TOgo to exhibitions and visit the cities that host them. If you like the idea, put Bergamo and Brescia on your agenda, capitals of culture for 2023. Then fly to Spain and Holland for Picasso and Vermeer and reach Perugia and Rome: you will find masterpieces that give wonder
Exhibitions 2023: appointments in Italy
Rome, Perugia, Trieste and Bergamo: these are just some of the cities that in 2023 will host the most beautiful exhibitions on modern and Renaissance art. And if you’re planning a trip abroad, we suggest Holland for Vermeer Spain, where Picasso will be celebrated in 5 cities throughout the year.
Show of Van Gogh in Rome
In 2023 falls an anniversary linked to one of the best known artists, the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh. 170 years have passed since his birth (it was 1873) and Palazzo Bonaparte, in Rome, is dedicating an exhibition to him that brings together the works conserved by the Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo.
Helene Kröller Müller and her husband Anton were collectors who, between 1907 and 1939, acquired several thousand pieces including 91 paintings and 180 drawings by the Dutch painter. Helene dreamed of a “house museum,” a place where she could share her love of art with others. And her dream came true in 1938, when the museum was inaugurated.
In Rome you can see the famous Self-portrait (1887), with a blue background with green eyes, and a series of drawings dedicated to peasant life including The Sower. As the art critic Maurizio Cecchetti wrote, «the hatching clearly speaks of Van Gogh’s fierce technical research which in every drawing seems to get back into play to acquire new skills».
Where is it: Palazzo Bonaparte, Piazza Venezia, 5 – Rome
When: until 26 March 2023
Exhibition of Perugino in Perugia
In a letter dated 7 November 1500, Agostino Chigi, who was among the greatest patrons of his time, defined Perugino as “the best master of Italy” and from this expression comes the title of the exhibition, curated by Marco Pierini, director of the National Gallery of Umbriaand Veruska Picchiarelli, curator of the Perugia museum, with which the Gallery celebrates the fifth centenary of the painter’s death: “The best master of Italy”. Perugino in his time.
The process of the Umbrian master will be retraced by presenting his major masterpieces, over 70 works all prior to 1504, at a time when he was on the cusp of an extraordinary career. You will be able to see the Madonna with Child of the Musée Jaquemart-André in Paris, the three tables already in San Giusto alle Mura of the Uffizi Galleries, the Galitzin triptych now in the National Gallery, Washington, il Polyptych of the Certosa di Paviapreserved for the most part in the National Gallery in London and reassembled for the occasion.
And then there will be the works of the large group of artists who have marked Perugino’s parable, from Verrocchio to Raphaelwith whom he confronted and worked on important construction sites.
Where is it: National Gallery of Umbira, Corso Pietro Vannucci, 19 – Perugia
When: from 4 March to 11 June 2023
Bergamo and Brescia, capitals of culture 2023
The two cities, hit hard by the pandemic, are once again being talked about, but this time for the masterpieces they guard, many if you scroll through the program on the Bergamobrescia2023.it website before organizing a weekend in the two Lombard cities.
Exhibitions 2023 in Brescia
In BresciaPalazzo Martinengo showcases “the paint samples” Lotto, Romanino, Moretto, Ceruti: 80 masterpieces by the greatest artists active in the two cities between the Renaissance and the Baroque (21 January-11 June), while from 29 January the completely renovated Museo del Risorgimento Leonessa d’Italia. To learn about the history of the city, visit Brixia, the Archaeological Park of Roman Bresciaand the monumental complex of Santa Giulia with the new section of the Roman Age and the Unesco corridor, with free access, an immersive itinerary among the monuments that will allow you to relive 2,000 years of history.
The Santa Giulia Museum will also exhibit an important photographic exhibition on the world of peaks entitled Mountain lights (March 24-June 25).
Exhibitions 2023 in Bergamo
Bergamo also dedicates an exhibition to the landscape that surrounds it: at the Accademia Carrara, Peaks of light, Naoki Ishikawa in the Orobie Alps (June 23-September 3) is a selection of works from the past and paintings from Cai Bergamo that will dialogue with the photographic story of the Japanese artist, an expert mountaineer. Finally, there will be appointments with the music of Donizetti, while the industrial vocation of both cities will be told through the photographic archives at the Convent of San Francesco (31/3-2/7).
