A date with culture
The top exhibitions and cultural events from June to September
SUMMER 2020 – Beauty takes many forms. It can be found in the outline of the Dolomites, in the scent of fir trees, in the music of a gurgling stream, or even strolling through a museum or within the walls of a castle where every room has a story to tell, between works of art and whispers of the past.
This summer, Trentino’s cultural scene has a full and varied calendar: from unmissable exhibitions held in the great museums of Trento and Rovereto to events going on throughout the territory, hosted in castles and open-air venues.
Follow us on this trip through Trentino, tracing an itinerary of cultural events in its cities, valleys and mountains.
Exhibitions in Trento
Exhibitions at MUSE
At Muse, the innovative and internationally renowned Natural Science Museum, you can visit two temporary exhibitions, as well as the museum itself.
The main exhibition is "Cosmo Cartoons: Space exploration in science and pop culture", a journey through the realms of art and science, discovering depictions of space missions and sci-fi dreamworlds. Today, the exhibition is more relevant than ever, with the launch of the "Crew Dragon" spacecraft by "SpaceX", the company founded by Elon Musk, seemingly marking the start of a new space race.
The other exhibition, entitled Manimali/Handimals, is more “artistic”, being centred around the oil paintings and large-scale photographs of artist and body painter Guido Daniele, whose subjects are the animals painted on hands. This exhibition will be open from 19 June to 11 October.
Two other exhibitions have been organised by MUSE, but are held in different locations:
The first can be admired in the gardens at MUSE: its title is We Planet and it is the first stop on an itinerary featuring one hundred globes for a sustainable future. Another exhibition is being held at Palazzo delle Albere, a gorgeous Renaissance residence beside the museum. Its name is A collection for beyond the plastic and it consists of a collection of 10 + 1 tapestries by master weaver Giovanni Bonotto, made from highly resistant yarns obtained by processing recycled plastic.
The second exhibition is close to the Viote Alpine Botanical Garden on Trento’s Monte Bondone. It is a photographic exhibition entitled "Milimani: High-altitude biodiversity between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn".
Exhibitions in the historic centre
Staying within the city, in Piazza Duomo, you can visit "The Quarantine Museum", an exhibition organised by the Tridentine Diocesan Museum, free of charge. Here, the last few months are depicted through different people’s stories. In the halls of the Museum itself, instead, the exhibition "The invention of the culprit: the case of Simonino da Trento” has been extended until September. Through a mixture of art and history, a light is shone on one of the darkest episodes of anti-Semitism, centred around what might be described as a piece of “fake news” from the past.
Just a few steps from Piazza Duomo, in via Belenzani, Trento’s Civic Gallery hosts the contemporary art exhibition "What I see: New figurative art in Italy". The protagonists are fourteen Italian artists, whose realistic or hyper-realistic paintings explore the contemporary world with an ironic, sensual and irreverent approach.
Exhibitions at Le Gallerie
The exhibition venues of Le Gallerie, about fifteen minutes on foot from the centre of Trento, house no fewer than 4 exhibitions, such as Alessio Franconi’s photographic exhibition: "Here they fought! Alps, theatre of battles 1940 – 1945": 70 shots depicting breath-taking landscapes, abandoned structures in places as incredible as they are inaccessible, where the forgotten battles of the Second World War were waged.
What’s more, visitors this summer can also see "When we used cine-cameras: Stories from home movies", "Chiara Lubich, city, world" and "Fake! Failures and illusions of human vision", an utterly original itinerary which probes the limits of human vision, discovering that much of what we see and believe to be objective is nothing of the sort. The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, until 5 July.
Exhibitions in Rovereto
Just a short distance from Trento, Rovereto remains a top destination thanks to its rich cultural scene.
Exhibitions at MART
MART, the great museum of modern and contemporary art, has 3 exhibitions planned for summer. The first is “Italo Zannier, innocent photographer”, an homage to the long and fascinating career of this intellectual, lecturer and photographer. The second is "I diari di Angela — Noi due cineasti. Capitolo secondo" [Angela’s Diaries], dedicated to the final collaboration between artists Yervant Gianikian (1942) and Angela Ricci Lucchi (1942-2018), the winners of the Golden Lion at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Then, from 26 June, a large exhibition dedicated to Carlo Benvenuto begins, with a selection of around 50 works of art including photographs, sculptures and paintings.
