Peppe Capasso and Rifat Gejac: European Ruins and Beliefs. The Exercise of Memory

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American premiere of paintings, video and performance at the Angel Orensanz Foundation Art Galleries. Opening Wed., July 13, 6 to 9 p.m. This event is open and free to all, 172 Norfolk St., NYC between East Houston and Stanton.

Two strong voices in European contemporary art, Peppe Capasso and Rifat Gicaj bring to New York their work based on and departing from the ancient Paleochristian basilicas from the 3rd century of the Southern Italian region of Campania.

Peppe Capasso is a sculptor and painter, initiator of the Italian vanguard and professor of the Accademia di Belli Arti of Naples. Rifat Gecaj is a young painter born in Kosovo and presently a German national. Both artists bring forth a cogent and passionate discourse on the contemporary bloodshed and the emblems that throughout the centuries have accompanied the European permanent delirium. A case in point is the prophetic and tragic life of the 17th century Italian dissident philosopher Giordano Bruno. He was born in this very part of Italy. Peppe Capasso is a specialist and interpreter of Giordano Bruno, for whom he will carry a performance and officiate at the opening of the Giordano Bruno Minimal Meditative Museum, within the walls of the Angel Orensanz Foundation.

The opening of this exhibition and related components will feature a debate between Al Orensanz, arts director of the Foundation, Peppe Capasso and Rifat Gecaj on the concept of cultural ruins, dissidence, massive violence and faith. The public is invited and urged to participate. The debate will be carried in English and Italian. A broadcast is scheduled for Time Warner TV, channel 34, on Fri., July 29, 2005, at 9 p.m.

This event is a joint project of The Angel Orensanz Foundation NY and Paris; together with Regione Campania, (Italy), Accademia di Belle Arti di Napoli (Italy), Goethe Institut New York; Istituto Italiano di Cultura New York and the Heinz Herzer Gallery of Munich. (Germany). Refreshments will be served.


Klara Palotai



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