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Italian artistic heritage in focus as of today in Lisbon

The contemporary Italian artistic heritage will be in focus between today and Saturday through debates, conferences, exhibitions and other activities at the Belém Cultural Center and the Italian Cultural Institute in Lisbon.

This is the First Week of Contemporary – Italian Contemporary Art, organized by the Italian Institute of Culture (IIC) of Lisbon, under the aegis of the Italian Embassy in Portugal.

Organized by the Italian diplomatic network, the event takes place simultaneously in several countries, and explores the different artistic languages, from painting to sculpture, from video to installations, from photography to design.

The program of the First Week of Contemporary – Italian Contemporary Art is held at Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) and at IIC, and includes several initiatives, namely the ‘Mentis’ exhibition, which will be open until November 30.

The open class ‘Sironi novecento and the monumentality in art between the two wars’, by Professor Elisabetta Maino, specialist in History of Italian Art and Architecture, which will take place on Tuesday at 11:00 am at IIC.

On Wednesday, at 19:30, in the former IIC Lisbon Chapel, the exhibition ‘Form Mentis’ by the artist Paola Pezzi, whose works are characterized by a strong manual component, is inaugurated.

The artist debuted in the late 1980s with sculptures modeled on pictorial modalities, contemporary materials (polyurethane, foam, canvas), and launched in the late 1990s.

In 2000 he began to make sculptures, assemblages created with a display of objects removed from reality (cork, wood, felt), using pictorial material (crayons, crayons, charcoal, rubber, paint pallets), and materials everyday life (straws, sticks, fringes, cotton buds, matches, sewing bobbins).

Also on October 10, at 6:30 pm, IIC Lisboa hosts the conference ‘The past before the present – the contemporary experiments in the Museums of the Campania Region’, by the director of the Polo Museale della Campania, Anna Imponente.

The Polo Museale della Campania brings together 28 different cultural entities, including museums, archaeological sites, Carthusian and historical residences, which Anna Imponente has encouraged to be also places of excellence for the diffusion of contemporary Italian art, indicates the organization of the event .

In Portugal, the ‘First Week of Contemporary – Italian Contemporary Art’ was anticipated with the inauguration, on September 14, of the exhibition ‘Flores do Mar’, by artist Bruna Esposito, at the College of Arts of the University of Coimbra, where can be visited until October 25.

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