August at the “Madre”

Contemporary art is the protagonist of a scene that is increasingly aware of its past and strongly projected towards the future. A not-to-be missed appointment of the Neapolitan summer.
 
For the fifth year in a row, the Museum of Contemporary Art Donnaregina will be open for free throughout the month of August.
The initiative is a service for the citizens and to the tourists in Campania in view of an increasingly diversified and transversal promotion of what the region has to offer in cultural terms. Visitors will be able to admire the permanent collections and exhibitions in progress and participate in the related activities free of charge.

The entrance to the museum hosts the Axer/Désaxer architectural installation of French artist Daniel Buren. It is a work designed specifically for museum environments with the aim of remodeling the entire atrium, shifting the perspective axis and creating a space of perceptual and cognitive mobility.

Ongoing exhibitions are a particularly interesting occasion to know about the most contemporary trends in the international artistic landscape.
On the ground floor, in the Re_PUBBLICA MADRE room, the English for Foreigners exhibition by Italian-American Stephen Prina traces the history of the twentieth century, his family and relationship with his father starting from the book to learn English and the American culture used by him, who emigrated from Piemonte at the age of seventeen.
The second floor hosts Perla Pollina, the nonsensical name of the retrospective for Roberto Cuoghi’s twenty-year artistic research, one of the most famous and controversial artists of his generation. Painter, sculptor, performer, and storyteller from the complex and mysterious poetics, based on the use of unconventional materials and techniques.
On the third floor, Siamo Arrivati, by Wade Guyton, who investigates the impact of the production and circulation of digital images through the production of prints made of different materials with tools designed for analogue images. Errors, overlaps and unanticipated discrepancies in the print give way to the difficult relationship between different languages and sensitivity.

Ravello Festival 2017

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A spectacular seemingly floating in the air stage, a natural setting dominated by the beautiful gardens of Villa Rufolo and the sea and sky of the Amalfi Coast that merge into each other on the horizon. A music, dance and written word festival which is the most anticipated event of summer in the Coast.
 
At its 65th edition, the Ravello Festival promises a calendar full of exclusive events with the protagonists of the international art scene. The Festival will begin on July 1st with the tribute to Wagner, who in the lush surroundings of the Villa saw the magic garden of Klingsor. The music of The Valkyrie and Sigfrido will be performed by the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra directed by Master Adam Fischer.
From the repeal of tradition of the first evening, the following day, July 2nd will see the inauguration of the “Dance and Trends” show where the international artist Francesco Clemente, the protagonist of the Transavanguardia, will collaborate on an original choreography by Karole Armitage On the theme of walls and their demolition, a key to interpreting the dancing performances. In addition, the American & NewYorkCity Ballet soloists will give tribute to Balanchine, the dancer, and choreographer who joined together classical and modern ballet.
On July 14 Philip Glass, leader of musical minimalism, will celebrate on the stage of the Ravello Festival his 80th birthday with an anthology of his compositions, while the 16th African American music lovers should not miss the appointment with the saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter.
Among the most evocative events, the Spring Festival, on Stravinsky’s music, the ballet performed for the first time in May 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, considered to be controversial and avant-garde for the time. The protagonists are two dance superstars: Maria Chouinard and Ohad Naharin.

Classic Sorrento

The true story of “Torna a Surriento”: a love song… for the land.
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The classic Neapolitan song expresses the spirit of a mythical time, which gave birth to the legend of Naples, telling the way to love, to play, to work, and to travel. Vivid pictures of real life moments, in which even today a spark of that lively, mischievous and witty way of being that has always been a feature of an entire community can be seen. A trip to the discovery of the Neapolitan most authentic and vital lifeblood made of sun, sky, passion, and music.
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One of the most famous and cherished songs of the vast repertoire of Neapolitan music is definitely “Torna a Surriento”. It is universally considered a beautiful love song that begs a loved one not to leave the city of the heart, of the sea, of the scent of citrus, the land of bewitching and seductive Mermaids because the distance is an unbearable torment. Yet the song, work of the two brothers Giambattista and Ernesto De Curtis, is not dedicated to a woman. In fact, the origin of the text, which was written in just in a few hours, is a captatio benevolentiae, a request for support and protection to the then Prime Minister Giuseppe Zanardelli visiting Sorrento in September 1902. As a result of the operation, the city finally gets the much-needed post office. Without diminishing the romantic halo of the song, it will be fun to listen “Torna a Surriento” from an alternative point of view!