News Center -TDO- The Embassy of Italy in Turkey brings to Ankara an important exhibition of Italian contemporary art that represents a rich kaleidoscope of artistic trends and techniques of established masters and emerging young artists. 38 works, 8 of which come from the Collection of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, will be exhibited at the CerModern in Ankara starting from next September 18th, as part of an international touring exhibition that will stop in five other countries along the ancient Silk Road and after 30,000 km it will arrive in China, in Xian, where it will end its journey. Hence the title of the exhibition: “The Silk Road. Contemporary art and artists from Italy ", also to highlight the contribution of new proposals that are brought, as in the past, from one continent to another and across the Asia. A path that made the Italian genius known to the world, in ancient times and still today, finding expression in art, but also in the excellence of production and in the avant-garde of our ideas.

Conceived by the Garuzzo Institute for Visual Arts (IGAV) and realized thanks to the contribution of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, with the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, the exhibition in Turkey has been strongly wanted by the Ambassador of Italy to Ankara, Massimo Gaiani, who will inaugurate it on 23 September: “Turkey is a country with which Italy has deep cultural ties. We are both Mediterranean countries, cradles of millenary civilizations, centers of first level artistic production. Think alone to the Italian "Orientalist" painters, for decades highly appreciated at the court by the Sultan. Or, more recently, to the many Italian architects and sculptors who have contributed to create the beauty of cities like Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara ”.

In the words of Rosalba Garuzzo, President of the Garuzzo Institute for Visual Arts: "Nowadays, when much can only be reached virtually, we are happy twice, both to bring works to be visited in person, and also to promote artists who live and work in Italy and know how to communicate a country that, aware of being the guardian of beauty and inspiration, continues to create, to give life, to export culture and art". "A special attention" - says the curator, Angela Tecce - "was dedicated to highlighting both the value of well-known artists and the proposals of young artists, to offer the public a panorama that would take into account the complexity and diversity of more recent and less recent trends".

"The Silk Road" offers a brief panorama of Italian contemporary art from the end of the 1960s to the present day and aims to enhance its extraordinary vitality and, at the same time, to tell about its ability to interact with distant realities and worlds, to become natural tool for dialogue. The exhibition offers a broad panorama of avant-garde art in Italy starting with masters such as Carla Accardi, Enrico Bay, Maria Lai, Michelangelo Pistoletto Jannis Kounellis, Mimmo Paladino, Ettore Spalletti, Giulio Paolini, Luigi Ontani, Emilio Isgró, including also the experiments of young and very young artists. In addition, the works of undisputed masters of Italian photography such as Mimmo Jodice, Gabriele Basilico, Nino Migliori will take place in the exhibition.

It will be possible to visit the exhibition at the Cermodern Museum in Ankara from 18th September to 10th October, opening hours of the Museum (from Monday to Saturday, 10.00 - 19.00, closed on Sundays).

Here the complete list of the artists displayed: Carla Accardi, Marisa Albanese, Yuri Ancarani, Francesco Arena, Enrico Baj, Gabriele Basilico, Bianco-Valente, Alighiero Boetti, Diego Cibelli, Gianni Dessì, Pamela Diamante, Flavio Favelli, Eugenio Giliberti, Paolo Grassino, Emilio Isgrò, Mimmo Jodice, Francesco Jodice, Jannis Kounellis, Maria Lai, Luigi Mainolfi, Domenico Antonio Mancini, Umberto Manzo, Masbedo, Sabrina Mezzaqui, Marzia Migliora, Nino Migliori, Nunzio, Luigi Ontani, Mimmo Paladino, Giulio Paolini, Perino&Vele, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Tamara Repetto, Pietro Ruffo, Ettore Spalletti, The Cool Couple, Eugenio Tibaldi, Fabio Viale.

The exhibition catalog has been edited by the Istanbul Italian Cultural Institute.

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