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"Mask," by Kristenson.

Exhibit: Bengt Kristenson

RomeWorks by Swedish artist Kristenson, including paintings and drawings composed in Rome during the 1960s. Kristenson (1920-2004) was intrigued by the differences between northern and southern Europe. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (Tue.-Thur.); Friday until 10 p.m. Closed Monday. GNAM: Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Viale delle Belle Arti 131.
Through June 7
Tickets: €12
GNAM: Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - tel. 06.322.982.21 Map
Dining in Rome
Bryony Lavery.

Stage: "Frozen"

Rome Gaby Ford with the English Theatre of Rome presents "Frozen," about the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl, by Tony award nominated playwright Bryony Lavery. Directed by Douglas Dean with Daniel Connelly, Chrissie Grant and Alashiya Gordes. May 2 (5 p.m.), May 3 and 10 (5 p.m. and 10 p.m.), May 6 and 7 (8 p.m.). The English Theatre of Rome, Teatro l'Arciliuto, Piazza Montevecchio, 5 (near Piazza Navona). Rome
March 2-10 (7 performances)
Tickets: €15
Teatro l'Arciluto - tel. 06.687.9419 Map
Dining in Rome
Hailing numbers, and Einstein, in Rome.

Exhibit: Numbers (Zero to Infinity)

Rome The exhibition is dedicated to numbers in the broadest sense of the term and uses art and interactive displays to engage visitors to challenge of regarding the meaning of numerals and mathematical constructions. It serve to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s groundbreaking General Theory of Relativity. See exhibit site for details. Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Closed Monday. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale, 194, Rome.
Through May 31
Tickets: €12.50
Palazzo delle Esposizioni - tel. 06.3996.7500 Map
Dining in Rome
Vincenzo Gemito's work in Naples.

Exhibit: Vincenzo Gemito

Naples Works by Naples-born Italian sculptor Vincenzo Gemito (1852-1929). The self-taught Gemito was praise for ignoring late 19th-century sentimentalism in favor of his own brand of realism. Hours: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Closed Wednesday. Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Via Milano, 2. Naples.
Through July 16
Tickets: €7.50
Museo di Capodimonte - tel. 081.749.9111 Map
Dining in Naples
Gennaro Favai, among others, in Rovigo.

Exhibit: "Demons of Modernity"

Rovigo "Demons of Modernity" examines visionary 19th-century-born painters who looked to the future with a mixture of awe and terror. Works by Franz Von Stuck, Odillon Redon, Paul Klee, M. Kostantinas Ciurlionis, Max Klinger, Sascha Schneider, Marc Chagall, Gustav Moreau, K. Wilhelm Diefenbach, Mario De Maria and Bortolo Sacchi, among others. Hours. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Until 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Closed Monday. Palazzo Roverella, Via Laurenti 8/10. Rovigo.
Through June 14
Tickets: €11
Palazzo Roverella - tel. 0425.279.91 Map
Dining in Rovigo
Andreana Scanderbeg and Alexander Sauer, works from 2005 to 2015.

Photography: Andreana Scanderbeg and Alexander Sauer

Rome The exhibition focuses on the works of photographers Andreana Scanderbeg and Alexander Sauer. They use images of vast industrial sites to suggest a kind of human surrender. This exhibit is titled "Iconic Geography." Anteprima d'arte Contemporanea, Piazza Mazzini, 27 ("A" stairwell, 3rd-floor). Rome.
Feb. 25-May 5
ANTEPRIMA d'arte contemporanea - tel. +39.06.3750.0282 Map
Dining in Rome
Greek bronzes at Palazzo Strozzi.

Exhibit: Power and Pathos (Greek bronzes)

Florence A remarkable collection of Greek bronzes on loan from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Daily and weekends 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Thursday until 11 p.m.) Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, Florence.
March 14-June 21
Tickets: €10
Palazzo Strozzi - tel. 055.277.6461/06 Map
Dining in Florence
Works by Matisse in Rome.

Exhibit: Matisse Arabesque

Rome Major Matisse works on loan from the Tate, MET, MoMa, the Hermitage, Pompidou Center and Washington's National Gallery. See website for details. Book ahead. Hours: Sun.-Thur. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Scuderie del Quirinale, Via XXIV Maggio 16, Rome.
March 4-June 21
Tickets: €12
Scuderie del Quirinale - tel. 06.3996.7500 Map
Dining in Rome
Chagall works on loan from Jerusalem in Rome.

Exhibit: Chagall, Love and Life

Rome Paintings, drawings and prints by Marc Chagall — 150 in all — on loan from Jerusalem's Israel Museum. Most are dedicated to the artist's vision of Judaism and his response to the Holocaust. Chagall was born Marc Zakharovich Chagall. Daily 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Weekends 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Chiostro del Bramante, Via Arco della Pace, 5. Rome.
March 17-July 26
Tickets: €13
Chiostro del Bramante - tel. 06.6880.9036 Map
Dining in Rome
Carlo Saraceni's works in Venice.

