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A Night of Italian Culture At Re-opening of Istitu...

A Night of Italian Culture At Re-opening of Istituto Italiano

"Fluxare" poster created by Piero Roccasalvo Rub

“Fluxare” poster created by Piero Roccasalvo Rub

Last week, Istituto Italiano celebrated the re-opening of its cultural center that used to be in North Beach and now is on Van Ness, just few blocks away from San Francisco City Hall. The eventful night was filled by prosciutto, cheese from Mona Lisa Restaurant and several important people such as; state Senator, Mark Leno; Consul General of Italy in San Francisco, Mauro Battocchi; the cultural center Director, Paolo Barlera, the curator Mauro Aprile Zanetti and of course the special guest of the night, poet, painter and co-founder of City Lights bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Opera singer, Kathryn Bowden of Merola Foundation Artists performs for the Istituto Italiano Grand Opening.

Opera singer, Kathryn Bowden of Merola Foundation Artists performs for the Istituto Italiano Grand Opening.

The night started with ribbon cutting that was soon followed by the magnificence arias performance from soprano singer Kathryn Bowden of Merola Foundation Artists. “It’s incredibly meaningful to have Lawrence with us tonight. Our ties to the North Beach remain strong, and he is a great symbol of that. But this new location, so close to the Opera, across the street from cooking school, also has a lot to offer in terms of Italian culture.” Paolo Barlera said in his opening remark.

Man of the night, poet, painter, and co-founder of City Lights Bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti

“Fluxare” Curator, Mauro Aprile Zanetti with poet, painter, and co-founder of City Lights Bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Guests then started to swarm the gallery. Some of the guests who have been longtime fans of Mr. Ferlinghetti work approached him and waited patiently to pay honor to the 96–year-old man who has been painting for over 65 years. The night was also the grand opening of Mr. Ferlinghetti’s Fluxare painting exhibition.

One of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s paintings at the Fluxare exhibition

One of Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s paintings at the Fluxare exhibition

Some paintings that are showcased at "Fluxare"

Some of the paintings that are showcased at “Fluxare”

The Fluxare exhibition that features many painting tributes to great painters such as Picasso, Rodin, Proust, and Manet will be held until November 30 at Istituto Italiano.

 

“Fluxare” exhibition is curated by Mauro Aprile Zanetti.

 

Check out this video of Lawrence Ferlinghetti as Italian Cultural Ambassador 2013.

For more information about Fluxare exhibition, click here

 

 

Written by, Taufik Marasabessy, BFA Merchandising 


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