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Italy has a long and deeply rooted artistic tradition. Even in the Neolithic Age, the inhabitants of Italy produced beautiful artefacts. Many influences from different European regions have enriched the country over the centuries and left Italy with what is possibly the largest collection of artistic treasures in the world. While many regions of Italy have developed independently after the fall of the Roman Empire, the Italian Renaissance represents the pinnacle of the art scene. Artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and later Bernini and Caravaggio have left an unparalleled artistic legacy to humanity.

In modern times, Italian art has expanded its influence and includes interior and fashion designers, music artists and performers whose art has achieved new levels of beauty and sophistication and is admired around the world.

The Italian Cultural Center promotes and supports Italian arts and culture in the Twin Cities. Our partnership with the Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Opera and the Minneapolis Institute of Art is a testament to our continued commitment.

We are proud to bring a variety of interesting cultural events certain to entertain and delight our members and friends. We invite you to sign-up for these events and keep the Italian artistic tradition alive in Minnesota.
 


Upcoming events

    • 23 Aug 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • Location: Virtual Meeting. Registration is required. A detailed email with information on how to access this event online will be sent closer to the event date.
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    Pietro Desirò is an artist based in Florence. He graduated from “Il Bisonte”, a prestigious cultural institution that has been dedicated to the study and research of digital and traditional graphic arts since 1959. Carrying on his education in traditional techniques of printmaking, Pietro studied at the “Akademie der bildenden Kunste Wien”, in Vienna, Austria, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence in 2019.
    In 2015 he co-founded Cartavetra, an artistic laboratory and contemporary art gallery: Pietro’s work has been exhibited in several group and solo exhibitions. Currently he is working as a Concept Artist and Art Director for the videogame Selves, in partnership with independent game company White Hawks Entertainment.

    Founded in 2015 in the beating heart of Florence, Cartavetra has been designed as a polyfunctional art center. As an art gallery, Cartavetra exhibits artists working with a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, engraving, drawing and performance. The traditional printmaking tools at Cartavetra are often used for artistic residencies and workshops turning this gallery into a vibrant, multifunctional space, that is open to artists and visitors who want to challenge themselves and their understanding of contemporary art. Founders of Cartavetra strive to create a strong powerful connection between artists and audience, with the ultimate goal of turning the gallery into a lively cultural environment.






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    • 23 Aug 2020
    • 11:30 AM (CDT)
    • 18 Oct 2020
    • 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • Location: Virtual Meeting. Registration is required. A detailed email with information on how to access this event online will be sent closer to the event date.





    Florence, the capital of Tuscany, is home to many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture. Still today, it is a vibrant place where numerous artists translate traditional artistic techniques into new visual languages. Il Salotto degli Artisti provides access to a lesser known Florence that gives you the unique opportunity to take a peek into the life and studios of contemporary local artists.

    Il Salotto degli Artisti is your monthly online appointment with Italian and international artists living in Italy. A chance to discover the most traditional and experimental laboratories of Italian arts and crafts. Every month we will meet a different artist and artistic space working with the most diverse media and techniques from traditional fresco, printing and jewelry techniques to more experimental art forms such as multimedia installation, sound and video art. 

    This "Made for ICC" series is curated and moderated by art historian Giulia Angeli, based in Florence, and Italian interdisciplinary artist Zoe Cinel who lives and works in Saint Paul, MN.



    Online Event - Registration required
    Free or with suggested donation to support our programming

    Pietro Desirò + Cartavetra // August 23, 2020
    Benedetta Manfriani + Murate Art District // September 20, 2020
    Agnese Banti + Tempo Reale // October 18, 2020




    Giulia Angeli is an art historian living in Florence, Italy. After graduating in Early Modern Art at the University of Florence, she moved to Bologna where she earned an MA in Iconography of Renaissance Italian Painting from the University of Bologna. Her research is focused on Late Medieval and Renaissance Tuscany, a rich and fascinating field where beauty cannot be separated by craft techniques. She works in Florence Municipal Museums and she is a licensed Tour Leader.


