Jun
20
to Jul 12

ALESSANDRO TOFANELLI | Forgotten Memories

RANSOM ART presents ALESSANDRO TOFANELLI | Forgotten Memories - An exclusive exhibition featuring beautifully brand new metaphysical landscape paintings.

PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 20th June 2019, 6-9pm

EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 21st June - Friday 12th July 2019

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Ransom Art is very proud to present the exhibition and private viewing of the tranquil and metaphysical landscape oil paintings by Alessandro Tofanelli.

The act of painting by Alessandro Tofanelli is the age-old mastery of technique; all these factors together commune with a modern interpretation which is born of today, of the instantaneousness of a forgotten memory, isolated, silent, free. It is precisely silence, be cause his paintings are not merely to be seen but also to be listened: a silence of what is immobile, slowly built up by colour, of what is so loved as to be unapproachable, sacred, not of this world. His poetic imagination find its place, drawn into a rigorous balance of form and at the same time imaginative. His paintings are "landscape portraits" not portraits in the literal sense, but images characterised by an infinite number of physiognomic variations, by theatrical lighting specific for that artificial scene, conducted by a skilful director and the result of a unique intellectual operation. Portraits of non-existent landscape, fruit of stratification of images dear to the artist, images composed of memories, elaborated again by the art of memory. Tofanelli is a romantic who takes his time. His brush strokes accentuate each blade of grass, each branch of a tree, each flower in a meadow in way that is a soft and mottled. It is as if he caressing the nature he loves with complete tenderness. This quality is revealed in a multitude of ways, where he sees beauty in the simple, elegance of nature. His paintings inspire a feeling of tranquillity and us can only observe, with discretion, the details and "listen to" that spontaneous and slowly uncontainable creative force which characterizes each detail of the his paintings. 

Alessandro Tofanelli was born in Viareggio in 1959. In 1977 he graduated from the Arts’ Institute in Lucca.  In the same year he moved to Milan, where he attended the Brera Art Academy. Whilst he was in Milan Tofanelli collaborated as an illustrator for several magazins published by Rizzoli and Mondadori.  In 1975 he won First Prize for his work about “La Resistenza”, which is exhibited at the Modern Art Gallery in Lucca, and Firts Prize in the International competition “Ina Touring” in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. In 1984 Tofanelli went on to win the much coveted “Giotto d’Oro” prize and in 1987 he won the “Best painter Under 35 Years of Age” prize. From 1977 to the present, Tofanelli’s paintings are in a number of prestigious public and private collections in Italy and abroad. Alessandro Tofanelli has always combined his painting with his work as a professional photographer, a videodocumentarist and a film maker.  When asked about his painting, Tofanelli states that he wants to investigate the relationship between time and memory, and to properly do this he has chosen landscape, his favourite subject. Landscape, to him, is a previleged point of observation to contemplate the flow of time as well as to place memories of forgotten places and people whom he whishes to remember.

He has had many personal exhibitions in public spaces, foundations and museums in Italy in almost all the territory and abroad as: Mito  Japan,  Hong Kong,  St. Petersburg and Moscow Russia, Munich Germany,  Spring Lake New Jersey Usa, Singapore,  New York USA, Londra UK,  San Francisco California USA, Albemarle Carolina del Nord USA, Instabul Turkey, Sidney Australia, Strasbourg France, Barcellona Spagna,. Many art critics have written texts on his work, including: L. Alberti, Maria Teresa Leoni Zanobini, E. Aretini, Natale Emilio Baldaccini, Alessandro Romanini, Omero Biagioni,  Gilberto Finzi, Giovanni Faccenda, Osvaldo Patani, Tommaso Paloscia,  Umberto Baldini, Furio Colombo, Roberto Monti, B. Zancan, Valerio Grimaldi, Fortunato Bellonzi, Giuseppe Mascherpa, Pier Carlo Santini, Maia Teresa Filieri, R. Tabozzi, Mario Mazzocchi, Alessandra Bonomini, Silvano Ambrogi, B. Bancari, Simona Foà, Antonio Tabucchi,  Nicola Micieli, Maria Teresa Filieri, Giorgia Calò, Giovanni Pieraccini, Alessandro Romanini, A. Mitrangelo, Francesca Centurione Scotto Boschieri, Antonella Serafini, N. Cobolli Gigli, Enzo Dall’Ara, Dino Carlesi, T. Conti, Mario Rocchi, Francesco Mozzetti, R. Del Beccaro, Carlo Ludovico Ragghianti, David Himmelberger, S.I. Bartoli, A. Dragone, Paolo Levi, B. Modugno, Elena Ginannesca, Leo Strozzieri, John Ray Taylor, Pier Carlo Santini.

