Visiting Galleria Continua

As part of our Orientation activities, we had a chance to visit two exciting exhibitions of contemporary art at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano:

  • ANTONY GORMLEY ‘Co-ordinate’
  • ALEJANDRO CAMPINS ‘Declaración Pública’
Antony Gormley is a British artist, b. 1950 in London, whose work has been widely exhibited around the world.  His current exhibition at San Gimingnano explores and maps the body through a series of abstracted figurative sculptures as well as a massive site-specific installation entitled “Lost Horizon II” which transforms the main gallery space (formerly a cinema) into a matrix of silk-wrapped bungee cords.  The visitor is invited to enter and interact with the space, with their participation also becoming part of the work.  As the title implies, the installation alters the viewer’s perception of space and their field of vision, creating a fascinating optical and visceral experience.  For more info:
Alejandro Campins is a Cuban artist, b. 1981 in Manzanillo.   He works with a variety of media including photography, painting and drawing.  His current exhibit in San Gimignano, his first ever exhibition in Italy, features  paintings from his series “Declaración Pública”, as well as a fresco painting inspired by the work of Giotto.  The work is on view in Galleria Continua’s project exhibition space located at Arco dei Becci 1.  The subjects of these works are Cuban amphitheaters, built after the revolution for the valorization of official public political discourse, activity which in recent years only takes place for select annual events.  With these public spaces falling into disuse and abandonment, they present an interesting glimpse into the complex social and political dynamics present in Cuban culture both historically as well as today.   For more info:

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