Five exhibitions in Rome, Milan, Florence, Bologna and Bergamo: this week the focus of the exhibitions not to be missed is space-themed

Space, time and interpretation are the basic elements of this selection of exhibitions that investigate the relationship we have with the territory (real or imaginary).

It begins with two artists who question industrial production through hand-made ceramic bidets, sinks, vases and other mass-produced objects (at the MACRO in Rome), to to the emptiness that fills up in the artistic speculation of the English Rachel Whiteread (in Bergamo), up to the urban spaces investigated according to the eyes and needs of the artists in a residential project in Milan.

And then time and space in the works of a Made in Italy artist, the stylist Germana Maruccelli (in Florence) and in the works of very young Bolognese artists who occupy the spaces of the city (and also some territory outside the city).

Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel, The Bidet and the Jar, MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, until October 29.

The function of the organ is said in medicine to explain the reason for how our bodies are made. And the same happens in design: the function makes the object, which must be primarily useful as well as aesthetically beautiful.

But if instead the planes are reversed and objects are thought of only in their formal value, magic happens, like when the words of our language, the one we usually speak, manage to be emptied of meaning because, in a game that pursues abstraction, we repeated them so long that we only perceived their sonority.

Here's what Dewar and Gicquel did: an absolutely artisanal manufacturing of clay and ceramic, even fired in a wood-burning hole, to create forms of objects of industrial production.

Bidets, jugs, vases, sinks and plates are arranged by type and shape in a display made up of four identical tables. Some pieces are adorned with enamelling and firing effects, others with toads, taps, shells and fragments of human bodies. It plays with the notion of the uniqueness of the work of art to question the logic of industrial production.

Who will like it: those who love forays into art and design, experimentation and philosophical games

Useful information: MACRO - Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, via Nizza 138, open from Tuesday to Friday from 12 - 19; Saturday and Sunday from 10 - 19.

Urban Looks. Documentary exhibition and participatory activations in the city, Casa degli Artisti, Milan, from 21 to 30 June

Sguardi Urbani is the title of the artistic residence curated by Cecilia Guida, Deborah Maggiolo and Paola Pietronave, which was attended by the artists Alice Bescapè, Serena Crocco, Raffaele Cirianni, Daniele Nicolosi, Ismael Pacheco Condoy, Federica Sasso & Luke Pagan.

It all began on February 20 with the aim of carrying out a collective investigation into the post-pandemic public space.

The key to reading was art, understood as a tool through which to rethink common spaces, life together with other living beings and community ties.

And now Casa degli Artisti proposes a documentary and speculative restorative exhibition on this investigation, through the production of each artist in the development of their own language and in the activations in the neighborhoods and areas of interest identified by the artists, with interventions aimed at putting into practice the research developed in the previous months.

Between urban planning, architecture, art and grassroots participation. The Urban Looks program is supported by Community Foundation Call 57 for the year 2023

Who will like it: those looking for other, alternative perspectives to understand and imagine urban spaces.

Useful information: Casa degli Artisti, via Tommaso da Cazzaniga ang. Corso Garibaldi 89, Milan, open from Tuesday to Sunday from 12.30 to 19.

Germana Maruccelli, a visionary at the origins of Made in Italy, Palazzo Pitti, Florence, until September 24th

For Fernanda Pivano she was the 'intellectual seamstress', while Giuseppe Ungaretti called her a 'rare interpreter of poetry'. Her name was Germana Maruccelli, a revolutionary Florentine stylist who made fashion an extraordinary tool for rebirth in post-war Italy.

Not only. Because she is the woman who is the protagonist of her thinking about fashion, giving the female figure an active role, as opposed to the idea of a passive subject to be given meanings.

of her Her clothes do not envelop the woman, but they are an extension of her of her, as if to amplify her strength, reason and meaning. At the center of the investigation is the female soul and her creations are exhibited alongside works of art and jewels by Italian artists with whom she collaborated, such as Paolo Scheggi, Pietro Gentili and Getulio Alviani.