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Apr
4
to May 5

ROCK THERRIEN - Solo Exhibition

RANSOM ART presents ROCK THERRIEN : A solo exhibition of his brand new pop artworks!

PRIVATE VIEW: Thursday 4th April 2019, 6-9pm

EXHIBITION DATES: Friday 5th April - Friday 5th May

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Ransom Art is very proud to announce Rock Therrien’s first solo exhibition in the UK, which will consist of a beautiful large collection of his paintings in 105 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8PH. The Private View will be hosted from 6-9pm on Thursday 4th April with champagne on arrival.

Rock Therrien was born in 1970 in Armagh, near Montmagny, and currently resides in Montreal. Therrien stood out from other art students at a very young age, having won several drawing competitions. Self-taught, Therrien has been painting for nearly twenty years. Today, he primarily creates paintings featuring rotund characters in amusing and wacky situations in which viewers can often recognize themselves.  For each painting, Therrien conceives a situation that he sketches on canvas beforehand. He then works the materials and colours using a painting technique that he developed over time. Sanding his paintings creates a highly textured surface and reinforces the idea that Therrien’s characters live in a bygone era. Being a true admirer of curves, Therrien engraves circular motifs that he embellishes with signs and touches of colour. Each painting consists of superimposed layers of paint, as Therrien likes to leave traces of his collage work, sketches and even applications of cement so as to reveal certain stages of its composition.  Therrien draws inspiration from fragments of his life, music and his many travels. His works are conceived as messages to be unravelled, and for him each painting tells a story. In viewing each of his pieces, one discovers clues on how to interpret the scene. At first, Therrien tries to capture the viewer's attention with the subject of his work and the colour palette. Then, he attempts to make the viewer smile by adding humour to complete his scenes. Therrien explains that all these elements inspire and motivate him to constantly push his limits.  "Painting never seemed obvious to me, but when it catches hold of you, it pushes you to go further and to enter into the matter." Rock Therrien has taken part in many solo and group exhibitions, including "A Piece of Canada in Dubai", which was presented in September 2013 at Dubai’s Opera Gallery.

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Mar
13
to Mar 29

JOHN SPRINGS - "Mustn't Grumble"

Ransom Art in Collaboration with John Springs | PRIVATE VIEW & PRESS PREVIEW: Thursday 28th March, 6-9pm

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Ransom Art is very proud to present the exhibition and private viewing of works by the acclaimed British cartoonist, John Springs (b. 1962). Chelsea artist, John Springs (born 1962) has been contributing to major newspapers and magazines over a long period of time. The artwork exhibited was included in a collection of works by John Springs called “Political Unrest: Bracing for Brexit” at Ransom Art back in 2017, proving to be a prophetic record of a momentous event. He seems to include anyone and everyone in politics, historical figures and current, who has ever done anything about Europe, or being in Europe, or is in Europe. John worked on the painting for over two years, beginning the creative process in 2016 before the referendum. The title of the painting ‘Mustn’t Grumble’ by John Springs {155 cm x 236 cm, mixed media on canvas} is for sale at end of March at Ransom Art Gallery on Pimlico Road in Chelsea. A timely piece, in anticipation of March 29th, is simultaneously a piece of history with a prophetic visual narrative. The artist makes strong references to the great and savage Netherlands artist Hieronymus Bosch, which can also be seen in the rest of his other satirical paintings which will also be exhibited alongside including a portrait of Theresa May, a pop art version of Ronald Reagan, and a line up of portraits of known French writers.

