Approaching Clouds, Pizzoferato, Abruzzo, Italy. 2016. © Michael Kenna
Abruzzo’s must-see exhibition this summer has to be Michael Kenna’s ‘Abruzzo’ to coincide with the launch of his sublime book of the same name. Comprised of photographs taken in the region between 2015-2016, either at dawn or the dark hours of the night, the exhibition & book concentrates on the interaction between natural landscapes and human-made structures.
Hosted in Loreto Aprutino’s Palazzo Casamarte, the exhibition runs from 8th July to 8th September 2017, now extended until 31st October. Kenna is regarded as the foremost landscape photographer of his generation and the exhibition includes more than 80 black & white photographs, arranged in 4 sections: rural landscapes, coastlines, mountains and villages & castles. In the first room of the exhibition, there is a presentation on Michael Kenna, exploring his place amongst international artists throughout history who have visited and portrayed Abruzzo.
The photos were shot across Abruzzo’s four provinces over four seasons and reveal one of the richest mosaic landscapes in Italy. They record peaks of 3,000 meters, the highest mountain reliefs of the peninsula, down to the UNESCO protected trabocchi coast and an intriguing way of life that still exists in large areas of the region, where the relationship between man and nature appears to resurface from a distant past.
Kenna found a cultural identity that for the most part elsewhere has been lost to globalisation and instant communication. He photographed medieval ruins, ancient villages and a countryside rich in traditional cultivation. He wandered through serene and poetic places where it is still possible to stop, meditate, and enjoy the restorative beauty of silence whilst experiencing the sense of history they exude.
His images of ruins stir up feelings of passing time, of the constantly evolving ties between history and nature. An observer might also feel romantic influences while looking at his sublime visions of wild mountains, which unveil a “delightful horror”: stormy skies, snow-covered peaks and turbulent wisps in infinite seas of clouds, all conveying a shiver of danger, albeit without real risk. These images serve to make us feel both small and fragile in comparison to the magnificence of nature, and bestow an equivocal sensation of pleasure and fear. Medieval castles and picturesque villages, rolled up in mist, surrounded by vaporous atmospheres, and with violent skies of threatening clouds towering above, link Romanticism and reality. Villages perched on mountains, or those nestled on the slopes of olive-covered hills, are striking both for their timeworn appearance and in their harmonious relationship with the surrounding countryside.
We are delighted to have 2 free pairs of tickets to give away to 2 of our lucky readers. The usual cost of entry to the exhibition is €10 per person which includes entrance to the Olive Oil Museum and the Castelli Museum of Ceramics also within Loreto Aprutino. To enter simply “like” like this post on Facebook or Twitter. The 2 winners will be picked on Monday 10th July 2017.
OPENING HOURS Tuesday-Sunday, 10.00-13.00 and 18.00-21.00 | Group visits can be arranged outside these hours by appointment.
VENUE Palazzo Casamarte, Via del Baio, Loreto Aprutino (PE)
TICKET € 10,00 (in addition to the Michael Kenna exhibition, the ticket also includes admission to the Castelli Museum of Ceramics and the Museum of Olive Oil). Children up to 8 years enter free of charge.
REDUCED PRICE TICKETS € 7,00 (from 8 to 23 years – over 65 – groups of more than 10 people)
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Abruzzo by Michael Kenna Bilingual (Italian/English), clothbound, slipcased, 30×32 cm, 80 pages. The monograph is published in conjunction with the exhibition. Printed in duotone on matt art paper, Abruzzo features 65 previously unpublished images. The work is curated by Vincenzo de Pompeis. 2,500 print copies. Published by Nazraeli Press. A Japanese Edition has been published simultaneously by Shuppan-Kyodosha.
Sam is a very lucky midlife mamma to A who is 5 and works as a freelance travel and food web content manager and copywriter. She is currently writing a book 'Abruzzo: Folk and Food', its release date is Winter 2017.
She is the co-founder of the social enterprises: The Abruzzo Blogger Community and Let's Blog Abruzzo.
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