatore Magazzini, runs from 20 to 30 October at Palazzo Medici Riccardi. The exhibition – curated by Marco Palamidessi – uses about twenty works from the author’s private collection to explore landscapes, with a particular emphasis on Tuscan seascapes, southern Italy, North Africa, and New York City. Magazzini’s luminous paintings, summarize reality, and try to depict the essence of their subjects without depriving them of their figurative nature.
Finally, Rome hosts “Body of evidence. A visual archaeology of the Mafia in contemporary Italy”, running from 19 October to 23 November in the Central Institute for Cataloguing and Documentation (ICCD)’s new exhibition venue. It is organized and promoted as part of the International Photography Festival.
Turing to cinema, Silvio Soldini’s latest film Il comandante e la cicogna is out in theatres on 18 October. This comedy is produced by Lumière & Co., Ventura Film, and RadioTelevisione Svizzera and distributed by Warner Bros. Italia. The cast features Valerio Mastandrea, Alba Rohrwacher, Giuseppe Battiston, Claudia Gerini, and Giuseppe Cederna, with a musical score by Banda Osiris. Also out this week is the children’s cartoon I gladiatori di Roma, directed by Iginio Straffi, produced by Rainbow, and with a voice cast featuring Luca Argentero, Laura Chiatti, and Belen Rodriguez.