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What a Wonderful World

The long story of the Ornament between art and nature

Palazzo Magnani - Corso Garibaldi, 29

San Pietro Cloisters - Via Emilia San Pietro, 44/c

Reggio Emilia (RE)

The exhibition shows the deep meanings of the ornament, no longer seen as mere and superficial embellishment, but as an event involving everyday life and our relation with the aesthetic aspect.

The exhibition will recall some numerous declinations of the decorative action through over 200 works, from important private collections and national and international museums such as London-based Victoria and Albert Museum, Saint Petersburg-based Ermitage Museum, Paris-based Musée du quai Branly, Florence-based Uffizi Galleries, Trento and Rovereto-based modern and contemporary Art Museum, Venice-Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Rome-based Modern Art National Gallery.

Date: the event will be held from Nov 16, 2019 to Mar 08, 2020

Closing days: Monday

Event timetable: Tuesday-Friday 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 - 7.00 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.


In addition to some works from protohistory, the exhibition will go through over two thousand years of art history, from the Roman Age to the Middle Ages until now, with works by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, the Moretto, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, William Morris, Alphonse Mucha, Koloman Moser, Maurits Cornelis Escher, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini, Sonia Delaunay, Josef and Anni Albers, Victor Vasarely, Arman, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Claudio Parmiggiani, Shirin Neshat.

In Palazzo Magnani it will possible to appreciate ancient works of art, with evocative intrusions in the contemporary field to focus on the legacies and the continuous connections among the artistic forms.

In San Pietro Cloisters it will be possible to see most of contemporary-art works, sometimes supported and "commented" on by ancient or modern works.

Entrance: entry fee

Full fee: Euros 12.00

Reduced fee: Euros 10.00 (groups of at least 15 people, people over 65, YoungER card holders, disabled, ticket holders of exhibitions at Fondazione Magnani Rocca -Traversetolo, ARCI card holders, FAI card holders, ticket holders of the exhibition "Portrait of Young Lady by Correggio", Gruppo Fs employees, Iren employees)

Season tickets: see website

Free entry: Friends of Palazzo Magnani Foundation, children under 6, helpers of disabled, journalists, members of Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Information and Booking Centre

Fondazione Palazzo Magnani
Corso Garibaldi, 31 - 42121 Reggio Emilia - Phone: ++39 0522 454437-444420 - Fax: ++39 0522 452349
Weekday timetable:

Tuesday-Saturday 9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Weekend timetable:

9.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

By Reggio Emilia editorial staff (Aug 11, 2019)

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