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Ernesto Tatafiore
The French Revolution and the Allegory of Virtue –
A permanent Tale

extended until 28 June 2022

Regina, from the cycle to Francois Villon, Ballade des dames du
temps jadis, 2011, acrylic and pencil on paper, 83 x 60 cm

“Ernesto Tatafiore is a wonderful draftsman… The lightness of doing was preceded by a long path of trial. In the lightness of doing and its gravity we find the artist’s drama in the present and in the resonating space of historical events… The somnambulistically sure lines embody a melancholy, one would almost like to say a distant melancholy, that always tries anew to appease the fate of opposites.”
(Jean-Christophe Ammann, former director of the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt)

“The functional investigations immanent to the form are reinterpreted in the personal-real context, which involves the historical, political and moral issues, and thus the work of art acquires a complex structure of meaning that conveys allegorical messages… The historical allegories become components of our lives, the examples from collective history are poeticized and internalized – through art – as our own experiences.”
(Lóránd Hegyi, former director of the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna)

In 1969, Ernesto Tatafiore, born in Naples in 1943, had his first exhibition at Lucio Amelio. This gallery was the leading Italian avant-garde gallery at that time and Tatafiore repeatedly exhibited there, among others with Joseph Beuys, Richard Long, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. The following year, in 1970, Tatafiore participated in the Venice Biennale, then again in 1980 and 1990. In 1980 he also participated in the overview exhibition on contemporary Italian art in three museums – Kunsthalle Basel, Museum Folkwang Essen and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. This was followed in 1982 by a solo exhibition at Kunstmuseum Luzern. In 1985, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York showed the artist’s graphic work. Gallery exhibitions included Paul Maenz, Cologne, André Emmerich, New York, and the Lisson Gallery, London. In 1993, a comprehensive exhibition was held in the Museum moderner Kunst Vienna, 2005 in the Museo Capodimonte in Naples and 2009 in Reggia di Caserta, the baroque royal palace of Caserta. A large solo exhibition took place in 2017 in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli.

Per Robespierre, artist book with 20 drawings, acrylic and pencil, each 25 x 26 cm

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