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“Albrecht Dürer, the privilege of restlessness” – Exhibition

21 September 2019 / 19 January 2020

“Albrecht Dürer, the privilege of restlessness” – Exhibition

curated by Diego Galizzi and Patrizia Foglia
organisation: Museo Civico delle Cappuccine

Opening: Saturday, 21 September 2019, at 5:30 pm

This engraver of flamboyant foliage, the ornamental calligrapher, who lingers in a maze of weaves and small leaves, wanted to create an image of man that might be an example and model of the processes of reason.

He is a poet and mathematician of space, a theorist and an inspired […] Dürer has the privilege of restlessness, and here lies his heroic quality.
Henry Focillon

After Francisco Goya and Max Klinger, the series of exhibitions organised by the civic museum of Bagnacavallo on the most important international artists who manifested their greatness through the medium of engraving could not continue without Albrecht Dürer.

Dürer is the master of graphic thought, one who was able to raise drawing and engraving to a form of artistic expression that was no longer the servant of painting but entirely free and independent. It was acknowledged by by Max Klinger himself: “An artwork by Dürer is neither a replicated picture, nor does it translate colour sensations into forms foreign to the technique used […] It is complete and definitive in itself, lacking only that characteristic of unattainability of ideas which by nature cannot be entirely represented by any artist”. A restless genius, a talent of Nordic art fatally attracted by Italian renaissance art and unusually predisposed to theoretical and scientific research. Dürer, like Leonardo, was a universal researcher, continually anxious to produce new things; he had, to quote Carl Gustav Carus, “an incessant yearning for unattainable perfection and acute awareness of insoluble problems”.

The exhibition stands as an invitation to meet the multiple souls of Dürer, both as a man and an artist. Critics have defined him at various times as a humanist, a Goth, a craftsman and a theorist; the truth is that it is not possible to separate his individual souls, which coexisted in him. He had within himself the eternal contradiction that is the hallmark of the greatest artists.
More than 120 works can be seen in the varied exhibition tour including the best known masterpieces by the artist such as the series of the Apocalypse, Saint Eustace, Saint Jerome in his study and the Knight, Death and the Devil.

The focal point of the exhibition is an enigmatic masterpiece, the Melencolia, a work imbued with intellectualism almost to the point of esoterism, which conceals a genuine spiritual self-portrait of the artist who has arrived at the melancholy realisation that a rational approach to art and the world can provide, at best, only insufficient answers.

On occasion of the opening:
at 7:00 pm – cloister
San Marino harp ensemble & Celtic boys
curated by Emilia-Romagna Concerti

Aperitifs with local wines offered by the Azienda Agricola Randi

Related events:

Friday, 8 November, 9:00 pm
Dürer e l’ossessione del tutto. Scenes of life and art
Show with texts, images, music and videos.
by and with Emanuela Mercante and Daniele Tonini.

Intensive weekends at the museum introducing xylographic technique
Saturday and Sunday 2-3 or 23-24 November (two periods 7+7 hours)
Organised by Enrico Rambaldi (INK33)
info and cost www.ink33.it/

Opening hours of the exhibition:

Tuesday and Wednesday, 3:00 pm -6:00 pm;
Thursday, 10:00 am -12:00 pm and 3:00 pm -6:00 pm;
from Friday to Sunday, 10:00 am -12:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Closed on Monday and on the day after a holiday.
Special evening opening until 11.30 pm from 26 to 29 September on occasion of the Festival of San Michele.

Admission free.

Museo Civico delle Cappuccine
via Vittorio Veneto 1/a Bagnacavallo (RA)

Guided tours for groups: up to 15 persons € 40 / up to 30 persons € 60.
For info and bookings:


21 September 2019
19 January 2020
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