the first European festival on creativity

2016 Programme

Event #29

Anna Ottani Cavina

When painters left their studios to paint en plein air

The origins of painting en plein air date back to the end of the 18th century, when artists abandoned their studios to delve into nature. This essentially took place in Italy, through the encounter with our country's light and geometry, which English, French, German and Danish artists reinterpreted and recreated. Painted landscapes have indeed pried so memorable an imagery from reality as to shape the idea of the Italian scenery. Paradoxically, it could be affirmed that Poussin, Thomas Jones and Corot contributed in the creation of that place of imagination and memory which, ever since, believing we had known it all along, we have all called Italy. 


Anna Ottani Cavina
Anna Ottani Cavina

a long-time professor of Art history at the University of Bologna, and a visiting professor at Yale, Brown and Columbia University, is the creator and director of Fondazione Federico Zeri. She teaches at Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe. Her books and exhibition catalogues include: Carlo Saraceni (1968), Il Settecento e l’antico (1982), I paesaggi della ragione (Einaudi, 1994), Felice Giani (1999), Paysages d’Italie (2001), Montagna, arte e scienza (2003), Geometries of Silence (2004), Granet, Roma e Parigi (2009), Federico Zeri, dietro l’immagine (2009), Terre senz’ombra (Adelphi, 2015). The French government has appointed her with the Légion d’honneur (2001) and the title of Officier des Arts et des Lettres (2011).

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Event #1

Salvatore Veca

An idea of public space

Event #2

Jonathan Safran Foer, Ranieri Polese

That place called “home”

Event #3

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of words: Helen and Odysseus

Event #5

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #5 BIS

Guido Tonelli

The birth of space (and time)

Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The First Italian War of Independence

Event #7

Alberto Mantovani

Immunity and the brain: a dialogue between two chief systems. From memory to vaccines.

Event #9

Valerio Magrelli, Andrea Gentile

Tv series: a newly emerged continent

Event #10

Ramak Fazel, Giorgio Vasta, Michele Lupi

Across the American deserts: a voyage through 20th century collective imagination

Event #11

Dominique Cardon

What do algorithms think of?

Event #13

Lamberto Maffei

The space of rebellion

Event #14

Claudio Bartocci, Chiara Valerio

Other maps, other worlds. Representations of space

Event #16

Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami

From the stars to Life: one, one hundred, one thousand Earths

Event #17

Cino Zucchi, Aldo Colonetti

Architectural space in the past, the present, the future

Event #18

Chiara Saraceno

Families confined and without borders

Event #19

Massimiano Bucchi

The best ideas of our lives. Make room for innovation (the real kind)

Event #20

Matteo Nucci, Valentina Carnelutti

The space of absence: Patroclus and Andromache

Event #21

Giuseppe Cederna

On the other side of the sea

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The second Italian War of Independence

Event #24

Marco Balzano, Christian Raimo

School is an idea of the world

Event #26

Piergiorgio Odifreddi

Let’s make space for stupidity

Event #27

Attilio Brilli

Voyages through spaces real and imagined

Event #28

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Is there space for us all? The future of European migrations

Event #29

Anna Ottani Cavina

When painters left their studios to paint en plein air

Event #30

Bruno Arpaia, Alessandro Zaccuri

The memory of space. The rubble of climate and rubbish in our homes

Event #31Approfonditamente

Alessandro Dal Lago, Serena Giordano, Ex Voto

Graffiti, tags and murals: when art extends to walls

Event #32

Marco Belpoliti

The poetry of space. Words and drawings on that place we call home

Event #34

Giacomo Rizzolatti, Antonio Gnoli

Mirror neurons: anatomy of a revolutionary discovery

Event #35

Gabriella Caramore

The boundaries of the soul and of the world

Event #36

Valentina Carnelutti, Matteo Nucci

The space of dreams: Penelope e Achilles

Event #37

Marco Martinelli

The joy of the chorus

Event #38

Paolo Rumiz, Alessandro Scillitani

The voice of the road. Words, sounds and images gathered along via Appia

Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

The space of war. The Third Italian War of Independence

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