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CANONIZATIONS OF BLESSED
CANONIZATIONS OF BLESSED
27 Sunday April 2014
II Easter Sunday (Divine Mercy Sunday)
Saint Peter's Square, at 10:00
Holy Mass and Canonizations of Blesseds:
JOHN XXIII, POPE (1881-1963)
JOHN PAUL II, POPE (1920-2005)
FRIDA KHALO - SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE FROM 20TH MARCH TO 31ST AUGUST
The Scuderie del Quirinale is to host a magnificent exhibition on the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), a symbol of the artistic avant-garde and of the exuberance of Mexican culture in the 20th century. FROM 20TH OF MARCH TO 31 AUGUST 2014
Rome and Genoa are joining together to stage an integrated project comprising two major exhibitions focusing on the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
The exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome, running from 20 March to 31 August 2014, explores the art of Frida Kahlo and her ties with the artistic movements of her time, from Mexican Modernism to international Surrealism, analysing their influence on her work.
The exhibition at Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, entitled Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera and due to run from 20 September 2014 to 15 February 2015, carries on the story, taking an in-depth look at Frida's private life, a world of immense suffering at the hub of which we invariably find her husband Diego Rivera, in a relationship that was to have a huge impact on her art.
There can be no doubt that the legend which has grown up around the life and work of Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) has now reached global proportions; the unquestioned icon of 20th century Mexican culture and the seductive subject of a Hollywood movie, Frida Kahlo's contribution to contemporary culture comprises one of the most inextricable tangles of art and life of the whole of the 20th century. Yet her paintings do not merely mirror her life, severely marked as it was by the physical and psychological injuries that she suffered in the terrible accident in which she was involved at the age of seventeen. Her art is fused with the history and spirit of her contemporary world, reflecting the social and cultural transformations that led up to the Mexican Revolution and ensued in its wake.
It was precisely the revolutionary spirit that prompted her to reassess the country's native past and traditions, which she considered to be irrepressible identity codes, generating an unprecedented fusion between self-expression and the language, the imagination, the colours and the symbols of Mexican popular culture. At the same time, Frida is an expression of the artistic avant-garde and the cultural exuberance of her time, and a study of her work allows us to intercept the trajectories of all the most important international cultural movements that criss-crossed the Mexico of her day, from Revolutionary Pauperismto Stridentism and from Surrealism to what was become known decades laters as Magical Realism.
The exhibition sets out to gather around a corpus of her work a selection of absolute masterpieces from major collections, key works belonging to other public and private collections in Mexico, the United States and Europe. The project is completed by a selection of photographs portraying the artist, including those take by Nickolas Murray in the 1940s, a crucial and intriguing complement to Frida Kahol's art in terms of her iconographic codification.
This, because while the exhibition sets out to present and explore the development of Frida Kahlo's artistic career from beginnings that still owe a debt to New Objectivity and to Magical Realism to her revival of traditional and ancestral art, and from the echos of American Realism in the 1920s and '30s (Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler, Georgia O'Keefe) to the ideological and political aspects inspired by Mexican muralism (Rivera, Orozco), the predominant theme in the exhibition is self-depiction, both in terms of the numerically important role that the "self-portrait" genre plays in her overall output and, above all, in terms of the unique significance that it has acquired in the transmission of the iconographical, psychological and cultural values that have shaped the "legend of Frida".
Both the exhibition and the catalogue are designed and curated by Helga Prignitz-Poda, a distinguished expert in the life and career of Frida Kahlo and the co-author, together with Salomon Grimberg and Andrea Kettenmann, of the catalogue raisonné of the artist's work published in 1988.
MUSEE D' ORSAY - MASTERPIECES - FROM 22ND FEBRUARY TO 8TH JUNE 2014
From 22 February to 8 June 2014 the Complesso del Vittoriano presents the exhibition "Musée d'Orsay. Masterpieces".
The exhibition brings for the first time in Rome extraordinary works created between 1848 and 1914 by the great French masters , Gauguin , Monet , Degas , Sisley, Pissarro , Van Gogh, Manet , Corot, Seurat , and many others , offering an artistic that - through a selection of seventy works - part of the academic painting of the Salon and through the Impressionist revolution in looking up to the formal solutions of Nabis and Symbolists .
