Art, music, theater and festivals: appointments to mark in your diary

Leight, Romanino, Moretto, Ceruti. The champions of painting in Brescia and Bergamo it is the first of the events scheduled in the two “Capital of Culture 2023” cities. The exhibition compares the works of the most important artists who, between the Renaissance and the Baroque, worked in Bergamo and Brescia.

Vincenzo Foppa, “Adoration of the Child”

Eighty paintings on displaywhere, in the rooms of the beautiful sixteenth-century building, the paintings by artists such as Palma il Vecchio, Fra Galgario, Il Pitocchetto, Pietro Bellotto, Giovan Battista Moroni, in addition to those mentioned in the title, tell the different ways of conceiving art.

The itinerary is completed by four “insights” inspired by the cultural identity of the two cities: from architecture – with the work of the architect Marcello Piacentini – to the food and wine tradition, from music – with a focus on Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli from Brescia and Gian Andrea Gavazzeni from Bergamo -, to the figures of two famous popes, John XXIII of Bergamo and Paolo VI of Brescia.

INFO: Brescia, Palazzo Martinengo, until 11 June.

Chills in the low

Authors and thriller-loving audiences meet at FogYellow Suzzara Noir Festival. Among the many surprises planned, the video conference connection with the writer Irvine Welsh talking to director Paolo Roversi about his latest novel The long knives.

They also participate Carlo Lucarelli and Francesco Carofiglio (in the photo), Gabriella Genisi, Rosa Teruzzi, Maurizio De Giovanni, Marco Malvaldi, Alessandro Robecchi. The festival can also be followed in streaming on the site.
INFO: Suzzara (Mantova), Dante cinema, from 10 to 12 February.

Theater in Modena

This show is proof that the stage can be the place where history, even the most ancient, can dialogue with our present. On the stage, which here becomes a sophisticated time machine, we find a trio of great names in the theater made up of Luigi Lo Cascio, Vincenzo Pirrotta and Giovanni Calcagno. Through them he lives again Gilgameshthe oldest epic poem in history.

From left, Vincenzo Pirrotta Luigi Lo Cascio and Giovanni Calcagno

INFO: Modena, Teatro Storchi, until 5 February.

Theater in Rome

Matteo Tarasco brings Robert Louis Stevenson’s story to the stage, translating and adapting it The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

Ruben Rigillo in “The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde” (photo by Diego Buonanno).

A story with a gothic atmosphere that investigates the most hidden aspects of human nature, where the line between good and evil is very blurred. On stage, Ruben Rigillo, Linda Manganelli and Giovanni Carta.
INFO: Rome, Teatro Ciak, until 12 February.

Music in Milan

New season for Music at Villa Necchi, the afternoon concerts in collaboration between Fai and Società del Quartetto. Among the first appointments, on February 4, i Vagues Saxophone Quartet (pictured) with Americas which recalls the classics from overseas, from Bernstein to Gershwin.

The Vagues Saxophone Quartet.

On February 11, the American Landscapes by the pianist Emanuele Arciuli with a program ranging from John Cage to Margaret Bonds, ending with a tribute to the great jazz musician Thelonious Monk.
INFO: Milan, Villa Necchi, until 25 March.

Pop Art in Gallarate (Varese)

Andy Warhol. Serial Identity is the third tribute (after Padua and Milan) to the father of Pop Art. More than 200 pieces are exhibited, from the most famous cycles (Flowers, Campbell’s Soup, Ladies and gentlemen), to the graphic works, the books, the covers of the records and of Interviewsthe magazine he founded.

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Andy Warhol, “Cow” (1976), silkscreen on paper (© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. by SIAE 2022 / courtesy Silvia Goetz collection).

For the first time in Italy too Exploding Plastic Inevitable, the video installation born from Warhol’s performance with Nico and the Velvet Underground. The exhibition has a “queue”, Andy Warhol’s TV Special Project at the Milan Gate of Malpensa Airport.
INFO: Gallarate (Varese), MA*GA, until 18 June.