Caravaggio. The Contemporary

drawing a parallel with Burri and Pasolini


From an idea by Vittorio Sgarbi

Exhibition at the Mart in Rovereto (from 9 October 2020 to 4 December 2020)

The hotly anticipated exhibition Caravaggio. The Contemporary offers visitors the opportunity to admire the Burial of Saint Lucy in the flesh. This painting is the oldest Sicilian work by Michelangelo Merisi (AKA Caravaggio) and is currently on loan from its usual home in the church of Santa Lucia alla Badia in Syracuse.

The seventeenth-century masterpiece is exhibited among a selection of contemporary works and photographs, encouraging new conversations and emphasising Caravaggio's spiritual relevance.
The exhibition offers a comparison between this masterpiece and a selection of works by the master of Italian Informalism: Alberto Burri.

In a constant dialogue between images, symbols and similarities, it is completed by a large painting entitled I naufraghi (1934) by Cagnaccio di San Pietro, works by the artist Nicola Verlato and photographer Massimo Siragusa, and a few shots that focus on the life and death of Pier Paolo Pasolini.
The exhibition is enriched by a programme of events: shows, performances, meetings, presentations in collaboration with Centro Servizi Culturali Santa Chiara    and Nuovo Cineforum Rovereto   .



Friday 9 October at 11.00

Performance "La conversione di un cavallo" (The conversion of a horse) (preview)*

Introductory speech by the President of the Mart and authorities
Presentation of the exhibition
Free admission until 14.00

* "La conversione di un cavallo" (The conversion of a horse) will be performed in full version at 16.00, 17.00 and 20.00. Replicas on Saturday 10 October at 11.00, 14.00 and 15.00.

La conversione di un cavallo


23 tableaux vivants inspired by as many famous paintings by Caravaggio.

Music by Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Sibelius.

Duration 40 minutes, preview 20 minutes.


Full price ticket € 11.00

Reduced price ticket € 7 

Free admission up to the age of 14 and for the disabled