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Extended – Dante Ipermoderno

We are pleased to announce that this exhibition has been extended until Thursday 7 April 2022.

The exhibition ‘Dante ipermoderno. Illustrazioni dantesche nel mondo, 1983-2020‘ will finally reach London in February, and the Italian Cultural institute will open its doors to show the public the most recent phases in the long history of illustrations of the Divine Comedy, through about eighty works created by five contemporary artists: Paolo Barbieri, Monika Beisner, Mimmo Paladino, Tom Phillips and Emiliano Ponzi.

The nine silkscreens by Tom Phillips combine the immediacy of pop art with an evocative, refined, at times even informal, research. The tempera paintings by Monika Beisner, the first female artist to illustrate the whole of the Divine Comedy, pays attention to detail based on a figurative tradition that dates back to Botticelli. Mimmo Paladino uses drawing, reinterpreted experimentally, to probe the archaic roots of the Divine Comedy, following a “shamanic” approach. Paolo Barbieri reconciles tradition with innovation: viewers can watch the “matite”, the original black sketches, transform into the final colourful prints, with a marked fantasy atmosphere. Emiliano Ponzi, on the other hand, goes totally digital, creating images of surreal tone and with a disturbing vein.

The exhibition is conceived by the Società Dante Alighieri and the Dante Group of the ADI (Italianists’ Association), curated by Giorgio Bacci, Marcello Ciccuto and Alberto Casadei, and is created by Art Media Studio of Florence, thanks to the support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The exhibition will be open from 7 February 2022 – Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm).

The Italian Cultural Institute has taken the decision to verify attendee Covid-19 status on arrival at the event. Adults will need to demonstrate either:
• proof of completion of a full course of vaccination, or
• proof of negative lateral flow test result taken within 48hr.
Face covering is required during the event, unless exempt. Sanitiser will be provided.