If you’re in Venice, the coolest, most unmissable event is the Hirst exhibition. However, Italian art reigns supreme in Pompeii and Rome, and focuses on Pompeian classicism and sumptuous 17th-century Baroque
17TH CENTURY ITALIAN ART AT THE COURT OF SPAIN
Boasting an extraordinary collection of paintings and sculpture, the exhibition explores the close relationship between the Spanish court and the Italian states during the 17th century. A unique trip into the world of Naturalism, Classicism and Baroque, this exhibition is hosted on two floors of the magnificent 17th-century palazzo owned by the Presidency of the Italian Republic.
14 April – 30 July From Caravaggio to Bernini. Masterpieces of the Italian ‘Seicento’ from the Spanish Royal Collection.
Scuderie del Quirinale, via XXIV Maggio 16 - www.scuderiequirinale.it
THE INNOVATIVE, MYSTERIOUS HIRST
The first major solo exhibition dedicated to British artist Damien Hirst in Italy is an innovative project that involves both of the Pinault Foundation’s exhibition spaces. Billed as ’10 years in the making’, expressly at the artist’s wish, the contents of the exhibition were kept under wraps until the opening. Visitors are greeted by a bizarre, ambiguous world, huge sculptures and collections of precious artifacts, dredged up from the depths of the ocean to generate questions and create disbelief.
9 April - 3 December Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable
Palazzo Grassi, Campo San Samuele 3231 / Punta della Dogana, Dorsoduro 2, Venice www.palazzograssi.it
ART IN A LABYRINTH
Carlo Mattioli is one of the most interesting names in 20th-century Italian art, and the Labirinto della Masone pays tribute to him with an exhibition featuring 60 works spanning 30 years of the artist’s career (1961-1993). This exhibition is accompanied by a fringe event at Parma’s Palatina Library titled ‘ Nella pagina e nello spazio. Mattioli
illustratore e scenografo’. It’s a great opportunity to visit the large, quaint bamboo labyrinth in which it is housed.
27 May – 24 September Carlo Mattioli
Masone Labyrinth, Strada Masone 121 Fontanellato (Parma) - www.labirintodifrancomariaricci.it
Caravaggio, Salome with the Head of John the Baptist (1609), from the Royal Palace of Madrid.
Carlo Mattioli, Papaveri in Versilia (1974).