Next Thursday evening, the 11th of June, we shall open our new exhibition showing the works of the Swiss/Italian artist Cesare Lucchini. Entitled ‘Pietà, it will be the artist’s third solo show in the gallery and his first since the major retrospective in the museum of Bern in 2016/17.
‘La Pieta’, the iconic image of Christ’s inert body being supported by the Virgin Mary is one of the most emotionally charged images in all Western Art and also one of the most moving testimonies to human compassion. ‘The absence of ‘Compassion’ is at the core of what drives Cesare Lucchini to paint: In a western world dominated by an alarming shift to the political right, where any form of moderation is immediately shouted down; where episodes of racism are on the rise, his highly emotionally charged works bring sharply into focus our common humanity which ultimately binds us together. Lucchini continually demands of us to face the question: Why? Why are these people alone and abandoned to their destiny? Why is man unable to ever emerge from the innate contradictions which condemn him from fulfilling his potential?
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