    Originally from Florence, Italy, Zoe Cinel is an Associate Curator at the Rochester Art Center, in Rochester MN, and an interdisciplinary artist working with new media, performance community based art. Her work has been screened/exhibited/performed nationally and internationally in venues such as the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Weisman Museum, the Gibney Dance Choreographic Center (NYC), Festival della Creatività (Italy) among others. Zoe is a member of the artist collective CarryOn Homes, who advocate for bringing immigrants stories to the public through art and social engagement. She is also an educator and she has taught in institutions such as the Italian Cultural Center, Carleton College and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.



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    • 20 Sep 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • Location: Virtual Meeting. Registration is required. A detailed email with information on how to access this event online will be sent closer to the event date.
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    Benedetta Manfriani is a visual artist and singer, exploring different media and artistic languages -  video, art installations, photography, music, ceramics, graphics - to generate multiform works. She collaborates with Italian research, education and production center, Tempo Reale, as an educator and  multimedia artist. She also collaborates with the Italian theatre company Catalyst as a singer and educator. Currently she is an artist in residence at MAD (Murate Art District). In 2018 she participated in RIVA, directing a sound performance by composer Yuval Avital. In 2016, Benedetta founded CONfusion, a multiethnic choir composed by people from many different countries. Through music and performances, CONfusion’s mission is to  provide a space for immigrants to feel included and welcomed in Italy. CONfusion regularly meets and performs at the Teatro Puccini, in Florence, Italy.

    Murate Art District offers exhibitions, meetings, performances and workshops focused on the themes and the artistic languages of the contemporary world with an interdisciplinary slant. The Magazines Hall and the Residences for artists are offered as a place of learning and artistic development. Additionally, Murate Art District is a center of research and artistic production for the city and about the city.





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    • 18 Oct 2020
    • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (CDT)
    • Location: Virtual Meeting. Registration is required. A detailed email with information on how to access this event online will be sent closer to the event date.
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    Agnese Banti is an Italian sound designer and musician based in Bologna (Italy), working with sound in music, audiovisuals, performances and installations. In 2018 she started collaborating with Tempo Reale, an estimated center for musical research, production and education in Florence (Italy). In the same year she co-funded the Electronic Music Collective at the Conservatory of Music “G. B. Martini” in Bologna, where she also graduated with the /krəʊk/ project, a group of sound installation created in partnership with the Department of Music Studies at the Ionian University of Corfù (Greece). Her work has been exhibited in Italy, Ireland, Greece, Portugal, the UK and the US. She is currently collaborating with the Italian composer Roberto Laneri on overtone singing projects. Agnese is always looking to add more spinning tops to her personal music instrument collection, with the goal to “play” them all.

    Founded by Luciano Berio in 1987, Tempo Reale is one of the main Italian points of reference for research purposes,  production and education in the field of new musical technologies. Since its beginning, the Center has been engaged in the realization of Berio's works, allowing it the possibility of working in the most prestigious musical contexts in the world. The development of a criteria of quality and creativity derived from the Center's experiences is reflected by its continuous work with both famous composers and artists as well as with young emerging musicians. The main topics of research reflect the multifaceted ideas that have always characterized the choices and  initiatives of Tempo Reale: the conception of musical events of great depth, the study of electronic processing of "live" sound, the experience of interaction between sound and space and the synergy between creativity and performance and rigor. In addition to the activity of research in these areas, the Center regularly organises performances, events and projects in collaboration with various institutions in Tuscany involved in the fields of music, theater and dance, as well as promotes a wide network of educational exchanges.




