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Wednesday March 14 sees t he inauguration of a new collectio n of works by Walter Bortolossi.  The show\, which will be held in the foye r of the Teatro Lirico “Giuseppe Verdi” from 18.30\, will present eight new works created especially for the occasion.

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Here\, once a gain\, we see the artist’s signature style: juxtaposed and layered images c ombined to create a pictorial collage whose narrative richness and complex meaning bring to mind the world of the enlightenment.  Nothing is random: e ach image reveals a clarity of purpose and intent\, which in turn shed ligh t on both the intricate web of thought patterns that underlie their constru ction and the personal vision and stance of the artist on the topical issue s and most recent events of our times.  From these images a rich and powerf ul narrative emerges\, one that is not simply  illustrative but also invent ive and critical.

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Bortolossi’s is a painting that opens u p like a fan\, gradually revealing meaning\, gradually drawing in the viewe r into its enveloping vision.  His works are often of a large dimension\, o ffering ample scope for including a wide range of references as citations. However\, is not their number that is important\, not only because the mult iplicity of elements is presented as a variation (on a theme) but also beca use the numerous nuances depicted beyond the foreground convey a rather unu sual vertical perspective\, where a kind of ‘false’ ground merges with the flow of gently undulating surfaces almost like a column of water were risin g with all its force from the depth of the ground skywards.  In this sense\ , one can say that the images make an impression on the retina\, albeit in vague\, distant\, evocative terms\, almost like an emotional experience at the heart of the flow of present history. Nature and culture\, instinct and pre-meditated action  merge together in a research into primitive worlds\, as if subjected to a series of breaths or heartbeats. In his painting ther e is the rhythmic sound of distant music and the warmth of corporeal fragme nts\, each brought into focus with the enthusiasm of one who never fails to find the right name to assign each thing\, the most pertinent adjective\, the most imaginative nuance.\, and yet who never misses  the opportunity to pass comment or make  the kind of caustic joke  favoured in the 18th< /sup> century.

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Many ingredients are added to Bortolossi’s melting pot:  from the Bollywood film industry to  the latest scientific t heories\,  from bizarre caricatures to  distorted portraits of cult America n actresses \, from the latest philosophical impertinence to the most recen t religious entreaty\, from (immaginetta populare??) to ultra-modern archit ecture\,  etc. In the turbulent world of the artist there is no time to res t or decant the thought underpinning the painting. It is not by  accident t hat philosophers and thinkers often appear\, minds that might endeavour to find within the depths of the  chaos\, the possibility for action or soluti ons to a crisis situation.

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The Trieste exhibition follows on from t he success of Bortolossi’s retrospective at the Museo di Arte Moderna in Ud ine (held in 2010)\, the artist’s personal exhibition at the Gallery of  Lo uisiana State University\, the Egbert Baque Contemporary Art Gallery in Ber lin (2011)\, as well as his participation in a number of important group ex hibitions in Los Angeles\, Milan\, Trieste and Udine.

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The event\, which is curated by Roberto Vidali and presented by Maria Campitel li\,  has been realized by the  Associazione Juliet. On the occasion of the opening\, refreshments will be provided by the Teatro Verdi Caffè.

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