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Italy has a long and deeply rooted artistic tradition. Even in the Neolithic Age, the inhabitants of Italy produced beautiful artefacts. Many influences from different European regions have enriched the country over the centuries and left Italy with what is possibly the largest collection of artistic treasures in the world. While many regions of Italy have developed independently after the fall of the Roman Empire, the Italian Renaissance represents the pinnacle of the art scene. Artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and later Bernini and Caravaggio have left an unparalleled artistic legacy to humanity.

In modern times, Italian art has expanded its influence and includes interior and fashion designers, music artists and performers whose art has achieved new levels of beauty and sophistication and is admired around the world.

The Italian Cultural Center promotes and supports Italian arts and culture in the Twin Cities. Our partnership with the Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Opera and the Minneapolis Institute of Art is a testament to our continued commitment.

We are proud to bring a variety of interesting cultural events certain to entertain and delight our members and friends. We invite you to sign-up for these events and keep the Italian artistic tradition alive in Minnesota.
 


Upcoming events

    • 30 Apr 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul 55114
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    RAVIOLI DI SPINACI E RICOTTA

    On Sunday, April 30, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, ICC instructor and native Italian, Romina Montanari, will lead this hands-on pasta making session at Mid-City Kitchen, a beautiful space in St. Paul.

    Romina will demonstrate the process, and then it will be your turn to create some ravioli of your own!  Each participant will enjoy a glass of wine and some ravioli to taste and will bring the ravioli they just made home. 

    Cost for the event is $55 for members, and $65 for non-members. All ingredients are included, but please bring a large flat pan/tray with two flour sack kitchen towels to carry your ravioli home.  


    The location is easy to find, conveniently located near the Green line of the light rail. If you choose to drive, free parking is available.

    Register now! Our Make & Take events are very popular and we expect to sell out.


    Contact Tiziana, at events@theitalianculturalcenter.org, with your questions.

    As always, all events must be cancelled at least 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative costs.


    WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

    WHERE: Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul 55114

    REGISTRATION: 
    Member - $55
    Non-member - $65



    • 04 May 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • The Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
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    Established in 1883, The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) is home to great works of art from around the world, covering every period and style.

    On Thursday, May 4th from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, we will offer a guided tour of Mia’s collection of Italian Renaissance & Baroque art. Our Mia docent will guide our small group through a number of paintings and other art pieces that are part of Mia’s permanent collection. The tour offers a great opportunity to learn about these periods of history and ask questions.


    Click here for more information about Mia and its collections. 

    Space is limited - Register now!

    All events must be cancelled 72 hours in advance to receive a refund, less administrative fee.


    WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 6:30 – 7:30 PM

    WHERE: The Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    PRICE: $15 (Member) and $20 (Non-Member)


    Photo: Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints

    Artist: Bernardo Daddi 1339, Italy

    Tempera and gold ground on poplar panel

    Minneapolis Institute of Art, Gallery G343 

    Photo: Minneapolis Institute of Art


    • 13 May 2017
    • 7:30 PM
    • 21 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Ordway Theatre St. Paul

    Discounted tickets for MN Opera  - La Bohème, Giacomo Puccini



    Once again we are proud to announce our partnership with the MN Opera, for Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème.

    Lose your heart to the timeless love story that has moved audiences for generations. In Puccini’s classic tale, six young Parisian artists survive on nothing but their friendship and the promise of a love so strong it transcends even death. Heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure, this time-honored story – the inspiration behind Rent – is one of the most popular romances of all time.

    Performances are scheduled for from May 6 to May 21, 2017. Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage.

    ICC members enjoy a 40% discount on up to 4 tickets regularly priced $50-$200 for the following performances: Saturday, May 13Tuesday, May 16Thursday, May 18Friday, May 19, and Sunday, May 21 .

    Click here for more information. 


    Performances in May, 2017 at the Ordway, St. Paul.












