“YTALIA: Energy Thoughts Beauty. Everything Is Linked” opens in Florence June 2, 2017


YTALIA: Energy Thoughts Beauty. Everything Is Linked.

June 2 – October 1, 2017

Mario Merz, Giovanni Anselmo, Jannis Kounellis, Luciano Fabro, Alighiero Boetti, Giulio Paolini, Gino De Dominicis, Remo Salvadori, Mimmo Paladino, Marco Bagnoli, Nunzio, Domenico Bianchi 

Forte di Belvedere and other venues around the city of Florence*

The city of Florence will be hosting an impressive collective of contemporary art by some of the greatest Italian artists of our time, one hundred works from 12 pioneering international artists: Mario Merz (1925-2003), Giovanni Anselmo (1934), Jannis Kounellis (1936-2017), Luciano Fabro (1936-2007), Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994), Giulio Paolini (1940), Gino De Dominicis (1947-1998), Remo Salvadori (1947), Mimmo Paladino (1948), Marco Bagnoli (1949), Nunzio (1954), Domenico Bianchi ( 1955).

Italy is a republic founded on art and beauty: one could also affirm that it is a republic founded and refounded by artists.  In one of the vaults of Assisi’s Upper Basilica, at the end of 1200, Cimabue, wrote “Ytalia” in the margin of a painting of a city, almost certainly Rome: a very early affirmation of the existence of Italian civilization. With this mark, Cimabue sanctioned that national boundaries are artistic before political and that national identity is made up of classic and humanistic culture, pagan beauty and Christian spirituality.

Calamita Cosmica di Gino De Dominicis (Photo: Naomi Muirhead)

Calamita Cosmica di Gino De Dominicis (Photo: Naomi Muirhead)

Ytalia. Energy Thoughts Beauty will be held at the Forte Belvedere as its primary location, while also involving other important museums around town such as The Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens, Basilica of Santa Croce, the Museo Novecento, and the Museo Marino Marini. Some works were created specifically for the triumphant exhibition, and other classic works will displayed such as the Cosmic Calamity of Gino De Dominicis, a skeleton of monumental dimensions will be installed at the Forte Belvedere, perfectly aligned with the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore.

Ytalia is an ambitious project that invades Florence and proposes the city as a stage for Italian contemporary art in order to initiate a dialogue between its historical and artistic heritage with its XXth century and contemporary art forms. Metaphysical realities, natural elements, and new mythologies are all topics that can be found in the poetic work of the selected artists.

The exhibition is organized by Sergio Risaliti (artistic director of recent solo exhibits of Giuseppe Penone, Antony Gormley, Jan Fabre, and Alighiero Boetti) and curated by Marco Bazzini e Sergio Risaliti.

*Exhibition venues
Forte di Belvedere, Palazzo Vecchio, Galleria delle Statue e delle Pitture degli Uffizi, Galleria Palatina, Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Garden, Monumental complex of Santa Croce, Museo Marino Marini, Museo Novecento.

Forte Belvedere, Firenze photo by ©Guido Cozzi/Tehetys Gallery

Forte di Belvedere/ Forte Belvedere, Firenze photo by ©Guido Cozzi/Tehetys Gallery



About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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