Other exhibitions in Rovereto
For something completely different, try the exhibition entitled "It takes a flower: the flora of Trentino, yesterday, today and tomorrow" at the Civic Museum of Rovereto. Take a journey of discovery through its main plant ecosystems, from the cities to the peaks of the Dolomites.
Meanwhile, at the Italian War History Museum in the Castle of Rovereto, you can visit "Iraq: an open wound", a photographic exhibition by Giles Duley for Emergency. The photos recount what happened in Mosul in 2017, in what is regarded as the largest urban battle since the Second World War.
The exhibition at Beseno Castle
This summer, Trentino’s largest fortress — about fifteen minutes by car from Rovereto — plays host to a photographic exhibition by Mandy Barker from the "Not in my planet" series. From 3 July, Beseno Castle will display a series of photographs which are, at first glance, immensely beautiful. Then, on looking closer, their true origin is revealed: plastic waste gathered by the artist from beaches and oceans all over the world, evidence of plastic’s invasion of our society.
Cultural events in the rest of Trentino
Around twenty minutes from Trento by car, the Museum of the Customs and Traditions of the People of Trentino has opened its halls to the "Mountain of Legends" experience. In each of the museum’s 42 rooms, visitors can relive tales from the fantasy world of the woods, rivers and lakes that dot Trentino’s landscapes. A journey among wild men, nymph-like anguane, gnomes, water sprites and mysterious animals, all well known characters from traditional legends.
On the shores of Lake Garda, in the town of Riva del Garda, MAG (Museo Alto Garda) welcomes you to visit three exhibitions: "Sacred and everyday life: The late-antique village at San Martino ai Campi", "The evolution of the Gardesana Occidentale road from 22 to 2 wheels" and "Riccardo Schweizer: Storm on the Lake".
Our date with literature, on the other hand, comes in September with the Intermittenze festival, transforming Riva del Garda into a city of books for 4 days, giving readers the chance to come face to face with their favourite authors in the piazza or even at the bar.
Not far from Lake Garda, the little village of Canale di Tenno — one of Italy’s most beautiful — plays host to the "One house, many perspectives" exhibition in the Giacomo Vittone Casa degli Artisti centre. This is the tale, told through paintings and sculptures, of how this stunning medieval hamlet became a major centre for artists from all over Italy 50 years ago.
Val di Sole
From 21 July this summer Caldes Castle, a fortress at the gates of Val di Sole, will be home to the etchings of the great Rembrandt, a master of the Dutch Golden Age of art and one of the greatest European artists of the 17th century. Around fifty etchings from the Dutch artist will be on display, along with prints by other artists, such as Antonio Tempesta, Giovanni Battista Castiglione (known as il Grechetto), Jacob Jordaens and Rubens, together representing a period of time spanning the 15th to the mid-19th century.
Val di Fiemme
An interesting and original initiative from the RespirArt art park in Pampeago consists of Art Picnics. You can book a picnic hamper inspired by a great artist like Caravaggio, Modigliani, Arcimboldo and others and enjoy it on one of the park’s 15 artistic benches scattered among the works of land art here in the heart of the Dolomites.
Without leaving Val di Fiemme, the Geological Museum of the Dolomites in Predazzo hosts two exhibitions organised by MUSE. The first is "Fiés, when geology becomes art", a solo exhibition by artist Irene Trotter who, in collaboration with photographer Alessandro Antico, is showing striking collages made from stones retrieved from the 1924 landslide (open from 21 June). The second, open from 31 July, takes us to the “Glaciers”, using science, history and myth to describe one of the most extreme environments of the Alps.
The place to be is Pergine Castle, in the little town of Pergine Valsugana. The spotlight will be on the bronze sculptures of the "Wayfarers" exhibition by Lois Anvidalfarei, a sculptor famous throughout Europe. These imposing works of art interact with the landscape, questioning and inviting reflection on the fragile human condition.