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Salad Days



Salad Days

Ilaria Bracone, Virginia Dal Magro, Ginevra Dolcemare, Anna Mangone, Graziano Folata

Art Exhibition by students from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan.

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and the founding of what has become the EU, the 12 Star Gallery is organising a season of exhibitions featuring students from Europe's leading art schools.

In this framework the Representation of the European Commission in the UK, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera and the Italian Cultural Institute in London have cooperated in organising an exhibition curated by some professors and students of the Academy.  

Private view: 21 March 2017, 7pm,

22-31 March 2017


The title of this exhibition comes from a passage of William Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra (act 1, scene 5): "My salad days, when I was green in judgment, cold in blood…." The idiomatic expression refers to youth as a time of inexperience accompanied by enthusiasm and idealism, and in this exhibition it recalls by extension the archetype of Senex and Puer, as developed by the psychologist James Hillman. 
Saturn and Mercury, personification of Senex and Puer, are archetypal figures of the inner life of the individual, but they also work as metaphors of the dynamic life of social institutions.

The Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera was founded in 1776 by the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, who collected in the building of Brera in Milan the Academy of Fine Arts, the Brera Library, the Botanical Garden. The Institution further grew under Napoleon creating the Palace of Science, Arts and Letters according to the conception of knowledge of the Enlightenment, with the opening of Pinacoteca di Brera. From the Romantic period onwards, it strengthened its role as the "authoritative" model of artistic education and at the same time as historical exhibition place.

In the narrative of the exhibition the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera plays the role of Saturn/Senex archetype, and embodies the principle of authority derived from his historical lineage. The fine arts students that every day inhabit the Academy, represent the "Salad Days" of the Institution, in the past as well as in the present days.

This exhibition of the select artworks by some young artists of the Academy provides a showcase of their individual and mercurial creativity together and against the saturnine historical institution of Brera.



Data: da Mer 22 Mar 2017 a Ven 31 Mar 2017

Orario: Dalle 10:00 alle 18:00

Organizzato da : Italian Cultural Institute, London

Ingresso : Libero


12 Star Gallery, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, Lo