Calendar

May
14
Sat
EUROPEAN NIGHT OF MUSEUMS | Temple of Clitumnus @ Tempietto sul Clitunno - Campello sul Clitunno
May 14 @ 19:30 – 22:30

Temple of Clitumnus
European Night of Museums

Saturday 14 May 2022
Campello sul Clitunno

The Temple in the Moonlight
Experiential guided tour

Campello sul Clitunno, like many other European towns and cities, is taking part in the European Night of Museums, a special evening that has been held since 2005, with museums and cultural institutions exceptionally open and accessible during the evening hours at the symbolic cost of 1 euro. This year the initiative falls on the evening of Saturday 14 May.

For the occasion, from 19:30 until 22:30, it will be possible to access the Tempietto sul Clitunno, an open-air museum, at the symbolic cost of €1.

The evening’s programme includes an experiential guided tour at 21.00. called Il Tempietto al chiaro di luna (The Temple in the Moonlight), organised by Sistema Museo; a special opportunity to be involved in the discovery of an admirable architectural jewel from the Longobard era. The initiative, aimed at adults and children, breaks the traditional pattern of the guided tour, transforming it into a quiz that will guide participants to discover the peculiarities of the UNESCO monument, immersed in the fascinating atmosphere of the night light.

Participation in the guided tour is free of charge, subject to the purchase of a €1.00 entrance ticket to the monument.
The number of participants in the guided tour is limited and advance booking is compulsory.
Participation in the guided tour is subject to compliance with the current Covid-19 regulations.

Information and reservationsi:
Sistema Museo – 0743.275085 / tempiettodelclitunno@sistemamuseo.it
ufficio.comunicazione@comune.campello.pg.it

May
15
Sun
MASTERPIECES IN AND AROUND SPOLETO | Scheduled guided tours to discover the museums of the SPOLETO CARD @ Spoleto
May 15 all-day
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The weekly programme of themed guided tours, organised by Sistema Museo, to discover the precious historical and artistic treasures of the museums of Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno continues. The weekly appointments are scheduled throughout the month of May in the museums of the Spoleto Card network: Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola, Roman House, Church of Saints John and Paul andTemple of Clitumnus.

The themed guided tour From the top of the towers to discover the Camera Pinta and the defensive walkways of the Rocca Albornoz is an exclusive opportunity to discover the close relationship between the defensive function of the fortress and its strategic position in the territory (in the event of bad weather the guided tour will be modified).

The thematic guided tours Capolavori da Museo to the collections of the Spoleto Card museums also continue, a unique opportunity to fully enjoy the combined ticket and discover the precious historical and artistic heritage of Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno. The activities are organised by Sistema Museo in collaboration with the Direzione Regionale Musei dell’Umbria – Rocca Albornoz – Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto – Tempietto sul Clitunno, the Municipality of Spoleto and the Municipality of Campello sul Clitunno.

FROM THE TOP OF THE TOWERS
Guided tours of the Rocca Albornoz defensive walkways and “Camera Pinta”
Thursday and Friday 11.00 – 12.00
Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 12.00 – 15.00 – 16.00

CAPOLAVORI DA MUSEO – Museum Masterpieces
Thematic guided tours

A noble walk | PALAZZO COLLICOLA | Saturday 4.00 pm
A casket of ancient paintings | CHURCH OF SAINTS JOHN AND PAUL | Saturday at 17.00
A monument of ancient charm | TEMPLE ON THE CLITUNNO | Saturday at 18.00
A dream domus | ROMAN HOUSE | Sunday 3.30 pm

Participation fees
Full € 4.00 | Reduced € 3.00 for Spoleto Card holders and from 7 to 17 years | Free up to 6 years |
Upon purchase of the Spoleto Card or the museum entrance ticket.

Guided tours are by RESERVATION ONLY and in compliance with Covid-19 regulations.

Information and reservations:
SISTEMA MUSEO 0743.224952 | museoducatospoleto@sistemamuseo.it | 0743.46434 | spoleto@sistemamuseo.it
SPOLETO TOURIST OFFICE | +39 0743.218620

INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION @ Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
May 15 all-day
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The International Dance Competition returns to Spoleto for its thirtieth edition from May 16 to 22, 2022.
An important milestone for one of the most enduring dance competitions that, over the years, has been able to consolidate its fame in Italy and worldwide.

Among the very few competitions in the world, and the only one in Italy, to be part of the International Federation Ballet Competition, the International Dance Competition City of Spoleto has seen, among its oarticipants, young talents who now perform on the most important stages worldwide.

As per regulation, an international jury composed of artistic directors of theaters and academies, dance critics, choreographers of clear fame and experience will judge the dancers. The scholarships will allow the best dancers to make significant experiences at institutions and academies in Italy and abroad. As in the past years, there will be classical and modern technique lessons and collateral initiatives. The General Director Paolo Boncompagni and the Artistic Director Irina Kashkova together with all the staff are working to select jurors, dancers, events and novelties of the 2022 edition.

The event, sponsored by the Municipality of Spoleto, will involve the entire city as it will host participants, accompanying persons and families in various accommodations in the area for a week and will conclude, as usual, with the highly anticipated Winners Gala scheduled for Saturday, April 9 at the Teatro Gian Carlo Menotti. The first novelty is that, following the invitation received from the Nervi Music Ballet Festival, the winners of the Thirtieth edition and other winners of past editions will perform on the prestigious stage of the Nervi Festival.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday 15 May, h 21.00
MUTDANCE
Korean dance company
Entry € 20

Saturday 21 May, h 21.00
GRAN GALA
Entry € 20

For information, registration and reservation: info@idcspoleto.com or +39 328 3078377

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | THE GENETICS OF THE FORM | Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo @ Palazzo Collicola
May 15 all-day

GTHE GENETICS OF FORM
Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo

curated by Davide Silvioli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 aprile – 29 maggio 2022


In the seasonal programme of Palazzo Collicola, the group exhibition The Genetics of Form is a moment of attention on how contemporary artistic practices are reformulating the entity of form in the work of art, starting from the analysis of the work of a selection of emerging and mid-career artists. The project, curated by Davide Silvioli, brings to the exhibition a group of seven artists with different lexicons and references, unified by the use of methodologies that experiment with means, processes, matter and materials, at times innovative and at times traditional, sometimes hybridizing them, to create new aesthetic destinations, where form, insubordinable to the canonical prescriptions of eurythmy and composition, opens up to the unstable effect of operations that alter and undermine any claim to completeness or completion.
The title of the exhibition, on this basis, is inspired by the anecdote that scientists James Watson and Francis Crick, in discovering the double helix morphology of the DNA structure, were apparently inspired by some scribbles Crick made in his workbook. Despite its apparent simplicity, this episode tells us much about the nature of form in the molecular universe as well as in that of artistic research, encapsulating the complexity of the relationship between form and substance, between form and external environment, between natural form and artificial form, between form and appearance, between form and its perception. Therefore, the languages of Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo, with a high degree of interdisciplinarity, represent seven researches that, while evaluating their respective subjectivities, adequately and unanimously argue the theoretical premises of the exhibition. Scattered through the rooms on the ground floor of the museum, their works, ranging from sculpture to installation and video, and eluding easy nomenclature, provide a concise but exhaustive scenario of how the classical category of form, interpreted in the project as the result of the simultaneous effect – not always disciplined – of endogenous and exogenous impulses, is still being revised by the contemporary world.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | MARK FRANCIS Re-Echo / MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata @ Palazzo Collicola
May 15 all-day

Mark Francis. Re-Echo
curated by Marco Tonelli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 26 March – 29 May 2022
Vernissage Saturday 26 March at 11.00 am

One of the most interesting British painters of his generation, Mark Francis is seeing his paintings displayed in a solo exhibition in a public museum in Italy for the first time. Internationally acclaimed at the end of the 1990s among the Young British Artists in the epoch-making exhibition of the Saatchi Sensation collection at the Royal Academy in London in 1997, in the exhibition Re-Echo (whose meaning alludes to the physical effect of resonating) he presents 15 paintings made between 2021 and 2022, characterised by frequencies, wavelengths and vertical amplitudes typical of energy waves, as if these paintings were able to capture and measure invisible forces (magnetic, sound, atomic) and well beyond the human capacity for perception.

_____________________________________

MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata 
curated by Davide Silvioli
26 March – 29 May 2022
“G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto

With Matteo Montani’s project Costellazione privata, Palazzo Collicola renews its focus on contemporary pictorial research hosting the work of an internationally renowned Italian painter.

The exhibition, curated by Davide Silvioli, takes place in the rooms of the museum’s Modern Art Gallery, also occupying its own architectural areas. The artist’s work consists of a series of works – never exhibited before – dating back to different periods but united by the refinement given by the reduced format, the result of a selection that the Roman painter has made directly within the pictorial surfaces themselves, extrapolating only details that highlight the different stylistic features of his rigorous research. Montani’s work thus becomes a new aesthetic presence in the midst of the works that make up the permanent collection, suggesting unexpected linguistic affinities and sophisticated dissonances. Thus structured, the operation, although disseminated like a constellation, is to be read as a unicum, just like the latter, and therefore as a single site-specific intervention, aimed at providing alternative keys to interpretation in order to interface both with the contemporary artistic heritage of the museum and with Montani’s research. Through a circle of works expressly selected or created for the occasion, the exhibition moves along these two parallel tracks – the collection and Montani’s work – which, contaminating each other in the exhibition experience, give rise to new ideas for interpreting both the one and the other.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
May 15 all-day

VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 April – 29 May 2022


Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola is a solo exhibition for the 100th anniversary of the birth of an artist who has marked the destiny of much of thedevelopment of Italian painting from the post-war period to the early 2000s. Although Vasco Bendini (Bologna 1922 – Rome 2015) was originally from Emilia and lived in Rome for many years, he was particularly close to Spoleto thanks to his friendship with Bruno Toscano, which had developed since the days of the Spoleto Prize, which he won on two occasions (1955 and 1957), and which continued to be cultivated over time until the donation of a substantial nucleus of works, almost all from the 1950s, desired by Vasco and made by Marcella Valentini Bendini, to enrich the Spoleto gallery in 1989. It was therefore an important relationship with the city and its museum, that today intend to pay tribute to him by rediscovering that group of donated works, including the only surviving example of the Diluvi cycle. In the exhibition curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci, the works alternate with documents and critical analyses, in particular by Francesco Arcangeli, Bendini’s first supporter as well as an influential critic of the Spoleto group. In fact, it was through the theorisation of the last naturalism that the debate opened in Italy, as early as 1954, around a young generation of artists (in particular Emiliani and Lombardi, but also the Spoletini), in which Vasco Bendini was, together with Mattia Moreni, Ennio Morlotti and others, among the protagonists of this critical event that opened up a new, existential vision of art. Bendini, who around 1950 “struggled with Masaccio”, as Arcangeli recalls, immediately afterwards “began to fill large pastel papers with storms and deluge: whirlwinds that we can barely remember, agitated coils, blacks that avalanche on themselves. Nothing remains of them: and yet the abandonment to that very isolated and almost absurd anarchy was […] of an absolute frankness”. As we have said, the only remaining evidence of the Diluvi is in Spoleto, but alongside this are canvases and papers of intense spiritual afflatus, mistaken at the time for eternal abstraction; looking at them today, they disclose intense and delicate shadows of subtle faces, oscillating between the memory of the image and an almost subconscious vision, generated by small strokes. It is the grammar of informal tachisme that emerges and returns these images with intense emotion. These are the years, from the beginning of the 1950s to the beginning of the 1960s, with an appendix on the 1980s, when the artist returned to reinterpret some of the initial themes of his rich artistic career, that interest the Spoleto exhibition, which is accompanied by the publication of the catalogue, offered by the Freemocco publisher of Deruta; among other contributions, it includes an interview by Bruno Toscano.


Vasco Bendini (Bologna 27 February 1922 – Rome 31 January 2015) A pupil of Virgilio Guidi and Giorgio Morandi, he attended their courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, but his first exhibition was held in Lombardy, in Milan at the Bergamini Gallery in 1949. Over the following decade he exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, in particular in Florence in 1953 at the Galleria La Torre presented by Francesco Arcangeli who shortly afterwards included him in the group of the Last Naturalists theorised in the pages of the magazine “Paragone” (1954). In 1956 he took part in the Venice Biennale in 1959 and was invited to the Rome Quadrenniale, while in 1961 he was in Brazil at the São Paulo Biennale and in 1962 at the Tokyo Biennale, and then again in Venice in 1964. His painting was influenced by Informalism, in the Archangelian declination of nature tinged with an inclination towards abstraction. The turning point came in 1966 when, presented by Giulio Carlo Argan at the L’Attico gallery in Rome, a certain formal inflection appeared in his painting that would be typical of arte povera. This trend was also confirmed a year later, when he presented his canvases at the Studio Bentivoglio in Bologna, with an essay by Arcangeli. The 1970s opened with his third participation in the Venice Biennale in 1972, invited by Renato Barilli. In 1973 he moved to the capital, where he returned to live in 2012 after an interval of working in Parma. These are the years in which he inaugurated important personal and anthological exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including the C.S.A.C. in Parma, the Italian Cultural Institute in Cologne, the Saarbruecken Museum of Modern Art and the Saarlouis Museum of Modern Art, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, the Franco Antonicelli Cultural Union in Turin, the Casa del Mantegna in Mantua, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Spoleto, the P.A.C. in Milan, the Pinacoteca in Ravenna, the Galleria Civica in Modena, Palazzo Forti in Verona, the Galleria Civica d’arte contemporanea in Trento, the Loggetta Lombardesca, the Museo della Città in Ravenna, the Palazzo Comunale in Salò, the Museo Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea of the University La Sapienza in Rome, the Teatro Farnese in Parma, the Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano, the Civica Galleria in Lissone, the Museo Bocchi in Parma, the Castello Masnago in Varese, the MACRO in Rome, the Museo Palazzo de’ Mayo in Chieti. During his stay in Parma, he received numerous awards for his career, including the 2002 Lissone Prize, the Marina di Ravenna Prize, the Guglielmo Marconi Prize, the G.B. Salvi Prize in Sassoferrato (Ancona), the Targa Ricordo Volponi in Bologna, and the tribute exhibition at the MACRO in Rome. In 2009, under the presidency of Marcella Valentini Bendini, the Archive of Vasco Bendini’s work was set up in Parma and later transferred to Rome. Vice President Irene Santori. Finally, in 2012 the last monograph of the artist was presented at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.

