Like every year, 2022 will be a year full of artistic and cultural events for the city of Ferrara within the main exhibition spaces. We present below the exhibitions available in the area with relative dates and brief description, divided by place of exhibition:
PALACE OF DIAMONDS
"Museum of Madness" - from 17 September 2022 to 16 January 2023. A research around the universe of madness that is reflected in art. The exhibition retraces the works of tormented artists, divided into sections based on the topics covered.
"Women, horsemen, arms, loves. Humanity." By Sara Bolzani and Nicola Zamboni - Cortile del Castello Estense, in progress until 5 June 2022. It is an imposing sculptural group in which figures with an epic-chivalrous aspect are represented and convey modern themes such as marginalization and immigration, through the opening phrase of Ludovico Ariosto's “Orlando Furioso”.
"De Pisis. The silence of things”- ongoing until June 2, 2022. Focused on the marine still lifes of De Pisis, in which the small and the great meet, putting his metaphysical reflections on canvas.
“The dream of Ferrara. Adelchi Riccardo Mantovani "running until 9 October 2022. The exhibition traces the entire artistic life of the self-taught painter, exploring his style in all its facets, influenced both by the Renaissance, as by the metaphysics of De Chirico, by the surrealism of Delvaux, and magical realism.
P.A.C. CONTEMPORARY ART PAVILION
“XIX Biennale Donna. Out of Time. Starting afresh from nature” from 27 March to 29 May 2022. Five international artists exhibit with different techniques: from video, to sculpture, to painting, to installations, to photography. The topic dealt with concerns the troubled relationship between humanity and nature.
“Tribute to Antonioni 1912-2022. Suggestions from Ferrara” from 10 June to 10 July 2022. A research by artists from Ferrara on the suggestions aroused in them by the cinematographic works of the great director Michelangelo Antonioni, on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of his birth.
PALAZZINA MARFISA D'ESTE
“Arianna Di Romano. Beyond the gaze” running until 12 June 2022. Photographic exhibition consisting of sixty shots depicting the gazes captured by Di Romano during her reportages in Romania, Serbia, Southeast Asia, Sardinia and Sicily. The photographs want to push the viewer to look "beyond the gaze" of the eyes of people belonging to forgotten communities.
"Augusto Daolio" from 18 June to 11 September 2022. This is an exhibition that contains the pictorial works of the singer of the "Nomadi". The paintings represent dreamlike and magical universes in which a strong evocative symbolism reigns.
“Fakes. From Alceo Dossena to the fake Modigliani" from 7 April to 31 July 2022. Interesting analysis on the theme of forgery in art, addressed through works by great forgers in the history of Italian sculpture.
MEIS - JEWISH MUSEUM AND SHOA'
“Beyond the ghetto. Inside & Outside” ongoing until May 15, 2022. The most delicate issues concerning the dynamics of the ghetto are dealt with, and the living conditions within it between the 16th and 19th centuries are presented.
MUSEUMS OF ANCIENT ART
The following are the exhibitions of the city of Ferrara available to the public at any time of the year.
Palace dating back to about 1385-1391, born with the purpose of "schifar", that is "to avoid" boredom. Used as a recreational residence by the Este family of Ferrara, and became a Civic Museum in the eighteenth century, the building contains noteworthy frescoes. In particular, the frescoes in the Salone dei Mesi stand out, dating back to 1898 and made by Ferrarese painters of the Cosmé Tura school. Inside, however, we also find evidence of 15th century miniatures, 15th century sculptures, ceramics and medals of the Este.
The Museum of the Cathedral of Ferrara is located in the former Church of San Romano, and mainly contains works that were originally contained within the Cathedral. You can admire works by Cosmé Tura, a great 15th century painter of the Ferrara school, sculptures, tapestries, reliquaries, illuminated antiphonaries, and various works of art.
Ludovico Ariosto's house:
This is the house where the poet spent the last years of his life, and where he wrote the third and final version of "Orlando the Furious". On the main floor you can visit a small museum dedicated to the artist, while cultural events are held in the other sections of the house and in the courtyard. The house is also home to the Giorgio Bassani Foundation, the famous writer from Ferrara, and currently hosts a temporary exhibition entitled "The face and the look of Giorgio Bassani", running until 5 June 2022.
National Archaeological Museum of Ferrara:
Located in a sixteenth-century building, the National Archaeological Museum of Ferrara houses important archaeological finds from the lost city of Spina, discovered in 1922 in the subsoil of Comacchio.
The Civic Lapidary is located in the former church of S. Libera, dating back to the fifteenth century and located in front of Palazzo Schifanoia. It was used as a lapidary museum only in 1979 by the municipal administration, after it was used in the most varied ways in previous centuries.
San Cristoforo alla Certosa:
It is a Carthusian monastery built in 1452 under a commission from Borso d’Este. Characterized by a magnificent architectural complex, which includes the public cemetery and is surrounded by a wonderful green park.
Monastery of Sant'Antonio in Polesine:
The Monastery of Sant’Antonio in Polesine was the first female monastery in the city of Ferrara, consecrated in 1413; it is characterized by its traces of Byzantine and Pomposian style decorations, combined with Romanesque and Gothic elements.
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