The city of Parma, in the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna, is Italian Capital of Culture for 2021, making it the perfect time to visit this charming UNESCO-listed city.

The city of Parma is situated in the north of the Italian region of Emilia Romagna and along the Via Emilia, the thousand-year-old Roman road that links Piacenza and Rimini. As Italian Capital of Culture 2021, Parma will host a rich programme of events throughout the year, including theatrical shows, cinema projections, music concerts, dance performances and food and wine fairs.

Parma’s stint as Italian Capital of Culture 2021 will also highlight other cultural activities in the region of Emilia Romagna, such as Piacenza and Reggio Emilia.

Some of the key 2021 events are:

Design! Objects, processes, experiences – Through Time

Until 14 February 2021 at the Abbey of Valserena and Palazzo Pigorini

The archives of the CSAC – Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione – house an immense heritage of knowledge from Italian designers who defined the culture of Italian projects during the 20th century, such as Archizoom Associati, Mario Bellini, Cini Boeri, Achille and Piergiacomo Castiglioni. The central part of the exhibition is housed at the Abbey of Valserena and the section on fashion will be located at Palazzo Pigorini with the collaboration of GIA, Imprese Settore Moda.

Through the Avant-garde Giuseppe Niccoli / vision and courage of a Gallery

Until 21 February 2021 at APE Parma Museum

This exhibition presents works by international artists such as Afro, Agostino Bonalumi, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Alik Cavaliere, Piero Dorazio, and many others, representing the artistic currents that the Niccoli Gallery has followed, exhibited and supported over the last 50 years. The Niccoli Art Gallery, founded in 1970, is a point of reference for the most important contemporary Italian and foreign artists.

Antelami in Parma – the work of man, the time of the Earth
Until end of August 2021 at the Parma Cathedral

This is a temporary exhibition of the statues of the Months and Seasons by Benedetto Antelami, which will be moved from the internal loggia of the Baptistery to the niches on the ground floor, offering visitors a much closer look. Antelami was an Italian architect and sculptor of the Romanesque school, considered to have been one of the greatest of his time.

The paintings of Pietro: Masterpieces of the Barilla Collection of Modern Art

Until the end of 2021 at the Pinocoteca Stuard

The project will show 12 of the most interesting paintings from the Barilla Collection of Modern Art, dedicated to Pietro Barilla, the famous businessman of Parma who greatly supported Parma’s cultural life. Some of the paintings have not been shown to the public for more than 25 years.

Ligabue e Vitaloni – Dare voce alla natura

Until the end of 2021 at Palazzo Tarasconi Soragna

A comparison between painting and sculpture, this exhibition investigates the animal and instinctive part of the human being through the artistic experiences of Italian painter, Antonio Ligabue and artist, Michele Vitaloni. Both of them share a particular empathy with the animal kingdom and while narrating its wonders, they investigate human nature.

Art Path: from Langhirano to Torrechiara
Until the end of 2021

A walk through nature, art, history and cuisine along ancient vineyards and the works of art of six contemporary artists including Danilo Cassano, Mirta Carroli, Graziano Pompili and Giovanni Sala. This is what visitors to the Art Path will find along the six kilometres that extend from Langhirano to Torrechiara. The trail is suitable for travellers of all ages, hikers and families with children.

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