CINEMA in Spoleto @ Sala Pegasus e Sala Frau
May 15 all-day

Cinéma Sala Pegasus
Piazza Bovio
Web site: www.cinemasalapegasus.it
Facebook: Cinéma Sala Pegasus
cinemasalapegasus@gmail.com
Ph. 0743 522620

Cinema Sala Frau
Vicolo San Filippo 16
Web site: www.spoletocinemaalcentro.it
Facebook: Cinema Sala Frau
cinemasalafrau@gmail.com
Ph. 0743/522177

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SPOLETO CARD guided walk | Romanesque Spoleto @ Chiesa dei SS GIovanni e Paolo (ritrovo a Palazzo Collicola)
May 15 @ 11:00

SPOLETO CARD: visits scheduled in May
Five guided tours to learn about the historical and artistic heritage of the city

Thematic tours and guided walks are FREE for SPOLETO CARD holders.
Thematic tours and guided walks are ONLY ON RESERVATION and WITH A LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS.
For the GUIDED WALKS the RESERVATION is MANDATORY by 6 pm on the previous Saturday.

Participation requires compliance with current Covid-19 regulations.

Those who do not have the SPOLETO CARD will be able to participate:
– to THEMATIC TOURS in the museums with a fee of € 4.00 per person, in addition to the museum ticket.
GUIDED WALKS with a fee of € 7.50 per person, in addition to the museum ticket where applicable.

The SPOLETO CARD is a combined ticket that allows to enter to numerous museal sites of the city and to benefit of particular advantages.
The SPOLETO CARD can be purchased in the participating museums and is valid 7 days.

SPOLETO CARD rates:
Red Card: € 9,50
Green Card: € 8,00 (from 15 to 25 years old, over 65 years old, groups)
Edited by: Sistema Museo, in collaboration with the Municipality of Spoleto.

For information and reservations: Soc.
Soc. Coop. Museum System
Tel and fax 0743 46434 – 0743 224952
E-mail: info@spoletocard.it
Website: www.spoletocard.it

UMBRIA CULTURE FOR FAMILY – Lucrezia’s wardrobe @ Rocca Albornoz
May 15 @ 11:00

Sunday 15 May, 11.00 a.m.
Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto
UMBRIA CULTURE FOR FAMILY

Lucrezia’s wardrobe
A workshop on Renaissance fashion inspired by the clothes of Lucrezia Borgia.
Duration 1 hour and a half.

Info and reservations required:
Ph. 0743 224952- Email museodelducatospoleto@sistemamuseo.it
Cost € 5.00 per participant

Admission fee for accompanying adults

Concerts of the Officina d’Arte e Tessuti Association | Music from the twentieth century to the present day – Concert n. 2 @ Cinéma Sala Pegasus
May 15 @ 11:30

Concerts of the Officina d’Arte e Tessuti Association
Music from the twentieth century to the present day – concert no. 2

Sunday 15 May at 11.30 a.m. – Sala Pegasus, Piazza G. Bovio

Paolo Andriotti, Cello – Lucia Sorci, Piano

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Programme
Paul Hindemith, 3 Leichte Stücke
Anton Webern, Tre Piccoli Pezzi and Sonata for cello and piano
Paolo Andriotti, Stukke (world premiere)
Paolo Rotili, Composition for cello solo (world premiere)
Claude Debussy, Sonata for cello and piano
Igor Stravinsky, Suite italienne

This is a complex and stimulating programme because, alongside the music of the 20th century masters who contributed to the renewal of musical language, laying the foundations for modern music, it will be possible to listen to the music of two contemporary masters, who, although on different paths and concepts, have continued along the same path.

The concerts organised by the Associazione Officina d’Arte e Tessuti of Spoleto, which comes alongside the gallery of the same name in Via Plinio il Giovane and inherits its activity in the field of music, will continue until December 2023, coinciding with the 3rd Biennale of Fiber Art.

Organisation: Associazione Officina d’Arte e Tessuti – Spoleto
Curated by Pierfrancesco Caprio and Fabio Caprio

Tickets: 5€ as a donation to the association

Info and reservations:
officinadartetessuti21@gmail.com
Tel. +39 333 3763011

RAGGIO DI MAGGIO Between poetry and music @ Spoleto e Eggi
May 15 @ 17:00
(Italiano) VISIONI D’AUTORE | La regista Beatrice Baldacci presenta LA TANA @ Cinéma Sala Pegasus
May 15 @ 18:30

Sorry, this entry is only available in Italiano.

May
16
Mon
INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION @ Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
May 16 all-day
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The International Dance Competition returns to Spoleto for its thirtieth edition from May 16 to 22, 2022.
An important milestone for one of the most enduring dance competitions that, over the years, has been able to consolidate its fame in Italy and worldwide.

Among the very few competitions in the world, and the only one in Italy, to be part of the International Federation Ballet Competition, the International Dance Competition City of Spoleto has seen, among its oarticipants, young talents who now perform on the most important stages worldwide.

As per regulation, an international jury composed of artistic directors of theaters and academies, dance critics, choreographers of clear fame and experience will judge the dancers. The scholarships will allow the best dancers to make significant experiences at institutions and academies in Italy and abroad. As in the past years, there will be classical and modern technique lessons and collateral initiatives. The General Director Paolo Boncompagni and the Artistic Director Irina Kashkova together with all the staff are working to select jurors, dancers, events and novelties of the 2022 edition.

The event, sponsored by the Municipality of Spoleto, will involve the entire city as it will host participants, accompanying persons and families in various accommodations in the area for a week and will conclude, as usual, with the highly anticipated Winners Gala scheduled for Saturday, April 9 at the Teatro Gian Carlo Menotti. The first novelty is that, following the invitation received from the Nervi Music Ballet Festival, the winners of the Thirtieth edition and other winners of past editions will perform on the prestigious stage of the Nervi Festival.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday 15 May, h 21.00
MUTDANCE
Korean dance company
Entry € 20

Saturday 21 May, h 21.00
GRAN GALA
Entry € 20

For information, registration and reservation: info@idcspoleto.com or +39 328 3078377

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | THE GENETICS OF THE FORM | Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo @ Palazzo Collicola
May 16 all-day

GTHE GENETICS OF FORM
Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo

curated by Davide Silvioli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 aprile – 29 maggio 2022


In the seasonal programme of Palazzo Collicola, the group exhibition The Genetics of Form is a moment of attention on how contemporary artistic practices are reformulating the entity of form in the work of art, starting from the analysis of the work of a selection of emerging and mid-career artists. The project, curated by Davide Silvioli, brings to the exhibition a group of seven artists with different lexicons and references, unified by the use of methodologies that experiment with means, processes, matter and materials, at times innovative and at times traditional, sometimes hybridizing them, to create new aesthetic destinations, where form, insubordinable to the canonical prescriptions of eurythmy and composition, opens up to the unstable effect of operations that alter and undermine any claim to completeness or completion.
The title of the exhibition, on this basis, is inspired by the anecdote that scientists James Watson and Francis Crick, in discovering the double helix morphology of the DNA structure, were apparently inspired by some scribbles Crick made in his workbook. Despite its apparent simplicity, this episode tells us much about the nature of form in the molecular universe as well as in that of artistic research, encapsulating the complexity of the relationship between form and substance, between form and external environment, between natural form and artificial form, between form and appearance, between form and its perception. Therefore, the languages of Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo, with a high degree of interdisciplinarity, represent seven researches that, while evaluating their respective subjectivities, adequately and unanimously argue the theoretical premises of the exhibition. Scattered through the rooms on the ground floor of the museum, their works, ranging from sculpture to installation and video, and eluding easy nomenclature, provide a concise but exhaustive scenario of how the classical category of form, interpreted in the project as the result of the simultaneous effect – not always disciplined – of endogenous and exogenous impulses, is still being revised by the contemporary world.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | MARK FRANCIS Re-Echo / MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata @ Palazzo Collicola
May 16 all-day

Mark Francis. Re-Echo
curated by Marco Tonelli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 26 March – 29 May 2022
Vernissage Saturday 26 March at 11.00 am

One of the most interesting British painters of his generation, Mark Francis is seeing his paintings displayed in a solo exhibition in a public museum in Italy for the first time. Internationally acclaimed at the end of the 1990s among the Young British Artists in the epoch-making exhibition of the Saatchi Sensation collection at the Royal Academy in London in 1997, in the exhibition Re-Echo (whose meaning alludes to the physical effect of resonating) he presents 15 paintings made between 2021 and 2022, characterised by frequencies, wavelengths and vertical amplitudes typical of energy waves, as if these paintings were able to capture and measure invisible forces (magnetic, sound, atomic) and well beyond the human capacity for perception.

_____________________________________

MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata 
curated by Davide Silvioli
26 March – 29 May 2022
“G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto

With Matteo Montani’s project Costellazione privata, Palazzo Collicola renews its focus on contemporary pictorial research hosting the work of an internationally renowned Italian painter.

The exhibition, curated by Davide Silvioli, takes place in the rooms of the museum’s Modern Art Gallery, also occupying its own architectural areas. The artist’s work consists of a series of works – never exhibited before – dating back to different periods but united by the refinement given by the reduced format, the result of a selection that the Roman painter has made directly within the pictorial surfaces themselves, extrapolating only details that highlight the different stylistic features of his rigorous research. Montani’s work thus becomes a new aesthetic presence in the midst of the works that make up the permanent collection, suggesting unexpected linguistic affinities and sophisticated dissonances. Thus structured, the operation, although disseminated like a constellation, is to be read as a unicum, just like the latter, and therefore as a single site-specific intervention, aimed at providing alternative keys to interpretation in order to interface both with the contemporary artistic heritage of the museum and with Montani’s research. Through a circle of works expressly selected or created for the occasion, the exhibition moves along these two parallel tracks – the collection and Montani’s work – which, contaminating each other in the exhibition experience, give rise to new ideas for interpreting both the one and the other.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
May 16 all-day

VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 April – 29 May 2022


Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola is a solo exhibition for the 100th anniversary of the birth of an artist who has marked the destiny of much of thedevelopment of Italian painting from the post-war period to the early 2000s. Although Vasco Bendini (Bologna 1922 – Rome 2015) was originally from Emilia and lived in Rome for many years, he was particularly close to Spoleto thanks to his friendship with Bruno Toscano, which had developed since the days of the Spoleto Prize, which he won on two occasions (1955 and 1957), and which continued to be cultivated over time until the donation of a substantial nucleus of works, almost all from the 1950s, desired by Vasco and made by Marcella Valentini Bendini, to enrich the Spoleto gallery in 1989. It was therefore an important relationship with the city and its museum, that today intend to pay tribute to him by rediscovering that group of donated works, including the only surviving example of the Diluvi cycle. In the exhibition curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci, the works alternate with documents and critical analyses, in particular by Francesco Arcangeli, Bendini’s first supporter as well as an influential critic of the Spoleto group. In fact, it was through the theorisation of the last naturalism that the debate opened in Italy, as early as 1954, around a young generation of artists (in particular Emiliani and Lombardi, but also the Spoletini), in which Vasco Bendini was, together with Mattia Moreni, Ennio Morlotti and others, among the protagonists of this critical event that opened up a new, existential vision of art. Bendini, who around 1950 “struggled with Masaccio”, as Arcangeli recalls, immediately afterwards “began to fill large pastel papers with storms and deluge: whirlwinds that we can barely remember, agitated coils, blacks that avalanche on themselves. Nothing remains of them: and yet the abandonment to that very isolated and almost absurd anarchy was […] of an absolute frankness”. As we have said, the only remaining evidence of the Diluvi is in Spoleto, but alongside this are canvases and papers of intense spiritual afflatus, mistaken at the time for eternal abstraction; looking at them today, they disclose intense and delicate shadows of subtle faces, oscillating between the memory of the image and an almost subconscious vision, generated by small strokes. It is the grammar of informal tachisme that emerges and returns these images with intense emotion. These are the years, from the beginning of the 1950s to the beginning of the 1960s, with an appendix on the 1980s, when the artist returned to reinterpret some of the initial themes of his rich artistic career, that interest the Spoleto exhibition, which is accompanied by the publication of the catalogue, offered by the Freemocco publisher of Deruta; among other contributions, it includes an interview by Bruno Toscano.


