THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF NATURE
From March 13th 2019 to July 14th 2019
The wonderful world of nature arrives in the heart of Milan, at Palazzo Reale on the occasion on the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. It will be a fantastic journey between reality and fiction in which myth, art and science meet. The purpose is the representation of nature in Lombardy art in the period between 1400 and 1700, the exhibition will include works of art together with exhibits from the Milan Museum of Natural History, in a spectacular setting.
An immersive and engaging experience.
ANTONELLO DA MESSINA
Palazzo Reale – Milan
from February 21th to June 6th 2019
Five hundred and thirty-nine years: half a millennium to reconstruct the legacy of Antonello da Messina, one of the most groundbreaking and influential painters of the 15th century. The exhibition at Palazzo Reale, gathers together almost half of the existing works by the Sicilian artist, offering viewers a first-ever opportunity to admire several of his extraordinary masterpieces under one roof. In addition to the above, the exhibition provides a fascinating insight into the artist’s training and earliest years, from Sicily to Naples and Rome, and then on to Venice and Milan, where he was finally recognized as one of the greatest painters of his time.
The famed Annunciata with its blue shawl and enigmatic gaze will welcome visitors to the large exhibition Milan is dedicating to Antonello da Messina – a unique opportunity to admire, all in one place, about half the works that made it to us in the present day from the brush of the great master of the 1400s. And while, over the centuries, earthquakes, floods, rips and other fatal carelessnesses have done in a fair part of the artist’s heritage, more recents years have seen his surviving paintings travel far and wide, among museums and collectors all over Europe and across the Atlantic.
The first exhibition of the great Japanese artist,Takashi Murakami, in an exhibition space fo the Italian public. Through a selection of recent works, including three imponenti Arhat, the exhibition at the Palazzo Reale aims to highlight the ability of Murakami to merge historical references, contemporary and science fiction in a multitude of styles, methods, forms and techniques have become over time a kind of stylistic trademark of a the most celebrated artist of our time.
Takashi Murakami, the great artist appreciated throughout the world for its ability to bring together in his works and traditional Japanese pop culture, manga and Buddhist iconography, arrives in Milan with an exhibition in the Hall of the Caryatids.
Nell’exposure emerges strongly the author’s ability to blend historical references, contemporary and science fiction in a multitude of styles, methods, forms and techniques that have become over time a kind of trademark style.
At the entrance of the exhibition, visitors are greeted by the silvery reflections of light sculpture ‘Oval Buddha Silver’ (2008). The exhibition continues with the presentation of three ‘Arhat’ large size, between 5 and 10 meters in length, designed in response to the recent major earthquake in Japan in 2011. The term ‘Arhat’ is derived from Sanskrit and means’ to be attained enlightenment ‘. The source of the images depicted in these paintings is an old tale that tells the story of the Buddhist monks who face the decline and death, in which demonic monsters and decrepit monks in traditional robes and vestments wander along psychedelic landscapes.
The exhibition, curated by Francesco Bonami, it also presents a selection of self-portraits of the artist, who playfully represent the continuous research that Murakami conducted on self-image and perception of the ever-changing place in the universe. Finally, a third series of paintings depicts a constellation of skulls that – almost like a waterfall – overlap with one another, merging together: psychedelic colors and shapes are placed so in contrast to the final aspect of the subject macabre .
Whenever Leonardo Da Vinci stayed in Milan he would usually go to this house in order to find a few moments of relaxation and walk around its large Renaissance garden, rich in statues and a water fountain, while he was completing his work on the Last supper. Beautiful rooms and frescoes of Villa Atellani; wonderful gardens which still preserve Leonardo’s vineyard.