Milan, Aosta, Bergamo, the villages of Peccioli (Pisa) and Pereto (L'Aquila) and the municipality of Galatina (Lecce) are the places that host artists, designers, architects and curators of this month's exhibitions

Two important exhibitions mark the summer of Milanese art starting from July which sees Valerio Adami with an anthological exhibition at Palazzo Reale and Liliana Moro > at Pac with a non-chronological journey into his philosophy of art, accompanied by the project room of Alice Guareschi (who plays with lights), while Aosta is the scene of a collective to talk about the relationship between art and number in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Bergamo becomes the scene of the biennial projectThinking like a mountain and hosts the exhibition Erranti rocks by Studio Ossidiana in collaboration with Frantoio Sociale: rethinking materials, spaces and reuses is its goal.

Finally, three "holiday" places become artistic territories. They are the thousand-year-old village of Pereto, between Lazio and Abruzzo, with the new edition of its Straperetana, the "village of villages" Peccioli, in the province of Pisa with the story created by four local artists, and Galatina, a small town in the Lecce area where the mirrors of 21 designers are on display. Good fun!

Liliana Moro, Andante con moto, PAC, Milan, until 15 September

The exhibition begins even before entering, because already in the entrance of the PAC a work by Liliana Moro resonates. It is an acoustic trumpet that emanates from the ceiling into the room infinite interpretations of Bella ciao, the song of the partisan resistance, which the artist collected in various parts of the world in 2017 and then put them in sequence continue for this work entitled, precisely, Without end.

Thus we enter with feet united in the creative world of Moro who has always used the sound element as an expressive key in her artistic research: they are works to be felt, as well as looked at.

And listening is a gesture required throughout the exhibition. Which, in a non-chronological way, presents Liliana Moro's production from the mid-80s to today, with two very recent works, Andante con moto, which also gives the exhibition its title, from 2023 and In No Time, from 2024.

The sound tells the decades, the time, the sociality and also the space, another fundamental element in her work, in a constant investigation between her works, the space and the user.

In the Project Room she then exhibits Alice Guareschi with her work Je m'appelle Olympia, a score for lights that activates the thirteen tracks of colored lights integrated into the architecture of the famous Parisian theater. The performance of this luminous performance took place on April 12, 2012, a unique date for a selected audience. Once the stage action was finished, the photographs that make up the series of sixteen shots exhibited here were taken.

Fixed camera and empty theater to portray the movements of the score, but above all to talk about the intention behind the performance: to activate a theater without any show, play it live, awaken its memory, show its intimate life, far from the gaze of the public .

Who will like it: enthusiasts of artistic, spatial, visual and sound experimentation.
Useful information: PAC - Contemporary Art Pavilion, via Palestro 14, Milan, open from Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 7.30pm; Thursday 9.30 - 22.30.

Artenumero, Regional Archaeological Museum , Aosta, until October 20

How did the number enter art? And which artists sing the most intimate virtues? Artenumero is a collective show that tells this story of the artists who worked between the 20th and 21st centuries, an inhuman selection of approximately 70 works.

The curator Angela Madesani has developed an exhibition itinerary along five different themes to compose a transversal and international history of the relationship between artist, public and number. Which becomes an element of reflection and a catalyst for attention and creativity. Mario Merz, Vincenzo Agnetti, Alighiero Boetti, Piero Manzoni and Ugo Nespolo are accompanied by Luigi Ghirri, Joseph Kosuth, Antoni Tàpies and On Kawara.

But there is no shortage of other names to complete a journey that begins with the relationship between number and time, passes through narration, science, space, the sign, the image and arithmetic.

Who will like it: art history enthusiasts, kabbalists and jugglers of numbers and images.
Useful information: Regional Archaeological Museum, Piazza Roncas 12, Aosta, open every day from 9am to 7pm.

Peccioli: tales of a season. Karim El Maktafi, Camilla Ferrari, Sara Scanderebech, Riccardo Svelto, Former car market, Peccioli, until 15 September

Eleven months of work, four artistic residencies, four commissions on the theme of the territory, a publication (published by the Earth Foundation) and an in-depth public program. This is what this exhibition brings together in the village of Peccioli, in the province of Pisa, winner of the Borgo dei borghi 2024 competition promoted by Rai3.

The photographers Karim El Maktafi, Camilla Ferrari, Sara Scanderebech and Riccardo Sveltowere invited to carry out a period of observation of the territory and the local population starting from July last year and then working together with Giangavino Pazzola, associate curator at CAMERA – Italian Center for Photography in Turin and of the entire program Peccioli: tales of a season, in collaboration with Giulia Adami, curatorial project manager of EARTH Foundation.

The result has over 50 shots that make up the puzzle of Peccioli's present history, in everyday life. The exhibition is accompanied by a calendar of events open to the public which will see Oscar Farinetti, president of the EARTH Foundation, in dialogue with personalities from the world of culture, sport and information.

Who will like it: a project for photography, reportage and local investigations enthusiasts.
Useful information: former car market https://www.peccioli.net/ , via Borgherucci 49, Peccioli (Pisa).

