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Italy Celebrates Leonardo Da Vinci 500 Years From His Death

On May 2, 1519, Leonardo Da Vinci died in Amboise, France. This year all Italy honors the 500th anniversary of his death with exhibitions and events, down to and including lessons for adults in drawing and fresco painting. Milan's offerings are the most, however.

Creating a Global Network of Young Italians

A seminary organized by the CGIE, the General Council of Italians Abroad, was inaugurated today in Palermo’s Teatro Massimo. There, 115 young men and women of Italian origin but living across the globe gathered to kick-off a series of encounters that, in the coming days, will lead to the establishment of a global network of young Italians abroad.

Celebrating Manhattan’s First Italian Dual Language Program

A flag ceremony was held this morning, April 12, 2019, at Harlem’s Public School 242 to celebrate the launch of Manhattan’s first Italian Dual Language Program, an achievement carried out by the “In Italiano” parent association and supported by IACE, the Italian Consulate, and the local Italian community at large.

Chiara Civello Returns to the US with “Eclipse”

The artist will present Eclipse, the sixth album of her luminous career, that began with jazz improvisation and continued following the thread of contamination.

Expanding Italian Language Programs in the United States

A conversation with Maria Fusco, Director of Education at the Embassy of Italy in Washington DC

Leonardo’s St. Jerome on View in Saint Peter’s Square

Leonardo Da Vinci’s "St. Jerome in the Wilderness" is currently on view in a free exhibition organized by the Vatican Museums at the Braccio di Carlo Magno in St. Peter's Square. The painting is then set to travel across the Atlantic to New York City, to be exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum. Finally, it will (supposedly) be shipped over to Paris to be part of the Louvre’s Blockbuster Da Vinci show, organized in honor of the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death.

Introducing San Francisco to Ugo Tognazzi and “Commedia all’Italiana” Films

Cinema Italia SF presents a film series dedicated to Italian actor, director, and screenwriter Ugo Tognazzi. The program, produced by LUCE CINECITTA in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco, will be shown on April 27th in San Francisco’s Castro Theatre. It will feature a selection of five films and a themed party.

Lucio Fontana: “The Only Freedom is Intelligence”

To better appreciate the Fontana retrospective at the Met Breuer, it is necessary to contextualize the Argentinian-Italian artist’s work within his broader research and vision.

Dogman Dominates the David di Donatello Italian Film Awards

The 64th edition of the David di Donatello, Italy’s Academy Awards, saw the triumph of Matteo Garrone’s “Dogman”, which took home 9 awards. The Netflix film “Sulla Mia Pelle”, a documentary about Stefano Cucchi, the young roman man who died under custody in 2009, likely as a consequence of police brutality, also fared well, winning 4 prizes including Best Male Actor for Alessandro Borghi.

Changing the Way We Live Our Lives. Stefano Boeri: Integrating Nature and Architecture

The idea of integrating architecture with nature has always been in the mind of architects and landscape designers. Throughout our evolutionary history we tried to combine these two concepts together. We have reached a moment in history where it is no longer necessary to sacrifice one for the other. Stefano Boeri is the first architect who had the opportunity to build a residential tower covered in trees, his “Bosco Verticale” (vertical forest).

The Influence of Italian Graphic Designers on American Visual Culture

“Italian Types: Graphic Designers From Italy in America” showcases the work of 16 Italian designers who left their mark on the visual and cultural landscape of the US, particularly in “cities of immigrant art and design” such as New York.

Naples: Three Cities in One Beauty, Grandeur, and Mystery

Few cities in Italy or the world possess a patrimony as extraordinary as Naples. Our recommended travel itinerary approaches this marvelous city from three different angles, starting with Naples’ scenic side, as beautiful today as it was ages ago, when 16th Century travelers on the Grand Tour arrived seeking beauty and gradeur. Next up is the rich, majestic Naples, capital of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, known for its monuments and squares, its culture and truly popular side streets. Finally, we’ll introduce you to a hidden Naples, which has existed underground for centuries. This may be the most mysterious and spectacular side of Naples, spanning two millennia and conti- nuing to look to the future: from catacombs to under- ground art, with the most beautiful train stations in Europe designed by 14 “archi-stars” and adorned with 200 works of art by over ninety artists.

Italian Types. Graphic Designers from Italy in America

A celebration and a reminder of the important contribution that Italians graphic designers have brought to the United States over the past century, the exhibition “Italian Types. Graphic Designers From Italy in America” at the Italian Cultural Institute. Curated by Patricia Belen, Greg D'Onofrio, Melania Gazzotti and hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute, the exhibition will open on March 21st with a reception and will be up until May 2nd.

The Vessel, Beautiful Stairway to Nowhere

I had heard about this structure called The Vessel that was about to be inaugurated in the Hudson Yards - I had also seen a rendering - but its was only when I saw pictures of it emerging on social media that I said: “Wow! I really need to go to see it.” Yes, I fell in the trap too. The Vessel, British design and Italian manufacture, is a shining dream for our selfie-obsessed society: 2500 steps amazingly organized in a dantesque structure with a wonderful view on the Hudson river. It is a $200 million stairway to nowhere in a $25 billion neighborhood.

Cristiana Pegoraro Brings the Sounds of Narni(a) to Carnegie Hall

Pianist Cristiana Pegoraro brings the Narnia Festival, of which she is the creative director and founder, from Umbria to New York, with an all Italian debut at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.

Fausto Melotti and Lucio Fontana: New York Exhibitions Paving the Way for Contemporary Italian Artists

Conceived in dialog with the Met Breuer’s current exhibition “Lucio Fontana: On the Threshold” as well as with “Spatial Explorations” held at the Italian Cultural Institute, the exhibition “Fausto Melotti: Works from the Olnick Spanu Collection” organized by Magazzino Italian Art Foundation at the Consulate General of Italy, introduced new audiences to the work of the Italian Modernist artist, highlighting his connection to Fontana and the influence that both artists have had and continue to have on the Italian and global artistic landscape.

Verona's Romantic Aura Now Comes at a Cost

Seeking romance, millions of tourists converge upon Verona. For the city of Romeo and Juliet, their visits bring income, but also traffic jams and, most recently, the need to remove literally thousands of "love locks," whose weight endangers walls.

Chiara Izzi, Jazz Singer With A Mediterranean Voice

This Italian artist is not afraid to explore her vocal potential in different languages and across genres. Yesterday at Birdland, she presented her second and newly released album, Across the Sea (Jando), co-created with pianist and vocalist Kevin Hays. And now she is also planning a tour.

Versatile Talent Chiara Izzi to Enchant "Birdland"

The Italian award winning singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed pianist and vocalist Kevin Hays will celebrate the release of their album "Across the Sea," a visionary journey between jazz and pop, America and Italy, dream and lyricism. At the Birdland Jazz Club on February 28 at 5:30 pm.

When Rome Was Italy’s Film and Fashion Capital

From Florence on down, craftsmanship reigns. Up north is the reign of finance, industry, and media, with Milan at the helm. And at the center presides Rome, like a classy patrician, the ancient capital of Italian couture. Leading us on this first installment of a multipart trip to the heart of Made in Italy is a doyen of the fashion world.