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Past Events

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Thursday 11 January, 6.30pm
Federico Peterella "London Frames" 
Opening of the exhibition by our artist in residence comprising of works produced during his stay at the Institute. A recent graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, he has already exhibited in some of the most prestigious Italian galleries.

Monday 15 January, 6.30pm
Infinite Variety:Portraits of a Muse
Elizabeth Shepherd in a performance based on the book of the same title by Scot Ryersson and Michael Yaccarino (Pimlico Books). A one-woman show which brings to life the legendary 'dark lady' Marchesa Luisa Casati, a famous and eccentric celebrity in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century.

Thursday 18 January, 6pm
Pasolini Soiree
Screening of his last film "Salo'" (English subtitles) + Pasolini's favourite actress Laura Betti in performance. A homage to the acclaimed and iconoclastic author of novels, poetry and films.

Monday 22 January, 6.30pm
Fashion Energies
Photographic exhibition by Ellen von Unwerth for Miss Sixty and fashion show. Miss Sixty is a popular brand for young people which combines classic and trendy details.


Thursday 1 February, 6.30pm
Extra/Ordinary Objects
Opening of the exhibition on the 20th century 'archaeological' findings curated by the magazine "Colors". Special catalogue "1000 Objects: Extra/Ordinary Things" published by Taschen. Presentation by Peter Gabriel. Venue: David Gill Galleries, 3 Loughborough Street, London SE11. Tel. 7793 1100. The exhibition will be open until February 14th.

Monday 5 February, 6.30pm
Fabrica Cinema
Screening of the film "Journey to the Sun" by Yesim Ustaoglu, in competition at the 49th Berlin Film Festival. British preview, English subtitles. At the Italian Cultural Institute.

Monday 12 February, 6.30pm
Fabrica Cinema
Screening of the short "Afterwords" by Gianfranco Rosi, Jean-Sebastien Lallemand and Carlos Martinez Casas, presented at the 57th Venice Film Festival, in the presence of the authors. British preview, English subtitles. At the Italian Cultural Institute.

Wednesday 14 February, 6.30pm
Fabrica Project
A selection of photos, videos, design and graphics realized by Fabrica's artists. At the Italian Cultural Institute.

Monday 19 February, 6.30pm
Fabrica Musica
"Presenza e Virtualita'": a concert by Fabrica Musica in collaboration with students of the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies of the University of Giessen, Germany. Project coordinators: Heiner Goebbels, Andrea Molino. At the Italian Cultural Institute

Monday 26 February, 6.30pm
Fabrica Cinema
Screening of the film "Seventeen Years" by Zhang Yuan, in competition at the 56th Venice Film Festival (Best Director's Prize). British preview, English subtitles. At the Italian Cultural Institute.


Thursday 1 March, 6.30pm
The Literary Heritage Site Project "Old Calabria
Norman Douglas and The Grand Tour", presented by Denis Mack Smith, Philip Marsden, Mirella Barracco and Giuseppe Merlino. In collaboration with Fondazione Napoli Novantanove.

Monday 5 March, 6.30pm
Patrizia Valduga & Alan Jenkins
Patrizia Valduga is one of the most daring, strikingly original and controversial voices of her generation. Her latest collection, published by Einaudi, is "Prima Antologia". Alan Jenkins is the TLS's Deputy Editor. His poetry has won much acclaim: his collection "Harm" won the Forward Prize for Best Collection. His most recent book, "The Drift", has been short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize.
At the end of the meeting, opening of the exhibition "Poets", drawings by Tullio Pericoli. Besides being Italy's most famous graphic designer, Pericoli is also a renowned artist. His portraits of writers and poets have appeared in many of Europe's major newspapers.

