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Comunicato stampa - Tre Transformative Power of Art and Ideas

April 26, 2017
Ideas, People, Change | Exhibition The Transformative Power of Art and Ideas
Davide Lombardo
Lecturer, New York University Florence

Davide Lombardo teaches history at NYU Florence since 2001. He holds a doctorate in History and Civilization from the European University Institute (Fiesole, Italy). His research focuses on European Urban Culture from the 19th to the 20th century. Lombardo holds an Italian degree in modern Italian history and a French degree in modern French history and has studied extensively at Edinburgh, York (UK), Grenoble (France), and Pisa and Florence (Italy). In 2009 he was Visiting Research Fellow at the Lewis Walpole Library at Yale University, Visiting Fellow at the Yale Center for British Art, and Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Huntington Library. In 2011 he was part of the organizing committee for NYU Florence’s events around the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification. He regularly gives lectures on contemporary Italy and Europe. He currently teaches three courses at NYU Florence which focus on modern European and Italian history: Culture of the City, Modern Italy and Social Foundations III.

Fabrizio Ruggiero

In his early youth in Naples, Fabrizio Ruggiero, when admiring the frescoes from Pompeii, he felt that sense of awe and wonder that for the ancient Greeks was the beginning of knowledge. In 1984 he moved to Tuscany and established Architectura Picta, an innovative workshop where he started to reflect on the internal structure of the language of fresco painting that he developed using contemporary technologies. Over the last thirty years, Fabrizio Ruggiero spent long periods in Asia, where he explored Indian thought and searched for visual patterns common to different cultures summarizing the results in a graphic work, which he called Family Resemblances in homage to Ludwig Wittgenstein. His interest for the shape and format of the support of painting led him to confront the relationship between form, material and space focusing on the form in space. His research takes place along the axis of modeling, shaping in a soft manner. In his abstract sculptures, looking for lightness, he uses mats of reeds and plaster that are one of the distinctive characteristics of his sculptures. Later on he became interested in portrait and considers the human face to be a territory and painting as the process to build a map of it. In 2001 he collaborated with the Global Pagoda project, the largest Buddhist pagoda in the world, under construction in Gorai Creek, near Mumbai, India. In 2006 his project The Summer Triangle. Orpheus, Deneb and Altair won the competition for the redevelopment of the Raggiolo tunnel, in Casentino. In 2010, in the splendid setting of a former church of the Poppi Medieval Castle, he placed in the niche of the altarpiece A Bruit Secret & Pandora´s Box, the fresco of a Ready-made by Duchamp inside the Pandora´s Box of Contemporary Art. In 2014 his project TRIBUTE TO TRADITIONS: CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN UNITY becomes a permanent exhibition at the National Museum of Cameroon in Yaoundé. In 2015, a selection of his portraits of remarkable women, Le Monde des Femmes, was exhibited at the Maison de la Chine in Paris, France. The same year a major exhibition of his sculptures and sixteen portraits dedicated to the theme The Transformative Power of Art was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Charter of the United Nations. In September 2015 a selection of his works were exhibited at the New York University´s Casa Italiana.

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