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from 17/03/2017  to 18/06/2017

From 17 March to 18 June 2017, the Stables of Visconti Castle in Pavia will host an exhibition of Antonio Ligabue, one of the most original Italian artists of the 20th century. The exhibition, curated by Sandro Parmiggiani and Sergio Negri in collaboration with Simona Bartolena, produced and organized by ViDi with the Municipality of Pavia and the Antonio Ligabue Foundation from Gualtieri (RE)presents more than 50 works including paintings, sculptures, drawings and engravings. The exhibition is divided into two sections: the first one with works about wild animals and pets and the other one with self-portraits.The masterpieces include the Royal Tiger, painted in 1941 when Ligabue was in the psychiatric hospital San Lazzaro in Reggio Emilia, and The Hare in the Landscape, for the first time presented in an exhibition.  Ligabue represents pets in Italian and Swiss landscapes or forest animals like tigers, lions, foxes and eagles revealing a good knowledge of anatomy with a special attention to colour and decoration. The portraits represent one of the most important aspects of Ligabue’s art: “These portraits – says Sandro Parmiggiani – tell the artist’s pain; we can almost hear his soundless scream in the silence of nature and in the deafness of those who surround him. When all hope is lost, burned to ashes, a man’s face can’t help having this dark, muddy colour, this petrifaction of traits that pain has brought and engraved into the skin”. This exhibition is another chance after Gualtieri (2015), Rome and Palermo (2016) to recognise the critical and historical role Ligabue’s art plays in society, to arouse interest in this “tragic expressionist” whose artistic qualities are acknowledged all over Europe. “Ligabue’s work – explains Sandro Parmiggiani – has been clouded by his exceptionally tragic life. Even though at first his painful existence has contributed to the halo of legend which surrounds his works, in the end Ligabue’s human side has prevailed over his artistic side. So, this time the idea is to reverse the course: not from life to art, but from art to life”. The  Skira exhibition catalogue is available, written by Sandro Parmiggiani, Sergio Negri, Giuseppe Amadei, Simona Bartolena, Luciano Manicardi and Sergio Terzi. For the whole period of the exhibition the programme includes a series of educational activities, conferences and free guided tours for children and adults. This family-friendly exhibition is equipped with a nursing area, an educational room with free access for families, an itinerary specifically for children and a free educational kit to get at the box office. Info and booking:  

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Pavia Barocca 2017

from 21/03/2017  to 09/07/2017
historical centre
historical centre, Pavia

Baroque in Pavia, the international festival of  Early Music organised by Ghislieri College,  is at its seventh edition. It is promoted by Ghislierimusica and the city of Pavia and partners with international and local organisations and institutions, like the University of Pavia. The festival takes place on the 450th anniversary of the College foundation and Monteverdi's birth. There will be 8 concerts including  key figures of Early Music (like  Modo Antiquo, Les Surprises, Paul Agnew and Reinoud Van Mechelen) and  ensembles (Duo Repicco and La Vaghezza) which are part of eeemerging 2016, a  European project promoting the emergence of new talent, of which Ghislierimusica is the only Italian partner. In addition to the concerts, the festival will offer Organ Pipes Circuits in collaboration with the Italian Touring Club to discover the extraordinary pipe organ patrimony of the city and two new events: New Baroque Generation, where emerging ensemble musicians  together  with ISSM Vittadini will explain their artistic project, which is a mixture of passion, dedication and research; and  Dialogues in Music by Simone Milesi, 5 dialogue meetings between musicians and scientists (like Fabio Bonizzoni, Angela Romagnoli and Alfredo Bernardini) in order to  understand better and become familiar with this music. Tickets will be on sale from 5th March: full season tickets (8 concerts) from €75  and reduced tickets (4 concerts) from €40. Buy season tickets sending an email to. or telephone 366.8609702 (Mon. Fri. 9.30-12.30 / 15-18).                                                                                                           Buy tickets online from 13 March on Vivaticket ( starting from €8. The festival Baroque in Pavia is promoted by Ghislierimusica, founded in 2006, which is responsible for running all  the music activity of the historical Ghislieri College of Pavia. The President of the Association is Giulio Prandi, whose collaborators are all under the age of 37. Ghislierimusica is a member of the board of directors of REMA - European Early Music Network and its activity is recognised by Lombardy Region. Every year Ghislierimusica organises  a lot of concerts in Pavia and its Province in collaboration with Fraschini Theatre and ‘Franco Vittadini’ Higher Institute of Music Studies. Since its foundation Ghislierimusica has produced 20  editions of the festival and more than 300 live concerts and shows in Italy and Europe (more or less 30 per year). Its ensemble Ghislieri Choir & Consort is active on the international scene and it is specialised in the revival of Italian sacred music repertoire of XVIII century. It is regularly present at the most important festivals in Europe and from 2010 it records  for Sony International - Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. For info: Elisa Bracco - Media relations Association Ghislierimusica tel. 0382 37.86.266 – Complete programme in the brochure attached.  

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