Exhibit: Carlo Saraceni

Venice Works by Carlo Saraceni (1579-1620), an early-Baroque Venetian painter who worked in the Roman style. He also had French pretensions, which the exhibit chronicles. Hours: Tue.-Sun. 8:15-7:15 p.m.; Mon. 8:15-2 p.m. Gallerie dell'Academia. Campo della Carità, Dorsoduro n. 1050, Venice.
March 22-June 29
Tickets: €9
Gallerie dell'Accademia - tel. 041.520.0345/199.199.100 Map
Dining in Venice
Henri Rousseau's works in Venice.

Exhibits: Henri Rosseau

Venice Paintings by Frenchman Henri Rousseau (1844-1910), a Post-Impressionist painter known for works associated with the Naïve or Primitive school. See exhibit site for details. Hours: Sun.-Thur. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (ticket office closes one hour before). Palazzo Ducale. San Marco, 1. Venice.
Through July 5
Tickets: €13
Palazzo Ducale (Venice) - tel. 041.271.5911 Map
Dining in Venice
Placido Domingo sang Verdi in the 2014 edition of the festival.

Opera: Arena's 2015 Opera Festival

Verona As part of its 2015 Opera Festival, Verona's Arena will stage "Aida," "Don Giovanni," "Romeo and Juliet," "Tosca" and "Nabucco," among others in a summer season that includes more than 75 performances and begins June 19, 2015 and runs through Sept. 6. See Arena website below for details, including dates, show times and performers. Teatro Filarmonica di Verona, Via Teatro Filarmonico. Verona.
June 19-Sept. 6
Tickets: €23-250
Arena di Verona - tel. 045.800.5151 Map
Dining in Verona
Modigliani and others in Turin.

Exhibit: Modigliani and Paris' La Bohème

Turin A look at Modigliani's rich time in Paris, along with works by Brancusi, Soutine, Utrillo, Chagall, Gris, Marcousiss, Survage, and Picasso. The 90 works are on loan from the Pompidou Center in Paris. See exhibit site for more details. Hours: Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Closed Monday. GAM-Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Via Magenta 31.
March 14-July 12
€12
GAM-Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea - tel. 011.442.9518 Map
Dining in Turin
Works by China's Fan Zeng.

Exhibit: Fan Zeng

Rome Born in 1938, Fan Zeng is a considered a contemporary master of traditional Chinese figure painting. Hours: Mon.-Thur. 9.30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9.30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sun. 9.30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Complesso del Vittoriano, Via San Pietro in Carcere (Fori Imperiali), Rome.
June 30-Sept. 13
Tickets: €12
Complesso del Vittoriano di Roma - tel. 06.678.0664 Map
Dining in Rome
Simply Red in Milan and Rome.

Rock: Simply Red

Milan (Assago) Soul-pop Simply Red in concert as part of the band's global tour. One show only, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. The band plays Rome's Palalottomatica on Nov. 14. Ticket purchase online at TicketOne. Mediolanum Forum (Milan), Via G. di Vittorio, 6, Assago.
Nov. 15, 9 p.m.
Tickets: €40+
Mediolanumforum - tel. 892.101 (call center) Map
Dining in Assago
Hiroshi Sugimoto's photos in Modena.

Photography: Hiroshi Sugimoto, "Stop Time"

Modena Photos by acclaimed Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, whose choice of images is deeply influenced by the writings and works of Marcel Duchamp, as well as the Dadaist and Surrealist movements. Hours: Wed. and Fri. 3 p.m-7 p.m; Thur. 3 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sat./Sun. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Foro Boario via Bono da Nonantola, 2. Modena.
Through June 7
Tickets: €5
Fondazione Fotografia Modena - tel. 335.162.1739 or 059.2389 Map
Dining in Modena
Detail from "Energy Made Visible," which measures 8 x 20 feet.

Exhibit: "Energy Made Visible"

Venice Jackson Pollock's mural "Energy Made Visible," the largest the American artist ever created. It represents the break from representational painting on traditional canvases to his unique drip style, completed on canvases stretched out on the floor. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, Venice.
April 23-Nov. 9
Tickets: €15
Peggy Guggenheim Collection - tel. 041.2405.411 Map
Dining in Venice
Morandi's work in Rome.

Exhibit: Giorgio Morandi

Rome Dozens of works by Bologna-born artist Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964), including many lesser-known paintings. Hours: Mon.-Thur. 9.30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 9.30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Sun. 9.30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Complesso del Vittoriano, Sala Verdi Via San Pietro in Carcere (Fori Imperiali), Rome.
Through June 21
Tickets: €12
Complesso del Vittoriano di Roma - tel. 06.678.0664 Map
Dining in Rome
Religious art from 17th-century Rome.

