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What a Wonderful World. The long story of the Ornament between art and nature

The exhibition shows the deep meanings of the ornament, no longer seen as mere and superficial embellishment, but as an event involving everyday life and our relation with the aesthetic aspect. In Palazzo Magnani, corso Garibaldi 29, and San Pietro Cloisters, via Emilia San Pietro 44/c. Closed until March 1, 2020.

November 16, 2019 - March 8, 2020

The exhibition will recall some numerous declinations of the decorative action through over 200 works, from important private collections and national and international museums as London-based Victoria and Albert Museum, Saint Petersburg-based Ermitage Museum, Paris-based Musée du quai Branly, Florence-based Uffizi Galleries, Trento and Rovereto-based modern and contemporary Art Museum, Venice-Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Rome-based Modern Art National Gallery.

In addition to some works from protohistory, the exhibition will go through over two thousand years of art history, from the Roman Age to the Middle Ages until now, with works by artists as Albrecht Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, the Moretto, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, William Morris, Alphonse Mucha, Koloman Moser, Maurits Cornelis Escher, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini, Sonia Delaunay, Josef and Anni Albers, Victor Vasarely, Arman, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Claudio Parmiggiani, Shirin Neshat.


In Palazzo Magnani it will possible to appreciate ancient works of art, with evocative intrusions in the contemporary field to focus on the legacies and the continuous connections among the artistic forms.

In San Pietro Cloisters it will be possible to see most of contemporary-art works, sometimes supported and "commented" by ancient or modern works.


Guided tours for single visitors:
Saturday-Sunday, 4.00 p.m. - Palazzo Magnani
Euros 5.00 + entrance ticket

Saturday-Sunday, 11.00 a.m. - San Pietro Cloisters
Euros 3.00 + entrance ticket

Guided tours for groups:
groups up to 20 people: Euros 90.00 (+ reduced entrance ticket).
groups from 20 to 30 people: Euros 5.00 per visitor (+ reduced entrance ticket).
guided tour in English for groups up to 20 people: Euros 120.00 (+ reduced entrance ticket)

Possibility of guided tours indoors and exclusive events.


On the occasion of the exhibition it will be also possible to visit the San Pietro Cloisters, recently renovated, as follows:

Guided tours for organized groups upon reservation:
- any day and any time, upon agreements and prior to 5-day advance notice, for groups from minimum 10 people to maximum 30 people
- info: Archeosistemi phone 0039.0522.1540823; e-mail: info@archeosistemi.it.
- cost: Euros 80.00.

Free tour
The first floor of the Cloisters can be visited freely (excluding the rooms that host the current exhibitions) from Tuesday to Friday 10-13 and 15-19. Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10-19. Closed on Mondays. Special openings: December 26th and January 6th: 10 am-7pm; January 1: 15-19; closed on 23, 24, 25 and 31 December.


Tuesday-Friday 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 - 7.00 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.; closed Monday.


Euros 12.00

Euros 10.00 (groups of at least 15 people, people over 65, YoungER card holders, disabled, ticket holders of exhibitions at Fondazione Magnani Rocca - Traversetolo, ARCI card holders, FAI card holders, ticket holders of the exhibition "Portrait of Young Lady by Correggio", Gruppo Fs employees, Iren employees)

Free entrance (Friends of Palazzo Magnani Foundation, children under 6, helpers of disabled, journalists, members of Peggy Guggenheim Collection)

Family tickets:
Euros 24.00 (2 adults + 1 child aged 6-18)
Euros 30.00 (2 adults + 2 children aged 6-18)
Euros 36.00 (2 adults + 3 children aged 6-18)
Euros 15.00 (1 adult + 1 child aged 6-18)
Euros 20.00 (1 adult + 2 children aged 6-18)


Palazzo Magnani Foundation

Corso Garibaldi, 31 42121 Reggio Emilia
Fax. 0522.444436

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