The calendar of art festivals scheduled for summer 2023 is a journey to unexpected, rediscovered places, immersed in nature: it is art that, with the hot sun, comes out of closed places and opens up to an increasingly wider audience

In this summer 2023, art festivals and cultural events will occupy woods, squares, disused areas and even areas to be invented .

Just read the calendar of events that we have selected for you (from July to September) to realize how much art will become the protagonist of Italian holidays, sovereign absolute presence of the country, ready to make a fine show of itself in the cities, as well as in the smallest and most remote villages of the peninsula (indeed, here even more!), to colonize spaces other than those in which it is normally invited to stay.

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Because basically contemporary art also has the function of a catalyst: it attracts, intrigues. And in the summer version, the relationship between her and the public is also simplified: she is taken outside the art galleries and museums for a direct encounter with people, in an out-of-the-ordinary landscape.

The landscape itself, then, finds itself playing a double role: that of an element of attraction for the public who are passionate about beautiful Italy to be rediscovered and, vice versa, in the role of an unknown place, which finds a moment of fame thanks to the hospitality he provides to the work of art.

And the public? Curious, first of all. Vacationer, sure. At times, nomadic (even just for raids during the day). So here is our art festival calendar, with some unmissable exhibitions in more usual contexts, scattered until September. Have a good trip!

Beyond the garden, Villa Nigra, Lake Orta

The Asilo Bianco cultural association continues to work on the garden and now its artists have landed in Villa Nigra, on Lake Orta. Their artistic vision of the garden dialogues with the historical one of the lakeside residence, to think of future gardens, imagined ones, gardens of well-being and architecture.

And again, in public and private gardens, in an investigation into the relationship between man and nature, which is also political and social. On display Linda Carrara, Matteo Giuntini, Lorenzo Gnata, Leila Mirzakhani and the duo Titta C. Raccagni and Barbara Stimoli.

Villa Nigra is in Mission in Piazza Beltrami 5. From Thursday to Sunday, from 2.30pm to 6.30pm, until July 23rd

In Arte Vicino. Sacred Wood of Bomarzo (VT)

Those who know him love him. Anyone who has never seen it must definitely go. Because the Sacred Wood of Bomarzo is a truly unique place. designed by the architect Pirro Ligorio commissioned by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini, known as Vicino, to console himself for the death of his wife Giulia Farnese, it becomes a sort of amusement park. It was 1538 when the work on the park was completed.

With monsters of all kinds and types appearing by surprise among the plants in the woods… in fact it was impossible not to let thoughts go to fantasy.

In this extraordinary place, the In Arte Vicino event is staged, which brings the wonders of the place into dialogue with works by Niki de Saint Phalle, Paolo Portoghesi and Daniel Spoerri. Until September 15th.

Rooms with a view. San Benedetto/Pesaro. Round trip, Rocca Roverasca di Senigallia

Just like on a journey along the Adriatic coast, Luca Capuano, Paola De Pietri, Pierluigi Giorgi move and stop to observe the places they encounter. Well, the rooms with a view represent just that, a framed view of the places you have chosen to observe.

Each with their own gaze, to restore human and social languages of contemporary living. The project, winner of the Strategia Fotografia 2022 tender, inaugurated at Rocca Roverasca in Senigallia and from July 21 participates in the 13th edition of Demanio Marittimo.Km-278. Until October 1st.

Contemporary Naples 2023, Naples

Napoli Contemporanea brings art to the streets of the city. Guest for the first time is Antonio Marras who inaugurated the event with "These ghosts of mine", a site-specific work for Vico di San Pietro a Majella and the Rampe del Salvatore.

A monumental version of Venus of rags by Michelangelo Pistoletto is visible in Piazza Municipio to narrate the close link between the city and Arte Povera, while Gaetano Pesce will see his installation at the Rotonda Diaz in September.

A Robe of Pulcinella and a huge red heart will light up the territory at night.

A breath of art, 20 artists in 20 villages, in 20 regions

20 artists, 20 villages, 20 regions. This is the project of the Elpis foundation in collaboration with Galleria Continua now in its fourth edition. The idea is simple: travel in a surprising way.

