Brera/Musica - Art Becomes Music
What is the connection between the great artist Raphael and master composers Verdi and Liszt?
The answer can be found in Milan's Brera palace, where both the world famous Pinacoteca di Brera and the Bertelsmann-owned Archivio Storico Ricordi are housed.
The year 2020 marks the quincentenary of Raphael’s death. Cultural institutions worldwide – including in Berlin – were planning to mark the occasion by hosting events and special exhibitions. The Italian Embassy and Bertelsmann were planning to bring the Milanese cultural initiative Brera/Musica to Germany for the first time. Due to the current global health crisis, the event will be postponed.
Brera/Musica is a Milan-based cultural initiative by the Pinacoteca di Brera and the Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense, dedicated to researching the relationship between art and music. In addition to local concerts and exhibitions, it makes Brera’s cultural treasures accessible to an international audience – most recently at the Italian embassy in Tokyo.
The Archivio Storico Ricordi is one of the initiative’s partners. It stores original documents from Franz Liszt’s time in Milan,including his transcriptions of Verdi operas for piano.
Video with statements by Luigi Mattiolo, Italian Ambassador in Germany; James M. Bradburne, Director General, Pinacoteca di Brera and Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense; Helen Müller, Head of Corporate History and Cultural Affairs, Bertelsmann; and Pierluigi Ledda, Managing Director Archivio Ricordi
(Clip in German and Italian)