It’s always good news when a museum reopen after a seven year refurbishment. And when the opening is going to be a big party involving the whole city, the news is even better.
The Accademia Carrara in Bergamo had a complete makeover, many artworks have been restored during long - and public funded, it is important to add - works.
If you like the idea of admiring some Tiziano, Lotto, Botticelli and Moroni paintings (Royal Academy of Arts had an extensive exhibition about Giovanni Battista Moroni not long ago) and you want to discover some less renown painters like Evaristo Baschenis, the inventor or musical still life, the only thing you have to worry about is booking your flight to Orio al Serio, Bergamo’s airport (number four in Italy for passenger volume). From there it’s a short trip to High or Low Bergamo, a trip definitely worth doing.
All the artworks you’ll see at The Carrara will not leave the museum anymore: they have travelled extensively to Canberra, Mosca, New York and London during the museum closure, but now they are back home for good, where their benefactors, among them the great collector Giacomo Carrara, wanted them to be.
Accademia Carrara (piazza Giacomo Carrara 82, tel +39 035 270413, www.lacarrara.it) reopened on 23 April 2015.