"It was an irresistible urge to convey the events of that morning in June 2016 as a clumsy deceit. The political mechanism revealed itself to be error strewn, the big gamble a misjudgment, the calculating had backfired, the shifty had been caught out. Shock and morale sapping for some, the events of “Brexit” became immediate satire even before the “satirists” could comprehend and digest the situation before getting to work and stamping its collective foot. These would become the glory days for the opinionated and a battleground of division. There is a terrible truth in any victory, but this was far from being a hollow one. It’s not the job of the satirist to be charitable, more to distort a situation into something digestible and realistic. A cartoon feels the suffering of its subject matter even when that subject has been exposed as something of a hoaxer or had the impudence to make a misjudgment on a catastrophic scale, which is much the same thing. We can take a laugh at those who seem to have chanced and lost, as an observer we can gain ground from it even if we were complicit and swept along. There has always been a belief that all words are lies, the use of language an opportunists charter unlike a picture that rings true, even when a, person is pictured performing an act he or she would never do. You could call that an interpretation that cannot be misconstrued. A cartoon or caricature that distorts is not “true” but more of an explanation. Shoulders rocking in mirth is acknowledging an understanding and perhaps diffusing something that might be unknown. The act of satire is in fact a political event in itself, a picture, like words, can do the lying. In a way this painting is satirizing the satirists and playing them at their own game and all the things they find irresistible.” - John Springs

The work “Mustn’t Grumble” will also be available as a signed limited edition print, hand-coloured and of an edition of 50, through Ransom Art.

View John Spring’s collection HERE.

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Feb
26
to Mar 12

WOMEN IN ART

RANSOM ART presents “WOMEN IN ART” : Ravishing photographic florals accompanied by sculptural clay formations by the talented Althea Wilson and Annaleaclelia Tunesi.

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Ransom Art is very proud to announce their innovative exhibition, “Women In Art”, from 26th February to 27th March 2019. The exhibition is comprised of an intricate collection of ravishing photographic florals by Althea Wilson, accompanied by sculptural clay forms by AnnaLeaClelia Tunesi. The collection consists of never-before-seen imagery that perfectly ties in with the beauty of blooming flowers in Spring, as well as challenging the viewer to appreciate and acknowledge the struggle women have fought through in order to get to where women stand within the art world today. Dating back to the beginning of the Old Masters, women throughout have been airbrushed from historical artistic acknowledgements for centuries due to gender discrimination. Following through to today, we are still in a world where major institutions typically represent an increasingly higher percentage of art by male artists rather than that by female artists. It must be mentioned that this systematic exclusion is not due to the lack of talent, and in fact women have been and continue to be fundamental to the institution of art to this day. However, as the favour of male over female artists is increasingly being diminished, this exhibition “Women In Art” will be the first of many powerful events this year by Ransom Art that promote and speak on behalf of how talent in genderless and bring a final end to socially constructed sexual divisions, whereby purchasing work by female artists is no longer be considered as a risky investment.

