July 9, 2015
Da Plastique announces a new art exhibition:
THE ASCENT OF ORPHEUS: Between and Beyond Representation and Abstraction
The Bargello National Museum / Via Del Proconsolo 4, Florence Italy
9 July – 11 October, 2015
Museum Hours: 8:15 am – 5:00 pm
To great fanfare and praise, the exhibition THE ASCENT OF ORPHEUS: Between and Beyond Representation and Abstraction, by the American born artist Adi Da Samraj, opened at The Bargello National Museum in Florence on July 9, 2015. The opening was accompanied by a collaborative performance by the Florence Dance Company of Divina(dot)com, a ballet inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, and integrating monumental projections of images by Adi Da Samraj.
(Please see the Adi Da Foundation press release of June 4 for more information about the exhibit and the artist, and the press release of June 3 for more information about The Florence Dance Company and Divina.com.)
Coverage of the event was extensive, and included:
- Italian television news channel TGT 24 (Florence) interviewed Marchelle Deranleau (Curatorial Director of Da Plastique) about Adi Da Samraj’s art and “The Myth of Orpheus” in The Ascent of Orpheus exhibition at the Bargello Museum.
- The website ARTE.it, “The Map of the Art of Italy,” announced the exhibition, referring to the artwork as “complex and sophisticated,” and quoting the critic Achille Bonito Oliva, who curated the collateral exhibition of Adi Da Samraj at the Venice Biennale in 2007: “Adi Da Samraj has created a new use of geometry, making it a fertile ground for unconventional aesthetic communication.”
- The Rome-based website www.insideart.eu announced the exhibition.
- Adnkronos, the Italian news agency, reported on the exhibit, featuring a photograph of Adi Da Samraj in his studio.
- The website Intoscana.it reported on Adi Da Samraj’s art in The Ascent of Orpheus exhibition.
- ZERO, the most widely-read Italian magazine on events and lifestyle, announced the exhibit.
- firenze.repubblica.it, a lifestyle and news website, reported on the exhibit, featuring a 16-image slide show.
- The Tuscany-based art and culture website, www.intoscana.it, announced the exhibit, characterizing it as an “unusual dialogue between ancient and digital images.”
- Magenta Florence, an English-language online magazine on the “beauty of Florence and Tuscany,” reported on the exhibit, writing, “Florence is a fitting setting for this artist’s work because he was particularly fascinated with Brunelleschi’s linear perspective. Adi Da, instead, based his artwork on what he referred to as “aperspectival,” or having no perspective. The contrast of the two opposite techniques, as well as the modern with the ancient, creates a compelling dynamic.”
- The Florence-based La Nazione, one of the oldest regional newspapers in Italy (established 1859), reported on Divina.com.
- The Tuscany-based newspaper Corriere Fiorentina reported on the exhibit and the dance.
- The city magazine Firenze (Florence) reported on the dance and the exhibit.
The exhibit was also announced by:
- CT News, an online magazine about Florence
- www.museionline, an online site about museums, sponsored by Microsoft and other businesses
- The Ministry of Goods, Cultural Activities and Tourism (Rome)
- www.pressreader.com, an online Italian news magazine
- www.artribune.com, an Italian website
- www.florenceisyou.com an English-Language magazine
- http://portalegiovani.comune.fi.it/ Portale Giovani! Firenze, an online city magazine about cultural events in Florence.
- The art critic and blogger Inganni Veraci (Gianni Caverni) called the images “extremely attractive”… “flawless”…and a “fascinating visual universe.”
- The blog mycultureinblog.it reproduced an image from the exhibit.
- Comments in the visitor’s book include: “Lovely!”…“Here we have a very great artist!”…“I feel the artist speaking to the entire world”…“Thank you for bringing to the world this fascinating art”…“Bravo on the exhibit—and on Adi Da Samraj. I felt something very unique and moving.”
ABOUT THE ADI DA FOUNDATION AND DA PLASTIQUE
The Adi Da Foundation is responsible for bringing the legacy of Adi Da Samraj—his philosophical and spiritual teachings, his message about “prior unity” and world peace, and his visual and literary art—to audiences around the world. Da Plastique is responsible for the fabrication and worldwide promotion of the visual art of Adi Da Samraj.