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Atelier of light and memory



Atelier of light and memory

Exhibition of works by Giuseppe Modica

By invitation of the Italian Cultural Institute, and in the interest of promoting Italian contemporary art, Giuseppe Modica, first time in Australia, will present a personal exhibition with the evocative title of Atelier of light and memory. Dr Sasha Grishin, art critic and Emeritus Professor at the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics of the Australian National University in Canberra,, will make a presentation to illustrate the work done by Giuseppe Modica.

catalog cover modica 1Giuseppe Modica is a very significant presence in the Italian contemporary art scene, with some of his works permanently on show at the Collezione Farnesina of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in Rome. For his Australian premiere, Giuseppe Modica has created a series of works that examine the relationships between light, memory, geometry and singularity, expressed through great technical skill. Modica’s artistic research can be inserted in the historical continuity of the great Italian and European painting masters: Piero della Francesca, Antonello da Messina, Vermeer, Velazquez, Seurat, and de Chirico. Questioning the present, Modica’s art combines tradition with invention, with a red thread that ties the past, the present and a projection into the future: time, light and memory are the supporting structures of the painted work, are moved and decentralised from their usual context and are placed in a metaphysical and alienating suspension.

Giuseppe Modica was born in Mazara del Vallo in 1953. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Firenze, and now he lives in Rome where he is full professor of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. A “solo traveler” who does not easily assimilate with other group tendencies, he is a “metaphysically new” originator who combines tradition with innovation. Modica has been appreciated by art historians and critics such as M. Fagiolo, V. Sgarbi, G. Giuffrè, and C. Strinati, and by great scholars like L. Sciascia, A. Tabucchi, G. Soavi. Modica has exhibited his works at prestigious personal exhibitions in Milan, Rome, Paris, Cologne, Bologna, Florence, and Palermo, as well as at organisations, institutions and museums: (Aosta, Tour Fromage; Ferrara, Palazzo dei Diamanti; Treviso, Casa dei Carraresi; Roma, Complesso del Vittoriano; Arezzo, Galleria Civica; Palermo, Loggiato di San Bartolomeo; Marsala, Galleria Civica; Roma, Palazzo di Venezia;). His works have also been on show at international art festivals such as: VIII International Cairo Biennale; XIII Rome Quadriennale; VI Biennial of Engraving, Milan; Novecento Siciliano, Minsk, Moscow, Barcellona and Palermo; Milano Arte Italiana 1968-2007, Palazzo Reale; 54th Venice Biennale, Arsenal, Italian Pavilion; Bad Frankenhausen Panorama Museum.

In a painting by Modica it is possible to explore all the possibilities of light sources: Flemish and Dutch light, the light of Antonello, and the luminosity of Piero della Francesca; Stomer’s dark tendencies of light, and Vermeer’s light that tends towards brightness. The light of the light of the light…Maurizio Fagiolo dell’Arco

What is important for Modica is to evoke and allude to an entire world with clear fragments of vision, to move the various layers of thoughts and emotions that are buried deep, or perhaps that have never been ours, but that he makes us believe are ours”. Vittorio Sgarbicanberra antenne 2008 olio su tavola cm 120 x 80

Exhibition and catalogue curated by Donatella Cannova.

The exhibition will be open by the Italian Ambassador Pierfrancesco Zazo, in the presence of the artist.

The event will mark the closing of the Istituto’s cultural program for 2016. In the course of the evening, there will be refreshments and entertainment.

Limited seats. Bookings essential:

Duration of the exhibition: From 8 December 2016 to 31 January 2017
Opening time: 9.30am-5.30pm (Mon-Thu),  9.30am-1.00pm (Fri)


Date: Da Thursday, December 08, 2016 a Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Time: From 6:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Sydney