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Paolo Ristonchi Exhibition at Galerie PICI
Paolo Ristonchi Exhibition at Galerie PICI in Seoul

For the past few years the Italian Cultural Institute has made it a point to regularly present contemporary Italian art in Seoul, and particularly at the Galerie PICI in Chungdam-dong. This year they have organized the solo exhibition of Paolo Ristonchi together with Mrs. Kang, the director of the hosting art gallery, whose kindness and professional attitude have proved unaltered in the years.

As already mentioned, this exhibition is a new step of the project started three years ago meant to present internationally renowned contemporary Italian artists to the Korean public, who is maybe more acquainted with the Italian artistic tradition of the past rather than with its new interesting developments.

The Italian cultural and artistic heritage does not need promotion as it has become greatly admired worldwide. However sometimes this dims the efforts in objectively considering the recent achievements of contemporary Italian talents who can keep up with time and are perfectly integrated in today's artistic context.

Paolo Ristonchi presents the modern Italian art that concentrates on the basic aesthetic concepts like form, light and color with successful results. He is coming to Seoul with his latest works in which he uses "metacrilato," otherwise used for menial objects. However poor the raw material is yet there are references to the times of the Italian classical Renaissance art, like in the work called "Pontormo's House," which proves that the artistic discourse is an endless continuity.

The Italian artistic presence in Korea is meant to create further bonds that go beyond the political and economic links between the two Countries towards a better reciprocal knowledge and appreciation.

La Segreteria
Istituto Italiano di Cultura-Seoul
4F ERA Bldg., 273-2 Hannam-dong
Yongsan-gu, Seoul 1 4 0 - 8 8 4

Tel. 82 2 796 0634
Fax 82 2 798 2664






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