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.

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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.

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Discovering the Amalfi Coast

Amalfi-Coast-014A 50 kilometre long Blue Ribbon to discover some of the most romantic and fascinating places in Italy.
 
Between the southern slope of the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Salerno, the Strada Statale 163 Amalfitana, built in the Bourbon era, connects the 13 municipalities, thirteen precious stones embedded in the rock sloping in the Mediterranean, the Divine Coast that UNESCO declared World Heritage Site.
Some of these sites are famous and attract visitors from all over the world, thanks to the love of so many illustrious characters who celebrated their beauties. We are not talking only about Positano, the glamorous destination par excellence, loved by Nureyev, and Zeffirelli, or Amalfi, the ancient Marinara Republic with its illustrious history and Arabic architecture, or Ravello, which owes so much to Wagner, who found inspiration for Parsifal in Villa Rufolo’s gardens.
Those who are fortunate enough to explore the small villages and towns are also amazed at the beauty of the landscapes, the beaches, the scents, and colours, as well as the people.
Praiano is a small town gently laid on the rock, full of narrow streets and paths, imbued with a relaxing and serene atmosphere. But it is also a place rich in history and culture, already a holiday destination for the Doge of Amalfi, studded with the Saracen watchtowers, the depositary of a miracle of nature that repeats itself every day, that of the most suggestive sunrises and sunsets that one can imagine; from here the sun sinks below the horizon on the sea tinting the sky in gold, red, and orange.
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Atrani, less than a kilometre from Amalfi, is the smallest and most beautiful village in Southern Italy. It can be traversed through the staircases connecting the houses built on one another and the arches that create a magical contrast of lights and shadows. Atrani owes its timeless atmosphere to its medieval yet perfectly recognizable structure, to the suggestive square overlooking the sea, to the lights of the fishing boats that depart from the small beach at night.
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Furore is a village with less than a thousand inhabitants, divided into a high area, on the slopes of the Lattari Mountains, with houses that sprout between the rocks, and the marina, known as Furore’s Fjord. Here artists such as Fellini, Rossellini and Anna Magnani breathed the surreal dimension of the wild nature, the most extreme beauty of the millenarian history mixed with legends and tales handed down by the locals. Such as the one related to Furore’s name, which the elderly attributed to the devil’s fury driven away by the locals. But the correct etymology is no less fascinating: the name comes from Terra Furoris, for the rumble of the foaming sea that breaks on the rocky walls formed by the deep chasm of the rocks enclosing the small and delightful beach.
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