Along with about 150 pieces exhibited along an inverse chronological itinerary, from the 1980s to the 1940s, both his living room, frequented by poets, artists and intellectuals such as Giuseppe Ungaretti, Eugenio Montale and Salvatore Quasimodo, Gillo Dorfles, Lucio Fontana, Massimo Campigli, Francesco Messina, Bruno Munari, Ettore Sottsass, Giò Ponti, and the philosopher Dino Formaggio, and the atelier designed for her by Paolo Scheggi in 1964.

Anchored in the Florentine Renaissance, Maruccelli became a patron of the arts and promoter of a poetry prize. At the end of the 1940s, he joined Giovan Battista Giorgini in his battle for the affirmation of Italian fashion and took part in the first events in Florence which marked his debut: in February 1951 at Villa Torrigiani, followed by July 1952 , in the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti, birthplace of the "Italian High Fashion Show".

An interesting exhibition to discover Maruccelli, an intriguing multifaceted figure in the history of the country, in her volcanic creativity between art, design and costume.

Who will like it: fashion enthusiasts, those who love cultural intersections and those who want to dive into historical otherwise.

Useful information: Palazzo Pitti, piazza de' Pitti 1, Florence, open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8.15am to 6.30pm.

Opentour 2023 - Art is Coming Out, Fine Arts Academy of Bologna - widespread event in the city, from 20 to 25 June.

The opportunity is tempting: to see Bologna through its art galleries and inside otherwise inaccessible private spaces.

With a rather special company too: the works created by the students of the departments of Visual Arts, Design and Applied Arts of the Bolognese Academy.

OpenTour is in fact the event that accompanies the openshow, the open-door days of the artistic institution, the creative forge of the city that has chosen to collaborate with the Association of Modern and Contemporary Art Galleries Confcommercio Ascom Bologna : 28 galleries and private spaces, each of which will offer a specific exhibition.

But there are also side initiatives.

We point out two. The exhibition The expected guest. The active limes of exposing oneself, curated by the collective 30023-BO, at the Kappa_Nöun space in San Lazzaro di Savena, from 20 June to 9 July is the winner of the first edition of the Kappa_Nöun Prize for young curating .

progettAzione opens on Wednesday 21 June at 5.00 pm at the Biblioteca Salaborsa di Bologna, an exhibition that includes the best artistic and design works by the students of the two two-year courses of the School of Scenography: Scenography and setting up exhibition and museum spaces and Scenography for opera theater and musical performances.

Who will like it: a small event to discover Boogna, its places and its young artists.

Useful information: on the website of the Accademia Belle Arti di Bologna you will find all the information necessary to participate in the events throughout the city

Rachel Whiteread, …And The Animals Were Sold, GAMeC Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo, from 23 June to 29 October.

Sixty chairs draw the empty space between their legs. Sixty chairs, as if waiting for as many people, or lack thereof. Sixty chairs to draw the breadth of an empty space or even the void that determines a breadth.

The artist Rachel Whiteread plays with these concepts, but also with the concreteness of a piece of furniture made up of sixty seats, who chooses to set up the Sala delle Capriate in this way in a dialogue between the objects (the chairs) and the void that fills them with construction materials present both in the Palazzo della Ragione and in Piazza Vecchia and in the Contarini fountain.

The goal is to establish a dialogue between the territory and the architecture that hosts her exhibition, for her the first opportunity to express herself after the experience of the pandemic.

And Bergamo then assumes the double value of an opportunity to return to normality (especially of traveling) and a symbol of the pandemic itself (due to its vast diffusion throughout the territory).

Then the emptiness that becomes full, so typical of her works here, takes the place of a person or rather of a multitude of people. But it also emphasizes the weight of that safety distance that we have been forced to keep for a very long time. In short, an invitation to reflection, on time, space, place, the other. But also an invitation to visitors to stop and animate the room and experience it as a place of exchange and relationship, closeness and sharing.

And the title? This too has several meanings. Those words seem to belong to a wider discourse of which only this small part has been caught, perhaps in a crowd in a city. They evoke animals sold at the market, perhaps Asian ones, such as those mentioned at the beginning of the pandemic, when the trigger was being sought… it reflects the fragmented moment in which this exhibition is conceived, with respect to the infinite flow of time…

Who will like it: who loves the works of this artist and who wants to discover for the first time in her investigations on time, space and the human.

Useful information: Palazzo della Ragione, piazza Vecchia 8/a Bergamo Alta, open from Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10 - 20.