And this is just a taste of a program that will last all year and will allow you to reach places of culture in different seasons, in an Italy that is waiting to be discovered even outside the Grand Tour.
Other 2023 exhibitions to see in Italy
In Genoa, until 5 February, Palazzo Ducale hosts Rubens which tells the relationship between one of the greatest painters of the Baroque and the city considered by him, for its palaces, as the model for the perfect aristocratic residence. On Saturday, guided tours of the exhibition, of the buildings in Via Garibaldi and of the churches of San Matteo and del Gesù.
In Milan, at the Mudec, until February 19, Machu Picchu, 3000 years of civilization from its origins to the Incas: through precious artifacts the story of a people who had a profound relationship with nature. And, thanks to augmented reality, it will be possible to “fly” over the sacred city.
Also in Milan, Palazzo Reale, until March 12, will exhibit Bosch and another Renaissancethe one made of dreamlike visions, fantastic or monstrous creatures of the Flemish painter.
In Trieste, until April 10, at the Salone degli Incanti in Trieste The Great Communicator. Banksy – Unauthorized exhibition. The exhibition wants to celebrate the Banksy communicator. “His is an art that sends out messages and does so through works whose simplicity and immediacy reaches an audience of all ages,” explains Gianni Mercurio, curator of the exhibition. And there’s a promotion: by booking at least 2 nights in one of the participating hotels, you will receive the FVG Card which allows free or discounted access to numerous attractions in Trieste and includes the ticket to the exhibition.
Exhibitions 2023: appointments in Europe
Picasso exhibitions in Spain
It will be his year and not only in Spain, where Picasso was born in 1881. On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of his death, more than 50 exhibitions will be held all over the world, from Paris to the United States. In Spain, 16 appointments expected in the 5 cities that saw him as protagonist:
- Rum raisin
- A Coruña
It is a unique opportunity for those who love the art of Andalusian painter and to visit, or review, the places that celebrate it. In Malaga Picasso spent his childhood and there are the Home, Christmas and the Picasso Museum with a collection of 230 works; in the Galician city of A Coruña, where the artist’s family moved when he was 9 years old, and where his father worked as a teacher at the School of Fine Arts, Picasso, precocious genius, held his first exhibition and the one that opens on March 24, White Picasso in blue memoryretraces his very beginnings and his artistic training.
TO Madrid the main museums will celebrate it, Thyssen, Prado and the Reina Sofía Art Centerwhich preserves Guernica, the mural painted in ’37, after the bombing of the Basque city during the Civil War.
From the capital to Barcelona, another important stage that dedicates three exhibitions to him including, in October, the one that unites the Picasso Museum and the Miro Foundation, centered on the friendship and mutual admiration between the two artists. The agenda is very dense, just as his art has been prolific.
Vermeer exhibition in Amsterdam
It is spoken of as an exhibition event and for those who have loved The girl with the Pearl Earring (painting, book and film) it will be an irresistible temptation to book a ticket for the Rijksmuseum (which boasts Rembrandt, van Dijck, Goya and other masterpieces in its collection) to see a truly special exhibition because, as the website states, there have never been so many Vermeer.
The Dutch painter he produced 40-50 works in all and 35 of them came to us (4 of which are part of the collection of this museum). On the occasion of the exhibition, you can see them all at once and the works come from the Fricks Collection in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin.
Vermeer is famous for intimate interior depicting 17th century Dutch life, depicted in natural light. “The artist captures the moment and makes it timeless,” explains Pieter Roelofs, who oversees paintings and sculptures at the Rijksmuseum. “From my point of view he was a director ante litteram, has created films, with the light always entering the room from the left. The focus is on a single action and seeing it we wonder what will happen next. They are small emblematic stories of the period in which the painter lived.
Where is it: Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam
When: From 10 February to 4 June 2023
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