Kicking off this evening is the new rich season of Art Night with Neri Marcorè: starting with the Macchiaioli and Sorolla


The new rich season of Art Night hosted by Neri Marcorè kicks off this evening. It starts with an episode dedicated to light with the art of the Macchiaioli and Spanish naturalist painter Joaquín Sorolla.

The new season of Art Night kicks off tonight, Oct. 29, with an exceptional host: Neri Marcorè, actor, musician, TV and radio host, impersonator... because art is not only as we expect, and Neri Marcorè will tell the audience about it in his own way, ranging between painting and books, sculpture and opera, photography and light music, drawing inspiration from everything that feeds his imagination, and that of the viewer. The new season promises to be very rich and will range from the Macchiaioli to photojournalism, from great collectors from around the world to the unreal worlds of Miró and Bosch, to performances by Marina Abramovi? and a leap back in time to Giotto.

The program by Silvia De Felice and Emanuela Avallone, Massimo Favia, and Alessandro Rossi, directed by Andrea Montemaggiori, will air every Friday at 9:15 p.m. on Rai5 and RaiPlay.

For the first date, that of Friday, October 29 at 9:15 p.m., a symbolic title was chosen: Art Night: E Luce fu! Neri Marcorè will take a trip back in time, to Tuscany, to the years before the Unification of Italy, when the Macchiaioli artistic movement was born. A movement that changed the way of seeing and representing reality, with the intention of revolutionizing the rules of painting that until then had dominated the world of art and academies.

Thus begins the documentary Diamoci alla macchia. A Revolutionary Painting by Valeria Schiavoni, directed by Monica Onore, produced by Rai Cultura. Punctuated by the words the artists entrusted to their letters, the narrative highlights the role of their early collectors, friends who had the insight to encourage and support them, financially but also with a cultural dialogue that sought to consecrate artists who were often misunderstood. Thanks to the involvement of leading Macchiaioli scholars and great Italian art critics, the artists who were the protagonists of this movement will be presented, as well as those who supported them: Elisabetta Matteucci, director of the Matteucci Institute; Federico Bano of the Bano Foundation - Palazzo Zabarella in Padua; Vanessa Gavioli, curator Gallery of Modern Art at Palazzo Pitti in Florence; Giuliano Matteucci, Founder of the Matteucci Institute in Viareggio; Eike Schmidt, Director of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence. And then, above all, art historians Silvio Balloni, Lorella Giudici, Fernando Mazzocca. Thus, the works of Giovanni Fattori and Silvestro Lega, Telemaco Signorini, Adriano Cecioni, Odoardo Borrani, Raffaello Sernesi, and Vincenzo Cabianca will be featured. A documentary that aims to convey the taste of an era moved by revolutionary ferment, in culture and politics, that of the Italian Risorgimento, reconstructed by historian Angelica Zazzeri, when the art world was about to be challenged by a new art to which instead the Macchiaioli approached with curiosity: photography, narrated by Emanuela Sesti, historian of photography at the Fondazione Alinari per la Fotografia in Florence.

This will be followed by the docu-film Joaquín Sorolla, I viaggi della luce, dedicated to Spanish naturalist painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, who made light his inspiration after being fascinated by Nordic painters and luminism. Sorolla achieved his international recognition with the Grand Prize of the Universal Exhibition in 1900. At a solo exhibition in London in 1908, he met the billionaire and patron of the arts, Archer Milton Huntington, who commissioned him to do the work of his life: the decorations of the Hispanic Society of America in New York. The enormous effort expended in eight years of travel, when he produced up to fourteen large panels and an innumerable number of sketches, affected his health. In 1920 he was stricken with a cervical hemorrhage, and three years later he died of it.

Art Night is on Rai 5 and at www.raiplay.it/dirette/rai5
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Image: Neri Marcorè, photo by Tamara Casula

Kicking off this evening is the new rich season of Art Night with Neri Marcorè: starting with the Macchiaioli and Sorolla
Kicking off this evening is the new rich season of Art Night with Neri Marcorè: starting with the Macchiaioli and Sorolla


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