I had been waiting for them for a while and finally they’re here in Bologna. The floating kimonos, the snowy landscapes, the carps, the birds, the cherry blossoms and of course the waves, those iconic “dragon claw waves” as they’re called, that are so strongly linked to a certain imagery of Japanese painting during its … More Inside the foam, behind the wave. Hiroshige and Hokusai at Museo Archeologico
Here we are. The most beautiful period to be in Bologna has begun. And actually you don’t need to be a cinephile to enjoy a historical piazza turned into a massive open air theatre screening masterpieces. But if you are, well, it’s the time to be happy. Il Cinema Ritrovato begins today, Saturday June … More From Scorsese to Mastroianni. Summer in Bologna is a cinephile’s dream
Among the advantages of being a daydreaming journalist slash part time flaneur there’s the possibility of accidentally walking into an exhibition’s opening while you’re taking a walk, presenting your press ID and sneaking in even though you weren’t invited or informed of its happening (hey, we’re paid less than decently but at least we get … More The beauty of being mad: Larry Fink’s photos are silent screams against Donald Trump
With the first timid blooms of spring, Bologna opens its doors to an enticing exhibition devoted to Ukiyo-e, the iconic Japanese art movement celebrating the ephemeral beauty of life. As a lover of Japanese art in general and of Ukiyo-e graceful aestethics in particular, I hurried to the opening of “Giappone: storie d’amore e guerra” … More Geishas and cherry blossoms: floating world for a dreamy spring at Palazzo Albergati
Do you remember the video from Take me to church? Of course you do. And probably you’re not thinking about the original short promoting Hozier’s song from 2015, but the other one, made by David LaChapelle and graced by the presence of dancer Sergei Polunin. Now the Russian dancer, model and actor features in his … More Orione, Galliera, Bellinzona: “parish cinemas” of Bologna have wings!
Bologna the Red, they say. Not as red as the October’s revolution, happening little more than one hundred years ago (on October 25th 1917 of the Russian calendar it had its peak), that inspired Revolutija, an incredibly rich and fascinating exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art of Bologna, also known as MAMbo. From Malevich … More Revolutija! The exhibition you shouldn’t miss is at Mambo. Go see it!
Independent library Modo, nested between the crowded bars of Via Mascarella, is one of my favorite places in town. So much so that I won’t write about it in general now, because this deserves its own post. But let’s just say that the guys at Modo, other than having a cool selection of essays and … More Morning grace: zen painting at Modo
It was impossible not to sing along this afternoon while Stefanie Hempel, beautiful low voice, cheerful interpretation and ukulele, was tuning Here comes the sun and With a little help from my friend at Palazzo Fava. The german singer was a special gift for the first day of Astrid Kirchherr with the Beatles, by Genus Bononiae and Ono Arte … More Bologna loves Hamburg via The Beatles
In a restaurant scene where veggie is still all too often synonym with improvisation or glamorization, it is refreshing to have finally found a place where you can eat green and healthy with very little expense and complete palatal satisfaction. Such place is in Via Mascarella, just two steps from Montagnola and the Uni, and … More Alchemilla Bio, they make me happy
It took me a little while to enter into the true spirit of Il Cinema Ritrovato. A heath wave stroke again and just like last year the first days were spent cryin’ and tryin’ (to survive). But then I bravely collected myself and stepped into that carousel of cinephiles and nerds that is the Cineteca … More Glamorous gold diggers, divas and drama: my Cinema Ritrovato