Vasco Bendini (Bologna 27 February 1922 – Rome 31 January 2015) A pupil of Virgilio Guidi and Giorgio Morandi, he attended their courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, but his first exhibition was held in Lombardy, in Milan at the Bergamini Gallery in 1949. Over the following decade he exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, in particular in Florence in 1953 at the Galleria La Torre presented by Francesco Arcangeli who shortly afterwards included him in the group of the Last Naturalists theorised in the pages of the magazine “Paragone” (1954). In 1956 he took part in the Venice Biennale in 1959 and was invited to the Rome Quadrenniale, while in 1961 he was in Brazil at the São Paulo Biennale and in 1962 at the Tokyo Biennale, and then again in Venice in 1964. His painting was influenced by Informalism, in the Archangelian declination of nature tinged with an inclination towards abstraction. The turning point came in 1966 when, presented by Giulio Carlo Argan at the L’Attico gallery in Rome, a certain formal inflection appeared in his painting that would be typical of arte povera. This trend was also confirmed a year later, when he presented his canvases at the Studio Bentivoglio in Bologna, with an essay by Arcangeli. The 1970s opened with his third participation in the Venice Biennale in 1972, invited by Renato Barilli. In 1973 he moved to the capital, where he returned to live in 2012 after an interval of working in Parma. These are the years in which he inaugurated important personal and anthological exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including the C.S.A.C. in Parma, the Italian Cultural Institute in Cologne, the Saarbruecken Museum of Modern Art and the Saarlouis Museum of Modern Art, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, the Franco Antonicelli Cultural Union in Turin, the Casa del Mantegna in Mantua, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Spoleto, the P.A.C. in Milan, the Pinacoteca in Ravenna, the Galleria Civica in Modena, Palazzo Forti in Verona, the Galleria Civica d’arte contemporanea in Trento, the Loggetta Lombardesca, the Museo della Città in Ravenna, the Palazzo Comunale in Salò, the Museo Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea of the University La Sapienza in Rome, the Teatro Farnese in Parma, the Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano, the Civica Galleria in Lissone, the Museo Bocchi in Parma, the Castello Masnago in Varese, the MACRO in Rome, the Museo Palazzo de’ Mayo in Chieti. During his stay in Parma, he received numerous awards for his career, including the 2002 Lissone Prize, the Marina di Ravenna Prize, the Guglielmo Marconi Prize, the G.B. Salvi Prize in Sassoferrato (Ancona), the Targa Ricordo Volponi in Bologna, and the tribute exhibition at the MACRO in Rome. In 2009, under the presidency of Marcella Valentini Bendini, the Archive of Vasco Bendini’s work was set up in Parma and later transferred to Rome. Vice President Irene Santori. Finally, in 2012 the last monograph of the artist was presented at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.

CINEMA in Spoleto @ Sala Pegasus e Sala Frau
May 16 all-day

Cinéma Sala Pegasus
Piazza Bovio
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Vicolo San Filippo 16
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May
17
Tue
INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION @ Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
May 17 all-day
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The International Dance Competition returns to Spoleto for its thirtieth edition from May 16 to 22, 2022.
An important milestone for one of the most enduring dance competitions that, over the years, has been able to consolidate its fame in Italy and worldwide.

Among the very few competitions in the world, and the only one in Italy, to be part of the International Federation Ballet Competition, the International Dance Competition City of Spoleto has seen, among its oarticipants, young talents who now perform on the most important stages worldwide.

As per regulation, an international jury composed of artistic directors of theaters and academies, dance critics, choreographers of clear fame and experience will judge the dancers. The scholarships will allow the best dancers to make significant experiences at institutions and academies in Italy and abroad. As in the past years, there will be classical and modern technique lessons and collateral initiatives. The General Director Paolo Boncompagni and the Artistic Director Irina Kashkova together with all the staff are working to select jurors, dancers, events and novelties of the 2022 edition.

The event, sponsored by the Municipality of Spoleto, will involve the entire city as it will host participants, accompanying persons and families in various accommodations in the area for a week and will conclude, as usual, with the highly anticipated Winners Gala scheduled for Saturday, April 9 at the Teatro Gian Carlo Menotti. The first novelty is that, following the invitation received from the Nervi Music Ballet Festival, the winners of the Thirtieth edition and other winners of past editions will perform on the prestigious stage of the Nervi Festival.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday 15 May, h 21.00
MUTDANCE
Korean dance company
Entry € 20

Saturday 21 May, h 21.00
GRAN GALA
Entry € 20

For information, registration and reservation: info@idcspoleto.com or +39 328 3078377

CINEMA in Spoleto @ Sala Pegasus e Sala Frau
May 17 all-day

Cinéma Sala Pegasus
Piazza Bovio
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Ph. 0743 522620

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Vicolo San Filippo 16
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May
18
Wed
INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION @ Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
May 18 all-day
<!--:it-->INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION<!--:--><!--:en-->INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION<!--:--> @ Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti

The International Dance Competition returns to Spoleto for its thirtieth edition from May 16 to 22, 2022.
An important milestone for one of the most enduring dance competitions that, over the years, has been able to consolidate its fame in Italy and worldwide.

Among the very few competitions in the world, and the only one in Italy, to be part of the International Federation Ballet Competition, the International Dance Competition City of Spoleto has seen, among its oarticipants, young talents who now perform on the most important stages worldwide.

As per regulation, an international jury composed of artistic directors of theaters and academies, dance critics, choreographers of clear fame and experience will judge the dancers. The scholarships will allow the best dancers to make significant experiences at institutions and academies in Italy and abroad. As in the past years, there will be classical and modern technique lessons and collateral initiatives. The General Director Paolo Boncompagni and the Artistic Director Irina Kashkova together with all the staff are working to select jurors, dancers, events and novelties of the 2022 edition.

The event, sponsored by the Municipality of Spoleto, will involve the entire city as it will host participants, accompanying persons and families in various accommodations in the area for a week and will conclude, as usual, with the highly anticipated Winners Gala scheduled for Saturday, April 9 at the Teatro Gian Carlo Menotti. The first novelty is that, following the invitation received from the Nervi Music Ballet Festival, the winners of the Thirtieth edition and other winners of past editions will perform on the prestigious stage of the Nervi Festival.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday 15 May, h 21.00
MUTDANCE
Korean dance company
Entry € 20

Saturday 21 May, h 21.00
GRAN GALA
Entry € 20

For information, registration and reservation: info@idcspoleto.com or +39 328 3078377

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | THE GENETICS OF THE FORM | Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo @ Palazzo Collicola
May 18 all-day

GTHE GENETICS OF FORM
Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo

curated by Davide Silvioli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 aprile – 29 maggio 2022


In the seasonal programme of Palazzo Collicola, the group exhibition The Genetics of Form is a moment of attention on how contemporary artistic practices are reformulating the entity of form in the work of art, starting from the analysis of the work of a selection of emerging and mid-career artists. The project, curated by Davide Silvioli, brings to the exhibition a group of seven artists with different lexicons and references, unified by the use of methodologies that experiment with means, processes, matter and materials, at times innovative and at times traditional, sometimes hybridizing them, to create new aesthetic destinations, where form, insubordinable to the canonical prescriptions of eurythmy and composition, opens up to the unstable effect of operations that alter and undermine any claim to completeness or completion.
The title of the exhibition, on this basis, is inspired by the anecdote that scientists James Watson and Francis Crick, in discovering the double helix morphology of the DNA structure, were apparently inspired by some scribbles Crick made in his workbook. Despite its apparent simplicity, this episode tells us much about the nature of form in the molecular universe as well as in that of artistic research, encapsulating the complexity of the relationship between form and substance, between form and external environment, between natural form and artificial form, between form and appearance, between form and its perception. Therefore, the languages of Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo, with a high degree of interdisciplinarity, represent seven researches that, while evaluating their respective subjectivities, adequately and unanimously argue the theoretical premises of the exhibition. Scattered through the rooms on the ground floor of the museum, their works, ranging from sculpture to installation and video, and eluding easy nomenclature, provide a concise but exhaustive scenario of how the classical category of form, interpreted in the project as the result of the simultaneous effect – not always disciplined – of endogenous and exogenous impulses, is still being revised by the contemporary world.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | MARK FRANCIS Re-Echo / MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata @ Palazzo Collicola
May 18 all-day

Mark Francis. Re-Echo
curated by Marco Tonelli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 26 March – 29 May 2022
Vernissage Saturday 26 March at 11.00 am

One of the most interesting British painters of his generation, Mark Francis is seeing his paintings displayed in a solo exhibition in a public museum in Italy for the first time. Internationally acclaimed at the end of the 1990s among the Young British Artists in the epoch-making exhibition of the Saatchi Sensation collection at the Royal Academy in London in 1997, in the exhibition Re-Echo (whose meaning alludes to the physical effect of resonating) he presents 15 paintings made between 2021 and 2022, characterised by frequencies, wavelengths and vertical amplitudes typical of energy waves, as if these paintings were able to capture and measure invisible forces (magnetic, sound, atomic) and well beyond the human capacity for perception.

_____________________________________

MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata 
curated by Davide Silvioli
26 March – 29 May 2022
“G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto

With Matteo Montani’s project Costellazione privata, Palazzo Collicola renews its focus on contemporary pictorial research hosting the work of an internationally renowned Italian painter.

The exhibition, curated by Davide Silvioli, takes place in the rooms of the museum’s Modern Art Gallery, also occupying its own architectural areas. The artist’s work consists of a series of works – never exhibited before – dating back to different periods but united by the refinement given by the reduced format, the result of a selection that the Roman painter has made directly within the pictorial surfaces themselves, extrapolating only details that highlight the different stylistic features of his rigorous research. Montani’s work thus becomes a new aesthetic presence in the midst of the works that make up the permanent collection, suggesting unexpected linguistic affinities and sophisticated dissonances. Thus structured, the operation, although disseminated like a constellation, is to be read as a unicum, just like the latter, and therefore as a single site-specific intervention, aimed at providing alternative keys to interpretation in order to interface both with the contemporary artistic heritage of the museum and with Montani’s research. Through a circle of works expressly selected or created for the occasion, the exhibition moves along these two parallel tracks – the collection and Montani’s work – which, contaminating each other in the exhibition experience, give rise to new ideas for interpreting both the one and the other.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
May 18 all-day

VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 April – 29 May 2022


Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola is a solo exhibition for the 100th anniversary of the birth of an artist who has marked the destiny of much of thedevelopment of Italian painting from the post-war period to the early 2000s. Although Vasco Bendini (Bologna 1922 – Rome 2015) was originally from Emilia and lived in Rome for many years, he was particularly close to Spoleto thanks to his friendship with Bruno Toscano, which had developed since the days of the Spoleto Prize, which he won on two occasions (1955 and 1957), and which continued to be cultivated over time until the donation of a substantial nucleus of works, almost all from the 1950s, desired by Vasco and made by Marcella Valentini Bendini, to enrich the Spoleto gallery in 1989. It was therefore an important relationship with the city and its museum, that today intend to pay tribute to him by rediscovering that group of donated works, including the only surviving example of the Diluvi cycle. In the exhibition curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci, the works alternate with documents and critical analyses, in particular by Francesco Arcangeli, Bendini’s first supporter as well as an influential critic of the Spoleto group. In fact, it was through the theorisation of the last naturalism that the debate opened in Italy, as early as 1954, around a young generation of artists (in particular Emiliani and Lombardi, but also the Spoletini), in which Vasco Bendini was, together with Mattia Moreni, Ennio Morlotti and others, among the protagonists of this critical event that opened up a new, existential vision of art. Bendini, who around 1950 “struggled with Masaccio”, as Arcangeli recalls, immediately afterwards “began to fill large pastel papers with storms and deluge: whirlwinds that we can barely remember, agitated coils, blacks that avalanche on themselves. Nothing remains of them: and yet the abandonment to that very isolated and almost absurd anarchy was […] of an absolute frankness”. As we have said, the only remaining evidence of the Diluvi is in Spoleto, but alongside this are canvases and papers of intense spiritual afflatus, mistaken at the time for eternal abstraction; looking at them today, they disclose intense and delicate shadows of subtle faces, oscillating between the memory of the image and an almost subconscious vision, generated by small strokes. It is the grammar of informal tachisme that emerges and returns these images with intense emotion. These are the years, from the beginning of the 1950s to the beginning of the 1960s, with an appendix on the 1980s, when the artist returned to reinterpret some of the initial themes of his rich artistic career, that interest the Spoleto exhibition, which is accompanied by the publication of the catalogue, offered by the Freemocco publisher of Deruta; among other contributions, it includes an interview by Bruno Toscano.


Vasco Bendini (Bologna 27 February 1922 – Rome 31 January 2015) A pupil of Virgilio Guidi and Giorgio Morandi, he attended their courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, but his first exhibition was held in Lombardy, in Milan at the Bergamini Gallery in 1949. Over the following decade he exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, in particular in Florence in 1953 at the Galleria La Torre presented by Francesco Arcangeli who shortly afterwards included him in the group of the Last Naturalists theorised in the pages of the magazine “Paragone” (1954). In 1956 he took part in the Venice Biennale in 1959 and was invited to the Rome Quadrenniale, while in 1961 he was in Brazil at the São Paulo Biennale and in 1962 at the Tokyo Biennale, and then again in Venice in 1964. His painting was influenced by Informalism, in the Archangelian declination of nature tinged with an inclination towards abstraction. The turning point came in 1966 when, presented by Giulio Carlo Argan at the L’Attico gallery in Rome, a certain formal inflection appeared in his painting that would be typical of arte povera. This trend was also confirmed a year later, when he presented his canvases at the Studio Bentivoglio in Bologna, with an essay by Arcangeli. The 1970s opened with his third participation in the Venice Biennale in 1972, invited by Renato Barilli. In 1973 he moved to the capital, where he returned to live in 2012 after an interval of working in Parma. These are the years in which he inaugurated important personal and anthological exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including the C.S.A.C. in Parma, the Italian Cultural Institute in Cologne, the Saarbruecken Museum of Modern Art and the Saarlouis Museum of Modern Art, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, the Franco Antonicelli Cultural Union in Turin, the Casa del Mantegna in Mantua, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Spoleto, the P.A.C. in Milan, the Pinacoteca in Ravenna, the Galleria Civica in Modena, Palazzo Forti in Verona, the Galleria Civica d’arte contemporanea in Trento, the Loggetta Lombardesca, the Museo della Città in Ravenna, the Palazzo Comunale in Salò, the Museo Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea of the University La Sapienza in Rome, the Teatro Farnese in Parma, the Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano, the Civica Galleria in Lissone, the Museo Bocchi in Parma, the Castello Masnago in Varese, the MACRO in Rome, the Museo Palazzo de’ Mayo in Chieti. During his stay in Parma, he received numerous awards for his career, including the 2002 Lissone Prize, the Marina di Ravenna Prize, the Guglielmo Marconi Prize, the G.B. Salvi Prize in Sassoferrato (Ancona), the Targa Ricordo Volponi in Bologna, and the tribute exhibition at the MACRO in Rome. In 2009, under the presidency of Marcella Valentini Bendini, the Archive of Vasco Bendini’s work was set up in Parma and later transferred to Rome. Vice President Irene Santori. Finally, in 2012 the last monograph of the artist was presented at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.

