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Villa Medici – FrenchAcademyInRome – “Swimming is Saving”

Villa Medici – French Academy in Rome
July Summer show: “Swimming is Saving”

Summer Group Show of Villa Medici grant-holders: the exhibition is the final result of about a year of studies and researches that was concentrated behind the walls of the Villa, the French Academy which has already celebrated 250 years of creativity, and now collects the works of 15 artists.
This Villa Medici Summer Show is the beginning of a cycle named “L’ORO”, a special name which refers to those students who has started a specific artistic current.
The “summer exhibition” of Villa Medici represents an important key to enter and understand modern and contemporary art.
During the Opening curated by Chiara Parisi, it’s possible to see a series of performances:
Laure Thierrée’s Transumanza urbana; Alvise Sinivia will with a piano performance-body-interaction; in the big saloon. During the night Kenny Dunkan stages several flower sellers peddlers in the garden of Villa Medici.
It is possible to see:
— Writers Lancelot Hamelin e Sébastien Smirou;
— Composers Francesca Verunelli, Benjamin Attahir e Alvise Sinivia;
— The photographs Lucie de Barbuat & Simon Brodbeck;
— Visual artists Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine, Eva Jospin e Kenny Dunkan;
— The animation film director Simon Rouby;
— Art historian Lucia Piccioni;
— Landscape architect Laure Thierrée;
— Restorer of artwork Stéphanie Ovide who collaborates with Etel Adnan.
Villa Medici hosts exhibitions, workshops, cultural events, historical research, academic studies and activities. The Villa has an enviable position, overlooking the entire city, and has 18 acres of gardens filled with fountains and sculptures, and a rich cultural heritage. In 1803, Napoleon Bonaparte moved the French Academy in Rome to the Villa Medici with the intention of preserving an institution once threatened by the French Revolution. The Villa had been renovated in order to house the winners of the Prix de Rome.

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