Who said that the only choice is between sea and mountains? For holidays and short summer weekends it might be a good idea to visit the big cities, to take advantage of sunny days and peace through the streets of downtown. Few tourists, a few cars and no queues to museums. We of TomatoMag who particularly appreciate this period of the year to live the city, decided to visit five exhibitions that will remain open during the summer.
ROME – DAVID LACHAPELLE, AFTER THE DELUGE
After a visit to the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel, in Rome it is possible to move on – until September 13 – to a completely different experience at Palazzo delle Esposizioni: “The deluge” is the work of David LaChapelle inspired to Michelangelo’s grand fresco, hosted in the exhibition DAVID LACHAPELLE, AFTER THE DELUGE,curated by Gianni Mercurio. The path focuses on the works created since 2006, a period of change in the life of the American artist. Because in that yearLaChapelle returns to conceive his work with the sole purpose of exposing it in a museum or in a gallery: in fact the works are no longer commissioned or dedicated to fashion campaigns, and the artist takes a more aesthetic and conceptual direction. But, in order to allow visitors to get in touch with the origins of the artist, the exhibition also includes a number of works, created between 1995 and 2005, which made him famous, such as “Pieta with Courtney Love” and “American Jesus,” based on religious themes, the decomposition of wax figures of celebrities – like Cameron Diaz and Bono Vox– and quotes from great works of art history and cinema. And not only: they are also several videos of backstage, to understand closely the process of realization of the work.
NAPLES – Modigliani Les Femmes
Technology is the real star of Modigliani Les Femmes exhibition, at Agora Morelli until August 9. Made by IstitutoAmedeo Modigliani of Rome – and in preparation for the centenary of the artist from Livorno – the exhibition combines art and history and new technologies. The fifty works exhibited are in fact reproduced at high definition on a special cradle mounted on LED panels. Pictures are faithful to the original: to ensure good results, every play is in fact controlled area to area and color after color, both with the help of electronic instrumentsboth with the help of a trained eye. Photos, historical documents and postcards enrich the experience and reconstruct the history of the Italian painter who moved, in the early twentiethcentury, from Livorno to Paris, where – after an initial period where he came under the influence of the avant – developed his own independentartistic expression, especially recognized in the distortion of the shapes.
FLORENCE – Lapis Lazuli, Blue Magic
Formerly known as Ultramarinum, that means coming from the sea – the blue color comes from the mineral lazurite -, lapis lazuli is a stone that, starting from the Renaissance, experienced a period of great appreciation in the city of Florence at Medici’s court. In that period, in the mid-sixteenth century, Cosimo I de’Medici began a spectacular collection of objects made oflapis lazuli. Cups, vases, amphoras, but also inlaid furniture, which were produced in the laboratories of San Marco Casinoat the behest of Francis I and then, at his death, of his brother Ferdinand.
The exhibition, starting with the oldest archaeological finds unearthed in the excavations in the Indus Valley, in Mesopotamia and Egypt, arrives to the most contemporary expressions of the magic of the blue until, in 1956, the French artist Yves Kleinachieved a very deep blue by using an ultramarine synthetic pigment mixed with an industrial resin. The color – similar to the lapis lazuli which was historically used by the kings of France -, becomes famous with the name of International Klein Blue. Until October 11, the magic of blue is on display at Museo degli Argenti in Palazzo Pitti.
TURIN – Tamara de Lempicka
We move further North, precisely in Turin, for an exhibition dedicated to Tamara de Lempicka, the transgressive Polish painter of the twentieth century, at Palazzo Chiablese, open until August 30. Conceived as a path towardsthe knowledge of the artist, the exhibition is divided into seven sections and 80 works, including the most iconic and well-known, such as the Portrait of Ira P. of 1931-1932 and The Blue Virgin of 1934. The exhibition, curated by Giovanna Mori, begins with an exploration of the houses where the artist lived and which are closely linked to her artistic evolution, and winds in six other sections. The second is focused on technical virtuosity expressed in his still lifes, while the third focuses on the paintings thatTamara de Lempicka dedicated to her daughter Kizette. It then passes through the devotional period which also coincides with a most delicate phase of the life of the painter, with works such as Mother and Child of 1931 and The Blue Virgin. To tell the artist’s relationship with fashion comes the fifth section, while in the last two we will explore the key issues of the couple and women and men she beloved. A complete journeythrough the life of a painter symbol of elegance and transgression, also beloved by celebrities: Madonna, Jack Nicholson and Barbra Streisand are most famous collectors of her works.
MILAN – Italy Inside Out
Between a pavilion and the other, the visitors of EXPO 2015 may make a slight change to their schedule and return downtown to visit the photo exhibition Italy Inside Out curated by Giovanna Calvenzi at Palazzo dellaRagione in Milan. The show is a look – even historic – to our country since the postwar period to date. The vision is two-fold: Inside and Out. Inside is the first tranche, open until August 2, with over 250 images by 42 Italian photographers: a view from the inside, a path that begins and ends in Milan and covers the whole Italy. Gabriele Basilico, Federico Patellani, Luigi Ghirri are some of the authors of the pictures of the first look. Since July 1 to September 27 it will be time for the foreign impression, with great international photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, Helmut Newton and Steve McCurry.