Exhibitions to see in Italy in October? We have selected for you 10 events and exhibitions not to be missed. Ready to follow us? 

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October arrives and the autumn season of art and cultural events gets off to a great start. If you are in Italy at this time, as well as visiting churches, palaces and monuments, pay attention to the events in the city you are visiting and always remember, if you are an art lover, Italy is always a good idea for a trip.

In October, the first cold weather arrives in Italy, but nothing that a hot dish or good wine cannot warm you up. Don't let it frighten you, choose art and the carefree atmosphere of an all-Italian cultural holiday. 

In short, you are in Italy, so here are the ten art exhibitions and events not to be missed in October.

10. Good news, women in Architecture - Maxxi Museum, Rome

Maxxi Museum

We begin our journey in Rome. In addition to the Imperial Forum and the Colosseum, we recommend a dive into contemporary art and architecture at MaXXi. Here there will be a very interesting exhibition on the female world of the architecture profession, from the beginning of the 20th century to the most important female artists of today. A world for everyone but built by women, not to be missed!

9. Pisanello - Palazzo Ducale, Mantua

Mantua, Italy, Palazzo Ducale

A major exhibition dedicated to Pisanello, a master of international Gothic art. The history of Italian art owes much to the Tuscan painter, one of the most influential of the Middle Ages. In Mantua you can admire unique paintings and medals. Take a plunge into the past!

8. Alberto Burri. Reloaded - Cubo, Bologna

Burri's sack

In Bologna, in the spaces of Cultura Bologna (or Cubo), a Unipol Group museum, a super-exhibition on Alberto Burri, one of the most important Italian artists of the post-war period, is scheduled from 7 and for the entire month of October. On show will be a large selection of his 'Sacchi' series, a exploration of forms and studies of matter that Burri brought to the world.

7. Van Gogh - Rome, Palazzo Bonaparte

Van Gogh

Obviously Vincent Van Gogh needs no introduction, but if you are passing through Rome, from 8 October you should know that Palazzo Bonaparte will be hosting a major solo exhibition on the most famous Dutch painter of all time. Many of his most famous works will be carefully selected under the guidance of Maria Teresa Benedetti and Francesca Villanti, in collaboration with the prestigious Kröller Müller Museum in Otterlo. 

6. Pier Paolo Pasolini. Under the eyes of the world - Villa Manin, Udine

Pier Paolo Pasolini with Totò

In the centenary year of Pier Paolo Pasolini's birth, Villa Manin in Passariano di Codroipo (UD), Cinemazero (PN) and the Pier Paolo Pasolini Study Centre in Casarsa della Delizia (PN) open the exhibition 'Pier Paolo Pasolini. Under the eyes of the world', curated by Silvia Martín Gutiérrez. A guided tour of the life and works of the great Bolognese artist, poet, writer and Italian filmmaker.

5. Io, Canova. Genio europeo - Museo Civico, Bassano del Grappa

Bassano del Grappa Civic Museum

A thematic exhibition entitled 'Io, Canova. Genio europeo' recounts the life and art of the most important sculptor of Italian Neoclassicism, known by his contemporaries as the new Phidias. The master who resurrected the ancient in sculpture, with the eternal magnificence of his sculpture, handed down from generation to generation in the Italian Academies of Fine Arts.

4. Machu Picchu and the golden Empires of Peru - Mudec, Milan

Machu Picchu, Peru

Do you want to discover ancient pre-Columbian civilizations, and at the same time visit one of the most modern anthropology museums in Italy? Then you must pay a visit to the Mudec in Milan, which will allow you to take a journey back in time through millenary artifacts, reconstructions, videos, documentaries, and much more. Ideal if you are travelling with your children.

3. Passione Novecento. From Paul Klee to Damien Hirst - Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence

Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence, Italy

In Florence, there is always contemporary art to accompany the Renaissance. In fact, for some years the city has rediscovered its artistic verve through continuous exhibitions of contemporary masters. And with this premise comes 'Passione Novecento. From Paul Klee to Damien Hirst', which for the entire month of October will be held at the prestigious venue of Palazzo Medici Riccardi, already a place of art for generations, as demonstrated by the masterpieces of Benozzo Gozzoli, Beato Angelico, and Luca Giordano.

2. Bill Viola. Return to life - Carminello Church in Toledo, Naples

Carminiello Church in Toledo, Naples

Naples is a city that is increasingly able to accommodate the various sentiments of the contemporary scene, welcoming them in exhibitions, festivals, and shows. As is often the case, exhibition venues are the result of centuries of stratification, so visiting a contemporary art exhibition in Naples often means merging the ancient and the modern. Are you ready to discover the best of the genius of Video Art in one of the city's historic venues?

1. The realism of Carlo Levi and Luigi Guerricchio - Palazzo Lanfranchi, Matera

Palazzo Lanfranchi, Matera, Italy

Matera, like Naples, takes up the challenges of the most modern art and merges them with its own millenary history. At Palazzo Lanfranchi for the entire month of October you can compare two great artists such as Carlo Levi and Luigi Guerricchio.

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