Hot Dates May 2021

by Danilo Brunetti

DanteAll Month

This is Dante as you’ve never seen him before. A radioactive and hyper-contemporary Dante Alighieri is the star of a new rock opera presented at the Rhinoceros Gallery, a mecca of contemporary art designed by Jean Nouvel for the Alda Fendi Foundation – Experiments and the Accademia della Crusca. This surprising, terrifying, and dazzling installation comes from the imagination of Raffaele Curi, artistic director of the foundation, and celebrates 700 years since the death of the Supreme Poet this year. The engaging, immersive, and thoroughly original reinterpretation of The Divine Comedy combines electronic music and 15th-century miniatures by Giovanni di Paolo, exploring ecological themes and taking a journey through unknown words and worlds, to discover the beauty of the Italian language. Be sure to bring your sunglasses. Via dei Cerchi, 19. Reservations obligatory: Free entry.

A Midsummer Night’s DreamSunday 2

Shakespeare’s decadent and delightful comedy is reinterpreted with classical music and dance at Rome’s Teatro Nazionale. While museums have now reopened, most live performances are unfortunately still taking place in empty concert halls. But Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera is leading the way in their innovative and dynamic approach to presenting their live performances to the public by way of a digital medium. Set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn, the ballet strikes the perfect balance between the exquisite and ethereal beauty of classical dance and the irreverent and raucous entertainment that Shakespeare’s comedies are famous for. The choreography and staging are by Alessandra Delle Monache with set design by Michele Della Cioppa, and the stars of the show are all advanced students from the opera company’s prestigious ballet school. Free live streaming of the performance on YouTube at 8pm, just search for Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.

Contemporary Art Meets AIWednesday 5 to Sunday 30

What is the relationship between a wool and silk tapestry, a generative algorithm, and the extinction of tigers? How can you think up new forms of social relations by studying coral reefs through deep learning? Where is the line between the humanization of the machine and the dehumanization of the individual? A new collective exhibition at the MAXXI museum reflects on these and many more questions in an exploration of the relationship between Artificial Intelligence and contemporary art. Re: Define the Boundaries features ten works by the finalists of the Re: Humanism Art Prize. The artists explore such concepts as body and identity in the era of Artificial Intelligence and the political implications that follow, the new ways of producing knowledge and the changes introduced by robotics and machine learning, and the definition of an anthropological approach to AI and visions on the future of our planet.