CINEMA in Spoleto @ Sala Pegasus e Sala Frau
May 18 all-day

Cinéma Sala Pegasus
Piazza Bovio
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Ph. 0743 522620

Cinema Sala Frau
Vicolo San Filippo 16
Web site: www.spoletocinemaalcentro.it
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May
19
Thu
MASTERPIECES IN AND AROUND SPOLETO | Scheduled guided tours to discover the museums of the SPOLETO CARD @ Spoleto
May 19 all-day
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The weekly programme of themed guided tours, organised by Sistema Museo, to discover the precious historical and artistic treasures of the museums of Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno continues. The weekly appointments are scheduled throughout the month of May in the museums of the Spoleto Card network: Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola, Roman House, Church of Saints John and Paul andTemple of Clitumnus.

The themed guided tour From the top of the towers to discover the Camera Pinta and the defensive walkways of the Rocca Albornoz is an exclusive opportunity to discover the close relationship between the defensive function of the fortress and its strategic position in the territory (in the event of bad weather the guided tour will be modified).

The thematic guided tours Capolavori da Museo to the collections of the Spoleto Card museums also continue, a unique opportunity to fully enjoy the combined ticket and discover the precious historical and artistic heritage of Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno. The activities are organised by Sistema Museo in collaboration with the Direzione Regionale Musei dell’Umbria – Rocca Albornoz – Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto – Tempietto sul Clitunno, the Municipality of Spoleto and the Municipality of Campello sul Clitunno.

FROM THE TOP OF THE TOWERS
Guided tours of the Rocca Albornoz defensive walkways and “Camera Pinta”
Thursday and Friday 11.00 – 12.00
Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 12.00 – 15.00 – 16.00

CAPOLAVORI DA MUSEO – Museum Masterpieces
Thematic guided tours

A noble walk | PALAZZO COLLICOLA | Saturday 4.00 pm
A casket of ancient paintings | CHURCH OF SAINTS JOHN AND PAUL | Saturday at 17.00
A monument of ancient charm | TEMPLE ON THE CLITUNNO | Saturday at 18.00
A dream domus | ROMAN HOUSE | Sunday 3.30 pm

Participation fees
Full € 4.00 | Reduced € 3.00 for Spoleto Card holders and from 7 to 17 years | Free up to 6 years |
Upon purchase of the Spoleto Card or the museum entrance ticket.

Guided tours are by RESERVATION ONLY and in compliance with Covid-19 regulations.

Information and reservations:
SISTEMA MUSEO 0743.224952 | museoducatospoleto@sistemamuseo.it | 0743.46434 | spoleto@sistemamuseo.it
SPOLETO TOURIST OFFICE | +39 0743.218620

INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION @ Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
May 19 all-day
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The International Dance Competition returns to Spoleto for its thirtieth edition from May 16 to 22, 2022.
An important milestone for one of the most enduring dance competitions that, over the years, has been able to consolidate its fame in Italy and worldwide.

Among the very few competitions in the world, and the only one in Italy, to be part of the International Federation Ballet Competition, the International Dance Competition City of Spoleto has seen, among its oarticipants, young talents who now perform on the most important stages worldwide.

As per regulation, an international jury composed of artistic directors of theaters and academies, dance critics, choreographers of clear fame and experience will judge the dancers. The scholarships will allow the best dancers to make significant experiences at institutions and academies in Italy and abroad. As in the past years, there will be classical and modern technique lessons and collateral initiatives. The General Director Paolo Boncompagni and the Artistic Director Irina Kashkova together with all the staff are working to select jurors, dancers, events and novelties of the 2022 edition.

The event, sponsored by the Municipality of Spoleto, will involve the entire city as it will host participants, accompanying persons and families in various accommodations in the area for a week and will conclude, as usual, with the highly anticipated Winners Gala scheduled for Saturday, April 9 at the Teatro Gian Carlo Menotti. The first novelty is that, following the invitation received from the Nervi Music Ballet Festival, the winners of the Thirtieth edition and other winners of past editions will perform on the prestigious stage of the Nervi Festival.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday 15 May, h 21.00
MUTDANCE
Korean dance company
Entry € 20

Saturday 21 May, h 21.00
GRAN GALA
Entry € 20

For information, registration and reservation: info@idcspoleto.com or +39 328 3078377

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | THE GENETICS OF THE FORM | Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo @ Palazzo Collicola
May 19 all-day

GTHE GENETICS OF FORM
Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo

curated by Davide Silvioli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 aprile – 29 maggio 2022


In the seasonal programme of Palazzo Collicola, the group exhibition The Genetics of Form is a moment of attention on how contemporary artistic practices are reformulating the entity of form in the work of art, starting from the analysis of the work of a selection of emerging and mid-career artists. The project, curated by Davide Silvioli, brings to the exhibition a group of seven artists with different lexicons and references, unified by the use of methodologies that experiment with means, processes, matter and materials, at times innovative and at times traditional, sometimes hybridizing them, to create new aesthetic destinations, where form, insubordinable to the canonical prescriptions of eurythmy and composition, opens up to the unstable effect of operations that alter and undermine any claim to completeness or completion.
The title of the exhibition, on this basis, is inspired by the anecdote that scientists James Watson and Francis Crick, in discovering the double helix morphology of the DNA structure, were apparently inspired by some scribbles Crick made in his workbook. Despite its apparent simplicity, this episode tells us much about the nature of form in the molecular universe as well as in that of artistic research, encapsulating the complexity of the relationship between form and substance, between form and external environment, between natural form and artificial form, between form and appearance, between form and its perception. Therefore, the languages of Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo, with a high degree of interdisciplinarity, represent seven researches that, while evaluating their respective subjectivities, adequately and unanimously argue the theoretical premises of the exhibition. Scattered through the rooms on the ground floor of the museum, their works, ranging from sculpture to installation and video, and eluding easy nomenclature, provide a concise but exhaustive scenario of how the classical category of form, interpreted in the project as the result of the simultaneous effect – not always disciplined – of endogenous and exogenous impulses, is still being revised by the contemporary world.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | MARK FRANCIS Re-Echo / MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata @ Palazzo Collicola
May 19 all-day

Mark Francis. Re-Echo
curated by Marco Tonelli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 26 March – 29 May 2022
Vernissage Saturday 26 March at 11.00 am

One of the most interesting British painters of his generation, Mark Francis is seeing his paintings displayed in a solo exhibition in a public museum in Italy for the first time. Internationally acclaimed at the end of the 1990s among the Young British Artists in the epoch-making exhibition of the Saatchi Sensation collection at the Royal Academy in London in 1997, in the exhibition Re-Echo (whose meaning alludes to the physical effect of resonating) he presents 15 paintings made between 2021 and 2022, characterised by frequencies, wavelengths and vertical amplitudes typical of energy waves, as if these paintings were able to capture and measure invisible forces (magnetic, sound, atomic) and well beyond the human capacity for perception.

_____________________________________

MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata 
curated by Davide Silvioli
26 March – 29 May 2022
“G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto

With Matteo Montani’s project Costellazione privata, Palazzo Collicola renews its focus on contemporary pictorial research hosting the work of an internationally renowned Italian painter.

The exhibition, curated by Davide Silvioli, takes place in the rooms of the museum’s Modern Art Gallery, also occupying its own architectural areas. The artist’s work consists of a series of works – never exhibited before – dating back to different periods but united by the refinement given by the reduced format, the result of a selection that the Roman painter has made directly within the pictorial surfaces themselves, extrapolating only details that highlight the different stylistic features of his rigorous research. Montani’s work thus becomes a new aesthetic presence in the midst of the works that make up the permanent collection, suggesting unexpected linguistic affinities and sophisticated dissonances. Thus structured, the operation, although disseminated like a constellation, is to be read as a unicum, just like the latter, and therefore as a single site-specific intervention, aimed at providing alternative keys to interpretation in order to interface both with the contemporary artistic heritage of the museum and with Montani’s research. Through a circle of works expressly selected or created for the occasion, the exhibition moves along these two parallel tracks – the collection and Montani’s work – which, contaminating each other in the exhibition experience, give rise to new ideas for interpreting both the one and the other.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
May 19 all-day

VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 April – 29 May 2022


Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola is a solo exhibition for the 100th anniversary of the birth of an artist who has marked the destiny of much of thedevelopment of Italian painting from the post-war period to the early 2000s. Although Vasco Bendini (Bologna 1922 – Rome 2015) was originally from Emilia and lived in Rome for many years, he was particularly close to Spoleto thanks to his friendship with Bruno Toscano, which had developed since the days of the Spoleto Prize, which he won on two occasions (1955 and 1957), and which continued to be cultivated over time until the donation of a substantial nucleus of works, almost all from the 1950s, desired by Vasco and made by Marcella Valentini Bendini, to enrich the Spoleto gallery in 1989. It was therefore an important relationship with the city and its museum, that today intend to pay tribute to him by rediscovering that group of donated works, including the only surviving example of the Diluvi cycle. In the exhibition curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci, the works alternate with documents and critical analyses, in particular by Francesco Arcangeli, Bendini’s first supporter as well as an influential critic of the Spoleto group. In fact, it was through the theorisation of the last naturalism that the debate opened in Italy, as early as 1954, around a young generation of artists (in particular Emiliani and Lombardi, but also the Spoletini), in which Vasco Bendini was, together with Mattia Moreni, Ennio Morlotti and others, among the protagonists of this critical event that opened up a new, existential vision of art. Bendini, who around 1950 “struggled with Masaccio”, as Arcangeli recalls, immediately afterwards “began to fill large pastel papers with storms and deluge: whirlwinds that we can barely remember, agitated coils, blacks that avalanche on themselves. Nothing remains of them: and yet the abandonment to that very isolated and almost absurd anarchy was […] of an absolute frankness”. As we have said, the only remaining evidence of the Diluvi is in Spoleto, but alongside this are canvases and papers of intense spiritual afflatus, mistaken at the time for eternal abstraction; looking at them today, they disclose intense and delicate shadows of subtle faces, oscillating between the memory of the image and an almost subconscious vision, generated by small strokes. It is the grammar of informal tachisme that emerges and returns these images with intense emotion. These are the years, from the beginning of the 1950s to the beginning of the 1960s, with an appendix on the 1980s, when the artist returned to reinterpret some of the initial themes of his rich artistic career, that interest the Spoleto exhibition, which is accompanied by the publication of the catalogue, offered by the Freemocco publisher of Deruta; among other contributions, it includes an interview by Bruno Toscano.


Vasco Bendini (Bologna 27 February 1922 – Rome 31 January 2015) A pupil of Virgilio Guidi and Giorgio Morandi, he attended their courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, but his first exhibition was held in Lombardy, in Milan at the Bergamini Gallery in 1949. Over the following decade he exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, in particular in Florence in 1953 at the Galleria La Torre presented by Francesco Arcangeli who shortly afterwards included him in the group of the Last Naturalists theorised in the pages of the magazine “Paragone” (1954). In 1956 he took part in the Venice Biennale in 1959 and was invited to the Rome Quadrenniale, while in 1961 he was in Brazil at the São Paulo Biennale and in 1962 at the Tokyo Biennale, and then again in Venice in 1964. His painting was influenced by Informalism, in the Archangelian declination of nature tinged with an inclination towards abstraction. The turning point came in 1966 when, presented by Giulio Carlo Argan at the L’Attico gallery in Rome, a certain formal inflection appeared in his painting that would be typical of arte povera. This trend was also confirmed a year later, when he presented his canvases at the Studio Bentivoglio in Bologna, with an essay by Arcangeli. The 1970s opened with his third participation in the Venice Biennale in 1972, invited by Renato Barilli. In 1973 he moved to the capital, where he returned to live in 2012 after an interval of working in Parma. These are the years in which he inaugurated important personal and anthological exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including the C.S.A.C. in Parma, the Italian Cultural Institute in Cologne, the Saarbruecken Museum of Modern Art and the Saarlouis Museum of Modern Art, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, the Franco Antonicelli Cultural Union in Turin, the Casa del Mantegna in Mantua, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Spoleto, the P.A.C. in Milan, the Pinacoteca in Ravenna, the Galleria Civica in Modena, Palazzo Forti in Verona, the Galleria Civica d’arte contemporanea in Trento, the Loggetta Lombardesca, the Museo della Città in Ravenna, the Palazzo Comunale in Salò, the Museo Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea of the University La Sapienza in Rome, the Teatro Farnese in Parma, the Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano, the Civica Galleria in Lissone, the Museo Bocchi in Parma, the Castello Masnago in Varese, the MACRO in Rome, the Museo Palazzo de’ Mayo in Chieti. During his stay in Parma, he received numerous awards for his career, including the 2002 Lissone Prize, the Marina di Ravenna Prize, the Guglielmo Marconi Prize, the G.B. Salvi Prize in Sassoferrato (Ancona), the Targa Ricordo Volponi in Bologna, and the tribute exhibition at the MACRO in Rome. In 2009, under the presidency of Marcella Valentini Bendini, the Archive of Vasco Bendini’s work was set up in Parma and later transferred to Rome. Vice President Irene Santori. Finally, in 2012 the last monograph of the artist was presented at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.

