Cinema Italiano

The museum of modern art in Bologna (MAMbo) has all the things you would expect to find in a contemporary art space; large sculptures of an almost industrial nature, paintings in monotone blocks and thought-provoking ceramics.  I make no pretence to understand it; when the Turner Prize took up residence at Gateshead's Baltic a few…

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A Church Within a Church Within a…

I was probably spoilt by my first visit to Piazza San Stefano in Bologna, for two reasons: first it was a Sunday and so the flea market was in full swing, and second it was in a cafe here that I first tasted "tortellini in brodo" so the memorability of the afternoon is guaranteed. The irregular space…

Giambologna

...was a Renaissance sculptor who worked in Italy and was heavily influenced by Michelangelo.  Surprisingly, given his name and that he was responsible for the city's most famous artwork, he wasn't born in Bologna.  He wasn't even Italian. Born in what was then a part of Flanders, but now sits in France he was named…

Blame Game

Emilia-Romagna, the administrative region of Italy of which Bologna is the capital, is the richest, at least going by per capita income.  With Christmas looming large when I visited there was plenty of that income being exchanged,  especially in some of the more exclusive shopping locations.  Capitalism is alive and well.  Hardly surprising since we…