Arts & Culture

Italian culture is steeped in the arts, architecture, music, cinema and food. Italy has given rise to a number of architectural styles and design movements. Opera has its roots in Italy and many famous operas are still performed all around the world in the native language. As a cultural center, we connect our community to Italian art in all forms.

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Upcoming events

    • 03 Aug 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 29 Jan 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • Rochester Art Center


    Vittorio Panzani, 78 years old, and William Belli, 71 years old, Trent, Trentino-South Tyrol, 2018, 18”x24” Digital Print


    "Wish It Was A Coming Out" Photographs By Melissa Ianniello  

    We are proud to partner with
    The Rochester Art Center
    to present
    an intimate photography collection
    of gay life i
    n Italy.  

    Open until January 29th, 2023

    Through the lens of tenderness and care, Melissa Ianniello: Wish it Was a Coming Out addresses themes that are universally relevant: from self determination to gay/lesbian love, from the representation of affection in advanced age to the honest portrayal of grief, loneliness and death. By bringing these stories to light, Ianniello encourages us to look with compassion at our own humanity in an attempt to celebrate love in its purest form.

    In this exhibition, the stories of gay men and lesbian women between their sixties and nineties unfold through sixteen intimate photographs and six large scale photographs of the interviewee's homes. This is the award winning show's first exhibition in North America.

    We hope you will attend and support this emerging Italian photographer and her work!


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    • 16 Oct 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 08 Jan 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • Minneapolis Institute of Art


    NOW OPEN
    Botticelli and Renaissance Florence:
    Masterworks from the Uffizi


    The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) presents "Botticelli and Renaissance Florence: Masterworks from the Uffizi,” featuring more than 45 loans from the renowned Uffizi Galleries in Florence, including Sandro Botticelli's evocative Minerva and the Centaur (c. 1482).

    ICC Members receive 50% off
    up to four exhibition tickets per purchase
    Request your code today!
    contact@theitalianculturalcenter.org


    Marking the first collaboration between Mia and the Uffizi Galleries, the exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, decorative arts, and a selection of ancient Roman marble statues. It is the largest and one of the most comprehensive shows on Botticelli ever staged in the United States, featuring works that seldom leave the Italian museum’s galleries.

    On view from October 16, 2022, through January 8, 2023, in Mia's Target Galleries, "Botticelli and Renaissance Florence" contextualizes the artist’s works within the broader artistic and cultural climate of Renaissance Florence.

    Famous for his large-scale mythological and secular paintings, Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510) was among the most celebrated and gifted artists of the Italian Renaissance. He is also well known for his inimitable treatment of sacred subjects, which include altarpieces, devotional pictures, and three major frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in Rome commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV. In addition to his Minerva and the Centaur, painted for the Medici family at the height of his career, the Uffizi is lending a dozen works by Botticelli, including nine paintings treating a range of subjects from the religious and mythological to portraiture and three drawings that are very rarely lent and have never been exhibited in the United States.

    The exhibition also includes loaned works by Botticelli's master, Fra Filippo Lippi, and other members of Botticelli's circle, including Filippino Lippi, the Pollaiuolo brothers, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Luca Signorelli, and Lorenzo di Credi. Important Roman sculptures spanning the second century BCE to the second century CE are also on display, including five major works from the Uffizi's collection. These antiquities help illuminate the integral role played by ancient art in the Italian Renaissance and its influence on Botticelli and his circle—providing a rare opportunity to present together works by Botticelli and the sculptures that influenced him.

    Loans from the Uffizi are interspersed with objects from Mia's collection, including Benedetto da Rovezzano's Saint John the Baptist sculptural bust (c. 1505) displayed alongside Jacopo del Sellaio's Triumph of Mordecai (c. 1485), a panel painting from the Uffizi that depicts a similar terra-cotta bust.

    Visitors are able to see how artworks were originally displayed in Renaissance interiors and gain a better understanding of how they functioned in these spaces.



