Corrado Veneziano's pictorial project dedicated to the Father of the Italian language launches on Dante Dì. The Biblioteca Nazionale di Firenze (National Central Library of Florence, Piazza dei Cavalleggeri, 1) hosts the exhibition "ISBN Dante and other visions", from March 25 to April 23, 2021, as part of the rich calendar of Dante initiatives planned by the Florentine Institute. It's the preview of a larger exhibition that will open in Rome at the end of May 2021, to be held at the Conservatorio Nazionale of Santa Cecilia.
With his pictorial cycle of 33 large-format works dedicated to the Divine Comedy, Corrado Veneziano is the only living artist with a solo exhibition in the official program by the Ministry of Culture dedicated to Dante's 700th anniversary.
Three works will be exhibited in Florence, dedicated respectively to Hell, Purgatory and Paradise, and which summarize the substance of that great "literary architecture”, the Commedia. On each canvas, 33 (or 34, for Hell) lines portray the ISBNs of the "Divine Comedies" printed in Italy in recent years: lines that may seem like scratches, gates, pillars, columns, perspectives or theatrical backgrounds. On each of these codes that create a new connection between languages, a verse is taken from each of the Canti and that is repeated from time to time, even being translated into Morse Code. The Florentine preview, and then the full Roman exhibition in May, are enriched by the presence of clothes dedicated to female figures of the Comedy, specially made for the occasion by the stylist and costume designer Regina Schrecker.
In Florence, the works are located in strategic points of the building that are visible to users - in consideration of the quota of entrances for the exclusive use of the services and resources of the library - during the opening hours of the institute and in compliance with the COVID-19 preventive measures.
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