Which are the first Italian museums to reopen?

The first museums of modern and contemporary art that are opening again after the lockdown in northern and central Italy, with attention to the guidelines and with mandatory reservations.

Museums in Turin

Camera – The Italian Center of Photography.

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Robert Capa, Sicilia, nei pressi di Troina (provincia di Enna), agosto 1943. Contadino siciliano indica a ufficiale statunitense la strada presa dai tedeschi. 1943 © Robert Capa
Courtesy International Center of Photography/Magnum Photos/contrasto

We have already written about this museum (as one of the best in Italy dedicated to photography).
The Camera in Turin reopened its doors on May 18th – just a part of it, like all other museums – with two exhibitions. The first, “Memory and Passion. From Capa to Ghirri. Masterpieces from the Bertero Collection” is on the evolution of Italian and international photography from the 1930s to the end of the twentieth century with photographs by Robert Capa, Bruno Barbey, Lisetta Carmi, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ugo Mulas, Mimmo Jodice , Luigi Ghirri, Mario De Biasi, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Jan Groover, William Klein, Herbert List, Ruth Orkin, among others. The second was named “Biomega Multiverse”: a transdisciplinary work by Cosimo Veneziano on the use of biotechnology in the agricultural and food sector, to reflect on consumer purchasing procedures, the subject of neuromarketing studies.

Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation.
The Turin Foundation dedicated to contemporary art saw its first visitors back on May 18th. The temporary exhibition that can be visited until June 7th is called “Aletheia”: a monographic dedicated to the Belgian sculptor Berlinde De Bruyckere, whose sculptural work investigates universal themes such as the suffering body, pain, memory, the need to overcome and transformation.

Rivoli Castle.
This Piedmontese institution of contemporary art – active since the 80s – entered full phase 2 from May 19th and welcomes visitors who want to visit its permanent collection (with important works from the twentieth century onwards) and its many temporary works, that we are going to list here on.
The temporary “In front of the collector. Uli Sigg’s collection” is dedicated to art from China with works by Ai Weiwei, Feng Mengbo, Shao Fan, Liu Ding, Mao Tongqiang, Sun Yuan & Peng Yu and Zhang Xiaogang. The exhibition “Giorgio Morandi. Masterpieces from the Francesco Federico Cerruti collection collects the works of a private collection that includes almost three hundred pieces from sculptors and paintings from the Middle Ages to the contemporary era, with masterpieces not only by Morandi but also by Renoir, Modigliani, Kandinsky, Klee, Boccioni, Balla, Magritte, Bacon and Warhol. In addition, we will also be able to visit “James Richards. Alms for the Birds” : an installation commissioned as a tribute to the masterpieces of the Cerruti collection and divided into a sound and a visual part. Finally, “Claudia Comte. How to grow and always have the same shape”, the first solo exhibition in an Italian public museum entirely dedicated to the Swiss artist, with large environmental installations that incorporate the world from the perspective of the digital experience.

Here the presentation video of the exhibition “In front of the collector. Uli Sigg’s collection”:

Museus in Emilia-Romagna

Mambo / Morandi Museum (Bologna).
The Museum of Modern Art in Bologna and the Morandi House-museum reopened from May 19th. In the headquarters in Via Minzoni it is possible to visit both the Museum of Modern Art and the Morandi Museum. The latter has been relocated here since 2012 and presenting an exhibition path that analyzes the themes and artistic seasons of the activity of Giorgio Morandi, offering a rereading of his artistic story. The Museum of Modern Art collects in its permanent collection important works from the second half of Italian twentieth century – but not only – with artists such as Titina Maselli, Mario Schifano, Marina Abramovic, Enrico Castellani, Giovanni Anselmo, Jannis Kounellis, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Piero Dorazio and Fausto Melotti. Finally, in the Mambo permanent exhibition you may find “La Galleria de ‘Foscherari 1962-2018”: paintings from one of the most stimulating episodes in the Bolognese and Emilian area, the De’ Foscherari Gallery, which includes not only works but also photographs, documents, catalogues, posters and invitations of the time.

Palazzo dei Diamanti / Palace of Diamonds (Ferrara).

Palazzo dei Diamanti reopens on May 30th with the exhibition-event “An artist called Banksy”, focused on the famous street artist with an unknown identity. The exhibition brings together more than 100 original works and objects by the British artist, including freehand paintings of the very early stage of his career, several stencils and screen prints that Banksy considers vital to spread his messages.

Promotional videos on “An artist called Banksy”:


Museums in Rome

La Galleria Nazionale.
Reopened on Monday May 18th with a new installation created by Martì Guixè and a collective exhibition with works from the Gallery’s permanent collection. Among the artists presented: Afro, Mirko Basaldella, Luciano Bartolini, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Ettore Colla, Pietro Consagra, Daniela De Lorenzo, Giacomo Ginotti, Luisa Lambri, Bice Lazzari, Paolo Meoni, Pino Pascali, Toti Scialoja.

The Modern Art Gallery.
It opened to all the public – like all other Capitoline Civic Museums – from May 23rd. In the Gallery collection there are paintings, sculptures, drawings, emblematic engravings of the 19th and early 20th century made by Roman and Italian artists, such as Giulio Aristide Sartorio, Nino Costa, Onorato Carlandi, Adolfo De Carolis, Angelo Morbelli, Armando Spadini, Camillo Innocenti, Arturo Noci, Giacomo Balla, Scipione, Mario Mafai, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Emanuele Cavalli, Francesco Trombadori, Afro, Franco Gentilini, Carlo Carrà, Marino Marini, Arturo Martini and Giorgio Morandi.

National Gallery presentation video:


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