Carlo Gavazzeni Ricordi
Theatres of Invention in Rome
Saint Petersburg, Hermitage State Museum
February 3rd – March 30th 2012

curated by Valentina Moncada

C. Gavazzeni Ricordi con il Direttore M. B. Piotrovskij, Museo dell’Ermitage, San Pietroburgo

The Hermitage State Museum in Saint Petersburg opens the solo exhibition Theaters Of Invention in Rome by Carlo Gavazzeni Ricordi. The exhibition, curated by Valentina Moncada, with the support of the Director of the Museum, Prof. Mikhail Piotrovsky and is held within the program of cultural exchange of the Year of the Russian Culture and Language in Italy and of the Italian Culture and Language in Russia.
Brought to life thanks to the substantial contribution of the Pirelli Group and of the Valentina Moncada Gallery, the exhibition is organized by the Hermitage State Museum in collaboration with Il Cigno GG Publishing. This important solo exhibition, in such a prestigious location, followed by another one in Moscow, aims at showing to the Russian public the view of the Milanese artist on the town of Rome, with a selection of about thirty large format coloured photographs. The collection is the synthesis of all his roman shows, following the assignment received by Pirelli Culture to represent the Theatre of Villa Torlonia, a neoclassical space which hosts the sculptures realized by the students of Berthel Thorvaldsen. Gavazzeni has captured the magic and the heart of this beautiful space, revealing abroad its existence before the ambitious restoration by Pirelli. The exhibition itinerary will end with a series of evocative views of the eternal city, which will bring us back to the classical subjects of the Grand Tour but with a new look thanks to the innovative technique of the double and triple take and the most recent artistic research inspired to the beauty of Villa Medici.

Promoted by the Hermitage State Museum in association with the Pirelli Group and Valentina Moncada Gallery.

Catalogue: C. Gavazzeni Ricordi, Theaters Of Invention in Rome, curated by V. Moncada, edited by Il Cigno GG Edizioni, Rome, 2012