- Art & Culture
Events in Lombardy: from Picasso to mostarda
Picasso at Palazzo Reale, Lombard art of the 19th-Century in Lecco, Stories of Botticelli in Bergamo. The Mostarda festival in Cremona and last but not least the Bellagio Skyrace on Lake Como. Five events in Lombardy from 15 to 21 October.
1. PICASSO METAMORPHOSIS
Milan | 18 October 2018 - 17 February 2019
Booking is recommended and you can do it online: Picasso Metamorphosis promises to be a sell-out. The exhibition revisits the work of the founder of Cubism from an unusual perspective, exploring his relationship with ancient art. Some 200 of the artist’s works are collected at Palazzo Reale, exhibited alongside pottery, vases, statues, votive plaques, reliefs, idols and stelae. This is the repertoire that inspired the Spanish master’s mythology (he regularly visited the Louvre, among other museums). The exhibition is divided into six sections. Enjoy making comparisons in the Mythology of the Kiss section where the Demoiselles D’Avignon rub shoulders with Rodin's Kiss, and Paolo and Francesca by Ingres. Discover the Ovid illustrated by Picasso in “L’antichità delle Metamorfosi”.
2. L’OTTOCENTO LOMBARDO
Lecco | 20 October 2018 - 20 January 2019
With the exception of Francesco Hayez, the masters of colour who inhabited 19th-century Lombardy are still little-known to the general public. This can easily be remedied by visiting the exhibition at Palazzo delle Paure, where you can see paintings by Gerolamo and Domenico Induno, certain works by Giovanni Carnovali aka Il Piccio and Tranquillo Cremona as well as Mosè Bianchi’s scenes. The exhibition traces a route to Divisionism via Manzoni’s iconography, experiences of the Risorgimento and Scapigliatura, with his spirit of rebellion and bohemian leanings. The exhibition, curated by Simona Bartolena, opens with a Romantic season. Hayez is inevitably the star of the show, proving himself to be the master and model for generations of painters.
3. LE STORIE DI BOTTICELLI
Bergamo | Until 28 January 2019
Lucretia and Verginia are featured in two paintings by Sandro Botticelli completed between 1500 and 1510. Once upon a time they hung next to one another on the walls of an aristocratic Florentine residence, but were separated by the vagaries of history: Lucretia went to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and Verginia went to Accademia Carrara in Bergamo. Now they are reunited after two centuries for an exhibition-event. “Storia di Virginia Romana” and “Storia di Lucrezia” are exhibited alongside other works by Botticelli and 15th and 16th century artists. Don’t miss the opportunity to admire the two works together and learn more about the tragic fates of these two legendary women: Virginia Romana was killed by her father so that she would not be dishonoured and Lucretia chose death over rape.
4. FESTIVAL DELLA MOSTARDA
Cremona | 20 - 21 October 2018
Cremona, at the PalaMostarda set up in the public gardens of Piazza Roma, celebrates a local delicacy with a special festival. As always, the programme includes free tastings, meetings with producers, children’s workshops and live music. Take the opportunity to taste this spicy fruit preserve in all its possible combinations. It can be so much more than a condiment to go with boiled meats and cheeses: why not try the cocktail version? The local restaurants are supporting the event, with mostarda-themed specialities on the menu.
5. FIFTH BELLAGIO SKYRACE
Bellagio Lake Como | 20 - 21 October 2018
Yet again, Bellagio will host the grand final of the Skyrunner Italy Series. The Larian mountains and Lake Como in autumn colours are the ideal setting for this end-of-season skyrunner event, which attracts athletes from all over Italy and abroad, some to compete for places and others to enjoy a run amidst gorgeous scenery. This weekend is a great opportunity to plunge into the nature around this beautiful town: skyrun the footpaths of Monte San Primo, visit the gardens of Villa Melzi d’Eril and lose yourself in the alleys of Bellagio.