VISIONARIES AND THE ART OF PERFORMANCE

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The Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust, in collaboration with Flat Time House, Richard Saltoun and Age of Future, present ‘Visionaries and the Art of Performance’, previously on display at Guildhall Art Gallery in London (11 December 2018 – 30 April 2019).
Through the work of several artists, the exhibition suggests that visionary qualities are not exclusive to one period or personality, but they are enduring characteristics of artistic creativity.

The art of William Blake (1757-1827)  is inseparable from the strict rationalism of the Enlightenment period from which it emerged. His imaginative, mystical prints draw from poetry, Christianity, and a reawakening of mythology in British art. One generation later comes another featured artist, the Pre-Raphaelite visionary Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898). He too strives for a sense of divinity in his work; stained-glass is an inherently ecclesiastical medium, and his work for a number of churches reinforces his symbolist vision. Later, John Latham (1921-2006) would look to the cosmos and theoretical physics to reach the transcendence that Blake and Burne-Jones achieved through religion.

It is appropriate that, as this exhibition comes to Spoleto, it should incorporate several new artists. Ulay (b.1943), a visionary of twentieth-century performance art, will feature alongside those mentioned already. Following his work with photography, he pioneered a visceral approach to performance and body art, experimenting with emotional relationships, physical pain and cinematography. His ongoing work extends into the present day, and, alongside a collection of artists from ‘Age of Future’, should provide a contemporary example of what it means to be visionary in the twenty-first century.
A subtle thread links this exhibition to Spoleto. Sir Denis Mahon and Gian Carlo Menotti were not only similar in their generosity and philanthropism, but also in their love of Opera. It is recorded that the two great men had met in person and, though Sir Denis is best known for his academic contribution to 17th century Italian painting, his passion for opera should not go unnoticed.

informazioni di apertura:
da lunedì a giovedì 10.00-13.00 | 15.00-20.00
da venerdì a domenica 10.00-23.00

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29 June
from 17:00 to 23:00
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30 June
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01 July
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01 July
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02 July
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02 July
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03 July
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03 July
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04 July
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04 July
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05 July
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06 July
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07 July
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08 July
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08 July
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09 July
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09 July
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10 July
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10 July
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11 July
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11 July
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12 July
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13 July
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14 July
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