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2017 is the Year of Quarenghi – “Q Year”: exhibitions, publications, conventions, studies, restorations, music and theatre, to celebrate in Europe, in Italy and in his native land, the genius of the great neoclassical architect and designer.

This year marks the second centenary of the death of Giacomo Quarenghi (Rota d’Imagna/Bergamo 1744 – St. Petersburg 1817), one of the protagonists of the artistic culture of the eighteenth century in Europe. He was called by Empress Catherine II to St. Petersburg, where he contributed decisively to recreate the face of the new capital, from the Imperial Palace (Throne Hall, Hermitage Theatre) to the Academy of Sciences. Even today, exploring his designs is a fascinating experience, suspended between the invention of the architecture and the charm of the painting. Important cultural institutions have come together in an International Committee to celebrate the Year of Quarenghi, giving life to a rich program of events on a continental scale, coordinated by the Department of Culture of the City of Bergamo and by the Osservatorio Quarenghi of Bergamo. In Bergamo, you can visit the exhibition on a weekly basis throughout the entire of 2017. The public will be able to visit the Angelo Mai Civic Library to see the architect’s original designs, but also discover the precious but still quite unknown collection of designs housed in the Accademia Carrara, or the staging of Gaetano Donizetti’s Russian themed opera, The Mayor of Saardam. There are also many other initiatives related to history, photography, theatre and scenery.