Meet my Friend is the second chapter of Hospitality Season, a guest-themed season curated by Italo Bergantini and Gaia Conti.
Friendship is an invaluable Art. To be celebrated as such, be exhibited, and admired to the fullest extent, especially when it comes to a brilliant match of ideas.
The exhibition is set to open on Sunday, Dec. 4, with a unique formula. Guests in the Romberg Arte Contemporanea venue are three friends of as many artists from the gallery: Giorgio Galli introduces Carlo Marchetti, Claudio Marini introduces Raimondo Bonamici and Vincenzo Pennacchi introduces Manfred Jacob Vogt.
Filìa [/ˈfɪliə/; from Ancient Greek φιλία (philía)], relationships arise from this short word. In Empedocles, it is a physical and divine principle that gathers into a harmonious unity the elements earth, water, air, and fire, constituting the cosmos. The two terms art and friendship stand very close together. Art was actually meant to be shared, and friendship is one of the most precious feelings we can nurture.
Through each other one grows, one mirrors oneself in the other, one learns from the other.
Meet my Friend delves into the book of human relationships. Nothing is meant to be imitation, but mutual reverence and esteem instead. Particular styles and approaches, and unique visions converge to create an artistic partnership that arises, grows, and unravels here, among the gallery halls, casting a bright, lightness and powerful energy.
Diverse voices multiply due to an amplifying effect. An effect starting from the signaled friend figures of Marchetti, Bonamici, and Vogt and flowing along the walls to the works of those who named them–Giorgio, Claudio, and Vincenzo. Togetherness and singularity meet to seal the bond of friendship.
This second show aligns fully to the Hospitality season idea, thus revealing itself as a more intimate view. It exhibits and preserves friendship, such a critical resource in bringing different peoples and cultures together.