Legends become Art at Monteoliveto Gallery
For the 2023/2024 Art season, Monteoliveto Gallery starts a new program of exhibitions in its main exhibition spaces : The Home Gallery in Naples, the collaboration with Spazio Tadini in Milan and the new permanent space in the heart of Paris, near the Bastille square !
As first event of this program, we therefore launch : Leggende Napoletane (Neapolitan Legends), not only an exhibition but also a sort of festival, which with a title voluntarily inspired by the classic by Neapolitan author, Matilde Serao, will lead to tie (a little more) that cauldron of various stories, true or invented, historical or recent that make Naples one of the most fascinating cities in the world, with the borderless creativity of contemporary art.
This exhibition aims to further solidify the gallery’s bond with its hometown but also to create a synergy between the two principal cities of the Gallery : Naples and Paris. In fact this event is structured in two parts : The first one where the artworks will be exhibited at the Monteoliveto Home Gallery in Naples from the 7th of June until the 7th of July 2023 and a second one in which Naples will interact with Paris and the exhibition will take place at the Monteoliveto Gallery Paris from November 30th 2023 until January 7th 2024! So one (big) theme and two exhibitions !
How does it work ?
Each artist will choose, from the following list, the story that most stimulates him/her and will create a work inspired by it. Each work will have the same size: 40 x 40 cm and will be exhibited for the duration of the two events, in Naples and Paris. This will create a collection of works imagined by artists who have had contact with the city but also by artists who have never (yet) known it and who will therefore give it an imagined and in a certain sense legendary version.
Legends list :
- Parthenope (La città dell’amore) – Parthenope (The city of love)
- Virgilio Mago – Vergilius the Mage
- Il mare – The sea
- La leggenda dell’amore – The legend of love
- Il palazzo Donn’Anna – The Donn’Anna Palace
- Barchetta fantasma – Little ghost ship
- Il segreto del mago – The mage secret
- Donnalbina, Donna Romita, Donna Regina
- Lu munaciello (leggenda borghese) – The little monk (a bourgeois legend)
- Il diavolo di Mergellina – Mergellina’s devil
- Megaride – Megaris
- Il Cristo Morto – The dead Christ
- Provvidenza, buona speranza – Providence, good hope
- Leggenda di Capodimonte – Legend of Capodimonte
- Leggenda dell’avvenire – The legend of the future
During the exhibitions time, a series of weekly cultural appointments will be held at the Monteoliveto Home Gallery in Naples and at the Monteoliveto Gallery Paris, that will deepen the theme of Neapolitan and other legends.
This will also continue the Monteoliveto Gallery project to place Naples more and more on the contemporary map and to bring international contemporary art into contact with the exciting and enthusiastic Neapolitan scene.
Finally, the exhibition will also be part of the general trend chosen by the Monteoliveto Gallery to define its events in this year, the ecological, cultural and artistic Transition that is increasingly needed today!