“A-MARE”: 101 ARTWORKS BY MARCO NEREO ROTELLI ON DISPLAY SEPTEMBER 12 – 18 IN PALAZZO DUCALE FOR U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. LIGURE
An exhibit at Palazzo Ducale in the Ducale Spazio Aperto from September 12 – 18, “A-MARE” is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. The event is organized by U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. Ligure for the fundraising campaign #doniamocolore, made possible thanks to the generous contribution of the artist Marco Nereo Rotelli.
One hundred and one paintings created especially for this occasion by the Venetian artist, mix glyphs from an ancient language with marine creatures from a dream, playing with the colors that mark the campaign: Red – Love, Blue – Faith, Green – Hope, Yellow – Joy, Purple – Service. The works may be viewed and bid upon with an offer on the site www.unitalsiligure.it.
The art is a demonstration of Rotelli’s perpetual creative game-playing, aimed at creating works between signs and de/signs, that take a stand in defense of the values necessary for mankind. The central theme is a reflection on the sea and on life: in these small works, minor languages flow together, treated in a digital society like relics that are redeemed by the artist in defense of identities.
At the exhibit’s inauguration on September 12 at 6:30 p.m., Gemma Malerba, President of U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. Ligure, will speak along with the art critic Serena Mormino, the artist Marco Nereo Rotelli, as well as the poets Jean Portante and Loretto Rafanelli. In a gesture of solidarity and shared values with the project, the poets will open the evening with a reading accompanied by the music of Gianluca Littera, the famed Italian harmonica player who has composed a new piece dedicated to the breath of the sea.
At the end of the exhibit, the works will be displayed on October 7th in the Cetacean Pavilion at the Aquarium of Genoa during a cocktail party dedicated to solidarity, art, music and fun, with the special guest Antonella Clerici. The party begins at 7:00 p.m. and is open to the public with a minimum donation of 60 Euros.
Rotelli’s support of the U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. project is part of a broader ethical commitment of the artist that has already involved him in important exhibits such as the one at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris and then the 53rd Venice Biennale with ‘Save the Poetry’. The works in the exhibit “A-MARE” are a projection toward the other, toward those who suffer, toward those who cannot receive love in order to live.
The campaign #doniamocolore is one of the fundraising events organized by U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. Ligure to support the regular operations performed by volunteers in the Association in assisting the disabled and adults and children with problems. Their actions go beyond the famous pilgrimages to Lourdes, and are based on operative, creative charity, with over 100,000 participants who try to live the Gospel in their daily lives. Each participant offers according to their own ability to give, and makes a commitment to give support and hope to those who turn to the association for help.
“As Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say” remarks Gemma Malerba, President of U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. Ligure, “we cannot always do great things in life, but we can do small things with great love. The exhibit is an occasion to communicate the work of our Association to a broader audience and to raise funds for our projects.”
Among U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I.’s most important projects, “Progetto Bambini” that offers support to families with children afflicted by various illnesses, forced to leave their own homes to access healthcare at the Gaslini Hospital in Genoa. In order to run this project, U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. Genoa manages three apartments adjacent to the hospital, completely restructured on the basis of the guests’ needs, where all year long, the families of children who are hospitalized are housed. Another important project is “Giovani” to give young people the important chance to experience volunteer work by assisting with the pilgrimages to Lourdes, and to allow them to become familiar with the Association’s five values: Love, Faith, Hope, Joy and Service.
U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. is in Italy, in Liguria and in Genoa, and was founded in 1903. Today there are over 100,000 participants in Italy, men, women, children, healthy, sick, disabled, people of all ages, all levels of education and socioeconomic background, people of all professions. U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I.’s activities extend across Italy with an administrative structure organized into 19 sections with 2 foreign delegations. In Liguria, U.N.I.T.A.L.S.I. was started in 1912 as the Liguria Section and today counts over 4000 members who provide assistance to the disabled, the elderly and the ill through various activities, organizing pilgrimages and creating a network through the territory. The subsection of Genoa counts 700 volunteers.