CINEMA in Spoleto @ Sala Pegasus e Sala Frau
May 19 all-day

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Piazza Bovio
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May
20
Fri
MASTERPIECES IN AND AROUND SPOLETO | Scheduled guided tours to discover the museums of the SPOLETO CARD @ Spoleto
May 20 all-day
<!--:it-->I CAPOLAVORI DI SPOLETO E DEL TERRITORIO | Il calendario delle iniziative per scoprire i musei della SPOLETO CARD<!--:--><!--:en-->MASTERPIECES IN AND AROUND SPOLETO | Scheduled guided tours to discover the museums of the SPOLETO CARD<!--:--> @ Spoleto

The weekly programme of themed guided tours, organised by Sistema Museo, to discover the precious historical and artistic treasures of the museums of Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno continues. The weekly appointments are scheduled throughout the month of May in the museums of the Spoleto Card network: Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola, Roman House, Church of Saints John and Paul andTemple of Clitumnus.

The themed guided tour From the top of the towers to discover the Camera Pinta and the defensive walkways of the Rocca Albornoz is an exclusive opportunity to discover the close relationship between the defensive function of the fortress and its strategic position in the territory (in the event of bad weather the guided tour will be modified).

The thematic guided tours Capolavori da Museo to the collections of the Spoleto Card museums also continue, a unique opportunity to fully enjoy the combined ticket and discover the precious historical and artistic heritage of Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno. The activities are organised by Sistema Museo in collaboration with the Direzione Regionale Musei dell’Umbria – Rocca Albornoz – Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto – Tempietto sul Clitunno, the Municipality of Spoleto and the Municipality of Campello sul Clitunno.

FROM THE TOP OF THE TOWERS
Guided tours of the Rocca Albornoz defensive walkways and “Camera Pinta”
Thursday and Friday 11.00 – 12.00
Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 12.00 – 15.00 – 16.00

CAPOLAVORI DA MUSEO – Museum Masterpieces
Thematic guided tours

A noble walk | PALAZZO COLLICOLA | Saturday 4.00 pm
A casket of ancient paintings | CHURCH OF SAINTS JOHN AND PAUL | Saturday at 17.00
A monument of ancient charm | TEMPLE ON THE CLITUNNO | Saturday at 18.00
A dream domus | ROMAN HOUSE | Sunday 3.30 pm

Participation fees
Full € 4.00 | Reduced € 3.00 for Spoleto Card holders and from 7 to 17 years | Free up to 6 years |
Upon purchase of the Spoleto Card or the museum entrance ticket.

Guided tours are by RESERVATION ONLY and in compliance with Covid-19 regulations.

Information and reservations:
SISTEMA MUSEO 0743.224952 | museoducatospoleto@sistemamuseo.it | 0743.46434 | spoleto@sistemamuseo.it
SPOLETO TOURIST OFFICE | +39 0743.218620

INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION @ Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
May 20 all-day
<!--:it-->INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION<!--:--><!--:en-->INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION<!--:--> @ Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti

The International Dance Competition returns to Spoleto for its thirtieth edition from May 16 to 22, 2022.
An important milestone for one of the most enduring dance competitions that, over the years, has been able to consolidate its fame in Italy and worldwide.

Among the very few competitions in the world, and the only one in Italy, to be part of the International Federation Ballet Competition, the International Dance Competition City of Spoleto has seen, among its oarticipants, young talents who now perform on the most important stages worldwide.

As per regulation, an international jury composed of artistic directors of theaters and academies, dance critics, choreographers of clear fame and experience will judge the dancers. The scholarships will allow the best dancers to make significant experiences at institutions and academies in Italy and abroad. As in the past years, there will be classical and modern technique lessons and collateral initiatives. The General Director Paolo Boncompagni and the Artistic Director Irina Kashkova together with all the staff are working to select jurors, dancers, events and novelties of the 2022 edition.

The event, sponsored by the Municipality of Spoleto, will involve the entire city as it will host participants, accompanying persons and families in various accommodations in the area for a week and will conclude, as usual, with the highly anticipated Winners Gala scheduled for Saturday, April 9 at the Teatro Gian Carlo Menotti. The first novelty is that, following the invitation received from the Nervi Music Ballet Festival, the winners of the Thirtieth edition and other winners of past editions will perform on the prestigious stage of the Nervi Festival.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday 15 May, h 21.00
MUTDANCE
Korean dance company
Entry € 20

Saturday 21 May, h 21.00
GRAN GALA
Entry € 20

For information, registration and reservation: info@idcspoleto.com or +39 328 3078377

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | THE GENETICS OF THE FORM | Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo @ Palazzo Collicola
May 20 all-day

GTHE GENETICS OF FORM
Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo

curated by Davide Silvioli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 aprile – 29 maggio 2022


In the seasonal programme of Palazzo Collicola, the group exhibition The Genetics of Form is a moment of attention on how contemporary artistic practices are reformulating the entity of form in the work of art, starting from the analysis of the work of a selection of emerging and mid-career artists. The project, curated by Davide Silvioli, brings to the exhibition a group of seven artists with different lexicons and references, unified by the use of methodologies that experiment with means, processes, matter and materials, at times innovative and at times traditional, sometimes hybridizing them, to create new aesthetic destinations, where form, insubordinable to the canonical prescriptions of eurythmy and composition, opens up to the unstable effect of operations that alter and undermine any claim to completeness or completion.
The title of the exhibition, on this basis, is inspired by the anecdote that scientists James Watson and Francis Crick, in discovering the double helix morphology of the DNA structure, were apparently inspired by some scribbles Crick made in his workbook. Despite its apparent simplicity, this episode tells us much about the nature of form in the molecular universe as well as in that of artistic research, encapsulating the complexity of the relationship between form and substance, between form and external environment, between natural form and artificial form, between form and appearance, between form and its perception. Therefore, the languages of Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo, with a high degree of interdisciplinarity, represent seven researches that, while evaluating their respective subjectivities, adequately and unanimously argue the theoretical premises of the exhibition. Scattered through the rooms on the ground floor of the museum, their works, ranging from sculpture to installation and video, and eluding easy nomenclature, provide a concise but exhaustive scenario of how the classical category of form, interpreted in the project as the result of the simultaneous effect – not always disciplined – of endogenous and exogenous impulses, is still being revised by the contemporary world.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | MARK FRANCIS Re-Echo / MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata @ Palazzo Collicola
May 20 all-day

Mark Francis. Re-Echo
curated by Marco Tonelli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 26 March – 29 May 2022
Vernissage Saturday 26 March at 11.00 am

One of the most interesting British painters of his generation, Mark Francis is seeing his paintings displayed in a solo exhibition in a public museum in Italy for the first time. Internationally acclaimed at the end of the 1990s among the Young British Artists in the epoch-making exhibition of the Saatchi Sensation collection at the Royal Academy in London in 1997, in the exhibition Re-Echo (whose meaning alludes to the physical effect of resonating) he presents 15 paintings made between 2021 and 2022, characterised by frequencies, wavelengths and vertical amplitudes typical of energy waves, as if these paintings were able to capture and measure invisible forces (magnetic, sound, atomic) and well beyond the human capacity for perception.

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MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata 
curated by Davide Silvioli
26 March – 29 May 2022
“G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto

With Matteo Montani’s project Costellazione privata, Palazzo Collicola renews its focus on contemporary pictorial research hosting the work of an internationally renowned Italian painter.

The exhibition, curated by Davide Silvioli, takes place in the rooms of the museum’s Modern Art Gallery, also occupying its own architectural areas. The artist’s work consists of a series of works – never exhibited before – dating back to different periods but united by the refinement given by the reduced format, the result of a selection that the Roman painter has made directly within the pictorial surfaces themselves, extrapolating only details that highlight the different stylistic features of his rigorous research. Montani’s work thus becomes a new aesthetic presence in the midst of the works that make up the permanent collection, suggesting unexpected linguistic affinities and sophisticated dissonances. Thus structured, the operation, although disseminated like a constellation, is to be read as a unicum, just like the latter, and therefore as a single site-specific intervention, aimed at providing alternative keys to interpretation in order to interface both with the contemporary artistic heritage of the museum and with Montani’s research. Through a circle of works expressly selected or created for the occasion, the exhibition moves along these two parallel tracks – the collection and Montani’s work – which, contaminating each other in the exhibition experience, give rise to new ideas for interpreting both the one and the other.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
May 20 all-day

VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 April – 29 May 2022


Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola is a solo exhibition for the 100th anniversary of the birth of an artist who has marked the destiny of much of thedevelopment of Italian painting from the post-war period to the early 2000s. Although Vasco Bendini (Bologna 1922 – Rome 2015) was originally from Emilia and lived in Rome for many years, he was particularly close to Spoleto thanks to his friendship with Bruno Toscano, which had developed since the days of the Spoleto Prize, which he won on two occasions (1955 and 1957), and which continued to be cultivated over time until the donation of a substantial nucleus of works, almost all from the 1950s, desired by Vasco and made by Marcella Valentini Bendini, to enrich the Spoleto gallery in 1989. It was therefore an important relationship with the city and its museum, that today intend to pay tribute to him by rediscovering that group of donated works, including the only surviving example of the Diluvi cycle. In the exhibition curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci, the works alternate with documents and critical analyses, in particular by Francesco Arcangeli, Bendini’s first supporter as well as an influential critic of the Spoleto group. In fact, it was through the theorisation of the last naturalism that the debate opened in Italy, as early as 1954, around a young generation of artists (in particular Emiliani and Lombardi, but also the Spoletini), in which Vasco Bendini was, together with Mattia Moreni, Ennio Morlotti and others, among the protagonists of this critical event that opened up a new, existential vision of art. Bendini, who around 1950 “struggled with Masaccio”, as Arcangeli recalls, immediately afterwards “began to fill large pastel papers with storms and deluge: whirlwinds that we can barely remember, agitated coils, blacks that avalanche on themselves. Nothing remains of them: and yet the abandonment to that very isolated and almost absurd anarchy was […] of an absolute frankness”. As we have said, the only remaining evidence of the Diluvi is in Spoleto, but alongside this are canvases and papers of intense spiritual afflatus, mistaken at the time for eternal abstraction; looking at them today, they disclose intense and delicate shadows of subtle faces, oscillating between the memory of the image and an almost subconscious vision, generated by small strokes. It is the grammar of informal tachisme that emerges and returns these images with intense emotion. These are the years, from the beginning of the 1950s to the beginning of the 1960s, with an appendix on the 1980s, when the artist returned to reinterpret some of the initial themes of his rich artistic career, that interest the Spoleto exhibition, which is accompanied by the publication of the catalogue, offered by the Freemocco publisher of Deruta; among other contributions, it includes an interview by Bruno Toscano.


Vasco Bendini (Bologna 27 February 1922 – Rome 31 January 2015) A pupil of Virgilio Guidi and Giorgio Morandi, he attended their courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, but his first exhibition was held in Lombardy, in Milan at the Bergamini Gallery in 1949. Over the following decade he exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, in particular in Florence in 1953 at the Galleria La Torre presented by Francesco Arcangeli who shortly afterwards included him in the group of the Last Naturalists theorised in the pages of the magazine “Paragone” (1954). In 1956 he took part in the Venice Biennale in 1959 and was invited to the Rome Quadrenniale, while in 1961 he was in Brazil at the São Paulo Biennale and in 1962 at the Tokyo Biennale, and then again in Venice in 1964. His painting was influenced by Informalism, in the Archangelian declination of nature tinged with an inclination towards abstraction. The turning point came in 1966 when, presented by Giulio Carlo Argan at the L’Attico gallery in Rome, a certain formal inflection appeared in his painting that would be typical of arte povera. This trend was also confirmed a year later, when he presented his canvases at the Studio Bentivoglio in Bologna, with an essay by Arcangeli. The 1970s opened with his third participation in the Venice Biennale in 1972, invited by Renato Barilli. In 1973 he moved to the capital, where he returned to live in 2012 after an interval of working in Parma. These are the years in which he inaugurated important personal and anthological exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including the C.S.A.C. in Parma, the Italian Cultural Institute in Cologne, the Saarbruecken Museum of Modern Art and the Saarlouis Museum of Modern Art, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, the Franco Antonicelli Cultural Union in Turin, the Casa del Mantegna in Mantua, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Spoleto, the P.A.C. in Milan, the Pinacoteca in Ravenna, the Galleria Civica in Modena, Palazzo Forti in Verona, the Galleria Civica d’arte contemporanea in Trento, the Loggetta Lombardesca, the Museo della Città in Ravenna, the Palazzo Comunale in Salò, the Museo Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea of the University La Sapienza in Rome, the Teatro Farnese in Parma, the Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano, the Civica Galleria in Lissone, the Museo Bocchi in Parma, the Castello Masnago in Varese, the MACRO in Rome, the Museo Palazzo de’ Mayo in Chieti. During his stay in Parma, he received numerous awards for his career, including the 2002 Lissone Prize, the Marina di Ravenna Prize, the Guglielmo Marconi Prize, the G.B. Salvi Prize in Sassoferrato (Ancona), the Targa Ricordo Volponi in Bologna, and the tribute exhibition at the MACRO in Rome. In 2009, under the presidency of Marcella Valentini Bendini, the Archive of Vasco Bendini’s work was set up in Parma and later transferred to Rome. Vice President Irene Santori. Finally, in 2012 the last monograph of the artist was presented at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.

CINEMA in Spoleto @ Sala Pegasus e Sala Frau
May 20 all-day

Cinéma Sala Pegasus
Piazza Bovio
Web site: www.cinemasalapegasus.it
Facebook: Cinéma Sala Pegasus
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Ph. 0743 522620

Cinema Sala Frau
Vicolo San Filippo 16
Web site: www.spoletocinemaalcentro.it
Facebook: Cinema Sala Frau
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Ph. 0743/522177

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(Italiano) Proiezione di LA DONNA PER ME di Marco Martani @ Cinema Sala Frau
May 20 @ 21:30
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May
21
Sat
MASTERPIECES IN AND AROUND SPOLETO | Scheduled guided tours to discover the museums of the SPOLETO CARD @ Spoleto
May 21 all-day
<!--:it-->I CAPOLAVORI DI SPOLETO E DEL TERRITORIO | Il calendario delle iniziative per scoprire i musei della SPOLETO CARD<!--:--><!--:en-->MASTERPIECES IN AND AROUND SPOLETO | Scheduled guided tours to discover the museums of the SPOLETO CARD<!--:--> @ Spoleto

The weekly programme of themed guided tours, organised by Sistema Museo, to discover the precious historical and artistic treasures of the museums of Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno continues. The weekly appointments are scheduled throughout the month of May in the museums of the Spoleto Card network: Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola, Roman House, Church of Saints John and Paul andTemple of Clitumnus.

