Waiting for 2018

Gazing from the terrace of the Bellevue Syrene the firework show that lights up the gulf is an unforgettable memory. For a romantic New Year’s Eve.
 
In Sorrento the Christmas period is rich in events, but the days before New Year are the most lively when the excitement for the new year and the long night of New Year’s Eve fills the air with exuberant expectation.
Among the not-to-be-missed events on December 30th, at the Chiesa dell’Annunziata, at 7.00 pm, “Presentimento” with Peppe Servillo and the Solis String Quartet, a reinterpretation of the classic Neapolitan repertoire in an original and innovative way, but always in respect of tradition.
 
The last day of the year is entirely dedicated to leisure and entertainment. It begins in the morning, dedicated to children with puppet shows, starting at 10.30 am. At 11.30 the Teatro Tasso will host the End of Year Concert performed by S.C.S. Sorrento Sinfonietta International Symphony Orchestra.
 
At 6 pm the traditional Ciuccio di Fuoco, is a moment of polar folklore that witnesses the lighting of a colourful papier-mâché donkey, a farewell to the past year and a propitiatory rite for the coming one. The real event, however, is like every year the New Year’s Party in Piazza Tasso, from 11.00 pm to 02.00 am with a DJ set and animation, to toast, dance, and welcome 2018, hoping that it brings joy and positivity.
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Bellevue Syrene!

Marc Chagall in Sorrento

The “Colori dell’Anima”, the colours of the soul, on display at Villa Fiorentino, in collaboration with the Imago Art Gallery of Lugano.
 
From oil on canvas to gouache on paper, colored pencil drawings on china ink on masonite, Chagall’s dreamlike and enchanting world in 120 pictorial and graphic works, including three lithographic and etching cycles, as well as suggestive stained church glass windows shown through a dedicated multimedia space.
Master of the European avant-garde, born in Belarus from Jewish descent, then naturalized French, escaped from the Nazi raids through the escape of 1941, Chagall has an intense and tormented life, but in his works the brilliant colors, the simplicity, the immediacy of the tale, they transmit joy and positivity while still maintaining a close bond with the elements that characterize his biography.

The heart of the exhibition hosted at the Sorrento Foundation are four works of particular value:
The cruche aux fleurs, oil on canvas of 1925, floral pattern emblem that accompanies for years the artist’s production, and Russian village, oil on canvas of 1929, homage to his birthplace. And then Le Coq Violet, dating from 1966 to 1972, oil, gouache and china ink on canvas, and L’homme rouge à la casquette, made in 1976, oil and gouache on canvas, mature and representative works of the master’s poetic.

The exhibition, inaugurated on July 15th, which is moving around the usual Sorrentine appointments with the great masters of the art, and which is gaining considerable success, will last until 15 November 2017.
 
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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.