Friday 9 March, 4.30pm
Va' Pensiero Day
Busseto, London, Buenos Aires, Melbourne, New York. Around the world in five stages and 24 hours, to commemorate the first performance of the celebrated chorus from "Nabucco". Via a global internet link up, this will be a day given over to news, film footage and interviews about Giuseppe Verdi. Special guest: Piero Gelli, author of the first Italian "Dizionario dell'Opera". In Collaboration with the Italian National Committee for the Verdi Centenary Celebrations. Web site: 

Monday 12 March 6.30pm
Franco Marcoaldi & Christopher Reid
Franco Marcoaldi is one of the Italy most interesting poets of today and an incisive literary critic. Einaudi has recently published his poems "L'isola Celeste". Christopher Reid lives in London and is Poetry Editor of Faber and Faber. In 1979 he won the prestigious Somerset Maugham Award for his first collection (Arcadia) and since then he has published five major and much acclaimed collections.
At the end of the meeting, screening of "Montale", video-collage of original footage from the Rai television archives.

Monday 19 March, 6.30pm
Valerio Magrelli & Jamie McKendrick
Valerio Magrelli's poetry has been welcomed at home as well as abroad as the protagonist of a 'new movement' in Italian poetry. His much acclaimed "Esercizi di Tipologia" has recently been translated by Anthony Molino ("The Contagion of Matter", Holmes and Meier). Jamie McKendrick lives and works in Oxford. His 1997 collection "The Marble Fly" won the Forward Prize of Best Collection. In 2000 Faber and Faber has published a compendium of poems from his first three collections "Sky Nails". He is a gifted translator from Italian and has translated poems by Magrelli, Cavalli and Valduga. At the end of the meeting, opening of the photographic exhibition "The Images of Poetry" by Vincenzo Cottinelli. Cottinelli's photographs have appeared in newspapers world-wide such as "The European", "Asiaweek" and "Il Corriere della Sera". 

Monday 26 March 6.30pm
Patrizia Cavalli & Jo Shapcott
Patrizia Cavalli's "Sempre Aperto Teatro" won the prestigious Premio Viareggio for poetry in 1999. Since the first collection ("Le Mie Poesie Non Cambieranno il Mondo") her poetry has come to be recognised as the expression of a distinctive and original poetic personality. Jo Shapcott lives and works in London. Faber and Faber has recently published a compendium from all three of her award-winning collections, "Her Book. Poems 1988-1998". She is one of the most original and daring voices of her generation.
At the end of the meeting, European preview of "Pasolini", video-collage of original footage from the Rai television Archives.

Thursday 29 March, 6.30pm
A performance by the Piccolo Parallelo Company with GianMarco Zappalaglio. To coincide with the exhibition "The Genius of Rome 1592-1623" at the Royal Academy of Arts.


Monday 2 April, 7pm
Mark Wallinger, a talk
The artist representing Britain at the 49th Venice Biennale discusses his work. Introduction by Vittorio Urbani, Nuova Icona Gallery Venice

Wednesday 11 April, 7pm
In Praise of Freedom
An evening in honour of Primo Levi on the 14th anniversary of his death, in aid of Writers in Prison. Readings chosen and presented by Beryl Bainbridge, Rachel Billington, A.S. Byatt, P.D. James, Tom Stoppard and others.
By invitation only.
In collaboration with P.E.N. English Centre

Thursday 19 April, 7pm
Luigi Nono. The Music of Change
Lecture-recital by Stefan Litwin followed by the opening of the photographic exhibition "Maestro di Suoni e Silenzi (Maestro of Sounds and Silences)", from the Archivio Luigi Nono, Venice

Monday 23 April, 7pm
Luigi Nono. The Music of Change
Concert by Luisa Castellani (soprano), Roberto Fabbriciani (flute), Mauro Castellano (piano)

Thursday 26 April, 7pm
Luigi Nono. The Music of Change
Video screening of "Io, Frammento del Prometeo" by Gianni di Capua, Raisat 1


