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Keane – Tarot cards in Palazzo Pancrazi

Keane – Tarot cards in Palazzo Pancrazi

The mysteries of Tarot explored in mysterious Barga - an exhibition by Keane in Barga Vecchia - article by Frank Viviano

Setting, subject and artist are the three interlocked components of a compelling art exhibition. It would be difficult to find a more perfect example than the trio of Barga, Tarot and Keane. This is the chemistry that animates “The Barga  Tarot Paintings,” at the Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia. Keane has painted magnified portraits of the […]

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San Rocco and the Black Death

San Rocco and the Black Death

article by Frank Viviano

The church of San Rocco represented an important centre point for local worship, even though it stands just outside the town walls, on the other side of Rio Fontanamaggio, in the area which is usually called “Barga nuova”. Prior to the 14th century there were two chapels dedicated to the saint, but the present church was started in 1631 […]

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Two cabinet ministers from the Scottish Parliament visit Barga

Two cabinet ministers from the Scottish Parliament visit Barga

The impact of Brexit is not a distant abstraction for Barga. Its ties to Scotland are powerful, rooted in extensive immigration dating back to the 19th century, and more recently to strong economic links based on tourism. A good example of those ties was yesterday as two people were in Barga enjoying the sun and the […]

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The Oxo Gallery’s enigmatic inaugural event

The Oxo Gallery’s enigmatic inaugural event

Il viaggio infinito

What is the role of art and artists in community life? Is it spiritual, aesthetic or intellectual ? Or is it an undefinable union of passion and thought, a complex ballet that bears no name but subtly makes the world go ‘round. These and countless other unanswerable questions were the subtext to Friday evening’s gathering […]

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The agonising debate over a high-tech incinerator in Fornaci

The agonising debate over a high-tech incinerator in Fornaci

article by Frank Viviano

The deadline is fast approaching for one of the most controversial — and agonising — challenges in the Serchio Valley since World War Two. Sometime in the next several months, a decision could be reached on the fate of an immense waste incinerator proposed for the industrial zone of Fornaci di Barga. At stake in […]

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Hamish Moore: The Barga vanga paintings

Hamish Moore: The Barga vanga paintings

Hamish Moore plays in Palazzo Pancrazi as the exhibition closes

  The latest exhibition by Keane, 10 paintings in lacquered oil mounted back-to-back in the lobby of Palazzo Pancrazi, is an eloquent study in the suggestive complexity of simple objects. Their immediate subject is the “vanga,” the traditional spade used by Tuscan peasants since time immemorial to turn their soil. Viewed from a variety of […]

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Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

Barga, San Rocco and the Black Death

article by Frank Viviano

Ironically, as Barga celebrates its annual mid-August festa di San Rocco with dining and dancing under the stars and a lively outdoor market, it is also marking the inconceivable carnage of the Black Death – in which the Serchio Valley almost certainly played a critical role. In the lengthy annals of European trauma, ranging from […]

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Keane: The Barga vanga paintings – Palazzo Pancrazi

Keane: The Barga vanga paintings – Palazzo Pancrazi

article by Frank Viviano

The latest exhibition by Keane, 10 paintings in lacquered oil mounted back-to-back in the lobby of Palazzo Pancrazi, is an eloquent study in the suggestive complexity of simple objects. Their immediate subject is the “vanga,” the traditional spade used by Tuscan peasants since time immemorial to turn their soil. Viewed from a variety of perspectives, […]

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Scampoli: an exhibition of works by Giorgia Madiai

Scampoli: an exhibition of works by Giorgia Madiai

exhibition open in Barga Vecchia at her studio at Porta Reale for just one day - 14th May 2017

“Scampoli,” an exhibition of works by the remarkable painter Giorgia Madiai now underway in Barga Vecchia, is a mesmerizing inquiry into the most volatile realm of human interaction: speech itself. To walk into Madiai’s studio in Via Pretorio, the mostra’s setting, is to be carried along on a silent yet deafening tsunami of shouts and […]

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The Wine Glasses of Barga

The Wine Glasses of Barga

Works by Keane and Tiziana Fontana - article by Frank Viviano

A unframed collage of simple bistro glasses stands in the lobby of Palazzo Pancrazi, Barga’s municipal hall. Tinted with red wine, they look unprepossessing at first glance. But their nuances chronicle a moving history of the town — and beyond that, of the larger peasant world that is its evocative setting. “This is where Barga […]

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Keane: Pop Tarot in Palazzo Pancrazi

Keane: Pop Tarot in Palazzo Pancrazi

The mysteries of Tarot explored in mysterious Barga - an exhibition by Keane in Barga Vecchia

Setting, subject and artist are the three interlocked components of a compelling art exhibition. It would be difficult to find a more perfect example than the trio of Barga, Tarot and Keane. This is the chemistry that animates “The Barga Pop Tarot Paintings,” now open for viewing at the Palazzo Pancrazi in Barga Vecchia. The “Pop” […]

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Bus and train connections, Barga – Pisa

Bus and train connections, Barga – Pisa

Once again thanks to Frank Viviano - Below are the schedules for bus connections to and from Barga-Gallicano rail station, with corresponding departure times for onward travel to Pisa.

TO AND FROM THE TRAIN STATION AND PISA CENTRALE: SUMMER 2016 Double-Check train departures and arrivals on the trenitalia site BUSES Bus from Mologno FS (Barga-Gallicano) to Barga (15 minutes) 07:10 07:29 08:52 10:12 14:12 15:06 16:12 17:44 18:12 20:17  22:15* Sunday:  12:39 15:34 20:09 Bus from Barga to Mologno FS (15 minutes) 06:25 07:30 08:45 […]

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