Between 19 October 2018 and 19 March 2019, Palazzo Ducale hosts Paganini Rockstar, an exhibition dedicated to Niccolò Paganini, the great Genoese violinist who deeply revolutionized the music of the 19th century.
Paganini was one of the greatest violinist ever lived, well-known for his virtuosity. He can be considered the first musician who paid attention to his own image and used marketing techniques.
The narrative unfolds thematically in a series of rooms that highlight some of the peculiarities of the figure of Paganini and, at the same time, suggest points of connection with our present-day world – talent, virtuosity, celebrity and sold-out concerts across the whole of Europe.
These are all features that reveal the extraordinary modernity of Paganini, who can be regarded as a veritable rock star, even before the word existed, and as a precursor of styles, movements and modes of expression that are typically modern.
In this sense, the musician who can be compared to Paganini is Jimi Hendrix – regarding his relationship to his instrument, his non-conformity, and the extreme nature of his performances.
The history of the violin is divided into before and after Paganini. In the same way, there was also a before and after Hendrix in the history of guitar. At different times and driven by the same exceptional energy, both changed the history of music.
The Doge’s Palace (Palazzo Ducale) is a historical palace in Genoa, located in Piazza Giacomo Matteotti. The closest Metro and bus station is De Ferrari, located in the nearby Piazza De Ferrari, about 250 meters away. You can get there with one of the buses 18, 20, 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 606, 607, 618, 635, 640 and 641.