Tue 1  to Sat 5
Pietro Germi. The Italian Smile
A retrospective. The best films of one of Italy's greatest but often forgotten directors of the 1960s:
Tue 1, 8pm "Divorce Italian Style"
Wed 2, 7,30pm "Passport to Hell"
Thu 3, 7,30pm "The Man of Iron"
Fri 4, 6,30pm "In the Name of the Law"
Fri 4, 8,45pm "The Facts of Murder"
Sat 5, 6pm "Seduced and Abandoned"
Sat 5, 8,30pm "Ladies and Gentlemen"
Concessions for the Italian Cultural Institute members
Cine Lumiere, 17 Queensberry Place, SW7 Tel. 7838 2144

Thu 10, 7pm
World X 4 - Works by Guido Mocafico
Fashion photographer (Gucci, Issey Miyake, Armani) contributor to international magazines (The Face, Dazed & Confused, Harper's Bazaar) Mocafico presents studies of Morocco, Brasilia, Beirut and Sarajevo

Fri 11  to Sat 12, 10am till 4,30pm
Italian Language Open Days
During the two days dedicated to the promotion of languages, there will be free tests, videos and information for those wanting wishing to learn Italian

Mon 14, 7pm
Gianni Riotta meets Clare Colvin
Italia Fantastica
Introduced by Enrico Palandri. Gianni Riotta is co-editor of "La Stampa" newspaper and author of the novel "Prince of Clouds" (Harper Collins). Clare Colvin's most recent book is entitled "Masque of the Gonzagas" (Arcadia Books). In Italian "La Musica dei Gonzaga" (Corbaccio)

Tue 15, 7pm
Reading By Mario Luzi
Italia Fantastica
Italy's most important living poet reads his work. Afterwards, the inauguration of the permanent installation designed for the Institute by Marco Nereo Rotelli, inspired by verses from Luzi and Seamus Heaney. The evening will be introduced by Roberto Mussapi

Thu 24  and Fri 25, 7pm
Marco Paolini in "Telling Stories, Telling Places"
Italia Fantastica
For this show with two voices, inspired by Marco Polo's "Milione", one of Italy's most original and much-loved performers is joined by Thomas Simpson. In collaboration with the Department of Italian - UCL


thursday 31 - 7 pm
Beyond Infinity
At the same time as the Tate Modern's exhibition of Italian Arte Povera "Zero to Infinity", Beyond Infinity includes work of the same artists from the years that followed the 1970s. Until 29th June

tuesday 5 to thursday 7 - 7 pm
Rome, from the basement to the 3rd floor loo
A performance in ten rooms dedicated to Rome and Arte Povera by one of Italy most interesting and innovative choreographers, Enzo Cosimi.
World premiere

Monday 18 - 7 pm
Roberto Calasso meets Malcom Bowie
Italia Fantastica
Introduced by Enrico Palandri. Deus ex machina of the Italian publishing house Adelphi, Roberto Calasso is the author of "Literature and the Gods" (Vintage), which comprises of the Weidenfeld Lectures that he gave last year at Oxford. Malcom Bowie, from All Souls College, is one of the world's leading experts on Mallarme' and Proust 

wednesday 18 to sunday 22
The first Italian-English festival of short films. Videos, debates, meetings and parties curated by the Associazione Arcipelago (Rome) and assisted by Yvette Laviola, in collaboration with Tele+.
The full programme will be available later on.
Tate Modern, Bankside, tel.7401 5120


thursday 13 - 6.30 pm
Umberto Eco. Language Thought and Fiction
David Robey on "Umberto Eco. Language Thought and Fiction". The lecturer is professor of Italian at the University of Reading

thursday 20 - 6.30 pm
A project by the artist in residence Serena Nono. Old and new friends, figures such as Hanif Kureishi and Colin Firth, acquaintances. A series of portraits that make up the face of a city

tuesday 25 - 6.30 pm
Marta Morazzoni meets Stephanie Merrit
Introduced by Emmanuela Tandello, UCL. The author of the novel " The Alphonse Courier Affair" (Harvill Press), winner of the annual Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for best English translation, talks with the "Observer" deputy literary editor