Erratic boulders, Studio Ossidiana and Frantoio Sociale, Gamec, Bergamo, until the 22nd September

As part of the two-year project Thinking like a mountain, which aims to involve museums but also the Bergamo Alpine area on the themes of sharing artistic projects focused on reflection on the themes of sustainability and community , in view of the opening of the new GaMec museum, inauguratedMassi erratici, a project by Studio Ossidiana in collaboration with Frantoio sociale.

It is a work on materials and space that redesigns the foyer and the fifteenth-century building of the museum with the use of contemporary stones, i.e. modular natural elements, and thin curtains that filter the light.

The combination of the stones is similar to that of a tangram, in a play of spaces and functions, but also of nomadic elements, used alone or combinable. All with the use of secondary raw materials, i.e. those otherwise destined for disposal, with the idea of ​​possibly being reused (crumbled and recomposed), in an idea of ​​durability that plays with the concept of recycling.

Who will like it: fans of. Mountain and minerals, to architects and designers.
Useful information: GAMeC, via San Tommaso 53, Bergamo, open from Monday to Friday 3pm - 7pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm; closed on Tuesdays.

Valerio Adami - Painter of ideas, Palazzo Reale, Milan, from 17 July to September 22

The line is unmistakable, as is the use of color and that narrative style that is hermetic, contemporary and mythological. Because Valerio Adami described contemporaneity through a painting that made drawing the central element of his art making: it allows us to understand the relationship between idea, subject, narration, word, which then explodes in painting.

A "Painter of Ideas", precisely, who brings to the stage over 70 large paintings and around fifty drawings along a journey from 1957 to 2023, curated by Marco Meneguzzo , with the general coordination of Valeria Cantoni Mamiani, president of the Valerio Adami Archive.

The founding myths of European culture, its authors, their stories become the almost exclusive subjects of his work, without forgetting exotic narratives now part of the vision of the Western world, in a constant conversation with the great intellectuals of the 20th century, such as Octavio Paz , Italo Calvino, Jacques Derrida, Luciano Berio, Antonio Tabucchi, Jean-François Lyotard. Music, literature and philosophy are the great inspiring muses of his work, also well told in the documentary, visible in the exhibition, "Valerio Adami, the painter of poems" produced by Artery Film, directed by Matteo Mavero.

Who will like it: lovers of art, philosophy, literature and music.
Useful information: Palazzo Reale, Piazza Duomo 12, Milan, open from Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 7.30pm, Thursday until 10.30pm.

The metaphor of the mirror, Ex Mercato Coperto, Galatina (Lecce), from 5 to 15 July

This exhibition is curated by Roberto Marcatti and Cyntia Concari, a couple well-tested in describing design through everyday objects. This time they venture into the reflective dimension of the mirror, with all its social, historical, economic, metaphorical and literary meanings.

Looking in the mirror is in fact a gesture that involves the imagination but also design, making the mirror object an inevitable element in daily life. So with Kubiko Srl the curators involved 21 designers for 21 mirrors prototyped by the Apulian company in which to look at ourselves and discover new ideas.

Who will like it: the curious and creative.
Useful information: Former covered market, via Principessa Jolanda 2, Galatina, Lecce, open every day from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

Straperetana - Supernaturale Pereto, L'Aquila, from 14 July to 18 August

The 2024 edition of the Straperetana, an art marathon in the village of Pereto, between Lazio and Abruzzo, has the title Supernaturale with the aim of talking about nature by staging the relationship of artists with nature environment, landscape and the body.

The result is an exhibition spread across the historic buildings and streets of the village of the works of 17 international Italian artists who have experienced total immersion in nature.

Their Supernatural in fact has nothing to do with something that surpasses nature, perhaps towards a spiritual dimension, but with a natural elevated to the absolute superlative.

It begins at Palazzo Maccafani with the works of Hamish Fulton (London - UK, 1946), Nico Vascellari (Vittorio Veneto, 1976), Salvo (Salvatore Mangione, 1947-2015) Nina Carini (Palermo, 1991) and Patrick Tuttofuoco (Milan, 1974). The streets of the village welcome Federica Belli (Mondovì, 1998), the Numero Cromatico collective, Agostino Iacurci (Foggia, 1986). At Palazzo Iannucci we find Agostino Iacurci, María Ángeles Vila Tortosa (Valencia - Spain, 1978), Gaia Liberatore (Rome, 2000), Giorgio Cesarini (Caserta, 2000) and Davide Mariani (Cagliari, 1998). And again, Giovanni Kronenberg (Milan, 1974), Tarin (Rimini), Anastasiya Parvanova (Burgas - Bulgaria, 1990), Francis Alÿs (Antwerp - Belgium, 1959) and Davide D'Elia (Cava dei Tirreni, 1974).

Who will like it: those who love going through villages, discovering young artists and immersing themselves in ad hoc projects.
Useful information: Pereto, L'Aquila, visible every Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 8pm, other days by appointment, by writing to: info@straperetana.org