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Caravaggio and Contemporary Art in London

by Maria Grazia Leonetti-Rodinò di Miglione

The aim of the special event taking place on March 15th at the Italian Cultural Institute in London is to re-establish a long lost connection between art and solidarity. It is along the lines traced by an ancient collaboration between the neapolitan charitable Pio Monte della Misericordia of Naples and Caravaggio, the Italian master painter, that the connection is built.

The Pio Monte della Misericordia is a charitable institution funded in 1602 with the aim to provide assistance, support and solidarity to the poor.

Caravaggio was commissioned an art work, resulting in the stunning, inspiring and touching painting The Seven Acts of Mercy, currently on display in Naples on the Pio Monte della Misericordia’s church altar.

7 Opere PER la Misericordia is a unique project about solidarity and art and involves 33 international artists. Inspired  by Caravaggio’s The Seven Acts of Mercy, artists kindly and generously donated their art works to the Pio Monte della Misericordia: these works are now on display in London.

It is the Italian Cultural Institute that has the honour to host the exhibition of the 33 artworks: 28 created for previous editions, as well as 5 new ones, never shown before, all grouped up for the first time in the 2017 edition.

The artists who donated their works, all with their own technique and style, become protagonist of a charity project. The exhibit hosted by the Culturale Institute will contribute to raise money for scholarships and grants for low-income students wanting to attend the Naples Academy of Fine Arts.

Among the artists showing in London: Marisa Albanese, Maria Thereza Alves, Carlos Alberto de Arauio, Antonio Biasiucci, Antonio Salvino De Campos, Roberto Caracciolo, Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Ross Clifford, Flavio Colusso, Piero Golia, Douglas Gordon, Candida Hofer, Rachel Howard, Mimmo Jodice, Anish Kapoor, Joseph Kosuth, Jannis Kounellis, Henrietta Labouchere, Mariangela Levita, Olaf Nicolai, Mimmo Paladino, Giulia Piscitelli, Lorenzo Sotto di Luzio, Charles Skapin, Grazia Toderi, Nasan Tur, Franz West e Gilberto Zorio. And for the 2017 edition, works by David Batchelor, Ileana Florescu, Johnnie Shand Kydd and Paul Thorel.

The exhibit is curated by Mario Codognato.

Useful information:

Date and Time: Wed 15 March 2017. 19:00 – 21:30 GMT

Location: Italian Cultural Institute, 39 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8NX. Book now 

Event Sponsored by Ferrarelle.

Event organised in Collaboration with Pio Monte della Misericordia, Naples and the Italian Cultural Insitute, London.


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