The themed guided tour From the top of the towers to discover the Camera Pinta and the defensive walkways of the Rocca Albornoz is an exclusive opportunity to discover the close relationship between the defensive function of the fortress and its strategic position in the territory (in the event of bad weather the guided tour will be modified).

The thematic guided tours Capolavori da Museo to the collections of the Spoleto Card museums also continue, a unique opportunity to fully enjoy the combined ticket and discover the precious historical and artistic heritage of Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno. The activities are organised by Sistema Museo in collaboration with the Direzione Regionale Musei dell’Umbria – Rocca Albornoz – Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto – Tempietto sul Clitunno, the Municipality of Spoleto and the Municipality of Campello sul Clitunno.

FROM THE TOP OF THE TOWERS
Guided tours of the Rocca Albornoz defensive walkways and “Camera Pinta”
Thursday and Friday 11.00 – 12.00
Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 12.00 – 15.00 – 16.00

CAPOLAVORI DA MUSEO – Museum Masterpieces
Thematic guided tours

A noble walk | PALAZZO COLLICOLA | Saturday 4.00 pm
A casket of ancient paintings | CHURCH OF SAINTS JOHN AND PAUL | Saturday at 17.00
A monument of ancient charm | TEMPLE ON THE CLITUNNO | Saturday at 18.00
A dream domus | ROMAN HOUSE | Sunday 3.30 pm

Participation fees
Full € 4.00 | Reduced € 3.00 for Spoleto Card holders and from 7 to 17 years | Free up to 6 years |
Upon purchase of the Spoleto Card or the museum entrance ticket.

Guided tours are by RESERVATION ONLY and in compliance with Covid-19 regulations.

Information and reservations:
SISTEMA MUSEO 0743.224952 | museoducatospoleto@sistemamuseo.it | 0743.46434 | spoleto@sistemamuseo.it
SPOLETO TOURIST OFFICE | +39 0743.218620

INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION @ Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
May 21 all-day
<!--:it-->INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION<!--:--><!--:en-->INTERNATIONAL DANCE COMPETITION<!--:--> @ Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti

The International Dance Competition returns to Spoleto for its thirtieth edition from May 16 to 22, 2022.
An important milestone for one of the most enduring dance competitions that, over the years, has been able to consolidate its fame in Italy and worldwide.

Among the very few competitions in the world, and the only one in Italy, to be part of the International Federation Ballet Competition, the International Dance Competition City of Spoleto has seen, among its oarticipants, young talents who now perform on the most important stages worldwide.

As per regulation, an international jury composed of artistic directors of theaters and academies, dance critics, choreographers of clear fame and experience will judge the dancers. The scholarships will allow the best dancers to make significant experiences at institutions and academies in Italy and abroad. As in the past years, there will be classical and modern technique lessons and collateral initiatives. The General Director Paolo Boncompagni and the Artistic Director Irina Kashkova together with all the staff are working to select jurors, dancers, events and novelties of the 2022 edition.

The event, sponsored by the Municipality of Spoleto, will involve the entire city as it will host participants, accompanying persons and families in various accommodations in the area for a week and will conclude, as usual, with the highly anticipated Winners Gala scheduled for Saturday, April 9 at the Teatro Gian Carlo Menotti. The first novelty is that, following the invitation received from the Nervi Music Ballet Festival, the winners of the Thirtieth edition and other winners of past editions will perform on the prestigious stage of the Nervi Festival.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday 15 May, h 21.00
MUTDANCE
Korean dance company
Entry € 20

Saturday 21 May, h 21.00
GRAN GALA
Entry € 20

For information, registration and reservation: info@idcspoleto.com or +39 328 3078377

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | THE GENETICS OF THE FORM | Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo @ Palazzo Collicola
May 21 all-day

GTHE GENETICS OF FORM
Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo

curated by Davide Silvioli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 aprile – 29 maggio 2022


In the seasonal programme of Palazzo Collicola, the group exhibition The Genetics of Form is a moment of attention on how contemporary artistic practices are reformulating the entity of form in the work of art, starting from the analysis of the work of a selection of emerging and mid-career artists. The project, curated by Davide Silvioli, brings to the exhibition a group of seven artists with different lexicons and references, unified by the use of methodologies that experiment with means, processes, matter and materials, at times innovative and at times traditional, sometimes hybridizing them, to create new aesthetic destinations, where form, insubordinable to the canonical prescriptions of eurythmy and composition, opens up to the unstable effect of operations that alter and undermine any claim to completeness or completion.
The title of the exhibition, on this basis, is inspired by the anecdote that scientists James Watson and Francis Crick, in discovering the double helix morphology of the DNA structure, were apparently inspired by some scribbles Crick made in his workbook. Despite its apparent simplicity, this episode tells us much about the nature of form in the molecular universe as well as in that of artistic research, encapsulating the complexity of the relationship between form and substance, between form and external environment, between natural form and artificial form, between form and appearance, between form and its perception. Therefore, the languages of Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo, with a high degree of interdisciplinarity, represent seven researches that, while evaluating their respective subjectivities, adequately and unanimously argue the theoretical premises of the exhibition. Scattered through the rooms on the ground floor of the museum, their works, ranging from sculpture to installation and video, and eluding easy nomenclature, provide a concise but exhaustive scenario of how the classical category of form, interpreted in the project as the result of the simultaneous effect – not always disciplined – of endogenous and exogenous impulses, is still being revised by the contemporary world.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | MARK FRANCIS Re-Echo / MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata @ Palazzo Collicola
May 21 all-day

Mark Francis. Re-Echo
curated by Marco Tonelli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 26 March – 29 May 2022
Vernissage Saturday 26 March at 11.00 am

One of the most interesting British painters of his generation, Mark Francis is seeing his paintings displayed in a solo exhibition in a public museum in Italy for the first time. Internationally acclaimed at the end of the 1990s among the Young British Artists in the epoch-making exhibition of the Saatchi Sensation collection at the Royal Academy in London in 1997, in the exhibition Re-Echo (whose meaning alludes to the physical effect of resonating) he presents 15 paintings made between 2021 and 2022, characterised by frequencies, wavelengths and vertical amplitudes typical of energy waves, as if these paintings were able to capture and measure invisible forces (magnetic, sound, atomic) and well beyond the human capacity for perception.

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MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata 
curated by Davide Silvioli
26 March – 29 May 2022
“G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto

With Matteo Montani’s project Costellazione privata, Palazzo Collicola renews its focus on contemporary pictorial research hosting the work of an internationally renowned Italian painter.

The exhibition, curated by Davide Silvioli, takes place in the rooms of the museum’s Modern Art Gallery, also occupying its own architectural areas. The artist’s work consists of a series of works – never exhibited before – dating back to different periods but united by the refinement given by the reduced format, the result of a selection that the Roman painter has made directly within the pictorial surfaces themselves, extrapolating only details that highlight the different stylistic features of his rigorous research. Montani’s work thus becomes a new aesthetic presence in the midst of the works that make up the permanent collection, suggesting unexpected linguistic affinities and sophisticated dissonances. Thus structured, the operation, although disseminated like a constellation, is to be read as a unicum, just like the latter, and therefore as a single site-specific intervention, aimed at providing alternative keys to interpretation in order to interface both with the contemporary artistic heritage of the museum and with Montani’s research. Through a circle of works expressly selected or created for the occasion, the exhibition moves along these two parallel tracks – the collection and Montani’s work – which, contaminating each other in the exhibition experience, give rise to new ideas for interpreting both the one and the other.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
May 21 all-day

VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 April – 29 May 2022


Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola is a solo exhibition for the 100th anniversary of the birth of an artist who has marked the destiny of much of thedevelopment of Italian painting from the post-war period to the early 2000s. Although Vasco Bendini (Bologna 1922 – Rome 2015) was originally from Emilia and lived in Rome for many years, he was particularly close to Spoleto thanks to his friendship with Bruno Toscano, which had developed since the days of the Spoleto Prize, which he won on two occasions (1955 and 1957), and which continued to be cultivated over time until the donation of a substantial nucleus of works, almost all from the 1950s, desired by Vasco and made by Marcella Valentini Bendini, to enrich the Spoleto gallery in 1989. It was therefore an important relationship with the city and its museum, that today intend to pay tribute to him by rediscovering that group of donated works, including the only surviving example of the Diluvi cycle. In the exhibition curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci, the works alternate with documents and critical analyses, in particular by Francesco Arcangeli, Bendini’s first supporter as well as an influential critic of the Spoleto group. In fact, it was through the theorisation of the last naturalism that the debate opened in Italy, as early as 1954, around a young generation of artists (in particular Emiliani and Lombardi, but also the Spoletini), in which Vasco Bendini was, together with Mattia Moreni, Ennio Morlotti and others, among the protagonists of this critical event that opened up a new, existential vision of art. Bendini, who around 1950 “struggled with Masaccio”, as Arcangeli recalls, immediately afterwards “began to fill large pastel papers with storms and deluge: whirlwinds that we can barely remember, agitated coils, blacks that avalanche on themselves. Nothing remains of them: and yet the abandonment to that very isolated and almost absurd anarchy was […] of an absolute frankness”. As we have said, the only remaining evidence of the Diluvi is in Spoleto, but alongside this are canvases and papers of intense spiritual afflatus, mistaken at the time for eternal abstraction; looking at them today, they disclose intense and delicate shadows of subtle faces, oscillating between the memory of the image and an almost subconscious vision, generated by small strokes. It is the grammar of informal tachisme that emerges and returns these images with intense emotion. These are the years, from the beginning of the 1950s to the beginning of the 1960s, with an appendix on the 1980s, when the artist returned to reinterpret some of the initial themes of his rich artistic career, that interest the Spoleto exhibition, which is accompanied by the publication of the catalogue, offered by the Freemocco publisher of Deruta; among other contributions, it includes an interview by Bruno Toscano.


Vasco Bendini (Bologna 27 February 1922 – Rome 31 January 2015) A pupil of Virgilio Guidi and Giorgio Morandi, he attended their courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, but his first exhibition was held in Lombardy, in Milan at the Bergamini Gallery in 1949. Over the following decade he exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, in particular in Florence in 1953 at the Galleria La Torre presented by Francesco Arcangeli who shortly afterwards included him in the group of the Last Naturalists theorised in the pages of the magazine “Paragone” (1954). In 1956 he took part in the Venice Biennale in 1959 and was invited to the Rome Quadrenniale, while in 1961 he was in Brazil at the São Paulo Biennale and in 1962 at the Tokyo Biennale, and then again in Venice in 1964. His painting was influenced by Informalism, in the Archangelian declination of nature tinged with an inclination towards abstraction. The turning point came in 1966 when, presented by Giulio Carlo Argan at the L’Attico gallery in Rome, a certain formal inflection appeared in his painting that would be typical of arte povera. This trend was also confirmed a year later, when he presented his canvases at the Studio Bentivoglio in Bologna, with an essay by Arcangeli. The 1970s opened with his third participation in the Venice Biennale in 1972, invited by Renato Barilli. In 1973 he moved to the capital, where he returned to live in 2012 after an interval of working in Parma. These are the years in which he inaugurated important personal and anthological exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including the C.S.A.C. in Parma, the Italian Cultural Institute in Cologne, the Saarbruecken Museum of Modern Art and the Saarlouis Museum of Modern Art, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, the Franco Antonicelli Cultural Union in Turin, the Casa del Mantegna in Mantua, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Spoleto, the P.A.C. in Milan, the Pinacoteca in Ravenna, the Galleria Civica in Modena, Palazzo Forti in Verona, the Galleria Civica d’arte contemporanea in Trento, the Loggetta Lombardesca, the Museo della Città in Ravenna, the Palazzo Comunale in Salò, the Museo Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea of the University La Sapienza in Rome, the Teatro Farnese in Parma, the Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano, the Civica Galleria in Lissone, the Museo Bocchi in Parma, the Castello Masnago in Varese, the MACRO in Rome, the Museo Palazzo de’ Mayo in Chieti. During his stay in Parma, he received numerous awards for his career, including the 2002 Lissone Prize, the Marina di Ravenna Prize, the Guglielmo Marconi Prize, the G.B. Salvi Prize in Sassoferrato (Ancona), the Targa Ricordo Volponi in Bologna, and the tribute exhibition at the MACRO in Rome. In 2009, under the presidency of Marcella Valentini Bendini, the Archive of Vasco Bendini’s work was set up in Parma and later transferred to Rome. Vice President Irene Santori. Finally, in 2012 the last monograph of the artist was presented at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.

