Luigi Ghirri, “Passaggi” and “Open” – LANDSCAPE FESTIVAL at Museum Casa Rossa and Villa San Michele, Anacapri
The Association Il Rosaio and the Capri Foundation, in collaboration with the Municipality of Anacapri, Fondazione Exclusiva and Academy of Fine Arts of Urbino, present the first edition of the “Festival del Paesaggio” (“Landscape Festival”), curated by Gianluca Riccio and Arianna Rosica.
Opened last May and lasting until September the 25, the Festival is set up as a real itinerary made of residency, exhibitions and installations: a permanent laboratory for experimentation and dialogue about aesthetic production as well as a narration of our time, embedded in the landscape and integrated in its history.
In 1922 Edwin Cerio, a cosmopolitan and intellectual, who was the forerunner of the architectural style of Capri as well as Capri Mayor, organized the first conference about landscape. His aim was to free the island from the “sentimental representations used by painters for half a century, which do not resemble Capri, but the vision that tourists, buyers of those paintings, have of Capri”. Cerio invited a large team of artists and avant-garde intellectuals in order to define a new, unprecedented and deeper interpretation of the Capri landscape. Since then, the island has confirmed its role as a sought after seat for famous intellectuals and artists, who had unforgettable experiences in Capri and produced memorable representations and visions of the island and its landscape.
Every edition of the Festival will revolve around the figure of an artist who, over time, has established a special relationship with Capri. The protagonist of this first edition is Luigi Ghirri.
Till September the 18th at Museum Casa Rossa in the centre of Anacapri the solo exhibition Luigi Ghirri curated by Gianluca Riccio and Arianna Rosica, features 24 photographs selected amongst those made by Ghirri in Capri between 1981 and 1983: these shots were a turning point in the career of the great Italian photographer, who had a new approach to interpreting the environment and the landscape.?The exhibition is supported by the Association Il Rosaio and the Capri Foundation together with the town of Anacapri under the auspices of the Soprintendenza Belle Arti e Paesaggi of the city and the province of Naples, in cooperation with the Luigi Ghirri Archive, Fondazione Exclusiva and Academy of Fine Arts of Urbino.
The landscape of the island is also revealed in the group show “Passaggi”, presents a selection of works by landscape painters of the late 19th century from “L’Isola dipinta”, the collection of the municipality of Anacapri. These works will be in dialogue with the the ones by contemporary artists as Gianfranco Baruchello, Sandro Chia, Gianluca Di Pasquale, Goldschmied & Chiari, Angelo Mosca, Ettore Spalletti, Michele Tocca — who, for the past six years, have participated in “Travelogue”, an artist-in-residence program and workshop with the students of the high schools of Capri and Anacapri, supported by Fondazione Exclusiva.
The Festival continues till September the 25th in the garden of Villa San Michele Axel Munthe Foundation, with “OPEN”, featuring site specific works by Stefano Arienti and Liliana Moro.
Last spring the artists have participated to “Travelogue” and have conceived their works inspiring by the natural elements of the island such as wind, light and palm wood to give their hypothetical “new” Capri landscape perception.
A catalogue published by Baskerville, featuring texts by Gianluca Riccio, Arianna Rosica and Damiano Gulli, accompanies the exhibitions.
Luigi Ghirri and “Passaggi”
at Museum Casa Rossa, Anacapri
until 18 September 2016
at Villa San Michele, Anacapri
until 25 September 2016
Luigi Ghirri installation views at Museo Casa Rossa, Anacapri, 2016
Stefano Arienti, Castello di legno di palma (Castel of palm wood), 2016
Liliana Moro, Vento e polvere d’oro (Wind and gold dust), 2016
“Open” – LANDSCAPE FESTIVAL, Liliana Moro and Stefano Arienti, installation views at Villa San Michele, Anacapri
Courtesy: the artists; Archivio Luigi Ghirri.