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Italy celebrates 100 years of Italo Calvino with Rome exhibition

Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome hosts Favoloso Calvino from 13 October to 4 February 2024.

On the centenary of the birth of Italo Calvino, a major exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome celebrates the acclaimed Italian writer and his relationship with the arts.

The Favoloso Calvino exhibition highlights the creative path of the writer, who died in 1985, by displaying art that inspired his writings, imagination and theories.

The show comprises more than 200 works including paintings, sculptures and drawings by artists from the Renaissance to today, mediaeval illuminated manuscripts and tapestries.

Tullio Pericoli, Italo Calvino, 2012. Collezione dell’artista / © Tullio Pericoli.

 

On display are masterpieces by artists including Carpaccio, de Chirico, Gnoli, Melotti, Escher and Paul Klee alongside photographic portraits of the writer by Carla Cerati and Sebastião Salgado.

The exhibition also includes original volumes and first editions of Calvino's books, displayed with some of the author's most famous quotations.

Vittore Carpaccio, San Giorgio che uccide il drago e quattro scene del suo martirio, 1516. Venezia, Abbazia di San Giorgio Maggiore, Benedicti Claustra Onlus.

 

Ogranisers say the exhibition illustrates Calvino's journey through life including "choices, political and civil commitment, places and above all his literary production and working methods".

Calvino is known internationally for his Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965) and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If on a winter's night a traveler (1979).

Pedro Cano, Fedora, da Le città invisibili, acquerello su carta, Blanca, Fundación Pedro Cano.

 

For full exhibition details and visiting times see Scuderie del Quirinale website.

Cover image: Calvino nello specchio, s.d., Roma, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Fondo Calvino.

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Italy celebrates 100 years of Italo Calvino with Rome exhibition

Via Ventiquattro Maggio, 16, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

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