The artist we have chosen to represent this powerful message, is fine artist and photographer, Althea Wilson. Beginning her career in Nigeria and currently based in London, Althea has developed her own unique techniques that bring many years of training in various disciplines together to form still-life pictures. She predominantly uses natural light to enhance the stage of handprinted backdrops, real antique and modern props, fruit, vegetables and flowers. Filters are not used to age the appearance of scratched and mildewed photographs, but rather sheets of glass or Perspex are prepared to achieve whatever finish she needs to execute her artwork in real time. Accompanying Althea’s photographs, whilst also included within them, is the expressive sculptor, AnnaLeaClelia Tunesi. The sculptural forms AnnaLea creates offer a calming meditation on artefacts, rupture and dishevelment, whereby the use of black volcanic clay and glazes play as her mediums. Her work is jointly inspired by Freudian psychoanalysis and the roots of plants, as well as a strong link to earth and nature, are her main sources of inspiration. Together, Althea and AnnaLea’s work portrays both beauty and food for thought, and paint their gender as women to be that of something to be proud of within the art world.

View some of the beautiful photographs of this collection HERE.

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Jun
22
to Jul 31

LINLEY presents 'Intimate Conversations' | An exhibition by Massimo Giannoni

Ransom Art and LINLEY London have collaborated, exhibiting the incredible impasto-ed paintings by Massimo Giannoni for the exhibition 'Intimate Conversations'. The opening night will take place on Tuesday 26th June 2018 from 6pm - 9pm at LINLEY on Pimlico Road, where the exhibition will continue from 22nd June to 31 July.

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Ransom Art and LINLEY London have collaborated, exhibiting the incredible impasto-ed paintings by Massimo Giannoni for the exhibition 'Intimate Conversations'. The opening night will take place on Tuesday 26th June 2018 from 6pm - 9pm at LINLEY on Pimlico Road, where the exhibition will continue from 22nd June to 31 July.

OPENING NIGHT: Tuesday 26th June, 6pm - 9pm

EXHIBITION DATES: 22nd June - 31st July

EXHIBITION OPENING TIMES: Monday to Friday: 10 am - 6 pm & Saturdays: 10 am - 5 pm

LOCATION: LINLEY Belgravia, 60 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8LP

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Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

"The Real Marilyn" Milton Greene Exhibition

On Monday 23rd October, Ransom Art hosted an exclusive private viewing and cocktail reception, showcasing the intimate and unseen photographs of Marilyn Monroe by the man who knew her best: Milton Greene.

Exhibition runs from 1st November - 30th November 2017

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For over four decades, Milton H. Greene made his mark as one of the most celebrated photographers in the world. Born in New York in 1922, Greene began taking pictures at the early age of 14. By age twenty-three, he was referred to as "Color Photography's Wonder Boy."

Greene's work in the fifties and sixties appeared in Life, Look, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, and Vogue.

Greene's most noted work is with Marilyn Monroe. They first met in 1953 on assignment for Look Magazine. In 1956, they formed Marilyn Monroe Productions together, which produced "Bus Stop" and "The Prince and the Showgirl." By the end of their 4 year relationship, he had photographed her in 52 different sittings producing over 5,000 images, some of which have never been published.

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Jul
20
6:00 PM18:00

JOHN SPRINGS Exhibition - "Political Unrest; Bracing For Brexit"

Ransom in Collaboration with John Springs

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Ransom was proud to present a solo exhibition of works by acclaimed British cartoonist John Springs (b.1962). “Political Unrest; Bracing for Brexit!” was debuted at Ransom Art on 20th July 2017. The exhibition is comprised of over twenty-five satirical works, including paintings and mixed media works on paper. Renowned characters of the past such as Ronald Reagan and George Bush are the subjects of Springs’ caricatures, as are the divisive new protagonists of the global political scene and, in particular, Brexit Britain.

