A selection of events dotting Italy until the end of September

The summer of art has already begun, but it lasts a long time: the festival events run until the end of September, along the entire peninsula. In fact, the calendar dedicated to contemporary art now has a fixed place in summer events, transforming villages, woods, coasts and towns into open-air museums, together with small events that become excellent excuses for moving around the area .

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The itinerary is long because it touches very small villages scattered across 20 regions, takes us to the mountains of Trentino and to a small town on the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria, between the mountains of Cuneo and those of Alto Adige, in the city of Palermo and in the territory of Carrara, passing through the Piedmontese hills of Monferrato, the Adriatic beach of Marzocca di Senigallia and the territory of the Tuscan Maremma. Enjoy!

Una Boccata d'Arte is the project that Elpis Foundation with Galleria Continua strong> has been able to transform it into an eagerly awaited calendar of events for enthusiasts of unusual villages and artists to discover.

20 villages for 20 regions and 20 artists is the format that has been carried out for five editions now, born from an idea by Marina Nissim, president of the Foundation, with the aim of enhancing the historical and landscape heritage of small towns, through the sharing of practices and languages ​​of contemporary art.

An inalienable characteristic of the villages is that of having less than 5 thousand inhabitants and being located in different areas to rediscover the entire national territory. Their intimate size makes them the ideal context for artistic experimentation and the creation of new imagery.

The game is basically simple: it is based on curiosity. Of the public, the inhabitants and the artists, who find their own exhibition halls in the villages. A now proven partner is Threes with Elena Rivoltini, Agostino Quaranta and Beatriz de Rijke, who every year curates three interventions related to sound experimentation, this time hosted in Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise.

A Breath of Art, throughout Italy, until September 29th.

Fotografia Calabria Festival is the first widespread photography festival region. Created by the cultural association Pensero Paesaggio, this year it celebrates its third edition with a program focused on family portraits.

International guests will be welcomed in the streets of San Lucido, a small but evocative municipality in the lower Tyrrhenian Sea, which opens the doors to otherwise closed locations and unexpected places for photography enthusiasts.

The selection of works is decidedly curious as well as responding to a precise title: Photography of families, or a single medium to tell the numerous ideas that define the family, through those shots that capture the emotions and memories of everyday life all over the world. There are many projects on the calendar, from the works of Sofia Uslenghi (with My Grandmother and I) and Josh Kern, German photographer, presented by the German embassy with the curatorship of Lars Lindemann, the Canadian documentary maker Tim Smith and the Italian one Filippo Venturi (who also plays with artificial intelligence), the Australian Carole Smith Noronha, Pierluigi Ciambra, Franzi Kreisand the South Korean Hyun-min Ryu with a very interesting portfolio (also reflected in the festival graphics).

Fotografia Calabria Festival, San Lucido (CS), from 26 July to 25 August.

Radis is the newborn four-year project of public art, promoted and financed by the Foundation for Modern and Contemporary Art CRT which for this first edition, created in collaboration with the CRC Foundation, made the municipality of Rittana, in the province of Cuneo, its chosen territory.

July 12 inauguratesL'opera al nero curated by Marta Papini and Leonardo Pietropaolo with Giulia Cenci, which creates an ad hoc work for this concept designed to bring the artistic collections of the two foundations into dialogue with the territory. Cenci's work will open on 5 October, a date which will be reached through the exploration of the exhibition itinerary relating to the works of CRT and CRC and the present and past history of the small town in the Cuneo area.

We talk about the human body "in black" and in a multifocal perspective between the video installations by James Richards (with Radio at night) and the Dance of Death by Meris Angioletti which recalls medieval themes, in dialogue with Alessandra Spranzi's photographs from the L'insieme è nero series. Ed Atkins and Seth Price talk about the body in the digital field, while Roberto Cuoghi is interested in metamorphoses and transformations between ancient demons and ancestral rituals. Letícia Parente stages the relationship between natural and artificial, while Lorenza Boisi dialogues with Lin May Saeed talking about an original moment in man's life.

Other artists complete the vision of a theme dear to the Stura valley area, subject to significant depopulation which has profoundly changed the relationships between the inhabitants, domestic and wild animals, and the very conformation of the natural environment, also made famous by its history of resistance and freedom in the events of the partisans of the Paraloup village. All this leads to October 5, when Giulia Cenci will reveal her work, as always a hybrid between the human body, the animal body, the vegetal world and the mechanical one in post-apocalyptic forms that give life to alchemical sculptures.

Radis, Rittana, Cuneo, from 12 July.

Demanio Marittimo Km 278 is a decidedly unique format. It all happens between 6 in the evening and 6 in the morning, 12 hours of non-stop events on the beach of Marzocca di Senigallia to talk about art, design, architecture and dimension Adriatic (and Marche) under a single theme.

Created by Cristiana Colli and Pippo Ciorra, it has now reached its 14th edition and this time the title is Ruins&Ripari: an era of wars and catastrophes, but also of such an accelerated time for Western culture to make any archaeological find.

Time for repairs, or rather for the need for protection for fragile men and to repair fractures and inequalities, but also to counteract globalized hyperconsumerism. Here is the toolkit necessary to enter the Maritime State Property this year, between Kosovo, an extremely lively host country from an artistic point of view, the Adriatic coasts, the design of the Campana brothers, the Achaean-contemporary project of Andrea Villani with his Pompeii Committment and Limonot - Lorenzo Perri with his installation “Talamo” and other gems.

Maritime State Property Km 278, Marzocca di Senigallia, 19 July.

