Rome, Bergamo, Faenza, Parma, Milan, Aosta and Lugo are the places that host architecture, photographs, installations, ceramics and visionary drawings ready to tell the art of designing. Here are the exhibitions of the month

We start from Rome where an exhibition dedicated to uninhabitable architecture has recently inaugurated (Centrale Montemartini), those designed for different functions, perhaps even just decorative, or transformed by interventions of the man in unusable bulwarks of an erased time (like the bell tower of Curon, which emerges alone from Lake Resia).

In Lugo (Rocca Estense) we talk about squares in the project of the horizontal collective, a group of architects who investigate the design and function of these public spaces, while the architecture by Carlo Mollino is told through the shots of Armin Linke in an exhibition at the Forte di Bard, in Valle d' Aosta, which reveals an artistic meeting between the two gazes.

In Parma Luca Campigotto talks about his travels through his own Sentimental Atlas (Borgo delle Colonne), an exhibition with unpublished pieces in the form of an anthology of his work.

Musei Capitolini, Centrale Montemartini, Via Ostiense 106, 00154 Rome, open from Tuesday to Sunday 9am - 7pm.

Carlo Mollino. Tilted landscapes. Photographs by Armin Linke, Forte di Bard, Valle d'Aosta, until 18 February

There are only a few days left to see this exhibition set up on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the architect Carlo Mollino. And it is worth taking a trip to the equally worthy location of the Forte di Bard.

Because this exhibition tells the philosophy of architecture through the photographs of Armin Linke. The two points of view mix in a project that becomes unitary and brings Mollino's works back to the present. Or rather, in the investigation that the photographer and director has been conducting for years through his work: exploring the relationships between man and the gradual transformations that the advancement of technology brings to the environments in which he lives.

So if Mollino talked about the Alps, especially the Aosta Valley, with his buildings in contrast with those of tradition, Linke stimulates a reflection on the current relevance of his architecture.

Who will like it: Mollino fans and Linke fans, mountain enthusiasts.

Useful information: Forte di Bard, Valle d'Aosta, open from Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday until 7pm.

Squares. Phenomenology of the unexpected. an incomplete collection of contemporary urban surfaces, Rocca Estense, Lugo, until March 31

The Collettivo Orizzontale presents this exhibition again with a new installation in the courtyard of the Estense fortress to talk about squares. He selected 40, including traditional and forward-looking projects, all designed in the 21st century and chosen from places that intrigued, hosted or amazed the collective.

Which continues its reflection on a space to be designed horizontally and in whose void the unexpected is welcomed. The installation, however, is vertical and tells the story in 40 panels, one for each square, to the point of composing an atlas of an imaginary journey along a planetary trajectory to tell, in a partial and arbitrary way, as underlined by the collective, public life in the cities of the planet.

Who will like it: those interested in urban planning and the cities of the (near) future.

Useful information: Rocca Estense (headquarters of the Municipality), piazza dei Martiri 1, Lugo, open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 19.30.

Yayoi Kusama. Infinite present, Palazzo della Ragione, Bergamo, extended until to April 21

She certainly doesn't need performance Yayoi Kusama, so much so that according to the authoritative magazine The Art Newspaper she is the most popular artist in the world. Well, she and her works arrived in Bergamo some time ago, but the success recorded so far has been such as to extend the opening of the exhibition until late April.

Well, in the heart of the old city is Fireflies on the Water one of her most iconic Infinity Mirror Room, coming from the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

The exhibition, conceived by Maria Marzia Minelli, includes an introductory journey that delves into Yayoi Kusama's research through poems, films and documentation, and a sharing space to enter from multiple points of view in the Japanese artist's imagination. A dreamlike, luminous, reflective journey to the planet Yayoi Kusama.

Who will like it: contemporary art enthusiasts, lovers of experiential journeys.

