December 12th 2008-January 30th 2009
Opening: Friday December 12th 2008 – 7 pm
ESSAY BY STELLA CERVASIO AND ANGELA TECCE
Galleria Paola Verrengia proudly announces Silontes, the solo show by Luigi Mainolfi, one of the most significant artists on the contemporary international panorama. The artist returns to Salerno after his exhibition “Nozze di Sole e Salerno” at the Chiesa dell’Addolorata, Complesso di Santa Sofia in 2005.
Silonte, a fictitious animal from Mainolfi’s Bestiario del Sole’s gouaches, is a genderless creature, a visionary double-natured monstrum, an hybrid of classical mythology and contemporary, past and present.
Featuring in the exhibition: Silontes, two bronze sculptures (one golden and one black) created exclusively for the show in Salerno, a large terracotta Pacifico Tabacco (160 x 160 cm), Piccola terra del sole (75 x 75 cm), and a series of small terracotta plates “Verde Femina, Mare Femina e Rosso Femina”.
Luigi Mainolfi was born at Rotondi Valle Caudina in 1948. Lives and works in Turin Italy. Exhibited widely around the world. Exhibitions: Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil (1981), La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (1982, 1986, 1990), Paris Biennial, France and Documenta 7 Kassel, Germany (1982), the Biennale Internazionale di Scultura of Carrara, Italy (2002 and 2008). 1st prize, Superior Prix al 5th Henry Moore G.P, Japan (1987).