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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.
For the first time in its 150-year history, the Bargello National Museum hosts a solo contemporary art show, THE ASCENT OF ORPHEUS: Between and Beyond Representation and Abstraction, by the American-born artist Adi Da Samraj. In an unusual bridging of ancient myth and digitally composed large-scale fabrications, the exhibition is Adi Da’s sweeping and at times demanding retelling of the famous Orpheus and Eurydice myth. The exhibit runs from 9 July to 11 October 2015 in two galleries off the Bargello courtyard.
Gala opening July 9th, at Bargello National Museum in Florence.
The ballet, inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, integrates monumental projections of images by Adi Da. The images move on screen in dynamic interaction with the dancers, and are also the inspiration for the costume design. Several musical sources combine to provide a multi-textured soundscape.
The Killers (A True Story About My Life—Re-told As a Parable About The Voluntary Death of Childhood), a short story by Adi Da Samraj, was published in Issue #15 (Summer/Fall 2014) of “Make” magazine.