Useful information: Palazzo della Ragione, Piazza Vecchia, Bergamo, tickets available on The Blank website https://www.theblank.it/yayoi-kusama-tickets/

Tiger Tateishi, Galleria Tommaso Calabro, Milan, until March 23

«I don't want to be a painter, nor an illustrator, nor a cartoonist. What I want is incessant anarchy." This is how Tiger Tateishi introduces himself, a multifaceted Japanese artist to whom Tommaso Calabro dedicates an exhibition in his Milanese space. An important exhibition because Tiger Tateishi, born Koichi Tateishi, was a volcanic and eclectic designer, painter, mangaka and ceramist.

But it would be simplistic to pigeonhole his work within the confines of these arts, because his dreamlike, almost psychedelic vision guided almost every artistic experience he conducted.

In 1968 he arrived in Milan with his partner, the artist Ichige Fumiko, immediately becoming part of the intense artistic life of those years, between the Iolas and del Naviglio galleries, but also in the world of design.

The meeting with Ettore Sottsass was decisive, in an artistic partnership that was maintained for a long time, in addition to the years of close collaboration between 1971 and 1974, in which he also worked with Alessi and Olivetti. On display are works created between the 60s and 70s, including some rare lithographs and the famous cartoon paintings with the signature "Tiger pinxit". The Milanese period is the artist's most prolific: Between 1969 and 1981, before returning to Japan, Tiger Tateishi produced around one hundred of these paintings, true kaleidoscopes of contemporary images and icons, where the passions of artist: surrealism, science fiction and comics.

Who will like it: those looking for connections between the arts, those who love surrealism and those who are inclined to give in to the charm of kaleidoscopes.

Useful information: Galleria Tommaso Calabro, Corso Italia 47, Milan, open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12pm to 7pm.

Luca Campigotto. Sentimental Atlas - New Italian Choice, Borgo delle Colonne, Parma, from February 9th to April 21st

Luca Campigotto is a poet of space, a philosopher of light and an artist of discovery. Because his photography is a poetic vision of our planet, that terrestrial landscape that has always attracted him, like an explorer of a past time, to be investigated simply, with the lens, as he himself declares «Making me aware of how much – despite living in an era of astonishing space exploration – the geography of the earth, the vastness of the spaces that I can contemplate, still remain immeasurable to my soul, exterminated by definition».

Aware that the hunger of his eyes to see the whole world will still remain unsatisfied, Campigotto shoots and travels, prints and exhibits. Thus an exhibition of photos selected from his now rather large archive of travels, images and memories arrives in Parma to compose a sort of anthology of his work, in which to surprisingly also include some unpublished works.

Who will like it: photography enthusiasts

Useful information: Spazio Colonne 28, Borgo delle Colonne, Parma, open on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm and from 3pm to 5pm; Sunday until 7pm.

Carlo Zauli Museum, Faenza

«The Carlo Zauli Museum (MCZ) is happy to announce its imminent reopening to the public after the long period of closure due to the renovation works necessary following the flood that it hit on May 16, 2023. This reopening would not have been possible without the generous help of all those - companies, organizations and private citizens - who have donated funds, consultancy, time, energy from last May to today and who continue to do so for help us complete a work that unfortunately is not completely finished."

This is what we read in the press release announcing the reopening on January 27th with two exhibitions. The work of Michele Guido, artist in residence during the flood, who investigates formal analogies between the plant world and scientific research, their geographical origin, migratory flows and the cultural history of the places of origin.

The second project, Vases by Namsal Siedlecki, focuses on the theme of transformation and regeneration after the tragic flood that hit the Carlo Zauli Museum and the Emilia-Romagna region.

Siedlecki's sculpture, produced together with the artisans of Manifatture Sottosasso, will transform over the course of the exhibition, hosting a performance and a workshop which will see the involvement of the local community and will finally become part of the museum's contemporary art collection. The opening is on 27/1 from 4pm to 9pm.

Useful information: Carlo Zauli Museum, via della Croce 6, Faenza, open from Tuesday to Friday from 2pm to 5pm; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 1pm.