Exhibition: The splendor of Genoa - Bilbao Fine Arts Museum


2003-10-20 • 2004-01-18

The splendor of Genoa

Paintings from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries in Palazzo Bianco’s collect

BBK Room

From Luca Cambiaso to Alessandro Magnasco, the exhibition The splendour of Genoa. Paintings from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries in Palazzo Bianco’s collection will gather together some fifty works of the most relevant Genoese painters, who were active when the city was expanding most and who coincided particularly with the splendour of Baroque Art.
The exhibition is of paintings which come from the Galleria di Palazzo Bianco in Genoa, one of the most renowned museums in Italy, and organised by its curator, Clario Di Fabio, the exhibition will open the way to the discovery of the exceptional quality of these painters, who the general public know little of. Some of the most outstanding are Luca Cambiaso, Andrea Ansaldo, Giovanni Battista Paggi, Bernardo Strozzi, Gioacchino Assereto, Domenico Fiasella, Anton Maria Vasallo, Valerio Castelo, Domenico Piola, Gregorio and Lorenzo de Ferrari and Alessandro Magnasco, whose work affords an ample view of the artistic splendour and the important collections of the former Genoese Republic. By way of an interchange, the Bilbao Art Museum will send a selection of thirty works from its collection, under the title of Bilbao to Genoa, la cultura cambia le cittá (Genoa, Palazzo Ducale, 10th. October, 2003 / 11th January, 2004) together with the collaboration of the County Council of Bizkaia and the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, whose contributions will make for a more ample exhibition, which will show the transformations in town planning which Bilbao has undergone in the last few years together with its cultural and artistic activity. The project, under the direction of Germano Celant and set up by Gae Aulenti, forms part of the events which will take place in 2004 on the occasion of Genoa being chosen as the European Cultural Capital.