    RELATED EVENTS


    Talk: Living in Florence in the Age of Botticelli: Eike Schmidt and Roberta Bartoli

    Sunday, October 16, 2022, 2:00 pm
    [Sold Out]

    -

    Virtual Course: Botticelli and Renaissance Florence

    Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 12:00 pm

    -

    Friends Lecture: Botticelli’s Florence and Florence’s Botticelli: Carl Strehlke

    Thursday, November 10, 2022, 11:00 am
    -

    Talk: Finding Botticelli: Rachel McGarry

    Thursday, December 1, 2022, 6:30 pm


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    • 08 Dec 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 Third Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55404
    • 0
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    Botticelli and Renaissance Florence:
     M
    asterworks from the Uffizi at Mia

    Private Curator-led Tour
    Cocktail Party

    Exclusively for ICC Members!


    The Italian Cultural Center is thrilled to offer its members this private tour of the Botticelli exhibit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on December 8th, from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. The tour will be led by Curator Rachel McGarry and will be followed by a cocktail party from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM. 

    Access to this exclusive event is limited to 50 people (on a first-come basis). This event is open to ICC Members and guests only with a limit of 2 tickets per member. Cost is $25 per person.

    Please note: Once all tickets are gone, we won't be able to accept any additional requests.  

    The tour starts at 5:30 PM. Please arrive at Mia by 5:00 PM. 

    All registrations must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.

    COVID 19 Policy: ICC will conform to the requirements of The Minneapolis Institute of Art. Click here for details on their current policy. 




    About the exhibit

    Marking the first collaboration between Mia and the Uffizi Galleries, the exhibition includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, decorative arts, and a selection of ancient Roman marble statues. It is the largest and one of the most comprehensive shows on Botticelli ever staged in the United States, featuring works that seldom leave the Italian museum’s galleries.

    On view from October 16, 2022, through January 8, 2023, in Mia's Target Galleries, "Botticelli and Renaissance Florence" contextualizes the artist’s works within the broader artistic and cultural climate of Renaissance Florence.

    Famous for his large-scale mythological and secular paintings, Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510) was among the most celebrated and gifted artists of the Italian Renaissance. He is also well known for his inimitable treatment of sacred subjects, which include altarpieces, devotional pictures, and three major frescoes in the Sistine Chapel in Rome commissioned by Pope Sixtus IV. In addition to his Minerva and the Centaur, painted for the Medici family at the height of his career, the Uffizi is lending a dozen works by Botticelli, including nine paintings treating a range of subjects from the religious and mythological to portraiture and three drawings that are very rarely lent and have never been exhibited in the United States.

    The exhibition also includes loaned works by Botticelli's master, Fra Filippo Lippi, and other members of Botticelli's circle, including Filippino Lippi, the Pollaiuolo brothers, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Perugino, Luca Signorelli, and Lorenzo di Credi. Important Roman sculptures spanning the second century BCE to the second century CE are also on display, including five major works from the Uffizi's collection. These antiquities help illuminate the integral role played by ancient art in the Italian Renaissance and its influence on Botticelli and his circle—providing a rare opportunity to present together works by Botticelli and the sculptures that influenced him.

    Loans from the Uffizi are interspersed with objects from Mia's collection, including Benedetto da Rovezzano's Saint John the Baptist sculptural bust (c. 1505) displayed alongside Jacopo del Sellaio's Triumph of Mordecai (c. 1485), a panel painting from the Uffizi that depicts a similar terra-cotta bust.

    Visitors are able to see how artworks were originally displayed in Renaissance interiors and gain a better understanding of how they functioned in these spaces.

    • 10 Dec 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • Online


    Vittorio Panzani, 78 years old, and William Belli, 71 years old, Trent, Trentino-South Tyrol, 2018, 18”x24” Digital Print


    Artist Talk

    Join us for a conversation with Italian artist Melissa Ianniello! Moderated by Giulia Angeli and Zoe Cinel. 


    Virtual Artist Talk - Melissa Ianniello: Wish it Was a Coming Out

    Dec 10, 2022 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)


    Join Zoom Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81227760594?pwd=L1hFTGVFYWN6U3JIN2NSbzNpditqUT09

    Meeting ID: 812 2776 0594, Passcode: 945664

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    About the exhibition


    "Wish It Was A Coming Out" Photographs By Melissa Ianniello  

    We are proud to partner with
    The Rochester Art Center
    to present
    an intimate photography collection
    of gay life i
    n Italy.  

