Gernika, inauguration of the Sofia Gandarias exhibition in Florence

In the crypt of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, from the 20 October to the 16 December 2018, the works of the Basque artist who disappeared in the 2016

The appointment is for Saturday 20 October at 16 when it will open Gernika, an exhibition that will see the Basque artist's works as protagonists for almost two months Sofìa Gandarias (1951-2016).

Covered by the cultural association "Pinocchio di Carlo Lorenzini" and curated by the same President, Monica Baldi, the exhibition Gernika (or Guernica in Basque language) arrives in Florence - thanks to the Prior of the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte, Father Bernardo, and the former President of the European Parliament, Enrique Barón Crespo, head of the Legado Gandarias -, after being admired until the end of last June in the Exhibition Hall of the Benedictine Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos, in Burgos, Spain .

The Guernica Triptych, which Gandarias has dedicated to his hometown and is owned by the Basque City Peace Museum, can be seen in the crypt of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, which for the first time opens its doors for an exhibition of contemporary art representing an unprecedented adventure of beauty, faith and hope.

As highlighted by Monica Baldi, the exhibition's curator architect, in the brochure that enriches the exhibition, "the exhibition is an extraordinary exhibition and cultural project of great emotional strength: it is creating an ideal path between Spain and Italy, stimulating a deep reflection on peace and values, above all thanks to places so rich in extraordinary spiritual and cultural density ".

The three very significant scenes of the artist's work, the five evocative sketches representing violence and war experienced through the drama of colors, the unusual images of women and the clock on the facade of the church that marks the moment of the attack , report the visitor to the terrible air attack that destroyed the city Basque 26 April 1937.

According to the most profound ethical convictions, this work aims to represent a direct commitment to democratic and civil choices. In fact, Gernika, the Basque martyr city, is one of the most representative images of the twentieth century for its symbolic value and is considered 'Icon of Peace'.

The task of art critic of the exhibition will be entrusted to Cristina Acidini, President of the Academy of Design Arts in Florence, which writes in the aforementioned brochure: "If Picasso had solved the tragedy in a range of gray, Gandarias prevails red , in sharp contrast to the black and the neutral, so as to pour into the triptych and other studies a blaze of fire and blood, which is like a cry against all the wars of all time ".

In addition to the Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell (former President of the European Parliament and President of the European University Institute in San Domenico di Fiesole), Father Bernardo, Enrique Barón Crespo, Monica Baldi and Cristina Acidini, will attend the inauguration on Saturday 20 October Cristina Giachi (Deputy Mayor of Florence), Cristina Narbone (President of the Spanish Socialist Party and former Minister of the Environment) and Senator Caterina Biti.

The exhibition will remain visible until Sunday 16 December 2018, with free admission, and will be open every day from 9.30 to 19.30.

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