Press releases 03/09/14

Press Release 03/09/14

MARE EOLIE, within the festival Segni e sogni del Mediterraneo, is the beginning of a series of events occurring in the main Aeolian cultural venue, that has become a UNESCO site since the year 2000. Taking place over three days, September 5, 6, and 7, a series of initiatives will give rise to what we might call a window on a biennial event, held at the theatre of the Castle of Lipari,


a project of the Archaeological Museum Luigi Bernabò Brea, (funded by the European community with the PO-FESR 2007/2013 and the Regional Department of Culture Heritage and Sicilian Identity).

It begins on September 5, 2014 at 19.00 in the theatre of the Castle of Lipari with the discussion South of the Art Market, moderated by Tahar Ben Jelloun, with the participation of Mariolina Bassetti (Christie’s Italy), Roberta Cremoncini (Estorick Collection London) and Marco di Capua (Panorama).

On September 6, always at the theatre, at 19.00, the subject will be From Political Exile to the Dreams of the Artists, Tahar ben Jelloun and Lea Mattarella (La Repubblica) will host the meeting together with a few of the protagonists of the interventions carried-out in the cells of the former prison.

The festival will end on September 7, with the conference held by Vittorio Sgarbi on "Archaeology and Art: from the Painter of Lipari to Contemporary Art." The inauguration of the preview to Eolie 1950/2015/ Mare Motus will be at 21.00, a site-specific exhibition held in the cells of the former prison, curated by Lea Mattarella and Lorenzo Zichichi with works by artists Matteo Basilé, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Ettore de Gonciliis con Alex Caminiti, Teresa Emanuele, Ernesto Lamagna, lgor Mitoraj, Piero Pizzi Cannella, Fabrizio Plessi e Maurizio Savini.  
On occasion of the Festival, the artists will show their works which were created on-site, with a strong sign, that of contemporary art, a dialogue with the spaces of the castle capable of enhancing the Aeolian historical and cultural elements, elements that are strong in the history of the Mediterranean.
This event is only a preview of the exhibition Eolie 1950/2015/ Mare Motus, which will be inaugurated in the spring 2015.

The project represents a unique opportunity to enhance a site which is already extraordinary, full of scenic beauty and stories, in which the walled city and the castle were a place of imprisonment and exile since 1863 when it was established as a place of house-arrest, and the houses in ruins of the medieval town were turned into prisons. This condition lasted until the end of World War II when finally Lipari was liberated from being a place of confinement. In this evocative scenario rich with suggestions and memories, the archaeological excavations of Luigi Bernabò Brea and Madeleine Cavalier, which began in the 50s, together with the creation of the Museum in 1954, have "revived" the castle.

The event aims to be a rediscovery of the spaces that become a sign of continuity and renewal of places fallen into oblivion and that today are a blend with the beauty of art.
Contemporary art and archeology become therefore, in Lipari, a typical binomial, thanks to the project designed by the architect Michele Benfari, former director of the Museum, by the archaeologist Maria Clara Martinelli and promoted in 2010 by the Museum of Lipari and the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage of Messina. The realization of the event is curated by the temporary collaboration of: Syremont Spa, Il Cigno and Arte’m, with the technical direction of Riccardo Messina.

This event, promoted by the Archaeological Museum, today directed by Maria Amalia Mastelloni, is part of the project approved by the Regional Department of Culture Heritage and Sicilian Identity which allocated an amount of the European funds PO-FESR 200712013 to contemporary art. The realization of the project is supported by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage of Messina thanks to Rocco G. Scimone, Superintendent, to Maria Mercurio Solely Responsible for the Proceedings, and Daniele Guarnera and Riccardo Termini.

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