Rosalia 400 is the name of a widespread and participatory exhibition, conceived and set up in < strong>Palermo on the occasion of the four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the remains of Santa Rosalia patron saint of Palermo.

Under the artistic direction of Laura Barreca, various public and private institutions and some universities in the national territory came together for a work supported by the PNRR that talks about memory, inclusion and valorization of cultural heritage. This time, the story of Santa Rosalia is in fact contemporary in an exceptional place for the city, the Monte dei Pegni dedicated to the saint, housed in a wing of Palazzo Branciforte, almost entirely occupied by the event.

The Pawn Shop has a one-of-a-kind wooden architecture and the place is part of the history of the people of Palermo. The program is very rich, it begins with Il carro, la festa, la santa with the students of the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo who reconstruct not only the story of Rosalia, but also that of the feast in dedicated to her, to then dialogue with the maquette of the "Kounellis Parade", the historic float of Santa Rosalia, designed in 2007 by the Greek artist Jannis Kounellis. And then films, videos and installations are intertwined with an unpublished work written and narrated by Dacia Maraini on Santa Rosalia, an audio walk that provokes a profound reflection on the relationship with the recent pandemic and on current events.

The photographs ofL. Battaglia, F. Lombardo, M. Minella, S. Scalia, F. Sgroicomplete the journey without forgetting a gem: the representation of the puppet theater show of the Bottega dei Figli d'Arte Cuticchio, Storia di Santa Rosalia (on three dates: 12, 13 July, 4 September).

Rosalia 400, Palermo, until September 29.

Panorama Monferrato is the fourth edition of Panorama , the idea born within Italics, a sort of consortium of Italian art galleries which, in describing the places and art of the peninsula on its website, has given rise to an interesting dialogue between the territory and artists, but also between contemporary and ancient.

This time we land on the hills and villages of Monferrato, in particular in Vignale, Camagna, Montemagno and Castagnole, with the artistic direction of Carlo Falciani. Who chose as a guide a sixteenth-century text by Stefano Guazzo entitled La civil conversation, which here becomes the invitation to walk slowly away from the contrasts of everyday life, towards contemplation spiritual.

Over 60 artists and 61 galleries will present themselves in the four towns between 4 and 8 September.

Arte Sella is a park in Valsugana where, from over thirty years, art, music and theater meet. There are paths in the woods to discover the works that the larches preserve as the seasons pass, but there are also special events that enrich this magical territory every year.

2024 is the turn of Velasco Vitali who on August 31st inaugurates his work Sabir at Malga Costa where there will also be two new works respectively by Emilio Isgrò strong> and Davide Quayola.

As for architecture, this year's guest is Jean Nouvel who speaks in the garden of Villa Strobele, dedicated to international architecture since 2017. Milo De Angelis instead will talk (poetically) about nature, while videos, music and other performances enrich the calendar. Artesella, Borgo Valsugana.

Transart returns again this year with its philosophy, aimed at proposing new frontiers to the public of the contemporary together with unusual territories of Trentino and Alto Adige, to transform stables, warehouses, theaters, squares, villages and cities into the temporary theater of artistic performances of all genres.

Since its birth in 2001, it has never lost its experimental character and every year it opens decidedly interesting windows onto Europe. On the calendar for this edition are, among others, Chris Haring / Liquid Loft with In Medeas Res, a contemporary dance show; Ascension, a site-specific musical and theatrical work for voice and chamber ensemble by the composer Alexander Manotskov, with the participation of the Kymatic Ensemble and the multi-instrumentalist Alina Petrova > (Pussy Riot) national premiere; Wars in Words, an evening to answer the question: How and what can literature say about war, violence, escape and exile? Can it make the terrible more tangible and therefore more accessible? Speakers include the two poets Yevgeniy Breyger, born in Kharkiv in Ukraine, and Kholoud Charaf, from Syria.

White Carrara - Design is Back brings white marble around the city of Carrara, to talk about new uses, new forms and new intuitions between art and design. The director of the festival is Domenico Raimondi who aims to celebrate Made in Italy and the excellence of the territory in an exhibition focused on the meeting of different generations of artists.

This design that returns home in fact speaks of pieces that had been created in the Carrara workshops in previous years and which are now regaining space in the town, but also of new proposals by young designers.

Historic pieces, such as the Anna G corkscrew and new out-of-scale marble productions, such as the kettle from the Plissè collection by Michele De Lucchi, while Paolo Ulian exhibits the Gomitolo table, produced by Bufalini Marmi through the concentric processing of a single slab which allows to minimize the amount of waste.

White Carrara, Carrara, until September 29.

Hypermaremma has always paid particular attention to installation. Or rather, to define exactly the places in which to create the artistic installations that will define the event. And this time he succeeds in a decidedly surprising and ironic operation in presenting Gorilla by the artist Davide Rivalta on the sand of the Feniglia beach in Ansedonia, while on the rocks of the nearby Porto Etrusco there is the Chimpanzee work.

The area can only be reached on foot and the artist chose it imagining that he would gradually reveal the work to visitors and bathers in a chance encounter between nature and man.

Massimo Uberti's Spazio Amato, donated to Hypermaremma by the artist in 2020 to seal his relationship with the Maremma landscape, is installed every year in the WWF oasis of Lake Burano to become a sort of luminous (neon) and alienating caption . Giulia Mangoni then talks to us about Women, Pirates and Saints in her installation in the village of Giglio Castello to tell the story of San Mamiliano, patron saint of the island of Giglio in his defense of it from the Turks.

Hypermaremma, various places in the Maremma, until September 29th.