If you will be taking some time to visit cities in Italy over the holidays, we recommend 5 exhibitions + 1 that you won’t want to miss. Architecture, contemporary art and interactive exhibitions, including a couple intended especially for children.
Starting at the Vatican Museum, a world-renowned symbol of culture containing one of the world’s most important art collections. The new Sala Studio Azzurro opened on September 28, containing the work In Principio (e poi) (“In the Beginning [and Then]”) created by Studio Azzurro for the Holy See’s pavilion at the 55th International Art Show at Biennale di Venezia.
Also in Rome is an exhibition that will be sure to delight the children in the family and take adults back to the world of their childhood memories and imaginations: “City Lego®. The biggest city in the world made of Lego”. On the Lego trail, go on to Milan to see The Art of The Brick, where American artist Nathan Sawaya has transformed more than 100 masterpieces of contemporary art into three-dimensional objects made out of Lego.
Also in Milan, the Triennale hosts an event marking the centennial of the tragic death of Antonio Sant'Elia, looking at the great architect of Como’s direct and indirect impact on the work of contemporary architects and his vision of the city of the future. In Florence, until January 22, 2017 Palazzo Strozzi hosts the retrospective “Ai Weiwei. Free”, a great opportunity for contemporary art lovers to find out more about China’s most controversial, provocative and famous living artist.
But what about the + 1? Back in Milan, an unusual exhibition turns the camera around in a “reverse shot” of Italian architecture in Spaziofmgperl'architettura, where Italian architects put a face to their names to celebrate the first decade since the opening of Iris Ceramica and FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti’s gallery and showroom.