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"Tommaso Durante: A Solo Exhibition"
2003-10-29 until 2003-11-23
Tommaso Durante will be exhibiting his new works at Dickerson Gallery in Melbourne from
29 October to 23 November 2003. The exhibition will be opened by the Consul General of Italy
on Wednesday 29 October 2003 (6-8pm). Dr Simonetta Magnani Director of the Italian Institute
of Culture will also address the exhibition audience.
Six impressive ceramic installations, three big mysterious bronze wall sculptures plus several works
of various size: this is the synthesis of the first, unique, solo exhibition of Tommaso Durante* in a private
Australian gallery after his arrival from Europe two years ago.
Tommaso Durante, a painter and sculptor, was born in Italy in 1956. A free thinker, Durante constantly
expresses his artistic theories in an intensive way. Art critics in Europe have often him as a
‘peintre-philosopher’, for his production of both art works and short theoretical-reflective texts
about art. These reflective texts have more recently focused on the concept of image today
and the destiny of art in the digital society.
Durante has exhibited his works since the early 1970s, but it was in 1978 that his first solo exhibition
at - Basel Art Messe in Switzerland, arranged by Studio Trisorio, Naples, Italy - propelled him
to international recognition.
In his interpretation of the world in Durante’s work tries to destroy the imitation of the ideas by
transposing them into other forms: sculptures, installations, paintings and artist books.
He was always attracted by metaphisical polarities. Dark and light, presence and absence, solid
and intangibile, are themes that often inspired his works. Furthermore the recent artistic production
is strongly connected to the misterious land of Australia.
His installations often give the viewer a sense of disorientation and evoke a mistery that, for the
artist, offers a connection to the real world.
*For the past two years Tommaso Durante has been living and working in Melbourne. He graduated
in Modern Arts at Salerno University in Italy. His artworks were shown in many solo exhibitions
in Italy (Alessandria, Capri Island, Ferrara, Florence, Leghorn, Milan, Naples, Rome) and
internationally (Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Spain, Switzerland
and U.S.A.). In 2003, the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne has hosted
Tommaso Durante as visiting artist.
Tommaso Durante maintains a Free Artist's Portfolio at absolutearts.com. View more of his works at absolutearts.com/portfolios/t/tommaso.
165 mm x 70 mm x 300 mm