"Musée d'Orsay. Masterpieces"curated by Guy Cogeval and Xavier Rey, is divided into five sections: the first focuses on the art of the Salon , the original nucleus of the collection , and the second illustrates the renewal of landscape painting to the work of the Barbizon School , which opens the way to the study of nature impressionistic , then the section dedicated to modernity portrayed by the Impressionists , who conferred the dignity of gender to dances , scenes of life in society and glimpses of private life , and finally the evolution of the pictorial language of post- Impressionist painting symbolist , syntheticism Gauguin , the two-dimensionality of the Nabis , until you get the avant-garde of the twentieth century.
The history of avant-garde and modernity will be preceded by an unusual presentation of the fascinating story of how a former railway station in the heart of Paris has become one of the most important museums in the world. From the different origins of its collections to the construction of the building for the Universal Exhibition of 1900 to the successive transformations , with particular attention to the fundamental work of preparation and museum built in 1986 by Italian architect Gae Aulenti disappearance last year.
RODIN: THE MARBLE, THE LIFE FROM 18TH MARCH TO 25TH MAY 2014
RODIN: THE MARBLE, THE LIFE
ROME - DIOCLEZIANO BATH FROM 18TH OF FEBRUARY TO 25TH OF MAY 2014
After Milan , arrives in Rome , the exhibition of Auguste Rodin, one of the artists most revolutionary tradition of the modern plastic .
The exhibition presents a corpus of over 60 works with a number of sculptures in marble so vast as to be the most comprehensive exhibition that was staged on the marbles of Auguste Rodin.
Curated by Aline Magnien , Conservative head of the assets of the Musée Rodin in Paris, in collaboration with Flavio Arens , the exhibition presents three themes around which develops the extraordinary exhibition designed by the Bureau International des Mésarchitectures - Didier Faustino , to highlight the different sections of the exhibition and to establish a dialogue with the architectural space of the Hall of the Caryatids . Also thanks to the lights of Giambattista Hello, the white marble by Rodin to life in a charming and surprising, that will allow visitors to explore all the themes that have characterized its production plastic .
CINECITTA' SHOWS OFF
This exhibition will take you on a magical journey through cinema.
These historic film studios have played a giant part in the history of Italian and Hollywood cinema. Created back in the 30s by Mussolini under the timeless tagline, “Il cinema è l’arma più forte” (Cinema is the most powerful weapon), this is one part of Rome worth making a trip out to see.
There have been some veritable classics shot here over the years, including the epic Ben-Hur and Cleopatra modern films such as Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ , Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and Rob Marshall musical Nine. However, perhaps it is most renowned for being the home of Italy’s most internationally recognized director of all time: Federico Fellini. It doesn’t get more Roman or more acclaimed in cinema history than La Dolce Vita.
The grounds are actually the largest studio in the whole of Europe and you can enjoy private or group tours of the entire area. It’s located just 9km out of Rome making it an easy day trip for any cinema buff.
CINECITTA' SHOWS OFF:
You will be guided through monumental sets and a precious collection of set dressing items coming from the most significant films shot at Cinecittà.
You can get up close to costumes and accessories worn by international stars such as Sophia Loren and Alberto Sordi; be enchanted by the wonderful
sketches of the most renowned designers; and be taken directly into the heart of the Dream Factory.
The exhibition is divided into three sections and traces the history of Italian and International cinema, explaining the crafts necessary to make a movie.
It allows interactions with the different audiovisual languages in the last section called ‘Backstage’.
It’s an exhaustive homage to the most important costume and production designers, allowing visitors to perfectly understand how many professionals are required to make a movie successful. It is also possible to take a complete tour through the resident sets that are still used today for all kinds of audiovisual, domestic feature films and international productions. Expert guides will accompany visitors to the set of Broadway/New York, previously used by Martin Scorsese’s ‘Gangs of New York’ and recently revamped for Paul Haggi’s ‘Third Person’.
Guests can be taken through Florence in the 15th century and to the incredible ‘Ancient Rome’ location, which hosted the renowned period TV
series, with your guide providing insight into all the details of this mammoth production.
The opening of the prestigious Caffè Cinecittà will allow a relaxing break in the stylish café and a quick visit to the bookshop where you can pick up some unique souvenirs.
