Art and antiques in Cortona: kicking off the 2020 edition of Cortonantiquaria

The 58th edition of Cortonantiquaria, Italy's oldest antiques exhibition, kicks off today, Aug. 15.

From August 15 to 30, 2020, Cortonantiquaria, Italy’s oldest antiques exhibition, which reaches its fifty-eighth edition this year, returns, organized by the Municipality of Cortona and Cortona Sviluppo. This year the venue will no longer be in the historic Palazzo Vagnotti but in the more spacious Centro Convegni di Sant’Agostino, on Via Guelfa, in the historic center of Cortona: these are the historic premises of the Convent, with an adjoining church, a completely restored environment.

The main objective of this year’s edition is to support the cultural sector with a double strategy: to help the antiques sector and to socially unite a community, that of antiques and art enthusiasts, which has suffered like all from the backlash of the pandemic. The exhibition is changing venue to ensure that everything takes place safely in more spacious environments that can allow for the proper spacing of visitors: this made it possible to immediately count on the presence of antiquarians from all over Italy (even from England and Spain) who every year have taken part in this important event, sharing its perspectives and ideational approach.

“It was by no means a foregone conclusion to organize CortonAntiquaria given the objective difficulty of the moment we are living in and with all the necessary restrictions for security,” says Cortona City Council’s culture councillor Francesco Attesti. “However, we strongly wanted to follow up on a decades-long tradition that honors our city and is meant to be a concrete signal for the restart of a particular artistic sector. We therefore count on being able to give a concrete impetus to cultural tourism, which has suffered greatly this year, particularly in small art cities.”

At the exhibition, visitors will find furniture, porcelain, paintings, wooden and marble statues, gifts, textiles, prints, frames, crystal, fine silverware, tapestries, fine Persian carpets, tableware, and jewelry.

And there will also be events. Among the guests will be journalist Lorenza Foschini, to present her new book Il vento attraversa le nostre anime (The Wind Crosses Our Souls ), and then prominent personalities in the literary field such as Nicola Nucci, a finalist for the Italo Calvino prize. Again, Riccardo Lestini, writer and director, winner of the Santucce and Storm Festival award in 2019 with the book The Little Prince is Dead, for the occasion will present Florence, a film a book that is enjoying considerable success so much so that it has been at the top of the charts for forty-two weeks, in which several stories are told set as the setting of a day in which several lives intertwine showing various aspects and social hardships.

Then there will be a meeting dedicated to the book The Pillars of Hercules, a multi-author production by Pelagio d’Afro, author of three novels and several short stories, among the founders of the creative workshop Carboneria Letteraria, Giuseppe D’Emilio, Arturo Fabra, Roberto Fogliardi and Alessandro Papini. Then there will be an appointment with Mario Ascheri, historian and lecturer at theUniversity of Roma Tre, addressing the historical rivalries between Florence and Siena. One evening will also include the theme of archaeology with Furio Durando who will talk about the history of Vetulonia. There will be no shortage of musical interventions ranging from Jazz to Tango to classical music.

For all informaoni you can visit the event’s official website.

Art and antiques in Cortona: kicking off the 2020 edition of Cortonantiquaria
Art and antiques in Cortona: kicking off the 2020 edition of Cortonantiquaria

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