And this event is an invitation to discover Italy and contemporary art, through the sharing of different artistic practices and languages, with particular attention to the latest generations. Who exhibits (and where)?

Stefanie Egedy in Valle d'Aosta, curated by Threes; Wintermuto in Vermogno - fraction of Zubiena (BI) in Piedmont, edited by Threes; Leonardo Meoni in Castelvecchio di Rocca Barbena (SV) in Liguria; Jacopo Benassi in Gardone Riviera (BS) in Lombardy, edited by Threes; Benjamin Jones in Pieve Tesino (TN) in Trentino-Alto Adige; Diego Perrone in Costozza - fraction of Longare (VI) in Veneto; Judith Hopf in Aquileia (UD) in Friuli-Venezia Giulia; Raghad Saqfalhait in Travo (PC) in Emilia-Romagna; Theodoulos Polyviou in Fosdinovo (MS) in Tuscany; Mattia Pajè in Toscolano – fraction of Avigliano Umbro (TR) in Umbria; Margherita Raso in Petritoli (FM) in the Marche region; Laetitia KY in Rocca Sinibalda (RI) in Lazio; Simone Carraro in Pietracamela (TE) in Abruzzo; Diego Miguel Mirabella in Agnone (IS) in Molise; Serena Vestrucci in Cetara (SA) in Campania; Avoid Vasiļjeva in Maruggio (TA) in Puglia; Arianna Pace in Rivello (PZ) in Basilicata; Mohsen Baghernejad Moghanjooghi in Santa Severina (KR) in Calabria; Ella Littwitz in Pollina (PA) in Sicily; Raffaela Naldi Rossano in Belvì (NU) in Sardinia. Until September 24th.

Hypermaremma, Tuscany

An event created to tell the Maremma area and contemporary art. Or perhaps the former by means of the latter.

This year he inaugurated with Tulip, a work by Virginia Overton exhibited at the Polveriera Guzman (which closed on June 26), now we proceed with the artists Felice Levini (From day to night, site specific work in the Archaeological Park of the Ancient City of Cosa, in Ansedonia, until 30/10); Claudia Comte (IN NATURE NOTHING EXISTS ALONE, environmental work in Pescia Fiorentina - Capalbio, until 15 September.

Giuseppe Ducrot (Fontanile, road of Macchiatonda in Capalbio) stands out for a large project, the construction of a ceramic fountain produced in collaboration with Terre di Sacra. The work is housed in their estate, founded in 1922 and which has been involved in protecting and honoring the Maremma territory for over 100 years.

Sarah Ledda, Almost True, Castello Gamba, Châtillon, Valle d' Aosta

Among the summer events that the region offers, that of festive castles is perhaps the best known because it allows you to visit wonderful places in a moment of great cultural vitality.

The program is extensive, here we point out the exhibition of Ledda curated by Ivan Quaroni, a retrospective along the poetics of the Aosta Valley artist.

Because it's a journey into the culture of our time, through characters who become symbols, words of a collective training course. Thus the image of an old film, the faces of Liz Taylor or Judy Garland, or the young Inger Nilsson in the role of Pippi Longstocking make up a universal code and Ledda's works, as the curator says, become a machine for thinking. Until October 1st.

Enrico Cavalli Between the France of Monticelli and the Val Vigezzo of Fornara and Ciolina, Santa Maria Maggiore, Val Vigezzo (VCO)

He turned 145 at the Rossetti Valentini school of fine arts in Santa Maria Maggiore (VCO), the only one still in operation in the entire Alpine arc.

And thanks to a restoration it is now ready to welcome visitors with an exhibition dedicated to Enrico Cavalli, master of painters such as Giovanni Battista Ciolina, Carlo Fornara and Gian Maria Rastellini, Maurizio Borgnis and Lorenzo Peretti Junior.

Their works and their places are at the center of the event which includes itineraries in the beautiful Val Vigezzo, also known as "the valley of painters". Until November 26th

Naturalis Historia - Lake Come Design Festival, Como

Small September preview: the lake city's design festival takes place between 16 and 24 September, with a precise theme that gives the title to the new edition.

A natural history, inspired by Pliny, which is divided into three themes, Botany, Mineralogy and Zoology, as well as in the choice of historical, unpublished and forgotten places in the city and its surroundings.