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Past events

11 Jun 2020 Insieme a Tavola! Cooking Together Virtual Series. ES20
04 Jun 2020 Insieme a Tavola! Cooking Together Virtual Series. ES20
28 May 2020 Insieme a Tavola! Cooking Together Virtual Series. ES20
29 Mar 2020 CANCELLED Make & Take Pasta: Tagliatelle and Tagliolini. EW20
26 Mar 2020 CANCELLED Wine Tasting Le Vie del Vino: Sangiovese from the Tuscan Hills to Fellini's Romagna. EW20
03 Mar 2020 CONCERT: Giacomo Benedetti, Florentine pianist, organist, and harpsichordist EW20
31 Jan 2020 SOLD OUT! Aperitivo & Cards. Learn how to play Scopone Scientifico, a traditional Italian card game. EW20
23 Jan 2020 Pitturiamo! (Let’s Paint!) EW20
12 Jan 2020 Wine Tasting La Via del Vino: Sunshine in a Bottle. Wines of Puglia and Sicily. EW20
19 Dec 2019 Tombola, Panettone & Pandoro. An Italian Holiday Tradition. EF19
21 Nov 2019 SOLD OUT! WINE TASTING. Le Vie del Vino: Bollicine d'Oro - Golden Italian Bubbles. EF19
18 Nov 2019 EXCLUSIVE! UCCELLINI, a play by Mark Benninghofen directed by Joe Dowling. EF19
17 Nov 2019 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi di Zucca. EF19
14 Nov 2019 LEONARDO 500. With live music! “Leonardo’s Paradise: A Masterpiece of Theatre, Science, and Wonder at Sforza’s Court”, Francesca Bortoletti. EF19
14 Nov 2019 TODAY is GIVE TO THE MAX DAY: support Emerging Filmmakers from Italy and Minnesota
24 Oct 2019 LEONARDO 500. Live demonstration “Exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s Painting Techniques”, Mark Balma. EF19
22 Oct 2019 LEONARDO 500. Live demonstration “Exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s Painting Techniques”, Mark Balma. Reserved for students & faculty of the UofM and the Twin Cities. EF19
21 Oct 2019 LEONARDO 500. Exhibit: “The Theater of the Human Body”. EF19
03 Oct 2019 LEONARDO 500. “The end of the Dark Ages”, Claudia Scarlata. EF19
11 Sep 2019 Happening in the Community: Year of Italy @ Global Minnesota
05 Sep 2019 SOLD OUT! LEONARDO 500. “Leonardo da Vinci and his Unfinished Work”, Carmen C. Bambach. EF19
26 Jun 2019 Join us at the Weisman Museum of Art for a “Made for ICC” tour! . EN19
16 May 2019 A night at the Opera: join fellow ICC members for a group outing to see La Traviata at MN Opera. ES19
05 May 2019 Happening in the Community - Vini d'Italia: Tour 2019
04 May 2019 Morning Opera Lecture: La Traviata. SOLD OUT! ES19
28 Apr 2019 Make & Take Class: Erbazzone & Salame di Cioccolato. ES19
25 Apr 2019 Aperitivo & Cards. Learn how to play Scopone Scientifico, a traditional Italian card game. ES19
04 Apr 2019 Italian Movies at MSP International Film Festival
24 Mar 2019 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini. ES19
10 Mar 2019 Happening in the Community: 15th Annual UNICO Carnevale Celebration
10 Mar 2019 SOLD OUT! Weekend Italiano - Pasta-Making Workshop (Tortellini). EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Seminar: Liquid Gold – Sicilian Artisan Milled Olive Oils. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Visions of Italia. Photography Exhibit. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Seminar: Historical Connections between Health & Food in Italy. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Mini Wine Seminars. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Mercatino (Mini-Market). EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Italian Conversation Table & Card Table. EW19
10 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Pasta-Making Workshop (Ravioli di spinaci e ricotta). EW19
09 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Apericena (Italian-style Happy Hour). EW19
09 Mar 2019 WEEKEND ITALIANO, a contemporary 2-day Italian Food and Social Event. EW19
09 Mar 2019 Weekend Italiano - Wine Tasting. EW19