CINEMA in Spoleto @ Sala Pegasus e Sala Frau
May 21 all-day

Cinéma Sala Pegasus
Piazza Bovio
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Vicolo San Filippo 16
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Concerts at Casa Menotti | RECITAL DI GIROLAMO – DE SIMONE @ Casa Menotti - via dell'Arringo
May 21 @ 17:00
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RECITAL DI GIROLAMO – DE SIMONE

PROGRAMME

Luciano CILIO: Quadri – da “Dialoghi del presente” (1977)
Siavash BEIZAI: Canti d’amore e di guerra – da “Persian Folksongs” (1995)
Girolamo DE SIMONE: Inni e antiche danze – da “Ai piedi del monte” (2009)

Girolamo De Simone, piano

Information and reservations:
Casa Menotti
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LA MAMA UMBRIA Events and Shows @ Cantiere Oberdan
May 21 @ 21:30

4 May 2022 from 18.30 to 20.30
SPOLETO, Creative Hub Cantiere Oberdan

WORKSHOP-LAB Free of charge
CONVERSATIONS WITH THE PARADISE – nanou group
led by: Marco Valerio Amico
with the resident artists: – Andrea Dionisi, Agnese Gabrielli, Emanuel Santos

The nanou group, in artistic residency in Spoleto, offers a free Lab workshop, aimed in particular at young people from Spoleto, to experiment with new languages and choreographic images that are produced “accidentally”. Starting with their new project PARADISO from the Third Canto of Dante Alighieri’s Comedy; like Paradise, it is another space, inhabited by light and evanescent figures

8 May 2022 @18.30 La MaMa RE_MAIN
SPOLETO, Creative Hub Cantiere Oberdan

Public Performance – Open rehearsal:
CONVERSATIONS WITH PARADISE
PROJECT Marco Valerio Amico, Alfredo Pirri, Bruno Dorella
CHOREOGRAPHY Marco Valerio Amico, Rhuena Bracci
WITH Andrea Dionisi, Agnese Gabrielli, Emanuel Santos
PRODUCTION Nanou Cultural Association, Ravenna Festival

Paradise is the beginning of a common path starting from the Third Canticle of Dante Alighieri’s Comedy; like Paradise, it is another space, inhabited by light and evanescent figures; a cinematographic long field in which to immerse oneself thanks to Bruno Dorella’s music – for a choreography in synergy with visual art.
The gestures lose every trace of naturalism to become an abstract choreography, whose meaning lies in the desire to bridge the distance between the gaze (of the spectator) and the bodies in action. The limit of the backgrounds is forced, torn, deteriorated by the body that attacks it with its choreographic action.
The choreographic images are produced “accidentally”, and the bodies are immediately pulverised thanks to the process of abstraction that produces a pure plasticity that surpasses all other instances.

21 MAY @ 21.30 La MaMa RE_MAIN
SPOLETO, Creative Hub Cantiere Oberdan
VENUS IN FUR
Director: Luca Biancalana
Acting voices: Alessio Ragni – Federica Pieravanti – Giulio Alunni Brozzetti – Anna Corvo – Paolo Polvanesi – Francesca Pesci – Pietro Oliva Fonteni – Marina Sozi
Musicians: Saverio Mariani (keyboards) Mauro Moscati (guitar) Lorenzo Fiori (bass) Andrea Sensidoni (percussion)
Assistant director: Giorgio Neri
Costumes and props: Maria Pia Silveri – Marina Sozi Lighting design: Marco Andreoli

Thomas is a director and playwright desperately looking for an actress to play Wanda, the protagonist of his latest play, a theatrical adaptation of the novel written in 1870 by Leopold van Sacher-Masoch: “Venus in Fur”. At the end of a day of disappointing auditions, a vulgar, foul-mouthed and too ignorant woman enters the theatre to play such a sophisticated role. Yet little by little, working together on the text, Thomas and Wanda, through a witty and malicious duel, will cross the border between reality and fiction in an increasingly disturbing game. An irresistible text pays tribute to the classic of erotic literature, from which, in 2013, David Ives and Roman Polanski based the screenplay for the film of the same name, presented in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
Tickets on Eventbrite; https://www.eventbrite.it/e/venere-in-pelliccia-tickets-331458610627

(Italiano) Proiezione di LA DONNA PER ME di Marco Martani @ Cinema Sala Frau
May 21 @ 21:30
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MASTERPIECES IN AND AROUND SPOLETO | Scheduled guided tours to discover the museums of the SPOLETO CARD @ Spoleto
May 22 all-day
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The weekly programme of themed guided tours, organised by Sistema Museo, to discover the precious historical and artistic treasures of the museums of Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno continues. The weekly appointments are scheduled throughout the month of May in the museums of the Spoleto Card network: Rocca Albornoz – National Museum of the Duchy of Spoleto, Palazzo Collicola, Roman House, Church of Saints John and Paul andTemple of Clitumnus.

The themed guided tour From the top of the towers to discover the Camera Pinta and the defensive walkways of the Rocca Albornoz is an exclusive opportunity to discover the close relationship between the defensive function of the fortress and its strategic position in the territory (in the event of bad weather the guided tour will be modified).

The thematic guided tours Capolavori da Museo to the collections of the Spoleto Card museums also continue, a unique opportunity to fully enjoy the combined ticket and discover the precious historical and artistic heritage of Spoleto and Campello sul Clitunno. The activities are organised by Sistema Museo in collaboration with the Direzione Regionale Musei dell’Umbria – Rocca Albornoz – Museo Nazionale del Ducato di Spoleto – Tempietto sul Clitunno, the Municipality of Spoleto and the Municipality of Campello sul Clitunno.

FROM THE TOP OF THE TOWERS
Guided tours of the Rocca Albornoz defensive walkways and “Camera Pinta”
Thursday and Friday 11.00 – 12.00
Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 12.00 – 15.00 – 16.00

CAPOLAVORI DA MUSEO – Museum Masterpieces
Thematic guided tours

A noble walk | PALAZZO COLLICOLA | Saturday 4.00 pm
A casket of ancient paintings | CHURCH OF SAINTS JOHN AND PAUL | Saturday at 17.00
A monument of ancient charm | TEMPLE ON THE CLITUNNO | Saturday at 18.00
A dream domus | ROMAN HOUSE | Sunday 3.30 pm

Participation fees
Full € 4.00 | Reduced € 3.00 for Spoleto Card holders and from 7 to 17 years | Free up to 6 years |
Upon purchase of the Spoleto Card or the museum entrance ticket.

Guided tours are by RESERVATION ONLY and in compliance with Covid-19 regulations.

Information and reservations:
SISTEMA MUSEO 0743.224952 | museoducatospoleto@sistemamuseo.it | 0743.46434 | spoleto@sistemamuseo.it
SPOLETO TOURIST OFFICE | +39 0743.218620

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | THE GENETICS OF THE FORM | Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo @ Palazzo Collicola
May 22 all-day

GTHE GENETICS OF FORM
Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo

curated by Davide Silvioli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 aprile – 29 maggio 2022


In the seasonal programme of Palazzo Collicola, the group exhibition The Genetics of Form is a moment of attention on how contemporary artistic practices are reformulating the entity of form in the work of art, starting from the analysis of the work of a selection of emerging and mid-career artists. The project, curated by Davide Silvioli, brings to the exhibition a group of seven artists with different lexicons and references, unified by the use of methodologies that experiment with means, processes, matter and materials, at times innovative and at times traditional, sometimes hybridizing them, to create new aesthetic destinations, where form, insubordinable to the canonical prescriptions of eurythmy and composition, opens up to the unstable effect of operations that alter and undermine any claim to completeness or completion.
The title of the exhibition, on this basis, is inspired by the anecdote that scientists James Watson and Francis Crick, in discovering the double helix morphology of the DNA structure, were apparently inspired by some scribbles Crick made in his workbook. Despite its apparent simplicity, this episode tells us much about the nature of form in the molecular universe as well as in that of artistic research, encapsulating the complexity of the relationship between form and substance, between form and external environment, between natural form and artificial form, between form and appearance, between form and its perception. Therefore, the languages of Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo, with a high degree of interdisciplinarity, represent seven researches that, while evaluating their respective subjectivities, adequately and unanimously argue the theoretical premises of the exhibition. Scattered through the rooms on the ground floor of the museum, their works, ranging from sculpture to installation and video, and eluding easy nomenclature, provide a concise but exhaustive scenario of how the classical category of form, interpreted in the project as the result of the simultaneous effect – not always disciplined – of endogenous and exogenous impulses, is still being revised by the contemporary world.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | MARK FRANCIS Re-Echo / MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata @ Palazzo Collicola
May 22 all-day

Mark Francis. Re-Echo
curated by Marco Tonelli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 26 March – 29 May 2022
Vernissage Saturday 26 March at 11.00 am

One of the most interesting British painters of his generation, Mark Francis is seeing his paintings displayed in a solo exhibition in a public museum in Italy for the first time. Internationally acclaimed at the end of the 1990s among the Young British Artists in the epoch-making exhibition of the Saatchi Sensation collection at the Royal Academy in London in 1997, in the exhibition Re-Echo (whose meaning alludes to the physical effect of resonating) he presents 15 paintings made between 2021 and 2022, characterised by frequencies, wavelengths and vertical amplitudes typical of energy waves, as if these paintings were able to capture and measure invisible forces (magnetic, sound, atomic) and well beyond the human capacity for perception.

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MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata 
curated by Davide Silvioli
26 March – 29 May 2022
“G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto

With Matteo Montani’s project Costellazione privata, Palazzo Collicola renews its focus on contemporary pictorial research hosting the work of an internationally renowned Italian painter.

The exhibition, curated by Davide Silvioli, takes place in the rooms of the museum’s Modern Art Gallery, also occupying its own architectural areas. The artist’s work consists of a series of works – never exhibited before – dating back to different periods but united by the refinement given by the reduced format, the result of a selection that the Roman painter has made directly within the pictorial surfaces themselves, extrapolating only details that highlight the different stylistic features of his rigorous research. Montani’s work thus becomes a new aesthetic presence in the midst of the works that make up the permanent collection, suggesting unexpected linguistic affinities and sophisticated dissonances. Thus structured, the operation, although disseminated like a constellation, is to be read as a unicum, just like the latter, and therefore as a single site-specific intervention, aimed at providing alternative keys to interpretation in order to interface both with the contemporary artistic heritage of the museum and with Montani’s research. Through a circle of works expressly selected or created for the occasion, the exhibition moves along these two parallel tracks – the collection and Montani’s work – which, contaminating each other in the exhibition experience, give rise to new ideas for interpreting both the one and the other.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
May 22 all-day

VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 April – 29 May 2022


Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola is a solo exhibition for the 100th anniversary of the birth of an artist who has marked the destiny of much of thedevelopment of Italian painting from the post-war period to the early 2000s. Although Vasco Bendini (Bologna 1922 – Rome 2015) was originally from Emilia and lived in Rome for many years, he was particularly close to Spoleto thanks to his friendship with Bruno Toscano, which had developed since the days of the Spoleto Prize, which he won on two occasions (1955 and 1957), and which continued to be cultivated over time until the donation of a substantial nucleus of works, almost all from the 1950s, desired by Vasco and made by Marcella Valentini Bendini, to enrich the Spoleto gallery in 1989. It was therefore an important relationship with the city and its museum, that today intend to pay tribute to him by rediscovering that group of donated works, including the only surviving example of the Diluvi cycle. In the exhibition curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci, the works alternate with documents and critical analyses, in particular by Francesco Arcangeli, Bendini’s first supporter as well as an influential critic of the Spoleto group. In fact, it was through the theorisation of the last naturalism that the debate opened in Italy, as early as 1954, around a young generation of artists (in particular Emiliani and Lombardi, but also the Spoletini), in which Vasco Bendini was, together with Mattia Moreni, Ennio Morlotti and others, among the protagonists of this critical event that opened up a new, existential vision of art. Bendini, who around 1950 “struggled with Masaccio”, as Arcangeli recalls, immediately afterwards “began to fill large pastel papers with storms and deluge: whirlwinds that we can barely remember, agitated coils, blacks that avalanche on themselves. Nothing remains of them: and yet the abandonment to that very isolated and almost absurd anarchy was […] of an absolute frankness”. As we have said, the only remaining evidence of the Diluvi is in Spoleto, but alongside this are canvases and papers of intense spiritual afflatus, mistaken at the time for eternal abstraction; looking at them today, they disclose intense and delicate shadows of subtle faces, oscillating between the memory of the image and an almost subconscious vision, generated by small strokes. It is the grammar of informal tachisme that emerges and returns these images with intense emotion. These are the years, from the beginning of the 1950s to the beginning of the 1960s, with an appendix on the 1980s, when the artist returned to reinterpret some of the initial themes of his rich artistic career, that interest the Spoleto exhibition, which is accompanied by the publication of the catalogue, offered by the Freemocco publisher of Deruta; among other contributions, it includes an interview by Bruno Toscano.


Vasco Bendini (Bologna 27 February 1922 – Rome 31 January 2015) A pupil of Virgilio Guidi and Giorgio Morandi, he attended their courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, but his first exhibition was held in Lombardy, in Milan at the Bergamini Gallery in 1949. Over the following decade he exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, in particular in Florence in 1953 at the Galleria La Torre presented by Francesco Arcangeli who shortly afterwards included him in the group of the Last Naturalists theorised in the pages of the magazine “Paragone” (1954). In 1956 he took part in the Venice Biennale in 1959 and was invited to the Rome Quadrenniale, while in 1961 he was in Brazil at the São Paulo Biennale and in 1962 at the Tokyo Biennale, and then again in Venice in 1964. His painting was influenced by Informalism, in the Archangelian declination of nature tinged with an inclination towards abstraction. The turning point came in 1966 when, presented by Giulio Carlo Argan at the L’Attico gallery in Rome, a certain formal inflection appeared in his painting that would be typical of arte povera. This trend was also confirmed a year later, when he presented his canvases at the Studio Bentivoglio in Bologna, with an essay by Arcangeli. The 1970s opened with his third participation in the Venice Biennale in 1972, invited by Renato Barilli. In 1973 he moved to the capital, where he returned to live in 2012 after an interval of working in Parma. These are the years in which he inaugurated important personal and anthological exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including the C.S.A.C. in Parma, the Italian Cultural Institute in Cologne, the Saarbruecken Museum of Modern Art and the Saarlouis Museum of Modern Art, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, the Franco Antonicelli Cultural Union in Turin, the Casa del Mantegna in Mantua, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Spoleto, the P.A.C. in Milan, the Pinacoteca in Ravenna, the Galleria Civica in Modena, Palazzo Forti in Verona, the Galleria Civica d’arte contemporanea in Trento, the Loggetta Lombardesca, the Museo della Città in Ravenna, the Palazzo Comunale in Salò, the Museo Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea of the University La Sapienza in Rome, the Teatro Farnese in Parma, the Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano, the Civica Galleria in Lissone, the Museo Bocchi in Parma, the Castello Masnago in Varese, the MACRO in Rome, the Museo Palazzo de’ Mayo in Chieti. During his stay in Parma, he received numerous awards for his career, including the 2002 Lissone Prize, the Marina di Ravenna Prize, the Guglielmo Marconi Prize, the G.B. Salvi Prize in Sassoferrato (Ancona), the Targa Ricordo Volponi in Bologna, and the tribute exhibition at the MACRO in Rome. In 2009, under the presidency of Marcella Valentini Bendini, the Archive of Vasco Bendini’s work was set up in Parma and later transferred to Rome. Vice President Irene Santori. Finally, in 2012 the last monograph of the artist was presented at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.