thursday 25 - 6.30 pm
Il Romanzo. Vol. 1 La Cultura del romanzo
Panel discussion: A.S. Byatt, Mario Vargas Llosa and Daniele Del Giudice. On the occasion of the European launch of the work "Il Romanzo. Vol.1 - La cultura del romanzo" edited by Franco Moretti, published by Einaud


wednesday 3 - 6 pm
The neural ancestry of neuroendocrine tumors. A phylogenetic attempt of vindication by Juan Rosai, Istituto dei Tumori, Milan

thursday 11 - 6.30 pm
Poems on the Underground
Launches its 10th edition with a programme of poetry by Eugenio Montale and Primo Levi, read in Italian and in English translation, with music by Luciano Berio. Participants include Gerard Benson and Cicely Herbert, guest poet Jeremy Reed, soprano Lorna Anderson and The Apollo Chamber Players

saturday 13 - 11 am - 12.30 pm and 2 - 5.30 pm
Conference for primary and secondary school teachers, sponsored by the Italian Embassy in GB

tuesday 16 - 6.30 pm
Roberto Rossellini. The languages of cinema and television
David Forgacs, the lecturer, is head of the Italian department of University College London

thursday 25 - 6.30 pm
Starting over
An exhibition by Maurizio Pellegrin and Charles Mason, curated by Vittorio Urbani. Two artists - considered to be amongst the most interesting on the contemporary Italian and British art circuit - go in search of hope. Rummaging in the rubbish of failed past utopias, they hunt for ways of redeeming enough just to manage standing still in the everyday

friday 19 - 6.30 pm
Emmanuela Tandello and Diego Zancani will chair a discussion with the authors of recent studies on various aspects of Italian linguistics: Adam Ledgeway, Martin Maiden, Mair Perry and Arturo Tosi

Saturday 20 - 10.30 am - 12.30 pm / 2 pm - 6.30 pm
The Italian language in time: where does it come from and where is it going
Panel discussion: Brian Richardson, Joe Cremona, Nigel Vincent, Giulio Lepschy, Mair Perry, Martin Maiden, Dalia Bentley, Adam Ledgeway, Federico Falloppa, Chiara Cirillo, Jacqueline Visconti, Arturo Tosi


Wednesday 7- 6 pm
Enrico Fermi and the birth of theoretical physics in Italy
by Carlo Bernardini, La Sapienza University of Rome

Thursday 8- 6.30 pm
Dacia Maraini. Language and Gender
Ann Caesar on " Dacia Maraini. Language and gender". The lecturer is head of Warwick University's Italian Department

Friday 16 and Saturday 17 from 10 am to 4 pm
NK. Never Keep Souvenirs Of A Murder
Video installation by Anna De Manincor. A thriller for two screens one opposite the other, realised with the help of Anna Rispoli and Massimo Carozzi

Monday 19, 6.30 pm
Shifting Stones
Art performance by Marisa Sartirana (60 minutes). One of the leaders of the movement which combines art and therapy, Sartirana presents one of the most famous works

thursday 20 - 6.30 pm
One on One
An exhibition by Pino Pinelli. From one of the masters of the European Informal Monochrome school, an expressive anthology which recreates an individual artistic odyssey, from the 70s to today


Wednesday 5 December - 6 pm
Regulatory mechanisms in cellar signal transduction and membrane traffic
by Daniela Corda, Consorzio Mario Negri Sud, S. Maria Imbaro

Monday 10 December - 6.30 pm
The Amazing Tomasini
by Ernesto Tomasini and Lucy Powell. Lindsay Kemp's "prima donna", Tomasini cavorts in a musical extravaganza that boggles the mind. A 300 year journey through art, love and sexual stereotypes

Thursday 13 December - 6.30 pm
Zyg Baranski on "Pier Paolo Pasolini. Language and Politics"
The lecturer is professor of Italian at Reading University

Monday 17 December- 6.30 pm
by and with Franca Valeri (in Italian)
The great actress' gallery of famous and infamous women, written with an ascerbic wit. Previously performed in the theatre, cinema and on tv by one of the icons of the Italian scene

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