After so many months of lockdown, we are slowly returning to life. The main Italian museums reopen to the public with all the necessary precautions for those who do not want to miss the appointment with art. In fact, we have to comply scrupolously with all safety instructionns. Let’s take a look at what we can visit.
Appointment with art: Raphael at the Quirinal Stables
From June 2, Republic Day, at the Quirinal Stables it will be possible to admire the exhibition “Raffaello 1520 – 1483”. That was the date scheduled for the closure of the exhibition, but the health emergency has put us into hibernation and now June 2 represents the new beginning for this expected event.
Enthusiasts will be able to see the works of Raffaello Sanzio in all their splendor. We are talking about one of the most famous artists of the Italian Renaissance, 500 years after his death. It is about fifty masterpieces (a combination never seen before) that make this event unique and epochal. Thanks to the solidarity shown by the museum institutions and collectors who loaned the works, the exhibition will be open for three months. It will be possible to visit it until August, 30th. A note informs that the reopening will follow extraordinary security measures, developed by an expert from the Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases of the Sapienza University in line with the indications of the Scientific Technical Committee.
On May 18, as we entered the new Phase 2, the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art also reopened. After two months of closure, Gnam starts again with “a new conscience”, as the director Cristiana Collu comments, “is a new beginning that cannot fail to take into account these past months and suspension”.
Just like when, in December 1944, Gnam was the first museum to reopen after the war. Time Is Out of Joint it will be displayed, with the exhibitions of Gregorio Botta, Maria Elisabetta Novello and Attilio Cassinelli. A new exhibition in the Central Hall: At close range, emblematic of the infinite possibilities of storytelling and dialogue of 30 works for a surprising and exceptional quality collection. To welcome visitors at the foot of the grand staircase, the installation site-specific Open! by Marti Guixè.
Hangar Bicocca open its doors
The Hangar Bicocca in Milan also reopened on May 23, with the review of the American Trisha Baga which will be possible to admire until January 10, 2021. In the space of the nave, visitors can enjoy the exhibition “The Illuminating Gas” by Cerith Wyn Evans. From the Hangar they inform that both incoming and outcoming will be diveded and controlled. It is not necessary to book tickets online which will be free anyway. It will be necessary to wait a few more weeks for civic museums and libraries. The Municipality of Milan has decided to use next week to test all safety and sanitation protocols. But in a few days we can visit the Museo del Novecento, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Archaeological Museum or the Castello Sforzesco Museums, just to mention some of the main ones
“The Rediscovery of a Masterpiece” in Bologna
In Bologna, Palazzo Fava raises the veil on the exhibition ‘The Rediscovery of a Masterpiece” with the plates of the Griffoni Polyptych and by Francesco del Cossa and Ercole de ‘Roberti from Ferrara. The two artists started their artistic collaboration in Bologna at the end of the 15th century, working on the magnificent altarpiece created for the Basilica of San Petronio. An extraordinary event for the city. In fact, we are talking about one of the greatest masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance that returns to shine in its integrity 550 years after its realization. The exhibition brings together all the existing parts for the first time, thanks to the extraordinary loans from all the owner museums.
Like all the institutes that are part of the Genus Bononiae, the anticovid measures are: extended hours, divided entrances and online or telephone reservations. MAMbo, the museum of contemporary art in Bologna, has also been reopened. Visitors will have to stick to an agenda the new timetables and a series of safety measures. This week other collections managed by the Bologna museums institution will reopen. This is the reopening plan which provides checkered timetables between the different museums, to avoid gatherings and ensure frequent sanitization of the spaces. Other measures include: ticket pre-sale, safety distance requirement, faceplate, divided entrance in group, display signs and provision of sanitizing gels. Art lovers are now looking forward to the opening of the imposing exhibition project “Etruscans. Journey to the lands of the Rasna“, promoted by the Archaeological Civic Museum, for the preparation of which more than 1400 objects from 60 museums have been brought together.
From Bolazano to Reggio Calabria
The reopening of the museums has already started in South Tyrol, thanks to a provincial law in force since early May. Doors open for the Museum of Pharmacy in Bressanone, the Farmer’s Museum at the Maso Tschötscher and the Museum of Traditional Costumes, both in Castelrotto. Visitors could also admire the works of the Museum of the Tagusa school and the Photo Forum Forum in Bolzano. Obviously, social distancing must be respected and visitors must wear a mask. The staggered entrance is expected in the event of a large turnout. The Archaeological Museum of Bolzano which houses the famous Oetzi ice mummy should also reopen this week. In June, however, the National Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria will open. We will have to wait a little longer to enjoy the beauties of ancient Calabria and admire the Bronzes of Riace and Porticello again. Even in the South, maximum attention to safety. Limited entries as well as protection systems and devices are planned.
Venice Biennale postoponed to 2021
Instead, we will have to wait for next year, for the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale which should have taken place from August 29 to November 29.
How will we live together? exhibition, Curated by Hashim Sarkis, has been postponed to 2021. Consequently, the 59th International Art Exhibition, which was supposed to take place in 2021, has also been postponed to 2022. Italian art, one of the most important economic levers of our country and a fundamental tourist activity, gets back on its way. After this long and sad period, we all feel the need to wonder and dive into the beauty of art and find in it love for life and the strength to start again.
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