Angelis suis mandavit de te
12.09 – 12.11.2017
opening 12.09.2017, 19:00
Byzantine and Christian Museum
22 Vas. Sofias Ave., Athens
Under the Patronage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Visit Greece
With the Collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute Athens
“Exhibition’s opening at the Byzantine and Christian Museum”
On Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at 19.00, the exhibition “Angelis suis mandavit de te” by the Italian artist Alfredo Romano is inaugurated at the Byzantine and Christian Museum.
The Galleria Giorgio Persano-Torino is presenting an exhibition by the Italian artist Alfredo Romano, Angelis suis mandavit de te, at the Byzantine and Christian Museum.
The exhibition includes works from the late 80’s to the present, together with works and installations made specifically for this exhibition in order to establish a specific and complex dialogue with the items in the museum’s own collections.
Alfredo Romano was born in Siracusa where he lives and works. Since 1985, he has participated in numerous individual and collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad. His works are present in many public and private collections, in international museums and at the European Cultural Centre in Delphi. His work, represented by the historic Galleria Giorgio Persano of Turin, has been the focus of attention of some of the most prominent art critics in the country, including Achille Bonito Oliva, Francesco Gallo, Giovanni Iovane and Enzo Fiammetta.
In the exhibition catalogue, art historian Sania Papà writes: “Alfredo Romano’s work leads to the “revelation” of the truth and “rampant” force of virtue, morality and, above all, self-awareness. It belongs to the field of austere discipline, kindness, and inner contemplation”. His multifaceted work strengthens memory, delineates interpersonal archetypes, urges remembrance, leading to a meditative situation from which emerges a sacred aura belonging to the world of light, to the dawn of legendary and historical time”.
The artist himself adds: “I would like my work to be a song, one able to let silence pass and drift away to a point of common aspiration. That obeys the stratification of the ancient historical events of our tradition, the feeling of existence, and that it be able to awaken that sense of instinctive identification that passes through the recognition of physical and poetic belonging. My work is like a litany, a prayer that is divided between revelation (light) and concealment (shadow)”.
The work of Alfredo Romano expresses the fascination and contradictions between Magna Graecia and the dramatic situation of the contemporary world.
Exhibition’s duration: September 12th to November12th, 2017
“I have visited the wonderful Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens several times during my many trips to Greece.
I have often wondered what actually lies behind the intense gravitational attraction that forces me to remain fascinated and speechless in front of the works it contains. Poetry, history, and beauty capture the gaze, the spirit and the imagination, sucking my sensitivity into a vortex and establishing a dialogue that overwhelms my mind.
The Byzantine artist tried to restore the dimension of mystery back to the divine; my icons attempt to propose an opening to the inexpressible and to form the agency by which the visible leads to the invisible.
Being part of a stratified and complex culture has always conditioned me.
The desire to organise an exhibition within the Museum also arises from this conditioning and from the need carefully to re-read the culture to which we belong and in which my work has its roots, deep down.
Sicily and Greece constitute strong links that offer interesting points for reflection within my style, which draws nourishment and vital sap from all the priceless historical and artistic treasures preserved in the Museum. I think it is of paramount importance to be there, alongside splendour, sacredness, silence, the essential.
As a Sicilian artist, I feel I embody a potential suffering and one that is already evolving. To give an evaluation of the present, I go back through time: it’s a problem of sewing.
My work is like a litany, a prayer that is divided between revelation (light) and concealment (shadow).”