World Exhibition of Illustrations "Hypermodern Dante" premieres in Belgrade

April 16, 2021 | Ivana Nedeljković

On the occasion of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, the father of the Italian language, the Italian Embassy in Belgrade and the Italian Institute of Culture present the exhibition Hypermodern Dante. Illustrations of Dante's work around the world in the period from 1983 to 2021, which will be held from April 14th to May 12th in the premises of the Italian Institute of Culture in Belgrade. 

The exhibition will be opened on Wednesday, April 14th, at 6:30 PM, and the live broadcast of the opening can be watched on the YouTube channel of the Italian Institute of Culture in Belgrade. The exhibition will be open to visitors from April 15th to May 12th, 2021, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 7:00 p.m., and its premiere edition is in Belgrade. After Belgrade, it will be presented to the public in Athens, Prague, Moscow, Madrid and London.

The exhibition Hypermodern Dante offers an overview of the latest trends in the long history of illustrated depictions of Dante's works and represents a unique opportunity to show Serbian audiences iconographic works of a high artistic range inspired by the Top Poet. Visitors will be able to enjoy the various experiences, techniques and methodologies brought into dialogue through eighty works by five contemporary artists - Tom Phillips, Monica Bajsner, Mima Paladin, Emiliano Pontius and Paolo Barbieri. It is a kind of journey into contemporary visual culture.

The exhibition was designed by the Dante Alighieri Society and the Italian Association, the exhibition was prepared by prof. Giorgio Bacci in collaboration with Marcel Chicut and Alberto Casadei, and realized by Art Media Studio from Florence thanks to the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.

Nine serigraphs by Tom Phillips reveal an original language that combines the immediacy of pop art and a refined search for means of expression. In the works painted with the temperament of Monica Bajsner, the first woman artist to fully illustrate the Divine Comedy, every detail is carefully placed under a magnifying glass, which enables active reflection on a figurative tradition that includes Giovanni di Paolo. Pimo Paladino uses drawing to penetrate the archaic roots of Dante's singing, reading Dante's verses from the angle of his own artistic poetics. Paolo Barbieri harmonizes tradition with innovation, the original sketches in black are transformed into final colorful prints showing fantastic scenes with a hitherto unseen interpretive script. Emiliano Ponzi, on the other hand, completely indulges in the digital medium, creating ambiances of a surreal nature with disturbing overtones, which re-actualize Dante in an alienated present.

The opening of the exhibition:

Italian Institute of Culture, Kneza Miloša 56 Street, Belgrade (Serbia)
Beginning date: 14/04/2021
End date: 12/5/2021

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