The Farnese, Ernst and Rubens: exhibitions 2022 by Electa

Electa announces its exhibitions for 2022, including the Farnese, Max Ernst and Pieter Paul Rubens.

Electa announces its exhibitions for 2022 dedicated to great artists and patrons who have contributed to the great history of art.

From March 18 to July 31, 2022, the Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta in Parma will host I Farnese. Architecture, Art, Power, curated by Simone Verde with Bruno Adorni, Carla Campanini, Carlo Mambriani, Maria Cristina Quagliotti, Pietro Zanlari, in collaboration with University of Parma, Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Archivio di Stato di Parma, Ordine degli Architetti e PPC di Parma, Fondazione Cariparma.Twenty-five years after the last initiative on the subject, the extensive exhibition will be dedicated to the patronage of the Farnese family, investigating the affirmation of the house in the European political and cultural structure from the 16th to the 18th century through the use of the arts. The exhibition will present more than three hundred works from Italian and European collections, a heterogeneous corpus never before brought together for a major exhibition on the themes of Farnese patronage and collecting. Among the novelties is that of treating the themes of Renaissance collecting with the tools of global history and of including in the family’s patronage the great architectural factories, thanks to the collaboration with the University of Parma and its specialists led by Bruno Adorni. Plastics, design drawings and documents will be brought together for the first time along with goods from distant lands, largely collected from the Cabinet of Rare Things, two Coronelli globes and, for the first time in Italy, the Mass of St. Gregory performed in Mexico by the Indians to thank Paul III for the bull Sublimis Deus, which recognized the humanity of Native Americans and condemned their exploitation.

From October 4, 2022 to February 26, 2023, Palazzo Reale in Milan will host the Italian retrospective dedicated to Max Ernst, Max Ernst. Beauty and Bizarre, curated by Martina Mazzotta and Jürgen Pech, promoted and produced by Comune di Milano-Cultura, Palazzo Reale with Electa, in collaboration with Madeinart. Over two hundred works including paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, books, and jewelry from museums, foundations and private collections. Pictor doctus, profound connoisseur and visionary interpreter of art history, philosophy and science, Max Ernst is presented in this context as a humanist in the neo-Renaissance sense.

On the other hand, from October 6, 2022 to January 22, 2023, the exhibition Rubens and the Palaces of Genoa, curated by Nils Büttner and Anna Orlando and produced by the City of Genoa with Fondazione Palazzo Ducale per la Cultura and Electa, is on view at the Palazzo Ducale in Genoa. It was created to mark the fourth centenary of the publication in Antwerp of Rubens’ volume Palazzi di Genova (1622). The artist stayed in Genoa on several occasions between 1600 and 1607, visiting it also in the retinue of the Duke of Mantua, Vincenzo I Gonzaga, with whom he held the position of court painter. He was able to have direct and in some cases very close relations with the richest and most influential aristocrats of the city’s oligarchy. More than 150 works, including about twenty Rubens works from European and Italian museums and collections, are on display, adding to those in the Ligurian capital. The cultural and artistic context of the city at the time of its greatest splendor is completed through the paintings of the artists Rubens surely saw and studied during his trip to Italy.

Image: Max Ernst, L’ange du foyer (1937; oil on canvas, 54 x 74 cm; Private collection ) © Max Ernst by SIAE 2022

The Farnese, Ernst and Rubens: exhibitions 2022 by Electa
The Farnese, Ernst and Rubens: exhibitions 2022 by Electa

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