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New director of London’s Italian Cultural Institute takes up her post

Art historian Caterina Cardona moves from Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale

Caterina Cardona

Caterina Cardona, the new director of the Italian Cultural Institute, is overseeing a strengthened programme of talks and lectures on Italy’s artistic heritage. Cardona organised 30 exhibitions during her ten year long tenure as the director of the Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome, including “Titian”, which is currently on view until 16 June. The directors of the various Italian Cultural Institutes around the world usually work directly for Italy’s ministry of foreign affairs, but the directors for the centres in Paris, New York and London are usually picked from outside the ministry. Cardona is one of few art history scholars to have been appointed to the post.

The Institute is hosting a presentation of the Titian show on the evening of 29 April, in which the curator, Giovanni Carlo Federico Villa, and Mauro Lucco, a Titian expert, will discuss the Venetian master’s influence on Italian and international art and present an English language edition of the exhibition catalogue.

Her plans for the institute involve supporting arts initiatives throughout London, for example with the presentation of the “Barocci: Brilliance and Grace” exhibition (on view at the National Gallery until 19 May) when it opened, as well as focusing on the Italian language. “We do most of our work in English,” she says, “but I want to make sure people can experience the Italian language here as far as possible.”

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