Past events

27 Apr 2017 ES17 IT'S TONIGHT, join us! Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
07 Apr 2017 Neorealism’s Casualisation of Labour - Lecture at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
06 Apr 2017 ES17 “By Italians, for Italians”: Italo-American Movie Theatres
06 Apr 2017 The Cinematic Life of Petroleum - Workshop at the UoM with Professor Karl Schoonover
29 Mar 2017 ES17 Music and Mathematics: an Italian Perspective
26 Mar 2017 ES17 Make & Take Class: Gnocchi
20 Mar 2017 IL VOLO: Notte Magica World Tour
16 Mar 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Mia tours series: Ancient Greco-Roman Art Guided Tour
12 Mar 2017 CW17 Festa italiana in pizzeria! Italian Pizza Party for Families
03 Mar 2017 Issues of Translation: published translations of books by noted contemporary Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi
26 Jan 2017 Only 1 spot left! EW17 Aperitivo and cards. The Italian way.
19 Jan 2017 SOLD OUT! EW17 Donna Leon and Venice: The Tale of Two Cities
11 Jan 2017 Cinema! The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
08 Jan 2017 EW17 Viva l'Italia! From our friends of Opera on Tap
01 Dec 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "Visualizing Sanudo's Diarii. The Multimedia Festival in Renaissance Venice"
13 Nov 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: Special Concert Performance "¡Sacabuche!: Venetia 1500"
11 Nov 2016 CONSORTIUM CARISSIMI: Early Italian Baroque Meets Jazz
01 Nov 2016 Ferrante Night at Moon Palace Books
27 Oct 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "A Knight of the Italian Renaissance: Pietro Bembo and the Order of Malta"
20 Oct 2016 EF16 Celebrating the vibrant history of Venice: "The Fifteenth-Century Mediterranean: Trade in a Transitional Time"
15 Oct 2016 EF16 Discover the Caponi Art Park
10 Oct 2016 BORDERS (OF THE HUMAN): Naoki Sakai and Sandro Mezzadra: A Winton Chair Cornerstone Event (Oct 10-12, 2016)
19 May 2016 EU16 The Italian Experience in Minnesota - An Overview, Thursday, May 19, 2016
15 May 2016 SOLD OUT! EU16 Make & Take Class:Tagliatelle – Sunday, May 15, 2016
10 Apr 2016 ES16 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Class: Gnocchi – Sunday, April 10th
30 Mar 2016 ES16 Travelogue: A student in Perugia – Pictures and memories
24 Mar 2016 ES16 Giuseppe Garibaldi and the Formation of Italian Identity - Thursday, March 24, 2016
03 Mar 2016 EW16 Italian Heritage: Puccini’s Tosca – Thur. 3/3
11 Feb 2016 EW16 Mia tours series: Italian Modern Art Guided Tour
09 Feb 2016 EW16 Italian Heritage: Carnevale di Venezia - Tuesday, Feb 9
28 Jan 2016 EW16 Mia tours series: Italian Baroque Art Guided Tour
22 Jan 2016 EW16 Wine Tasting series: Wines of Southern Italy
14 Jan 2016 EW16 SOLD OUT! Taste the Regions: Puglia (Apulia)
10 Dec 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Mia tours series: Italian Renaissance Art Guided Tour - Thursday, December 10
19 Nov 2015 SOLD OUT! EF15 Mia tours series: Ancient Roman Art Guided Tour
07 Nov 2015 EF15 Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di ricotta & spinaci @ American Swedish Institute
24 Oct 2015 EF15 SOLD OUT! Make & Take Pasta Class: Ravioli di zucca @ Nonna Rosa’s
15 Oct 2015 EF15 Taste the Regions/Cities: Rome, the eternal city - October 15th
05 Oct 2015 RED DESERT (1964) A film by Italian Director Michelangelo Antonioni
19 Aug 2015 ES15 Cocktail Reception at Historic Clifton House
07 Jul 2015 ES15 SOLD OUT! - Symposium - Leonardo Da Vinci: the Scientist, The Inventor, The Artist: Legacy of the Ultimate Renaissance Man.
22 May 2015 Eurochannel Short Films Tour
25 Apr 2015 University of Minnesota Event
24 Apr 2015 EN15 U of M Film, "Refugees in Cinecitta"- Friday, April 24
19 Feb 2015 ENW15 SOLD OUT! Walker Art Center - “Arte Povera” Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers
03 Jan 2015 Brunello Cucinelli: A humanist enterprise in the world of industry
01 Nov 2014 EF14 Welcome Reception for Isabella Dalla Ragione
30 Oct 2014 EF14 Walker Art Center- Exhibition Tour for Italian Speakers -- Thursday, October 30
24 Oct 2014 FREE Screening – Men of the Cloth – Friday, October 24
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
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