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Get Set for Baroque
September 30, 2013   
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The National Museum in Warsaw has organized a series of concerts, lectures and meetings to accompany its exhibition of work by Italian Baroque painter Guercino.

The exhibition, entitled Guercino. The Triumph of Baroque. Masterpieces from Cento, Rome and Polish Collections, is on show until Feb. 2, 2014.

Lectures. The National Museum’s screening room will host a series of lectures in Italian (interpreted into Polish) organized jointly with the Italian Cultural Institute in Warsaw.

Oct. 3, 6 p.m.
Guercino and Tradition in Images. Prof. Bernard Aikema from the University of Verona: Guercino’s work as an attempt to move beyond the “canonical” styles of the past.
Oct. 26, noon
Il Seicento Napoletano. Fabrizio Vona, the chief conservator of Naples and an expert in Neapolitan painting.
Polish experts will give lectures on Thursday afternoons:
Oct. 10, 6 p.m.
Between Madrid and Paris. Fashion in the Times of Guercino. Magdalena Bialic, Ph.D., an art historian, lecturer and researcher specializing in the history of clothes, costumes and fashion.
Oct. 24, 6 p.m.
Guercino as a Draftsman. Justyna Guzy, senior curator of the National Museum’s Prints and Drawings Studio. Other than being one of the greatest painters in 17th-century Italy, Guercino was a highly talented and prolific draftsman who left behind a huge legacy of thousands of drawings.
Starting Sept. 29, every Sunday at noon art historians Urszula Król and Przemysław Głowacki will be giving talks entitled Guercino. The Master of Baroque Contrasts dealing with Guercino’s paintings and drawings and the wide diversity of artistic styles in the 17th century.
Admission is free to all lectures.

Meetings. Oct. 17, 6 p.m.
Designers Natalia Paszkowska and Boris Kudlicka from the WWAA design studio will talk about ideas and inspirations which shaped the arrangement of the Guercino exhibition at the National Museum.
Oct. 31, 6 p.m.
Memento Mori—Vanitas Themes in Baroque Art and Work by Guercino. Art historian Karolina Zalewska, a graduate of the University of Warsaw and an educator at the National Museum, will take visitors on a tour of the exhibition and the museum’s permanent displays.

The meetings will take place at the exhibition venue (starting in the main lobby). Tickets to the exhibition required.

Baroque music concerts. Organizers: National Museum and the Italian Cultural Institute in Warsaw
Nov. 6, 7 p.m.
Accademia Strumentale Italiana conducted by Alberto Rasi: Arias and madrigals for solo voice by Claudio Monteverdi and Giulio Caccini, symphonies, toccatas, dances and fantasias by other famous Baroque composers.

Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
Arparla duo: Davide Monti (violin) and Maria Christina Cleary (harp). Dances, Sonatas and Guercino—pieces by Baroque composers.

Both concerts will take place in the museum’s main lobby. Free admission, limited number of seats.
For further information go to www.mnw.art.pl
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