Palazzo Fruscione, Salerno
SALERNO. The myth, the excesses, the loves, the challenges, the glamor, the art, the creativity, the madness. The beauty of the faces and stories of those who lived in the most iconic of New York hotels is a multifaceted and complex beauty: the Chelsea Hotel. This legend inspired the cultural association Tempi Moderni with Ono Arte Contemporanea for the exhibition-event "Stories from the Rooms" and the review "Racconti del Contemporaneo - V edition - Il Palazzo del Sogno", scheduled at Palazzo Fruscione, at the Foundation Ebris and at the Ghirelli Theater, in Salerno, from 9 July to 5 September 2021.
A group of artists who have made the history of photography will metaphorically live in the rooms of the second and third floors of Palazzo Fruscione, through the exhibition - unique of its kind - of 109 photographic works, made even more suggestive by a very particular setting that refers to the suggestions and atmospheres of the New York hotel. The texts of the photographic exhibition are made exclusively by the journalist, radio and television presenter Carlo Massarini.
With the contribution of almost 30 photographers and graphic artists of international fame, the exhibition tells this extraordinary adventure. At the Chelsea Hotel, Arthur Miller, who had just left Marilyn Monroe, retires to write; Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe will settle there for several years, as will Jackson Pollock, Dylan Thomas, Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin; Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols in one of those rooms killed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen while Andy Warhol shot his film Chelsea Girls there. And again Madonna, Tom Waits, Dennis Hopper, Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, and many others.
These and many other stories will be told in an exhibition that does not want to be just an anthology of characters and key moments in the history of popular culture, but also an opportunity to reflect on the particular climate that has helped to influence and shape the art and culture of the twentieth century.
At Palazzo Fruscione there will be the works of: Rita Barros, Peter Cunningham, Deborah Feingold, Barry Feinstein, Tony Frank, Guido Harari, John Jay, Matt Mahurin, Fred W. Mc Darrah, Inge Morath, Anton Perich, Michael Putland, Sam Shaw , Steve Schapiro, Norman Seeff, Peter Angelo Simon, Ronn Spencer, Allan Tannenbaum, John Tiberi, Fabio Torre, Baron Wolman, Susan Wood.
In dialogue with the photographers who have immortalized the legend of the Chelsea Hotel, in the other rooms of the building, there will be: the historical duo of contemporary art Perino & Vele, the designer and illustrator Stephen Alcorn, the cartoonist Vanna Vinci, the video artist Nicola Di Caprio and Licio Esposito and Paola Vacca of Cactus Film.
Stories from the rooms and Racconti del Contemporaneo, organized by the Tempi Moderni Association, with the curatorship of Ono contemporary art for the photographic section and supervision for the Side exhibition section, are promoted and supported by the Campania Region through Scabec, by the Municipality of Salerno, from the Cristiano Tosi Foundation, from Metoda, Project Finance 4.0, Ritonnaro, Sada and Banca Sella and have the patronage of the University of Salerno. It will also be possible to visit the exhibition with Campania Artecard, the pass of the Campania Region that allows you to visit the places of culture in Campania; holders are entitled to a reduced ticket for admission. We thank Casa del Contemporaneo for the collaboration at the Ghirelli Theater and the Ebris Foundation, for the events of the “Fuori Palazzo” Review.
Technical partners are Del Basso, Medi Blue, Pedone & Tomeo, Smyb, Trucillo and Guardian.
In the photo work by Perino & Vele, Dump, 2007