01 Feb 2019 Happening in the Community - Walker Art Center: Italian Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, dialogue with Scott Foundas + screenings
31 Jan 2019 A night at the Opera: join fellow ICC members for a group outing to see The Italian Straw Hat at MN Opera. EW19
23 Dec 2018 Happening in the Community: The Trylon presents La Dolce Vita
20 Dec 2018 Sold out! Tombola, Panettone & Pandoro. An Italian Holiday Tradition. EF18
06 Dec 2018 Aperitivo & Cards. Torneo di Scopone Scientifico (no previous experience needed). EF18
30 Nov 2018 Happening in the Community: Showcasing Two Digital Projects on Pre-modern Venice
29 Nov 2018 Happening in the Community - Picturing the Venetian State: Celebrations of Dogaressa Morosini and Doge Grimani
29 Nov 2018 Tracing Events of Recent Italian History at the Walker Art Center. EF18
18 Nov 2018 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. EF18
08 Nov 2018 Wine Tasting: Vini del Centro Italia. EF18
27 Oct 2018 DIRECT FROM ITALY! Famed Italian Theater Company. EF18
27 Oct 2018 Meet the Artist! Talk and Puppet Demonstration with Puppet Master Mimmo Cuticchio. EF18
26 Oct 2018 Italian American Studies Symposium. EF18
26 Oct 2018 Talk:I Figli d’Arte Cuticchio, Tradition and Innovation in Contemporary Sicilian Puppet Theater. EF18
14 Oct 2018 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini. EF18
04 Oct 2018 Wine Tasting: Vini del Nord Italia. EF18
23 Sep 2018 Frammenti d’Italia al Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. EF18
13 Sep 2018 Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. EF18
21 Jun 2018 SOLD OUT ... again! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. ES18
07 Jun 2018 SOLD OUT! Searching for Bits and Pieces of Italy at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. ES18
29 Apr 2018 Make & Take Class: Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta. ES18
19 Apr 2018 NEW! Italian Excellence in Arts & Sciences. Inaugural Lecture. ES18
12 Apr 2018 Happening in the Community: free screening of "Io Sono Li", 2011 Italian drama movie
12 Apr 2018 SOLD OUT! It's back! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way. ES18
08 Apr 2018 SOLD OUT! - Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. ES18
25 Mar 2018 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi. ES18
19 Dec 2017 WAITLIST! EF17 Tombola, Panettone & Pandoro. An Italian Holiday Tradition.
07 Dec 2017 EF17 Aperitivo & Cards. Last chance to learn how to play Scopone Scientifico with Luisa & Ileana!
02 Nov 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Opera: Le Nozze di Figaro. Presentation and live performance
27 Oct 2017 We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!
12 Oct 2017 EF17 Torneo di Scopone Scientifico / Scopone Tournament (no previous experience needed)
12 Oct 2017 EF17 Meet Zoe Cinel, an Italian Artist from Florence
24 Sep 2017 SOLD OUT! EF17 Make & Take Class: Tagliatelle & Tagliolini
21 Sep 2017 EF17 Wine Tasting: Scrumptious Sangiovese
14 Sep 2017 EF17 Aperitivo and cards. Last session before the GRAN TORNEO! Don't miss it!
06 Sep 2017 EF17 NEW! Italian Higher Education - A Comparative Analysis
12 Jun 2017 Sardinia. The Footstep of the God
21 May 2017 Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Would You Do That? National Tour
18 May 2017 ES17 Preview: the new Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker!
04 May 2017 ES17 SOLD OUT! Mia tours series: Italian Renaissance & Baroque Art Guided Tour
30 Apr 2017 ES17 ONLY ONE SPOT LEFT! Make & Take Class: Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta
27 Apr 2017 ES17 IT'S TONIGHT, join us! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
07 Apr 2017 Neorealism’s Casualisation of Labour - Lecture at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
06 Apr 2017 ES17 “By Italians, for Italians”: Italo-American Movie Theatres
06 Apr 2017 The Cinematic Life of Petroleum - Workshop at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
