During September, the marvellous sculpture gallery of Villa San Michele will host an exhibition of paintings on paper and cardboard by Björn Melin, Karl Momen and Roberto Torregiani.
”It is a sign of our time that these three painters come from different cultures, but have worked more or less frequently in the same country, Sweden”, writes Olle Granath, former director of Nationalmuseum and the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, who will be present at the opening on September 1st.
Karl Momen’s most famous work is a 27 meters high treelike sculpture in concrete which stands in the Salt Desert of Utah in the United States. Momen’s early architectural studies are reflected in his paintings and sculptures, with their geometrical figures and strong, bright colours.
While Momen was born in Iran, Björn Melin has his roots northern Sweden. The point of reference in Björn Melin’s works is always the drawn line, no matter what material he uses. A pencil line or a brush stroke on a surface, reveal unexpected things about the world and the history of contemporary art.
Roberto Torregiani was born in the eastern region of Marche in Italy. Religious themes often emerge from the abstract and rhythmical surfaces of his tempera and oil paintings. The shapes, the colours and the movements of Torregiani’s hand, adds a transcendental quality to his works. Lately, the face of Maria has come to represent not only the mother of God, but all women, from all times and all parts of the world.
The exhibit has been organized by the Swedish gallerists Eva and Carl-Gustav Yrwing.
During the opening of the exhibition, Café Casa Oliv of Villa San Michele will offer the visitors Vino Cotto, a sweet wine which goes back to ancient Rome. The small town of Loro Piceno in Marche, is the home of this Italian delicacy and the mayor, Ilenia Catalini, will be present to explain the local gastronomy. The production will also be illustrated by the beautiful photos of Giordano Emiliozzi.