Two outstanding aspects of Italy
in a single exhibition
April 11 — September 13, 2015
The kaleidoscopic universe of the depiction of wine in art over the centuries – painting, sculpture, the decorative arts – at centre stage for the first time in a vast exhibition presenting 184 works loaned by more than 90 Italian and foreign lenders, with the help of 51 scholars, curators, members of the academic committee, authors of texts and catalogue entries.
A fascinating journey arising from the meeting point of two outstanding fields, two of the finest aspects of Italian cultura and history, two symbols of Italy around the world: art and wine.
From April 11 to September 13, 2015 in Palazzo della Gran Guardia in the heart of the city, and at the same time as Expo 2015 and in relation to its theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life", Verona, the city that has been home to the most important trade fair of Italian wine for almost fifty years, will be promoting one of the most significant cultural events, one of the most important and original exhibitions to take place in Italy during Expo. The aim of the exhibition is to investigate from a new stance and highlight the theme of wine, whose ancient history embraces the great civilisations of the past and which has deep roots in Italian tradition. Wine has also indelibly marked Italy’s artistic culture, becoming the inspiration for great artists.
The depiction of wine in its many and varied forms and interpretations has always been a constant presence in works of art, from painting to sculpture and the decorative arts. Thanks to superlative examples from leading international museums and collections, it provides the opportunity to illustrate artists’ approach to this subject, presenting the changes, the subtleties and symbolisms in an overview offering works from the 16th to the 20th century: from the appeal of Antiquity and the Renaissance, to the Baroque vigour of the 17th century, the seductive and worldly aspects of the 18th century to the bourgeois lifestyle of the 19th, and the most modern or abstract expressions in the 20th century.
The exhibition will present works by Lorenzo Lotto, Titian, Guido Reni, Luca Giordano, Annibale Carracci, Giuseppe Maria Crespi and also by Peter Paul Rubens, Jusepe Ribera, Nicolas Poussin, Jacob Jordaens; plus, Giulio Carpioni, Pietro Longhi, the Bassano dynasty, Sebastiano Ricci, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Philipp Hackert, Gerrit van Honthorst, Philippe Mercier, Nicholas Tournier so on down to Morbelli, Nomellini, Inganni, De Pisis, Depero, Morandi, Guttuso and Picasso, to mention just some of the artists on show.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a Skira catalogue, and the ticket will include an audio guide service. There will also be special “between art and wine” events and initiatives, starting with the presence, next to the bookshop – in the venue overlooking the beautiful Piazza Bra of Verona – of a wine shop in which to buy wines from the event’s sponsoring companies, and of a space that will offer the public tasting combinations with prestigious wine labels and doc and dop products offering the best traditional local foods.