London events. The Italian Cultural Institute presents Goodbye Dolce Vita, a series of events which involve cinema, literature and art, running from the 19th to 23rd April 2016. The aim of the project is to show the generational changes on the Italian cultural scene: Does it still make sense to talk about “Italian Style”? What’s the relationship between Italian culture and its legacy?
Roberto Minervini, The Other Side, 2015.
Pietro Marcello, Lost and Beautiful, 2015.
As outside of Italy still prevails an idea of the country linked to old cultural categories (from Neorealism to the Decadentism of Visconti and Fellini), Goodbye Dolce Vita comes from the idea to go beyond, showing a slow but continuing change in the codes of Italian culture. Developed in London, a place always open to new ideas and other influences, the project aims to tell about a new Italy, a country more responsive to the realities of our time and yet aware of the past.
What’s the connection between the new Italian documentaries, prize-winners at international festivals, and the golden years of Cinecittà? How do the visual arts relate to the avant-gardes and the design tradition? Is there a contemporary literature that may achieve success outside the national borders as it’s happening with Elena Ferrante right now?
Goodbye Dolce Vita, curated by Stefano Cipolla and Dario Pappalardo, will involve film directors Pietro Marcello and Roberto Minervini; artists Manuele Cerutti and Emiliano Ponzi; writers Claudia Durastanti, Giorgio Falco and Cristiano de Majo. The events will take place at the Italian Cultural Institute (ICI) and at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA).