Party With Us Ten Years After – Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea
On a warm Spring evening of the 19th of June 2003, contemporary art in Palermo was full of expectations and hope for its historic city centre, in spite of ruins (bomb damage from World War II, ed.) and general abandon, to develop a better quality of life. That same evening, the 17th century salons on the top floor of Palazzo Gravina di Rammacca, in piazza Garraffello, in the heart of the Vucciria market, opened their doors to art. The large audience crowded up the spiral staircase, illuminated by candlelight, for the opening of the first exhibition in the newly born Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea Gallery.
The first exhibition was a double solo show of Marco Cingolani and Alessandro Bazan, friends and teachers at Palermo’s Fine Art Academy, painters, both born in the 60s in Milan and Palermo respectively, the latter with his studio on the lower floor of the same building of the gallery.
Their artistic paths, different but focused on painting as a medium, brought them to a singular affinity, confronted within the exhibition.
The canvas “Amici al Garraffello. L’incendio di cuori”, by Marco Cingolani, dates back to that first exhibition. A large painting, in which the colour red builds shapes, through nuances and overlappings. The fluid paint becomes fascinating and the colours and shapes interlace the filaments of an event.
And it is starting from this work, that the exhibition today can create a “portrait” of the gallery, on its 10th anniversary, like a mosaic whose tiles are the numerous exhibitions by various artists who, through those occasions, established strong ties with our city, with its stories and contrasts
Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea – Via Vittorio Emanuele, 303
September 27 – December 15, 2013