    Open until January 29th, 2023

    Through the lens of tenderness and care, Melissa Ianniello: Wish it Was a Coming Out addresses themes that are universally relevant: from self determination to gay/lesbian love, from the representation of affection in advanced age to the honest portrayal of grief, loneliness and death. By bringing these stories to light, Ianniello encourages us to look with compassion at our own humanity in an attempt to celebrate love in its purest form.

    In this exhibition, the stories of gay men and lesbian women between their sixties and nineties unfold through sixteen intimate photographs and six large scale photographs of the interviewee's homes. This is the award winning show's first exhibition in North America.

    We hope you will attend and support this emerging Italian photographer and her work!


    LEARN MORE




    • 11 Dec 2022
    • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 2211 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
    • 0
    Join waitlist


    MAKE & TAKE

    Crostata di Ricotta e

    Biscotti di Natale

    Sunday, December 11, from 2:30- 5:00 pm
    In Person



    Join Asse at Rebecca's Bakery to make 2 traditional Italian sweets - crostata di ricotta and biscotti cookies, just in time for “le feste di Natale”.

    Crostata di ricotta is typical of the mountainous areas of the South and uses ingredients that shepherds could easily find. Even today in some of these areas the ricotta cake is the dessert of Sunday, as well as of the Christmas and Easter periods.

    The origin of the Biscotti in Italian Cantucci dates back to at least the sixteenth century. The name seems to derive from “cantellus”, in Latin “piece or slice of bread”, a salty biscuit that Roman soldiers already consumed during military campaigns.

    Asse will guide our group through the crostata and cookies making process. Then it will be your turn to make your own treats to bring home. 

    Please bring an apron if you would like to use one. 

    By registering for this event, you fully agree to the following terms and conditions: Event Liability Release


    Space is limited to 15 participants! Register now.  


    COVID 19 POLICY UPDATE – 11/28/2022
    As of 11/28/2022, the ICC will no longer require proof of vaccinations and masks will remain optional. Please stay home if you are not feeling well, or have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.




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    • 15 Dec 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 250 Third Ave N., Suite 625, Minneapolis, MN 55401
    • 22
    Register



    MUSICA & APERITIVO

    A Journey through Italian Pop Music

    In English


    The ICC is proud to launch a new series dedicated to Italian music. Join native instructor Ileana Tamberlani for a curated journey through some of the most beautiful Italian pop songs (recorded music) while enjoying an aperitivo. Each night will be about a theme, a decade or a singer. This will not be a language class, the event will be led in English and is open to all music lovers who want to learn more about Italy and the songs that shaped Italians.


      Bring your friends and register now!


    Minimum number of participants: 10
    Maximum number of participants: 25

    Questions? Contact@theitalianculturalcenter.org

    All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.

    COVID 19 POLICY UPDATE – 11/28/2022
    As of 11/28/2022, the ICC will no longer require proof of vaccinations and masks will remain optional. Please stay home if you are not feeling well, or have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.


    • 20 Dec 2022
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 250 Third Ave N., Suite 625, Minneapolis MN 55401
    • 23
    Register



    Tombola, Panettone & Pandoro

    An Italian Holiday Tradition


    Join Ileana Tamberlani, native Italian from Rome & Italian Instructor, for a fun night of Italian Holiday Traditions! Tombola is the most traditional Christmas game in Italy, everybody plays it with their family and friends over the holidays.

    No knowledge of Italian is required.

    Numbers and words of the game will be in Italian and in English. Have fun playing this game while enjoying a glass of Prosecco with pandoro and panettone, two Italian cakes that are a symbol of Christmas in Italy. Prizes will be awarded.


    Minimum number of participants: 20
    Maximum number of participants: 30

    Questions? Contact@theitalianculturalcenter.org

    All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.

    COVID 19 POLICY UPDATE – 11/28/2022
    As of 11/28/2022, the ICC will no longer require proof of vaccinations and masks will remain optional. Please stay home if you are not feeling well, or have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.





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