Art & Culture

“Francis Bacon. Mutazioni”

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018
Papa Pastello

By Giorgia Ferro With the summer season, a new contemporary exhibition was inaugurated in Bologna: “Francis Bacon. Mutazioni” at Palazzo Belloni in via Barberia running from the 1st of June to the 16th of September. About 70 works, including drawings, pastels and collages, created by Bacon between 1977 and 1992. They reveal to the public […]

HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY: Popoli Pop Cult Festival

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
L'uomo Leone

Not to be missed It’s an annual event that manages to bring “the whole world to a small village” and after each occasion wins new acclaim. The Popoli Pop Cult Festival of Bagnara di Romagna celebrates its X edition from 28 June to 1 July. To celebrate the milestone many more new and exciting initiatives […]

Bolognese ‘Umarells’ finally get their own Piazzetta

Friday, April 20th, 2018
Piazzatta degli Umarells

Term makes it onto the official local lexicon Bologna has its very own ‘Piazzetta degli Umarells’. The term ‘umarells’ is known in Bolognese folklore as a ball-busting, grumpy pensioner and the word enters the city’s official toponymy, So, what is it exactly, or rather which type of person does it characterize? It’s generally a pensioner […]

The Dialogues of the Carmelites at the Teatro Comunale

Friday, March 30th, 2018

By R. David Salvage Francis Poulenc’s 1957 opera The Dialogues of the Carmelites received an outstanding production this month at the Teatro Comunale.  A co-production with the Théȃtre des Champs-Élysées (Paris) and La Monnaie (Brussels), it arrived on a wave of acclaim and drew widespread media coverage. Inspired by actual events, Dialogues tells the story of a young aristocratic woman […]

Zhang Dali’s ‘Meta-Morphosis’ on display at Palazzo Fava

Friday, March 23rd, 2018
Zhang Dali signing autographs.

Father of Chinese street art’s first anthology The father of Chinese street art in the nineties, now among the greatest artists of his country and the world, arrived in the city for his first Italian anthology entitled ‘Meta-Morphosis’, at Palazzo Fava until June 24, with Marina Timoteo as curator. Zhang Dali arrived in Bologna twenty […]

Maisonventidue aka private art museum

Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Maison Ventidue exhibit 1

Located in the heart of the city – smack bang in the middle of Via dell’Indipendenza – Maison Ventidue, hosts local and international artists and their research in the field of performance, installation and interior design. The residence adopts the name HOMEMADE in line with the living space and the city through site-specific studies and […]

The Bazar of Follies new book

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Piero Formica

IL BAZAR DELLE FOLLIE A new book from Professor Piero Formica reveals: Thoughts about Italy in the age of knowledge The visionary masters the art of seeing invisible things. The expert lives in a niche that restricts his field of vision. His possibilities are limited. Expert “There are many possibilities in the beginner’s mind; there […]

Little Venice window is 20 years old!

Friday, February 2nd, 2018
Via Piella window

A tourist hotspot since reopening in 1998 The little window on Via Piella is twenty years old, or at least its rediscovery, which dates back to the end of January 1998. The view over the old canal – often referred to as Little Venice – is one that most captures the hearts of many tourists. […]

Brits rank Unibo as most beautiful University

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

World University Rankings A recent report by the Times Higher University puts Bologna University at no1. in its list of 10 most beautiful universities in Europe. In their own words Unibo: “…in Italy is regarded as the world’s oldest university, having been founded in 1088. As well as being the oldest continually running university, it is a […]

Piazza Verdi Installation: A blight or bliss on the horizon?

Monday, January 15th, 2018

New installation for cultural initiatives is causing a raging storm The new structure, which was set up in early January in Piazza Verdi, has set the Bolognese against each other. Three reconverted transport containers sit just a few meters in front of the Teatro Comunale and it seems there is no end to the controversy […]