"GIARDINO ALL'ITALIANA": New tendencies in italian painting
In collaboration with the renowned italian art critic and independent curator Antonio Grulli, we will present a group exhibition of the younger generation of contemporary artists and the new schools of Italian painting that have emerged from gatherings of painting communities across Italy.
“The world sinks to rest, illumed by a golden fire. There, all is order and loveliness, luxury, calm and voluptuousness.”
(Charles Baudelaire, from the poem Invitation to a Journey)
Giardino all'italiana is not physical space.
Giardino all'italiana is the space of mind.
Giardino all'italiana* is the possibility of a vision, a dream, in which desire can wander around freely; in which bodies are still at the centre of the universe, again becoming constellations, the gravitation forces of which generates dance, approaches and departures that can last but a few seconds, or for eternity.
Giardino all'italiana is a moment from beyond the boundary of time or perhaps the point that contains infinity. It is modernity coexisting with myth in which the future and the archaic are merely two sides of the same coin, where the fairy-tale dimension appears to acquire a consistency that transcends reality. The garden renders the concepts of “natural” and “artificial” lose their meaning, as nature becomes the manifestation of the human mind, and its carnal and spiritual needs.
Giardino all'italiana is today's Italy, the terrain on which painting is once again experiencing a flourish, which is to the merit of the new generation of painters. It is a vast garden, in which the cultures of painting meet, it is a fruitful and lush garden, with rich and remarkable vegetation. Every corner of the garden, North to South, the small places to the metropolises, from grey suburbia through rural landscapes to the Mediterranean coast, it is full of painters and spangled with studios.
Giardino all'italiana presents the painters Paola Angelini, Roberto de Pinto, Alessandro Fogo, Diego Gualandris, Iva Lulashi and Maddalena Tesser, selected from this young, feverishly laborious and learning community. These are figurative painters who share the aerial atmospheric aura composed of memories and dreams, while each of them is distinguished by their own stylistic individuality and a singular, consciously mature attitude.
Antonio Grulli, the curator
* In relation to the term Italian Renaissance garden.
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Production: Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana
Curators: Antonio Grulli, Jani Pirnat
Artists: Paola Angelini, Roberto de Pinto, Alessandro Fogo, Diego Gualandris, Iva Lulashi, Maddalena Tesser
This project was made possible by: Mestna občina Ljubljana
The project was supported by: Italian Cultural Institute – Ljubljana
Special thanks: Carla Chiarchiaro and Ada Gallery (Rome), Edoardo Monti, Matteo Novarese, Ida Pisani and Prometeo Gallery (Milano), Andrea Raimondi
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
1 January, 1 November, 25 December: Closed
24 and 31 December: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.