A series of video presentations of works by iconic contemporary authors tracing impressions and inspirations from the past, in which Italian culture is seen as alive and relevant. The exhibition curated by Laura Mattioli and organized in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of New York for the Stanze Italiane project is entitled ‘Le muse influenti’ (The Influential Muses), and recalls Italy’s leading role in the in the birth and creation of artistic movements that have left an indelible mark on history. Each artist is analyzed and traced back to his or her source of inspiration.
The series begins with a presentation of the work of the artist Barry X Ball, who uses the latest technologies to reinterpret and transform Italian sculpture from antiquity to the early twentieth century, as in the case of the sculptur ‘Pietà après la Pietà Rondanini di Michelangelo’, kept at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan.
Laura Mattioli was born in Milan to one of Italy’s best-known collectors of modern art, Gianni Mattioli. She grew up in contact with famous artists and has curated several exhibitions, including “Morandi Ultimo” in Verona and Venice, “Boccioni” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, “Barry X Ball: Portraits and Masterpieces” at Ca’Rezzonico in Venice. In 2013, she founded the Center for Italian Modern Art in New York, for which she curated exhibitions until 2018-19.