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Virtual Museum of the Italian Cultural Institute in New York


Stanze italiane are rooms of an ideal home in which to "travel" to discover Italy: its spaces, iits arcades, its orchards and gardens  will host the Arts, the Sciences, and the Languages ​​of the Italian civilization, as interpreted by the Institute. Each room features mostly original contributions, by which discover that magical interlacing of past and future, memory and innovation, technique and beauty that animates the Italian cultural life, in the peninsula and in the world.

"The global health emergency - says the director of the ICI Fabio Finotti - has pressed us to resort to the web for most of our activities. We have decided to embrace this transformation as an opportunity, exploring its full potential. The Internet is a landscape that we must not use as a simple warehouse or repository in which to store content in bulk. Instead, it is a space that must be designed with Italian taste and style, building virtual buildings that have the same elegance and functions of the real ones.
“Stanza” in our language is an architectural space, but it is also a literary and musical term: stanze are the stanzas of a poem or a song. In this space - as articulated and welcoming as a home - lovers of Italian culture will find what they are looking for: memory and innovation, conversations and insights that intertwine the past and the future. And above all, they will find a community that unites Italians and Italics: those who live in Italy and those who breathe its civilization and nourish it, while living outside the peninsula. Our goal, here in New York, is in fact to bring Italian culture to the United States, and to the world, and at the same time to bring the United States and the world to Italy ».


The Stoà room features the reading of  Per riveder le stelle, written by Director Fabio Finotti, who wants to invite us to ponder on the beauty of the natural light of the stars, listening to the verses of Giacomo Leopardi (Song of a wandering shepherd from Asia) and Théodore de Banville (Odes Funambulesques); with songs by Francesco Guccini, B3N, Francesco De Gregori and music by Ottorino Respighi.

Under the celestial vault that decorates the ceiling of the Politeama Rossetti theatre, readings by Emanuele Fortunati and Francesco Migliaccio, actors of the Compagnia dello Stabile di Trieste.


Date: Da Monday, March 22, 2021 a Monday, May 31, 2021

Organized by : IIC-NY

Entrance : Free