Yesterday’s Sculpture, Today’s Setting
THE ARTENATE GALLERY LINES UP
ITS MOST IMPORTANT ARTISTS
FOR A HIGHLY CURRENT EXHIBITION
From August 3 to 16, Artenate art gallery organizes – with the patronage of the City of Todi – a group show that is called “Armonia di colori e forme di Arte Contemporanea” (“Harmony of Contemporary Art Colours and Forms”).
The exhibition takes place in the Sala delle Pietre in Palazzo del Capitano and features sculptures by the main artists of the gallery: Paola Epifani, a.k.a. Rabarama, Van den Berghe, Stefano Innocenti and Mazel&Jalix.
This ancient medieval town – which is the native place of Jacopone da Todi – is tucked away among the green hills of Umbria. Here, tradition and history fuse together with contemporary art and create a captivating union of ancient and new.
The exhibition gathers works by four contemporary sculptors.
ITALY AND FRANCE MEET
IN A BRACING COMPARISON
BETWEEN PLASTIC AND CONCEPTUAL THEMES
Roman artist Rabarama (b. 1969) demonstrated a natural talent for sculpture at an early age. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, she was immediately acclaimed by critics and public alike. She creates sculptures of women, men, and hybrid creatures she decorates with symbols, hieroglyphics, and letters, in a variety of shapes and colours.
Van den Berghe was born in France in 1951. He had lived in Gabon for 27 years, before he returned to his native country in 1995, where he started devoting himself entirely to sculpture. His works represent the sometimes controversial choices of society: English zoologist Cynthia Moss’ counter-natural telescopic elephants and the men of Honoré de Balzac’s unknown masterpiece are at the heart of this approach, in which man and elephant fuse together.
HUMAN, ANIMAL AND HYBRID FIGURES,
FURNITURE AND INSTALLATIONS,
MAKE UP AN UNMISSABLE EXHIBITION
Stefano Innocenti was born in Sesto Fiorentino in 1962. He obtained a diploma in Applied Art and graduated from the DAMS in Bologna. He exhibits both in Italy and abroad. He focuses on design and furniture. In 1984, he started working in his family workshop, which is called “Romani Innocenti Ceramiche”, where he has been devoting himself to the creation of new shapes. In 2000, he won the European Gran prix for a lamp. In the same year, he founded, together with other ceramists, an association that pursues the popularization of the art of ceramics. His latest creation is “La storia di Pinocchio” (“The Story of Pinocchio”), which includes over 40 different works.
Il giardino straordinario – i doni della vita (2000, “The Extraordinary Garden – The Gifts of Life”) results from the joint work of two sculptors, Mazel & Jalix.
Mazel was born in Paris in 1950, and studied Fine Arts and Decorative Arts. He likes to explore different pictorial techniques, but his greatest passion is drawing. His work is characterized by a kind of poetic stylization that has become the hallmark of his style.
Jalix was born in 1960. He is into bronze and has been interested in vegetables for years. His installations include video art, photography and sculpture.
A unique, unmissable exhibition.
VAN DEN BERGHE, STEFANO INNOCENTI,
ARMONIE DI COLORI E FORME
DI ARTE CONTEMPORANEA
SALA DELLE PIETRE – PIAZZA DEL POPOLO
03/08 – 16/08