29 Mar 2017 ES17 Music and Mathematics: an Italian Perspective
26 Mar 2017 ES17 Make & Take Class: Gnocchi
20 Mar 2017 IL VOLO: Notte Magica World Tour
16 Mar 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Mia tours series: Ancient Greco-Roman Art Guided Tour
12 Mar 2017 CW17 Festa italiana in pizzeria! Italian Pizza Party for Families
03 Mar 2017 Issues of Translation: published translations of books by noted contemporary Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi
26 Jan 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
19 Jan 2017 SOLD OUT! EW17 Donna Leon and Venice: The Tale of Two Cities
11 Jan 2017 Cinema! The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
08 Jan 2017 EW17 Viva l'Italia! From our friends of Opera on Tap
01 Dec 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "Visualizing Sanudo's Diarii. The Multimedia Festival in Renaissance Venice"
13 Nov 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: Special Concert Performance "¡Sacabuche!: Venetia 1500"
11 Nov 2016 CONSORTIUM CARISSIMI: Early Italian Baroque Meets Jazz
01 Nov 2016 Ferrante Night at Moon Palace Books
27 Oct 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "A Knight of the Italian Renaissance: Pietro Bembo and the Order of Malta"
20 Oct 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "The Fifteenth-Century Mediterranean: Trade in a Transitional Time"
15 Oct 2016 EF16 Discover the Caponi Art Park
10 Oct 2016 BORDERS (OF THE HUMAN): Naoki Sakai and Sandro Mezzadra: A Winton Chair Cornerstone Event (Oct 10-12, 2016)
19 May 2016 EU16 The Italian Experience in Minnesota - An Overview, Thursday, May 19, 2016
15 May 2016 SOLD OUT! EU16 Make & Take Class:Tagliatelle – Sunday, May 15, 2016
10 Apr 2016 ES16 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi – Sunday, April 10th
30 Mar 2016 ES16 Travelogue: A student in Perugia – Pictures and memories
24 Mar 2016 ES16 Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Formation of Italian Identity - Thursday, March 24, 2016
03 Mar 2016 EW16 Italian Heritage: Puccini’s Tosca – Thur. 3/3
11 Feb 2016 EW16 Mia tours series: Italian Modern Art Guided Tour
09 Feb 2016 EW16 Italian Heritage: Carnevale di Venezia - Tuesday, Feb 9
28 Jan 2016 EW16 Mia tours series: Italian Baroque Art Guided Tour
22 Jan 2016 EW16 Wine Tasting series: Wines of Southern Italy
14 Jan 2016 EW16 SOLD OUT! Taste the Regions: Puglia (Apulia)
10 Dec 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Mia tours series: Italian Renaissance Art Guided Tour - Thursday, December 10
19 Nov 2015 SOLD OUT! EF15 Mia tours series: Ancient Roman Art Guided Tour
07 Nov 2015 EF15 Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di ricotta & spinaci @ American Swedish Institute
24 Oct 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di zucca @ Nonna Rosa’s
15 Oct 2015 EF15 Taste the Regions/Cities: Rome, the eternal city - October 15th
05 Oct 2015 RED DESERT (1964) A film by Italian Director Michelangelo Antonioni
19 Aug 2015 ES15 Cocktail Reception at Historic Clifton House
07 Jul 2015 ES15 SOLD OUT! - Symposium - Leonardo Da Vinci: the Scientist, The Inventor, The Artist: Legacy of the Ultimate Renaissance Man.
22 May 2015 Eurochannel Short Films Tour
25 Apr 2015 University of Minnesota Event
24 Apr 2015 EN15 U of M Film, "Refugees in Cinecitta"- Friday, April 24
19 Feb 2015 ENW15 SOLD OUT! Walker Art Center - “Arte Povera” Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers
03 Jan 2015 Brunello Cucinelli: A humanist enterprise in the world of industry
01 Nov 2014 EF14 Welcome Reception for Isabella Dalla Ragione
30 Oct 2014 EF14 Walker Art Center- Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers -- Thursday, October 30
24 Oct 2014 FREE Screening – Men of the Cloth – Friday, October 24
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