CULTURE IS ALIVE IN ITALY
Here in Italy, many museums, concert halls and opera houses are offering us the best of their collections and talent, despite closures. They are sharing art, opera, talks from staff, music, and dance in hopes to nurture an even deeper appreciation of culture and beauty.
Many of these efforts are on various forms of social media. You can simply search for the cultural organization and follow their feeds. Or you can search on their websites. Here are some examples:
The MAXXI, Museo Nazionale degli arti del XXI secolo (National Gallery of Art of the 21st Century) is offering virtual visits to the Museums with the theme Liberi di Uscire Col Pensiero or “Explore with your mind.” You can access through the museum's website and on social media under #imstayingathomewithmaxxi
The Academy of St. Cecilia, gave heartfelt thanks from music director Antonio Pappano to St. Cecilia season ticket holders who donated their ticket money from their unused concerts to keep the orchestra and chorus going. Then, musicians and staff began offering their music and talks from their homes. Santa Cecilia and Italian national broadcaster Rai Cultura, are offering recordings of a selection of the orchestra's previously televised concerts.
Teatro St. Carlo in Naples is offering a series of events - operas and ballets - under #stageathome. Information found on the S.Carlo di Napoli Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. There are also backstage interviews and special programs available on YouTube and Opera Vision.
The Galleria Nazionale has created a lyrical #iorestoacasa section by the director of the gallery, called The Time is Out of Joint, with echoes of Shakespeare's Hamlet and T.S. Eliot's The Love song of Alfred Prufrock.
La Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea houses Italy's national collection of 20th century art.