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ANSA. Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday prayed for the beatification of Pope John Paul II on the eve of the fourth anniversary of his predecessor's death. (Read the article)
ANSA. Three-day-old chickens are able to do basic arithmetic, Italian researchers announced Wednesday.
Scientists from the universities of Trento and Padua said the chicks were able to add and subtract objects that were hidden behind two screens. (Read the article)
ANSA. The former nursing home chief who triggered the historic Bribesville scandals of the early 1990s was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of heading a huge waste management scam around Milan. (Read the article)
The New York Times. A long the seafront of this ancient Italian port city, several thousand Irish soccer fans were relaxing and making friends the day before Ireland’s World Cup qualifying game against Italy. Great swaths of pasty-white flesh, stark against the green jerseys and the dark blue water of the Adriatic, were exposed in the on-off sunshine, and fans from Trap’s Army carried flags and banners declaring their allegiance to Giovanni Trapattoni, 70, the silver-haired Italian manager of Ireland’s national team. (Read the article by John Dole)
ANSA. The Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI) has set up an unprecedented loan security fund to help families who have lost all sources of income due to the economic crisis. (Read the article)
ANSA. Palermo is to see its first wedding with no prospect of putting a euro into the Mafia's pockets after all the suppliers joined the couple's campaign against 'pizzo' protection money. (Read article)
ANSA. Florence is putting hundreds of ashtrays outside shops, eateries and watering holes in its historic centre.
Florence issued a ban on discarding cigarette butts last July but people have been ignoring it. (Read the article)
ANSA. he foreign and university research ministries on Monday announced the first commercial gains for a ground-breaking Italian satellite system for Earth observation and disaster prevention. (Read the article)
ANSA. talian researchers have discovered genes that predispose people to heart attacks independently of risk factors usually associated with the disease. (Read the article)
Reuters. At least 21 migrants died and hundreds more were missing after two boats to Italy sank off Libya in separate incidents, Libyan officials said on Monday. The bodies were found after a rickety boat carrying 253 people sank off the coast of the North African state. (Read the article)
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Rarely seen photos of the art punk scene in 1980s Naples will be on view at the Italian Cultural Institute from December 8, 2017 to January 12, 2018.
Against the backdrop of a city exacerbated by urban disaster, an unruly artistic movement emerged, calling themselves the "Neapolitan Savages," and for a brief moment, their utopian credo -- counter public corruption and the new political makeup with creative anarchy -- gave hope to a people debased by the oppressions throughout history.
Curated by Paolo Pontoniere and Toty Ruggieri, in collaboration with Comune di Napoli, Accademia di Belle Arti Napoli and Campania Felix LLC.
Friday, December 8, 2017 | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco
601 Van Ness Ave, Suite F, Opera Plaza
Refreshments to follow | Free Admission | RSVP HERE
The breathtaking UP CLOSE: MICHELANGELO’S SISTINE CHAPEL allows exhibition goers to view one of the world’s greatest artistic achievements: Michelangelo’s renowned ceiling frescoes from the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel, reproduced and artfully displayed in near original size in a format that allows viewers to get face to face with the artists masterpieces. Through an in-depth exhibit of 34 reproductions artfully displayed in an immersive environment, this innovative interpretation allows visitors to experience breathtaking pieces likeThe Creation of Adam and The Last Judgement as only few others have; a perfect experience for those who have seen the pieces in their grandeur in the Vatican City and want a closer look, or have never made the trip but want to experience the wonder and beauty themselves.
The genesis of the Arte Povera movement is, in many ways, inseparable from the history of Ileana Sonnabend’s legendary gallery. In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the movement’s inception, Ileana Sonnabend and Arte Povera will open at Lévy Gorvy’s New York location on November 2nd and will run through December 23rd. Curated by the renowned art historian and Arte Povera forefather Germano Celant, this exhibition is the first to investigate Ileana Sonnabend’s central role in the international reception of Arte Povera, and the close friendship between Celant and Sonnabend that grew out of their shared interest in the Italian artists.
The exhibition will include works by Giovanni Anselmo, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and Gilberto Zorio—most of which were originally displayed at Sonnabend’s New York or Paris galleries.
Di Donna Galleries is pleased to present Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950–1965, an exhibition curated by Germano Celant that highlights the early career of the Italian artist Nuvolo (né Giorgio Ascani; 1926–2008). The exhibition features 20 works by Nuvolo, most of which have never been seen outside of Italy, contextualized by important works by other artists working in Italy, Spain, France, and the United States following World War II, including Alberto Burri, Ettore Colla, Pietro Consagra, Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Addie Herder, Piero Manzoni, Conrad Marca-Relli, Manolo Millares, Mimmo Rotella, Angelo Savelli, Salvatore Scarpitta, Toti Scialoja, Antoni Tàpies, and Cy Twombly.
On view through December 16th, the exhibition is the latest in Luxembourg & Dayan's ongoing, critically acclaimed program devoted to the relationship between postwar Italian art and contemporary culture. The exhibition features historical works by Giovanni Anselmo, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Pino Pascali, and Michelangelo Pistoletto. These are placed in conversation with contemporary works by Olga Balema, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Nina Canell, Jason Loebs, and Carlos Reyes. The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue featuring essays by art historian Alex Bacon and Josephine Graf.