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Articles by: Roberta Cutillo

  • Magazine publisher, runner, Italian “cultural ambassador”, and much more, George Hirsch was awarded with the Recognition of the Republic of Italy “Ufficiale dell’Ordine della Stella d’Italia” at the Italian Consulate in occasion of the announcement of the upcoming “Italy Run 2019 by Nutella Cafe.”
  • Conceived in dialog with the Met Breuer’s current exhibition “Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold” as well as with “Spatial Explorations” held at the Italian Cultural Institute, the exhibition “Fausto Melotti: Works from the Olnick Spanu Collection” organized by Magazzino Italian Art Foundation at the Consulate General of Italy, introduced new audiences to the work of the Italian Modernist artist, highlighting his connection to Fontana and the influence that both artists have had and continue to have on the Italian and global artistic landscape.
  • The world-renown author Dacia Maraini and her niece, film director Mujah Maraini-Melehi, discuss the importance of remembering the past and prevailing over hatred at the screening of "Haiku on a Plum Tree," a delicate but powerful documentary about the story of the Maraini family’s imprisonment in a Japanese concentration camp during the Second World War, presented at NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò.
  • Italian film director Ettore Scola - the man who captured decades of Italian society on film - died on Tuesday, January 19th at age 84 after a long and incredibly successful career, during which he earned a Golden Globe and five Oscar nominations. Throughout the last 40 years, his contribution to Italian and international cinema has been such that various prominent figures from actress Sophia Lauren to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi have expressed their sorrow at the loss of such an important and talented artist and many were present at the public ceremony held today, January 21st, at the Casa del Cinema in Rome to say their final goodbyes.
  • The Italian Cultural Institute in New York recently showcased two remarkable installation pieces by Italian artist and receiver of this year’s Gotham Prize, Daniele Puppi. We had the opportunity to discuss with him these works of “re-animated cinema”, the concept behind them, his inspiration and his take on the experimental art scene in New York.
  • In light of the major backlash caused by her statements during a live interview, French Minister Ségolène Royal publically apologizes for her attack on Nutella, in which she urged people to boycott the Italian product on the –inaccurate – basis of it being harmful for the environment and causing deforestation for the production of palm oil.
  • On May 26th, the special unit of the Carabinieri police devoted to the protection of cultural heritage recovered three frescoes stolen from Pompeii and smuggled out of Italy in 1957 along with other ancient artworks that had ended up in the United States through the illegal art market. Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini took the opportunity to address the grave issue of defending the world’s cultural heritage from increasing threats, whether it be in the form of illegal trafficking or of targeted destruction by terrorist groups like ISIS.
  • It has now been ten years since Antonio Monda and Davide Azzolini held the first edition of their literary festival “Le Conversazioni”, on the beautiful island of Capri. Since then the event has grown and now takes place in four different cities spanning over 3 continents. The festival takes the form of casual yet sophisticated discussions between notorious intellectual figures. We met with the organizers during their annual New York preview at NYU’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Merimò and talked about the event’s inception and about what’s to be expected from the season’s NYC events at the Morgan Library, at the NY Historical Society, and at the Guggenheim.

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