03 . 07 — 29 . 08 . 2015
Summer Group Show
For this summer season, Galerie Agnès Monplaisir proposes a journey to Italy through four of its artists, who by one way or another have a strong relationship to the transalpine country. Eather because they have chosen this land as a source of inspiration and as their work place, or simply because they are natives, or maybe just because their work is evocative of a solid Italian tradition.
Girolamo Ciulla’s artistic pursuit is strongly characterised by the subjects he depicts, which create his own complex and mysterious mythology. His sculptures recount the richness from his homeland from a contemporary perspective, but at the same time deeply connected to the classic archetypal model.
Tempera paintings made by the German artist Hermann Albert, who lives between Germany and Italy, find a place among the pictorial tradition of his welcome land, his works embrace the art of Giotto, Piero della Francesca and Masaccio, as well as the “metaphysical” painting of Giorgio de Chirico. It’s the classical harmony that indeed seduces Albert, which he praises with a heartily personal anti avant-garde posture.
Do König Vassilakis, also from Germany, moves in to the Italian region of Lucca in Tuscany in 1989, where she continues to work today in the foundries of Pietrasanta and Pistoia, unquestioned Mecca for sculpture. Her works, infused with a surrealistic essence very well embodied in her natural universe, is strongly under the influence of ancient Greco-Roman mythology and culture.
Polish sculpteur Igor Mitoraj, also settled in Pietrasanta, following his early acknowledgement and several excursions to Greece. Drawing inspiration from the classic myths and statuairy of ancient Greece and Rome, Mitoraj’s art falls within the history of our civilisation, it pursues a dream of perfection that takes us back to a shared ideal and prompts our perspective of happiness.
Manuela Zervudachi, born of an Irish mother and a Greek father, didn’t stay away from the magnetism of Pietrasanta, where she discovered the alchemy of sculpture. Her bronzes and terracottas reveal a fascination for man’s state within his environment and reveal to us a fluid and personal universe, where the ephemeral of the elements and the subtle force of nature become tangible.
© David Atlan
GALERIE AGNÈS MONPLAISIR • 8 BIS RUE JACQUES CALLOT 75006 PARIS • T +33 (0)1 56 81 83 51