Marulho by Cildo Meireles

Installations, big and small

As far as uses for recouped, recovered, redone former industrial buildings, it’s hard to beat the modern art museum. Those wide open spaces, steel beams and insanely high ceilings seem tailor-made for the exaggeratedly large installations that have become the standard for today’s artists. While the world of industrial buildings converted to modern art museums…

Francesco looking as fresh as can be after completing his 30th Milano-San Remo.

Milano-San Remo – made it

In my many long walks, including from the Italian-Swiss border to Otranto in southeastern Italy, I have learned a very important lesson: no matter what you have done and no matter how incredible you think your latest accomplishment is, there is somebody who has done more, longer, faster and under more difficult conditions. Case in…

Tasting 100 of Italy’s best wines

While Vinitaly is the most important wine event on the Italian calendar, the most memorable part of the action-packed week (if talking and tasting wine can be considered action) actually takes place the day before the trade fair begins. The day before in question was Saturday and the Vinitaly pre-event was OperaWine’s Finest Italian Wines…