"It was an irresistible urge to convey the events of that morning in June 2016 as a clumsy deceit. The political mechanism revealed itself to be error strewn, the big gamble a misjudgment, the calculating had backfired, the shifty had been caught out. Shock and morale sapping for some, the events of “Brexit” became immediate satire even before the “satirists” could comprehend and digest the situation before getting to work and stamping its collective foot. These would become the glory days for the opinionated and a battleground of division. There is a terrible truth in any victory, but this was far from being a hollow one. It’s not the job of the satirist to be charitable, more to distort a situation into something digestible and realistic. A cartoon feels the suffering of its subject matter even when that subject has been exposed as something of a hoaxer or had the impudence to make a misjudgment on a catastrophic scale, which is much the same thing. We can take a laugh at those who seem to have chanced and lost, as an observer we can gain ground from it even if we were complicit and swept along. There has always been a belief that all words are lies, the use of language an opportunists charter unlike a picture that rings true, even when a, person is pictured performing an act he or she would never do. You could call that an interpretation that cannot be misconstrued. A cartoon or caricature that distorts is not “true” but more of an explanation.
Shoulders rocking in mirth is acknowledging an understanding and perhaps diffusing something that might be unknown. The act of satire is in fact a political event in itself, a picture, like words, can do the lying. In a way this painting is satirizing the satirists and playing them at their own game and all the things they find irresistible.”
- John Springs


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Mar
25
3:27 PM15:27

The Art of Aero™ Exhibition

Ransom in Collaboration with Williams and Blueshift GP launch ‘The Art Of Aero’

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The Art of Aero™ Exhibition takes its design inspiration from only recently declassified, highly confidential images used by the Williams Racing™ Aero Development Team as a vital part of their car design process and, for the first time as an artwork, makes this invisible force visible.

Using previously confidential imagery from Williams’ computational fluid dynamic (CFD) designs as inspiration, the artworks combine engineering expertise and art to create this truly unique and stunning collection.

The artworks feature CFD images from the FW35 and before, and detail how the airflow around a car can be simulated. With Blueshift GP’s input, the result is a collection of beautiful images inspired by never before seen imagery.


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Oct
5
3:27 PM15:27

BOWIE BY O'NEILL Official Book Launch

On Wednesday 5th October, Ransom Art and Terry O'Neill hosted the official launch and signing of the spectacular BOWIE BY O'NEILL book.

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BOWIE BY O'NEILL Official Book Launch

The limited edition book includes never-
before and rarely seen photos of David Bowie by Terry O'Neill throughout the ages, demonstrating their unique professional and personal relationship through the eyes of the lens.

 

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Sep
21
3:27 PM15:27

BOWIE BY O'NEILL Photography Exhibition

On Wednesday 21st September, an exclusive private viewing with Terry O'Neill showcasing his work on David Bowie.

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BOWIE BY O'NEILL Photography Exhibition

This retrospective showcases a collection of the best photographs taken by Terry O’Neill during his 30-year partnership with David Bowie. Rarely seen shoots of the last performance of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust in 1973 will be exhibited in the gallery from 21 September to the 22 October, together with other memorable and now iconic photos of the singer’s career captured by O’Neill. From the photo session for the album Diamond Dogs, to the set of the film The man who fell to earth, from the first encounter of Bowie with Elizabeth Taylor, to the magazines’ cover of Bowie with his former wife Angie. 

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Jun
28
3:27 PM15:27

Paolo Troilo Solo Exhibition

On the 28th June, Ransom Gallery held an exclusive private view and live performance from renowned fingertip painting artist, Paolo Troilo.

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After a tremendous success at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Sicily with his solo exhibition, the Italian artist Paolo Troilo set foot in London to surprise the English capital with a live performance on Tuesday, June 28th from 10am to 7pm at Ransom Gallery, 105 Pimlico Road.

What is Paolo’s technique? Fingers. Unfortunately, or rather fortunately, the artist forgot to buy paintbrushes when he began painting ten years ago, abandoning another successful career as Artistic Creative Director of Saatchi & Saatchi in Milan.

Paolo exhibited his skilful technique in the window of the gallery, accompanied by a pianist throughout the day, as shown in our exhibition video. 


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Jun
2
3:27 PM15:27

European Affair

In partnership with Fiat Chrysler Motor Village and Monica Colussi, Ransom Art presented an exhibition of it's most prestigious European artworks at a special private viewing on the 2nd of June, with the artists in attendance.

