There’s always something brewing on Italy’s cultural calendar. Here are some of the cultural happenings (not including the many concerts and operas) going on and coming up in Rome, Venice and Florence and even Genoa! Taking in the latest expo in a memorable museum or other venue can be a great way to add an extra ingredient of cultural zest to your Italian itinerary, so check out them out:
Scuderie del Quirinale: Sept. 27-Jan. 20. Start planning now for the exhibition “Vermeer. The golden age of Dutch art”. For the first time in Italy, an exhibition of works by Johannes Vermeer, the legendary seventeenth-century master of Dutch painting.
Musei Capitolini, Oct. 4-April 28. The next archaeological exhibition to be mounted at the museum is “The Days of Rome: The Age of Balance.”
MAXXI, the National Museum of 20th Century Art, thru Sept. 27
To Face: Landscape along the Austrian and Italian front of the First World War presents photographer Paolo De Pietri’s fascinating depictions of how nature is reclaiming a mountainous landscape marked by trenches and bombings. And coming up in October a MAXXI, a show on Le Corbusier in Italy.
Festival del Prosciutto di Parma. From Sept. 7 to Sept. 16, the “king of hams” reigns supreme at this fun food festival where culinary and cultural events unite tto celebrate authentic Parma prosciutto. Make time for a visit to Parma’s Museum of Ham and Salami.
Pinocchio Biennale 2012: Genoa’s tribute to the most famous puppet of all time (sorry, Miss Piggy!) is in full force now through January 13. This is your unique chance to see notable depictions of Pinocchio from the past 130 years. Works by the likes of Flavio Costantini, Jim Dine, Lorenzo Mattotti and Mimmi Paladino are on display at the Luzzati Museum and the Cotton Warehouse, in the historic port area of Genoa.
Arte torna arte, Art Returns to Art, is a contemporary art exhibition that takes place in the Gallery of Art at Florence’s Accademia through November 4. Over 30 artists and 40 works are presented and in October there will also be free classical music concerts in the David Gallery.
Regata Storica: Venice’s legendary Historic Regatta takes place this year on September 2. On this day, elaborate gondolas from the Venetian vaults ply the still waters of the Grand Canal in festival of unparalleled pageantry. It’s when Venice shows it’s true colors as an “uncontested world capital, a crossroads between aesthetics and mind,” as Italian writer Alessandro Banfi put it.
At the Punta della Dogana, the show of the moment is “In Praise of Doubt” , which features works by Jeff Koons, post-modern heavyweight Maurizio Cattelan and others. Through Dec. 31.
Stables of the Miramare Castle: You have from now until Oct. 7 to view Rembrandt: Engraving the Light, at which 40 engravings are shown as well as works by master engraver Albrecht Dürer.