The new Omar Galliani exhibition – held at Tornabuoni Arte Florence from the 13th of May to the 28th of June 2021 – aims at being a powerful expression of symbols.
The title alone, “Baci rubati (Stolen kisses) / Covid 19”, brings us back to the terrible days of the first lockdown, days of isolation, of hindered relationships. Even the city chosen by the artist to host the opening of his exhibition is a symbol: Florence is the city that embodies the essence of the Renaissance, a rebirth craved today by all.
The sixty drawings of “Baci rubati (Stolen kisses) / Covid 19” create a fresco “made between March and June, in 2020, – as Galliani himself said – when the lockdown kept us apart; in a laborious silence, I looked for these images on the screens in my house, capturing with a freeze-frame the tiles of this large mosaic drawn with a pencil on canvas. These are the fragments of an everyday life deprived of lips, breath, caresses not given nor received, of latent obscurity that became a part of our daily life in a silent and dramatic crescendo”.
A catalogue will accompany the exhibition with texts by Sonia Zampini, Omar Galliani and Roberto Mussapi.
Omar Galliani. Baci Rubati
exhibition catalogue edited by Tornabuoni Arte. Texts by Sonia Zampini, Omar Galliani and Roberto Mussapi. B/w and colored illustrations, 86 pages, 9,4×11,8 in, Italian/English, 2021.
selection of works