Exhibit: The Hopeful Popes

Rome A sweeping look at religious art with a focus on paintings from the 17th-century, with many of the works on loan from the Vatican archives. Papal patronage was once central to all artistic ventures in Rome. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily except Monday. Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo, Lungotevere Castello, 50. Rome.
Through Nov. 15
Tickets: €10.50
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo - tel. 06.681.9111 Map
Dining in Rome
Charles Pollack "Self-Portrait," 1930s.

Exhibit: Charles Pollack

Venice A full retrospective dedicated to abstract painter Charles Pollock (1902-1988), elder brother of Jackson Pollock. Open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Collezione Peggy Guggenheim, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, Dorsoduro 701, Venice.
April 23-Sept. 14
Tickets: €15
Peggy Guggenheim Collection - tel. 041.2405.411 Map
Dining in Venice
Sacred art from Van Gogh to Fontana in Florence.

Exhibit: Divine Beauty

Florence The exhibition titled "Sacred art from Van Gogh to Fontana" explores a century of modern sacred art stretching from the 1880s to 1958, when the Church began liberalizing. Works by Italians Morelli, Previati, Casorati, Wildt, Guttuso and Fontana as well as Picasso, Van Gogh, Millet, Max Ernst, Munch, Rouault, Dix, Beckmann and Rodin. Daily and weekends 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Thursday until 11 p.m.) Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, Florence.
Sept. 26-Jan. 24
Tickets: €10
Palazzo Strozzi - tel. 055.277.6461/06 Map
Dining in Florence
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, "Artist Marcella" (1910).

Exhibit: Kirchner to Nolde, German Expressionism, 1905-1913

Genoa German Expressionism developed mainly from the "Die Brücke" ("The Bridge") movement, founded by Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in the early 20th century. This exhibit tracks their development using 140 works. See exhibit site for details and advanced booking. Hours: Tue.-Sun. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Mon. 2 p.m-7 p.m. Thursday open until 10:30 p.m. Palazzo Ducale, Piazza Matteotti 9. Genoa.
Through July 12
Tickets: €13
Palazzo Ducale - tel. 010.55.74.064/65 Map
Dining in Genoa
A major Leonardo retrospective in Milan as part of Expo15.

Exhibit: Leonardo at Expo15

Milan As part of Milan Expo2015, a major look at the works and ideas of Leonardo da Vinci. Both his artistic works and scientific designs are featured. Hours: Mon. 2.30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Tue/Wed/Fri/Sun. 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Thursday and Sat. 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Palazzo Reale, Piazza del Duomo 12.
April 5-July 19
Tickets: €11
Palazzo Reale - tel. 02.8050.9362/02.54917 Map
Dining in Milan
Calder in the Guggenheim garden.

Exhibits: The Schulhof Collection

Venice Eighty-three works by Alberto Burri, Alexander Calder, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Ellsworth Kelly, Willem de Kooning, Lucio Fontana, Jean Dubuffet, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Anish Kapoor, Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol, among others, are added to the collection at the bequest of Hannelore B. Schulhof, who died in early 2012. The additons extend the reach of the overall collection into the 1970s and even 1980s. Daily: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Tuesday. Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Dorsoduro 701. Venice, Italy.
From Oct. 12
Peggy Guggenheim Collection - tel. 041.2405.411 Map
Dining in Venice
MART remembers World War I with a yearlong exhibit.

Exhibit: "The Magnificent Obsession"

Rovereto, Trento MART marks the 100th anniversary of World War I with a yearlong retrospective that includes paintings, postcards, photos, letters, sketches and installations, all in some way linked to the Great War, which began in August 1914. Works by Max Beckmann, Marc Chagall, Albin Egger-Lienz, Fortunato Depero and Josef Sudek. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Monday. MART, Corso Bettini 43, Rovereto, Trento.
Through Sept. 20
Tickets: €11
Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (Mart) - tel. 800.397760/0464.438.887 Map
Dining in Rovereto
British rockers Deep Purple tour in 2015.

Rock: Deep Purple

Rome Veteran British rockers Deep Purple in concert, one show only, Nov. 15 at 9 p.m. The band will also perform in Padua and Florence. Ticket purchases online at TicketOne. More info at 892.101 (in Italy) or 02.5300.6501. Palalotomatica, EUR, Piazzale dello Sport, Rome.
Nov. 15, 2015; 9 p.m.
Tickets: €34.50
Palalottomatica Roma - tel. 199.128.800 Map
Dining in Rome
In 2016 at Palazzo Strozzi, a major look at the avant-garde movement.

Exhibit: The Guggenheims and the Avant-Garde

Florence A remarkable exhibit that tracks the genesis of the post-World War II avant-garde art with paintings by Pollock, Rothko, Motherwell, De Kooning, Gorky, Matta, Baziotes and Pousette-Dart. Hours: 9 a.m-8 p.m.; Thu. 9 a.m-11 p.m. Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza Strozzi, Florence.
March-July 2016
Tickets: €10
Palazzo Strozzi - tel. 055.277.6461/06 Map
Dining in Florence
Day and Boarding International High School in the Heart of Rome

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