CINEMA in Spoleto @ Sala Pegasus e Sala Frau
May 22 all-day

Cinéma Sala Pegasus
Piazza Bovio
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(Italiano) SPOLETO IN GIOCO @ piazza Garibaldi e piazza San Gabriele dell’Addolorata
May 22 all-day
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SPOLETO CARD guided tour | Roman House – Mosaics and wall paintings @ Casa Romana
May 22 @ 10:00

SPOLETO CARD: visits scheduled in May
Five guided tours to learn about the historical and artistic heritage of the city

Thematic tours and guided walks are FREE for SPOLETO CARD holders.
Thematic tours and guided walks are ONLY ON RESERVATION and WITH A LIMITED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS.
For the GUIDED WALKS the RESERVATION is MANDATORY by 6 pm on the previous Saturday.

Participation requires compliance with current Covid-19 regulations.

Those who do not have the SPOLETO CARD will be able to participate:
– to THEMATIC TOURS in the museums with a fee of € 4.00 per person, in addition to the museum ticket.
GUIDED WALKS with a fee of € 7.50 per person, in addition to the museum ticket where applicable.

The SPOLETO CARD is a combined ticket that allows to enter to numerous museal sites of the city and to benefit of particular advantages.
The SPOLETO CARD can be purchased in the participating museums and is valid 7 days.

SPOLETO CARD rates:
Red Card: € 9,50
Green Card: € 8,00 (from 15 to 25 years old, over 65 years old, groups)
Edited by: Sistema Museo, in collaboration with the Municipality of Spoleto.

For information and reservations: Soc.
Soc. Coop. Museum System
Tel and fax 0743 46434 – 0743 224952
E-mail: info@spoletocard.it
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EDOARDO RIGANTI FULGINEI | Piano Concert @ Teatro Caio Melisso
May 22 @ 17:00
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THE CONCERT OF YOUNG PIANIST EDOARDO RIGANTI FULGINEI AT CAIO MELISSO THEATRE – CARLA FENDI SPACE
The proceeds of the event will finance the restoration of the Steinway & Sons piano

The young pianist Edoardo Riganti Fulginei returns to Spoleto in concert.
The event is scheduled for Sunday, May 22 at 5 p.m. at Teatro Caio Melisso – Spazio Carla Fendi.

The concert is organised by the Municipality of Spoleto with the support of the Associazione Amici di Spoleto and the Fidapa BPW Italy section of Spoleto, and the funds raised will be used to finance the restoration of the Steinway & Sons grand piano, currently kept at the Spoleto Municipality’s cultural heritage depository.

Edoardo Riganti Fulginei, already the winner, at the age of 17, of more than 20 national and international piano competitions, has numerous concerts to his credit both in Italy and abroad, in particular in the United States of America where he also performed at New York’s Canergie Hall.

At the Teatro Caio Melisso – Spazio Carla Fendi he will present music by Fryderyk Chopin (2 Sonatas Op.35; Etudes Op. 25 n.9-10-11), Sergey Vasil’evič Rachmaninov (2 Sonatas Op.36 – Ed. 1931) and Franz Joseph Haydn (Sonata No.49 in C Diesis Minor Hob. XVI 36).

Seat reservations can be made by calling 338 8562727 or at the theatre box office on Sunday 22nd from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

RAGGIO DI MAGGIO Between poetry and music @ Spoleto e Eggi
May 22 @ 17:00
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EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | THE GENETICS OF THE FORM | Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo @ Palazzo Collicola
May 23 all-day

GTHE GENETICS OF FORM
Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo

curated by Davide Silvioli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 aprile – 29 maggio 2022


In the seasonal programme of Palazzo Collicola, the group exhibition The Genetics of Form is a moment of attention on how contemporary artistic practices are reformulating the entity of form in the work of art, starting from the analysis of the work of a selection of emerging and mid-career artists. The project, curated by Davide Silvioli, brings to the exhibition a group of seven artists with different lexicons and references, unified by the use of methodologies that experiment with means, processes, matter and materials, at times innovative and at times traditional, sometimes hybridizing them, to create new aesthetic destinations, where form, insubordinable to the canonical prescriptions of eurythmy and composition, opens up to the unstable effect of operations that alter and undermine any claim to completeness or completion.
The title of the exhibition, on this basis, is inspired by the anecdote that scientists James Watson and Francis Crick, in discovering the double helix morphology of the DNA structure, were apparently inspired by some scribbles Crick made in his workbook. Despite its apparent simplicity, this episode tells us much about the nature of form in the molecular universe as well as in that of artistic research, encapsulating the complexity of the relationship between form and substance, between form and external environment, between natural form and artificial form, between form and appearance, between form and its perception. Therefore, the languages of Antonio Barbieri, Giulio Bensasson, Roberto Ghezzi, Giulia Manfredi, Miriam Montani, Bernardo Tirabosco, Medina Zabo, with a high degree of interdisciplinarity, represent seven researches that, while evaluating their respective subjectivities, adequately and unanimously argue the theoretical premises of the exhibition. Scattered through the rooms on the ground floor of the museum, their works, ranging from sculpture to installation and video, and eluding easy nomenclature, provide a concise but exhaustive scenario of how the classical category of form, interpreted in the project as the result of the simultaneous effect – not always disciplined – of endogenous and exogenous impulses, is still being revised by the contemporary world.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | MARK FRANCIS Re-Echo / MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata @ Palazzo Collicola
May 23 all-day

Mark Francis. Re-Echo
curated by Marco Tonelli
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 26 March – 29 May 2022
Vernissage Saturday 26 March at 11.00 am

One of the most interesting British painters of his generation, Mark Francis is seeing his paintings displayed in a solo exhibition in a public museum in Italy for the first time. Internationally acclaimed at the end of the 1990s among the Young British Artists in the epoch-making exhibition of the Saatchi Sensation collection at the Royal Academy in London in 1997, in the exhibition Re-Echo (whose meaning alludes to the physical effect of resonating) he presents 15 paintings made between 2021 and 2022, characterised by frequencies, wavelengths and vertical amplitudes typical of energy waves, as if these paintings were able to capture and measure invisible forces (magnetic, sound, atomic) and well beyond the human capacity for perception.

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MATTEO MONTANI Costellazione privata 
curated by Davide Silvioli
26 March – 29 May 2022
“G. Carandente” Modern Art Gallery, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto

With Matteo Montani’s project Costellazione privata, Palazzo Collicola renews its focus on contemporary pictorial research hosting the work of an internationally renowned Italian painter.

The exhibition, curated by Davide Silvioli, takes place in the rooms of the museum’s Modern Art Gallery, also occupying its own architectural areas. The artist’s work consists of a series of works – never exhibited before – dating back to different periods but united by the refinement given by the reduced format, the result of a selection that the Roman painter has made directly within the pictorial surfaces themselves, extrapolating only details that highlight the different stylistic features of his rigorous research. Montani’s work thus becomes a new aesthetic presence in the midst of the works that make up the permanent collection, suggesting unexpected linguistic affinities and sophisticated dissonances. Thus structured, the operation, although disseminated like a constellation, is to be read as a unicum, just like the latter, and therefore as a single site-specific intervention, aimed at providing alternative keys to interpretation in order to interface both with the contemporary artistic heritage of the museum and with Montani’s research. Through a circle of works expressly selected or created for the occasion, the exhibition moves along these two parallel tracks – the collection and Montani’s work – which, contaminating each other in the exhibition experience, give rise to new ideas for interpreting both the one and the other.

EXHIBITIONS AT PALAZZO COLLICOLA | VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
May 23 all-day

VASCO BENDINI | Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola
curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto 9 April – 29 May 2022


Volti e diluvi. Works from the collection of Palazzo Collicola is a solo exhibition for the 100th anniversary of the birth of an artist who has marked the destiny of much of thedevelopment of Italian painting from the post-war period to the early 2000s. Although Vasco Bendini (Bologna 1922 – Rome 2015) was originally from Emilia and lived in Rome for many years, he was particularly close to Spoleto thanks to his friendship with Bruno Toscano, which had developed since the days of the Spoleto Prize, which he won on two occasions (1955 and 1957), and which continued to be cultivated over time until the donation of a substantial nucleus of works, almost all from the 1950s, desired by Vasco and made by Marcella Valentini Bendini, to enrich the Spoleto gallery in 1989. It was therefore an important relationship with the city and its museum, that today intend to pay tribute to him by rediscovering that group of donated works, including the only surviving example of the Diluvi cycle. In the exhibition curated by Lorenzo Fiorucci, the works alternate with documents and critical analyses, in particular by Francesco Arcangeli, Bendini’s first supporter as well as an influential critic of the Spoleto group. In fact, it was through the theorisation of the last naturalism that the debate opened in Italy, as early as 1954, around a young generation of artists (in particular Emiliani and Lombardi, but also the Spoletini), in which Vasco Bendini was, together with Mattia Moreni, Ennio Morlotti and others, among the protagonists of this critical event that opened up a new, existential vision of art. Bendini, who around 1950 “struggled with Masaccio”, as Arcangeli recalls, immediately afterwards “began to fill large pastel papers with storms and deluge: whirlwinds that we can barely remember, agitated coils, blacks that avalanche on themselves. Nothing remains of them: and yet the abandonment to that very isolated and almost absurd anarchy was […] of an absolute frankness”. As we have said, the only remaining evidence of the Diluvi is in Spoleto, but alongside this are canvases and papers of intense spiritual afflatus, mistaken at the time for eternal abstraction; looking at them today, they disclose intense and delicate shadows of subtle faces, oscillating between the memory of the image and an almost subconscious vision, generated by small strokes. It is the grammar of informal tachisme that emerges and returns these images with intense emotion. These are the years, from the beginning of the 1950s to the beginning of the 1960s, with an appendix on the 1980s, when the artist returned to reinterpret some of the initial themes of his rich artistic career, that interest the Spoleto exhibition, which is accompanied by the publication of the catalogue, offered by the Freemocco publisher of Deruta; among other contributions, it includes an interview by Bruno Toscano.


Vasco Bendini (Bologna 27 February 1922 – Rome 31 January 2015) A pupil of Virgilio Guidi and Giorgio Morandi, he attended their courses at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, but his first exhibition was held in Lombardy, in Milan at the Bergamini Gallery in 1949. Over the following decade he exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, in particular in Florence in 1953 at the Galleria La Torre presented by Francesco Arcangeli who shortly afterwards included him in the group of the Last Naturalists theorised in the pages of the magazine “Paragone” (1954). In 1956 he took part in the Venice Biennale in 1959 and was invited to the Rome Quadrenniale, while in 1961 he was in Brazil at the São Paulo Biennale and in 1962 at the Tokyo Biennale, and then again in Venice in 1964. His painting was influenced by Informalism, in the Archangelian declination of nature tinged with an inclination towards abstraction. The turning point came in 1966 when, presented by Giulio Carlo Argan at the L’Attico gallery in Rome, a certain formal inflection appeared in his painting that would be typical of arte povera. This trend was also confirmed a year later, when he presented his canvases at the Studio Bentivoglio in Bologna, with an essay by Arcangeli. The 1970s opened with his third participation in the Venice Biennale in 1972, invited by Renato Barilli. In 1973 he moved to the capital, where he returned to live in 2012 after an interval of working in Parma. These are the years in which he inaugurated important personal and anthological exhibitions in Italy and abroad, including the C.S.A.C. in Parma, the Italian Cultural Institute in Cologne, the Saarbruecken Museum of Modern Art and the Saarlouis Museum of Modern Art, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Bologna, the Franco Antonicelli Cultural Union in Turin, the Casa del Mantegna in Mantua, the Galleria Comunale d’Arte Moderna in Spoleto, the P.A.C. in Milan, the Pinacoteca in Ravenna, the Galleria Civica in Modena, Palazzo Forti in Verona, the Galleria Civica d’arte contemporanea in Trento, the Loggetta Lombardesca, the Museo della Città in Ravenna, the Palazzo Comunale in Salò, the Museo Laboratorio d’Arte Contemporanea of the University La Sapienza in Rome, the Teatro Farnese in Parma, the Palazzo Sarcinelli in Conegliano, the Civica Galleria in Lissone, the Museo Bocchi in Parma, the Castello Masnago in Varese, the MACRO in Rome, the Museo Palazzo de’ Mayo in Chieti. During his stay in Parma, he received numerous awards for his career, including the 2002 Lissone Prize, the Marina di Ravenna Prize, the Guglielmo Marconi Prize, the G.B. Salvi Prize in Sassoferrato (Ancona), the Targa Ricordo Volponi in Bologna, and the tribute exhibition at the MACRO in Rome. In 2009, under the presidency of Marcella Valentini Bendini, the Archive of Vasco Bendini’s work was set up in Parma and later transferred to Rome. Vice President Irene Santori. Finally, in 2012 the last monograph of the artist was presented at the Accademia di San Luca in Rome.

CINEMA in Spoleto @ Sala Pegasus e Sala Frau
May 23 all-day

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CINEMA in Spoleto @ Sala Pegasus e Sala Frau
May 24 all-day

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Piazza Bovio
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Ph. 0743 522620

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Vicolo San Filippo 16
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