Via Tuscolana, 1055
Metro A Cinecittà
From Monday to Sunday: from 9.30 am until 5.30 pm (ticket office close at 4.30 pm)
10.00 (in Italian)
11.00 (both Italian and English)
13.00 (in Italian)
14.00 (in Italian)
15.15 (both Italian and English)
16.30 (in Italian)
Close on: Tuesdays
CineBimbiCittà: Opening days: Sunday from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm
EVERY WEDNESDAY THE PAPAL AUDIENCE AT 10:30 AM IN SAINT PETER SQUARE
(OUR BREAKFAST ROOM OPENS EXTRAORDINARILY AT 6:30 INSTEAD IF 7:00)
EVERY SUNDAY MEET PAPA FRANCESCO DURING THE ANGELUS ( PAPAL BLESSING ) AT 12:00 IN SAN PETER SQUARE
Apostolic Blessing "Urbi et Orbi":
"Brothers and sisters, good evening!
You know that it was the duty of the Conclave to give Rome a Bishop. It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one... but here we are... I thank you for your welcome. The diocesan community of Rome now has its Bishop. Thank you! And first of all, I would like to offer a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus, Benedict XVI. Let us pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may keep him.
And now, we take up this journey: Bishop and People. This journey of the Church of Rome which presides in charity over all the Churches. A journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world, that there may be a great spirit of fraternity. It is my hope for you that this journey of the Church, which we start today, and in which my Cardinal Vicar, here present, will assist me, will be fruitful for the evangelization of this most beautiful city.
And now I would like to give the blessing, but first - first I ask a favour of you: before the Bishop blesses his people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that he will bless me: the prayer of the people asking the blessing for their Bishop. Let us make, in silence, this prayer: your prayer over me.
Now I will give the Blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will.
Brothers and sisters, I leave you now. Thank you for your welcome. Pray for me and until we meet again. We will see each other soon. Tomorrow I wish to go and pray to Our Lady, that she may watch over all of Rome. Good night and sleep well!"
Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum;
Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum Georgium Marium
Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Bergoglio
qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum
17th March The first Angelus of Papa Francesco 12:00 am in Saint Peter's square
19th March Intronizzazione di Papa Francesco 9:30 am in Saint Peter's square
13th May Holy Mass and Canonization of the Blesseds in Saint Peter's square:
- Antonio Primaldo and Companions
- Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena
- María Guadalupe García Zavala
VATICAN MUSEUMS AND SISTINE CHAPEL
Just 3 minutes walking from our hotel ............
The magnificent and immense Vatican Museums are among the greatest and most important in the world. This explains the extremely long queues tailing back from the the entrance, especially in the high seasons such as at Christmas, Easter and during spring.
Rest assured however, your patience will be rewarded inside.
In order to avoid the queues and save time, it is therefore a good idea booking your admission ticket or guided tour online.
The Vatican Museums in fact encompass a number of different museums: the Pio-Clementino Museum, the Chiaramonti Museum, the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, the Gregorian Egyptian Museum, the Gregorian Profane Museum, the Pio-Christian Museum, the Ethnological Missionary Museum, the Collection of Modern Religious Art, the Upper Galleries Museum, the Vatican Library Museum, the Pinacoteca (Art Gallery) and of course the exquisite and unique Sistine Chapel.
An entire day will not be long enough to see everything, so you would do well to dress comfortably and have a clear idea of what you really want to visit before embarking of this “expedition”.
The Vatican Museums are also open on the last Sunday of every month when admission is free
Viale Vaticano, 100
Fax: +39 06 69885100
Telephone: +39 06 69883145 - 06 69884676 info - 06 6982
Web site: www.museivaticani.va
Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel
Monday-Saturday: 9:00 - 18:00;
Last admission 16:00;
Last Sunday of the month: open and free of charge from 9:00 to 14:00, last admission 12:30. Closed if it falls on Easter, 29 June (Saints Peter and Paul), 25 or 26 December (Christmas Day or Boxing Day).
THE BEST WESTERN HOTEL SPRING HOUSE WINS “THE MOST UNIQUE ROOM” IN
Thousands Cast Their Votes for Their Favorite Hotels on Facebook
Milano, 1 ottobre 2012 – Best Western International asked Facebook users to cast their votes for the first-ever Fan Awards on the Best Western Facebook page. Best Western hotels from around the world submitted nominations in seven categories ranging from Most Unique Hotel to Best View from a Hotel Room. A panel of travel industry experts reviewed the nominations and selected the five finalists for each category.
Thousands of Best Western fans answered the call voting for their favorite hotel in each category and voted the BEST WESTERN Hotel Spring House for “The Most Unique Room”.
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For a complete list of Best Western Fan Award winners please visit the Best Western Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bestwestern.