Genoa Biennial: Mediterraneo. From Courbet to Monet and Matisse

Mediterranean Sea Biennial gave to the city of Genoa a great range of cultural events attracting thousand of visitors.

Within this initiative aspirating to become a recurring event over the years, the art exhibition “Mediterraneo. Da Courbet a Monet a Matisse” (Mediterranean Sea. From Courbet to Monet to Matisse) takes place at Palazzo Ducale, a unique occasion to understand the importance of Mediterranean coasts, of villages on cliffs falling sheer into the sea, of storming waves of mare nostrum (as Ancient Romans used to call Mediterranean) in artists’ imagination. The recall to ancient times and Roman glory ever left Mediterranean Sea, covering it with some sort of mythological atmosphere.

The exhibition runs across the evolution of coastal representation of ones who visited Mediterranean area and painted its fascinating and rough traits from the 17th to the 20th  century, from Classicism to Modern art through five generations of painters.

The visit starts with the views of Joseph Vernet, Hubert Robert and Courbet and with nineteenth-century painters from Marseille School, giving way to great Impressionist painters: Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, Boudin and Van Gogh. Then you get on to Post-Impressionists as Signac, Van Rijselberg and Cross and to Nizza’s views painted by Edward Munch. The show ends with Fauves pictures made by Matisse, Derain, Braque and with Modern ones by Vallotton, Soutine and Bonnard.

The exposition will be prolonged until May, 1st  2011, everyday opening. The entrance is with fee with price reductions provided for students, over 65, booked groups, TCI card owners, schools and minors; tickets are purchasable even on presale.

If you want to join an artistic and cultural experience I recommend you to buy a combined ticket associating “Mediterraneo” to “Africa delle Meraviglie” (Wonder Africa), an African Art exposition with pieces coming from different Italian private collections, with a small overcharge.

Reductions provided to tickets’ price are the same reserved to “Mediterraneo”, as well as opening times. Buying the ticket it’s possible to choose also a guided tour to “Africa”. Besides, from December, 31st 2010 it’s possible to buy your ticket even by call centers  and on web. You can withdraw tickets at the time of your visit at “Mediterraneo” ticket office.

Guided tours are made using earphones and microphonic sets performed by people from the staff to a 25 members group at most. Reservation is suggested, because without it guided tours are launched if there is staff available.  For single visitors there are audio-guides.

You can’t miss this opportunity to watch through art and history’s eye, diving into those paintings exposed not that far from the Sea that inspired them!


From Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 07:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 9:00-08:00 p.m.

Ticket office closed 45 minute before exposition closing time

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