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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

    • 03 Mar 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • The Department of French and Italian Studies at the UMN - Folwell Hall, Room 121

    Come and learn about the issues of translation with guest lecturer Elizabeth Harris who will be discussing her Tabucchi translations. This event was organized by FORO Italia, a student group based in the Department of French and Italian, with the aid of Professor Susan Noakes. The Department will offer pizza as a snack for all those who attend.

    Click here to read more

    • 16 Mar 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • The Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
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    The Mia tours are back!

    Established in 1883, Mia – The Minneapolis Institute of Art – is home to great works of art from around the world, covering every period and style.

    On Thursday, March 16 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, we will offer a guided tour of Mia’s collection of Ancient Greco-Roman art. Our Mia docent will guide our small group through a number of ancient Greco-Roman pieces that are part of Mia’s permanent collection. The tour offers a great opportunity to learn about this period of history and ask questions.

    Additional tours – covering Mia’s collection of Renaissance art, Baroque art and modern Italian art – will be offered later this spring. All tours are in English.

    For more information about Mia and its collections click here.

    Space is limited - Register now!

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

    WHEN: Thursday, March 16 2015 7:00 – 8:00 PM

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

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

    Photo: Minneapolis Institute of Art
    The Doryphoros120–50 BCE
    Artist Unknown artist, Italy

    • 26 Mar 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Mid-City Kitchen, 693 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul 55114
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    Gnocchi – delicate Italian dumplings made from potatoes and traditionally served as a first course – are a versatile and delicious alternative to fresh pasta. Most Italian regions have their own version of these soft pillows of goodness.  

    To learn how to make traditional gnocchi, join our instructor, Modena native, Romina Montanari for a hands-on session.

    The class will be held at Mid-City Kitchen in St. Paul. Romina, will demonstrate and guide you through the process of making your very own gnocchi!  Each participant will sample gnocchi in a light sauce and enjoy a glass of wine in a fun atmosphere. Everyone will take home the gnocchi they just made.

    All ingredients are included, but please bring a large cookie sheet and two cloth kitchen light towels to carry your gnocchi home.

    The event is scheduled for Sunday, March 26, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  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, 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, March 26th, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

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

    Member - $45
    Non-member - $55

    • 29 Mar 2017
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • University of Minnesota, School of Music, Room 225 2106 4th St South 55455 Minneapolis
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    The ICC is pleased to announce a special presentation and piano performance to be held on Wednesday, March 29th, at 6:30 p.m. and hosted by the School of Music of the University of Minnesota. Maria Mannone, will present Music and Mathematics: an Italian Perspective".

    What is the connection between art and science? These apparently opposite fields of the human knowledge have an incredible story of interactions and mutual influences. Science can inspire artistic production, and answers some questions while opening new ones. Art gives Science new food for thought, and helps understanding abstract concepts in an intuitive way.  As in a progressive zoom, we start from general considerations, then we address on math, physics, and music, to focus on the Italian contribution to these fields across the centuries. A short gallery of important contributions is completed by musical “live” examples. A short piano recital follows the presentation, including a section with improvised piano music based on the suggestions of the public, as an interactive exchange between public and performance.

    The event is organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, and hosted by the University of Minnesota.

    Maria Mannone (Palermo, 1985) earned Masters in Theoretical Physics, Orchestral Conducting, Composition, and Piano in her native Italy; in France, the Master 2 ATIAM at IRCAM-UPMC Paris VI Sorbonne. She’s currently Ph.D. candidate in Composition at the University of Minnesota, where she developed an interdisciplinary research, in collaboration with the Fine Institute of Theoretical Physics. She participated in international conferences about math and music as invited speaker, and recently to the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s author and co-author of books and articles about the field, that also involve relations between music and visual arts, her strong passion. Her musical compositions have been performed by the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, and during Festival delle Orestiadi di Gibellina, and the Arts Quarter Festival at the U of M. She’s also active as performer and improviser.

    Structure of the event:

    40 minutes presentation

    10 minutes interval (alcohol-free drinks are offered)

    20 minutes performance

    light refreshments offered

    Date: Wednesday, March 29th
    Time: 6:30 p.m.
    Place: University of Minnesota, School of Music, Room 225  
    2106 4th St South
    55455 Minneapolis

    Cost: Free but please register to help us plan the event

    Parking: Convenient parking is available at the University's 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue parking ramps.

    Contact Tiziana at with questions.

Past events

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"
27 Nov 2016 CF16 Festa italiana in pizzeria! Italian Pizza Party for Families
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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