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Just few weeks before the referendum that questions whether the United Kingdom will remain in the European Union, selected artists from the UK, Italy, France and Germany celebrate the diversity of styles that can be encountered in Europe and, at the same time, the common roots and antique cultural tradition that underpins all European Art. A panel discussion moderated by arts writer for State - 22 magazine Michael Barnett will explore the juxtaposition between a strong national artistic tradition embedded into a glorious European cultural framework built over the centuries. 

 

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Apr
21
3:27 PM15:27

Terry O'Neill Solo Exhibition

Ransom Art in collaboration with Monica Colussi and Fiat Chrysler Motor Village UK, presented an exhibition of Terry O'Neill's Iconic Black and White photographs.

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Ransom Art in collaboration with Monica Colussi and Fiat Chrysler Motor Village UK, presented a solo exhibition of the legendary photographer Terry O'Neill's Iconic Black and White photographs for a special private viewing at the Fiat Chrysler Motor Village Marylebone showroom on Thursday 21st April (6-9 pm). Terry was also available for interviews on request. 


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Nov
26
4:30 PM16:30

Bond & Beyond

To coincide with the world premiere of the latest Bond film, Spectre, RANSOM launch a limited edition book with digital tablet and exclusive Bond-related photographs.

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The book is set under a glass panel, inside a bespoke 70s-style coffee table, covered in white leather shagreen and made entirely by hand in Britain. It's a piece of furniture that could have come straight out of a Bond set. 

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Nov
27
3:27 PM15:27

Rockers and Riders

Ransom Art celebrated biker culture in a group exhibition of Art and Photography by Terry O’Neill, Paul D ’Orleans, Conrad Leach, Douglas Kirkland and Nick Clements.

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At 105 Pimlico Road’s Ransom Gallery. Charley Boorman also attended on the night to sign an illustration of his book The Long Way Down.

 

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May
24
3:27 PM15:27

Masaki Yada

Sometimes the infinitely small can encapsulate the infinitely large. This happens in the paintings of the talented Japanese painter Masaki Yada. These were displayed at Ransom gallery on 105 Pimlico Road. 

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In his small and fascinating artworks this artist portrays an entire cosmos of eternal questions, symbols and perfection. Masaki attempts to modernize the lost visual language that was cultivated by Dutch and Flemish old Masters of the 17th century: he achieves this by focusing on detail and creating vortexes of thoughts and colours that enchant the viewer of his paintings. An attentive beholder can perceive various influences in his artworks, from the visionary imagination and impeccable technique of the past Masters of the past such as Hieronymus Bosch, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Van Eyck, Willem van Aelst and Rachel Ruysch; to the abstractions of recent painters like: William De Kooning, Barnet Newman, Francis Bacon, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke.

Through Masaki’s imagery, the eternal language of the Dutch old Masters tells us stories of human desire, of life and death, of ephemeral love and hate, of ego and human vanity. As the artist himself claims: “My art practice is like opening the coffins of old masters to discover treasures that buried with them like golden daggers and jewels”.

 

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May
22
3:24 PM15:24

Enrico Robusti

The painter Enrico Robusti is renowned for his unabashed and satirical portrayals of the hedonism, and weaknesses, of Italian political society. 

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Ransom Gallery presented his solo exhibition Vice: Food, Sex and Irony in Italy, on Thursday 22nd May in 2014 at 105 Pimlico Road, Chelsea, London. Robusti’s creations attempt to draw public attention to the comedy, or rather the comic tragedy, of Italian politics. In his creations, Robusti portrays politicians’ gluttony: everyone is eating, but not only food, his grotesque characters devour food, sex and money. On the launch night of this exciting exhibition, guests were invited to taste a combination of Italian art by Robusti, and delicious food and wine especially selected by Giorgio Locatelli, the renowned Michelin-starred chef and  BBC presenter.


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