Schools at the Museum 2013>2014

Activities at Ca’ Pesaro

Active tours

THE SHORT CENTURY OF THE ART. Between expressions of symbolism and avant-garde

According to the English historian Eric Hobsbawn, the twentieth century is the century that marked the failure of all programmes or ideologies that tried to improve the human condition. In art the twentieth century was also characterised by currents and movements that through their statutory originality (manifestos), tried to revolutionise and transform the concepts that had accompanied the evolution of artistic thought for many centuries. Avant-garde is a word that marks and characterises art history books when describing the last century.
But where did it come from?
What legacy have they left us?
Thanks to the multidisciplinary interpretation of the museum’s new layout, the itinerary links the concept of the avant-garde to the past and future.

For: Secondary School
Duration: 2 hours
When: every day except Monday, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, English, French

THE NEW LAYOUT OF CA’ PESARO. Rearrangig modernity

Remaining true to its international and local vocation, the new arrangement of the museum strives to highlight the tensions stimulating the figurative arts throughout the twentieth century. A journey in stages that covers the different artistic currents and movements that marked the history of the visual arts in the last century. Thanks to the collaboration with Ileana Sonnabend, on the second floor pop art, minimalism and conceptual art have all become an integral part of this historic museum, enriching it even further.

For: Secondary School
Duration: 2 hours
When: every day except Monday, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, English, French

COLORS IN THE 20TH-CENTURY PAINTING

From the second half of the nineteenth century, painting was characterised by significant formal changes made by artists such as the Impressionists and Macchiaioli who tried to free themselves from the restraints of the Academy. Their brushstrokes became more rapid and at first glance the images seem very imprecise; bright colours are used without any different shades, applied directly from the tube. The ideal place for the itinerary to start is the canvas by the Spanish artist Sorolla, where a group of young girls are sewing a dazzling white canvas immerged in the light and colours of summer; it ends in the second half of the twentieth century with the Italian Alberto Burri who portrays all shades of black on a large abstract canvas made of plastic. An itinerary that goes from white to black, passing the different colours of De Nittis, Previati, Balla, Boccioni, Nolde, Kandinsky, Ernst, Vedova, Santomaso, Morlotti, Afro and many others.

For: Secondary School
Duration: 2 hours
When: every day except Monday, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, English, French

SCULPTURE ITINERARIES AT CA’ PESARO

From ancient times until the end of the nineteenth century, with almost no interruption the function of sculpture was purely monumental and celebratory, as is evident in both the countless isolated sculptures to be found and in those that are part of buildings. It was at the beginning of the twentieth century that this well-established tradition was then radically interrupted when sculpture underwent a profound change when anti-monumentalism and anti-rhetoric became its primary vocation. This marked the beginning of a ceaseless process of linguistic experimentation, with the use of unusual materials, a change in the relationship between the sculpture and its setting, and between solids and voids, overcoming figuration to such an extent that the canonic distinction between painting and sculpture no longer applied. The main stages of the development of this transformation in sculpture are documented here with a careful selection of works of high quality: the modern transformation of late nineteenth century sculpture in different ways and forms by Auguste Rodin and Medardo Rosso, the synthesis between Expression and Classicism by Adolfo Wildt, Arturo Martini’s anti-classical figures that are considered symbolic of the twentieth century, the vitalist theme introduced by Jean Arp and revived by Henry Moore’s anthropomorphic forms, Alexander Calder’s aethereal and light ‘mobile’ sculptures, Emilio Vedova’s ‘plurime’ paintings/sculptures, the monolithic bodies by Giovanni Anselmo, an exponent of Arte povera, and the Neo-Pop fetish objects by Jeff Koons.

For: Secondary School
Duration: 2 hours
When: every day except Monday, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, English, French

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Workshops

LEO AND THE MAGIC TRIANGLE. PAINTING WORKSHOP

The magic of colours is told in a fairytale in which Leo the chameleon is the lead character. In a specially prepared workshop, with manual activities and optical experiments the children will learn to distinguish the different colours, how contrasts are created, and how colour is perceived in reference to additive and subtractive synthesis. The second part of the programme takes place in the exhibition rooms of the museum where the children will be accompanied during their observation through their now ‘expert’ eyes of how eighteenth-century artists knew how to use the scientific laws of colour theory in their work.

For: Infant School and Primary School
Duration: 3 hours
When: Thursday, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, English and French

SILENT LIFE. COMPOSITION, DRAWING AND PAITING

The workshop offers an active approach to the genre of painting that is traditionally known as ‘still life’; precisely because it gives life to everyday items and objects, it offers a particularly valid field of study that is suitable for the exploration of the alchemy of what we see and how it can be portrayed (relationship between the objects, between objects and background, arrangement of the planes. After the first part of the activity, which takes place in the museum, experiments will be carried out in the workshop rooms on two traditional artistic techniques: watercolours and oil painting, with the aim of verifying how the choice of the expressive means produces different results

For: Primary School
Duration: 3 hours
When: Thursday, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, French

THE COLORS OF WHITE

Some fish only see yellow, a cow only see grey. What does seeing colour actually mean?
In the world of art artists have always striven to understand the magic of light, studying how to arrange colours in their works; however, it is in modern art that new forms of expression were found to express it, using innovative and unconventional techniques and materials. Following in the footsteps of the most revolutionary artists of the twentieth century, using wax pastels, colour dust, fabrics, etc. the young participants will create their own original artist’s book in the shape of an accordion that reflects light and pays it homage.

For: Infant and Primary School
Duration: 3 hours
When: every day except Monday, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, Spanish

SEARCHING YOUNG COLLECTORS

What’s the point in a collection?
Does the collector’s character emerge from his choice of works?
The objective of this workshop is to introduce the problems of contemporary art, from the perspective of the key-role of the collector. The programmes starts with the observation of several paintings with the aim of analysing a series of aspects of contemporary art and the artistic currents they represent from a historical and thematic point of view. This is followed by a practical workshop in which the participants are asked to impersonate an art collector, collecting their own selection of paintings in a small illustrated catalogue and justifying the criteria for their choices.

For: Upper Primary School
Duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
When: every day except Monday, from 10 am
Languages: Italian, English, French