BIS 80th ANNIVERSARY (1942-2021)
Since we could not celebrate this important achievment last year, for obvious reason, we are thrilled to welcome you all to celebrate in style this year.
All are welcome to join!

 

NOTE FOR MEMBERS

Every member can buy up to 2 tickets at a member price (£85). Joint members can buy one extra ticket at a member price.

Details to be disclosed soon.

Mina (Anna Maria Mazzini, born Lombardy, 1940) is an Italian popular music icon who throughout her sixty-year-long career has come to represent a range of diverse meanings. She is one of the best-loved popular music stars in Italy and abroad, with a large fan base across Europe, Asia, and South America. Her career began in the late 1950s and reached its peak in the 1960s and 1970s. Despite having retired from public appearances at the end of the 1970s, Mina remains popular and successful today, and continues to release new albums that consistently debut in the number one spot of the Italian charts. Her popularity with Italian audiences can perhaps be explained whilst Mina is first and foremost a popular music star, she has also been a film star and a television personality during different phases of her career. She has advertised successful Italian brands on television, and she has been a magazine writer and agony aunt. She has thus become a household name in Italy. In this talk, we will discover precisely what kind of a star Mina is and what she signifies for audiences today. We will explore how her status as a diva has evolved during her career, how she has come to be a timeless icon of Italian popular music, and what she reveals about Italian culture and society from the 1950s to the present day.

Dr Rachel Haworth is a researcher of Italian popular music and culture of the twentieth century. She is interested in particular in questions of gender, performance, stardom, legitimation and value in the Italian media and popular music contexts. She has published books and articles on Italian singer-songwriters of the 1960s, celebrity scandals, and Italian variety television. Her most recent work focused on the significance of the popular music star, Mina: this research is the focus of the forthcoming book The Many Meanings of Mina: Popular Music Stardom in Post-war Italy, which will be published with Intellect in 2022.

FEATURING: Susanna Paisio, singer-songwriter and actress.

 

A DRINKS RECEPTION WILL FOLLOW THE TALK

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At the end of the talk it will be possible to buy the author’s book from:

 

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By participating in a BIS webinar or live event you automatically agree to authorise recording of audio and visual content during the event and consent to subsequent use of the recording in the public domain. This recording may include questions, comments and poll responses provided by you during the event in addition to your name, voice, image or likeness. This recording will be made available after the conclusion of the live event as part of the BIS webinar archives, and will remain available indefinitely. If you do not wish to consent to the recording, please do not join the live event or contact us to discuss your concerns.

All members are invited to participate in this year’s AGM which will review the Society’s activities during the year, elect Trustees and other office-holders and review annual accounts.

Registration is required. Please register by clicking the “book now” button.

Participation to AGM is free of charge.

THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY and jointly hosted with The Club di Londra. If you are not a member and you wish to attend, please contact us to be added on our guest list (subject to availability).

An exclusive view of the first solo exhibition in the UK of Emilio Vedova (1919-2006), one of the most influential abstract Italian artists of his time.

The exhibition will reunite his five monumental canvases from the landmark documenta 7 exhibition in 1982, curated by Rudi Fuchs. These paintings will be shown alongside a selection of important works from the 1980s, a period considered the pinnacle of the artist’s career. Presented in association with the Fondazione Emilio e Annabianca Vedova, this exhibition marks the fourth decade since his participation in documenta 7 in Kassel and the 40th Venice Biennale, held in the same year.

Founded in 1983, Thaddaeus Ropac has galleries across Europe and Asia, located in London, Paris, Salzburg and Seoul. Specialising in contemporary art and representing over 60 artists, the gallery supports and showcases the careers of some of the most influential artists today with a wide-ranging programme of over 40 exhibitions curated at the six extensive and historic gallery spaces each year.

The view includes a talk by a gallery representative followed by a drinks reception


Please Note: 
To participate to this event we do require a minimum donation of £5, however we strongly encourage all those attending to consider making a donation of £15. Thank you.

DISCLAIMER:
By participating in a BIS webinar or live event you automatically agree to authorise recording of audio and visual content during the event and consent to subsequent use of the recording in the public domain. This recording may include questions, comments and poll responses provided by you during the event in addition to your name, voice, image or likeness. This recording will be made available after the conclusion of thelive event as part of the BIS webinar archives, and will remain available indefinitely. If you do not wish to consent to the recording, please do not join the live event or contact us to discuss your concerns.