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The week of April 15 - 21

The week of April 15 - 21


Culture – Culture takes centre stage in the reports dedicated to Italy by the international media this week. The spotlight is on the Venice Biennale, returning after three years to a “Europe transformed by war” with important new elements: the first, emphasized by several articles, is that women, “the majority of the artists” present, will be the star at the 59th edition of this “prestigious art exhibit” (The Wall Street Journal, April 18 - Venice Biennale Makes Historic Turn and Return—Without Russia*; The New York Times, April 19 -  This Venice Biennale Has a New Star: Women*). On the same topic, El País interviews curator Cecilia Alemani (April 18 - Una Bienal de Venecia contra “el ideal del hombre blanco”).

Another innovation is the abandonment of “national lines,” with a pavilion devoted to the Sámi people, originating from the Arctic Circle (The New York Times, April 17 - At Venice Biennale, a ‘Different Notion of Nation’*).

The New York Times also devotes coverage to the wide range of collateral artistic and cultural offerings that the Lagoon is proposing on the occasion of the event (April 19 - There’s More to Art in Venice Than the Biennale*), starting with the exhibition that Museo di Palazzo Grimani has dedicated to the Mary Weatherford (April 20 -  Mary Weatherford Brings ‘Horror and Beauty’ to Venice*).

The Biennale is also the occasion to present to the world the rebirth of corners of Venice like the island of San Giacomo in Paludo, with a performance piece (The Guardian, April 18 - Art lovers to get sneak preview of island ‘rebirth’ at Venice Biennale), or Palazzo delle Procuratie Vecchie, just restored by the architect David Chipperfield (El País, April 19 - David Chipperfield al rescate de Venecia).

Other cultural reports relate to Pompeii, with an interview with the site’s director Gabriel Zuchtriegel, who explains what the city’s erotic art has to tell us about life at that time (The Guardian, April 17 - Exhibition of Pompeii’s sex scenes aims to decode erotica). 

Lastly, some articles recall the life of Letizia Battaglia, the late photographer who challenged the Mafia by documenting daily life in Sicily, with images “stamped on the nation’s consciousness” (The New York Times, April 19 - Letizia Battaglia, Photographer of Mafia Brutality, Dies at 87*; Le Monde, April 18 - La mort de Letizia Battaglia, photographe et militante antimafia*).

Economy – Sustainability and luxury take centre stage in economic reporting, with Enel to “ramp up its growth in renewable power in Brazil” (Reuters, April 15 - Enel to accelerate growth in Brazil's renewable energy) and with Dolce&Gabbana debuting its new home décor line (Financial Times, April 15 - Dolce & Gabbana have got designs on your home*).

Tourism – In tourism, The Wall Street Journal recommends a visit to Arcipelago Toscano Natural Park, “one of the largest marine parks in Europe,” and a “haven for outdoor enthusiasts” and for those wishing to avoid the tourist stampedes (April 15 - Tuscany’s Islands: Italy’s National Park for the Crowd-Averse*). In the meantime, Financial Times visits Moscazzano, in the province of Cremona, and the villa – a “charming place” – where the film Call Me by Your Name was shot (April 19 - Fantasy home: a palazzo inspired by Call Me by Your Name*).

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