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“Myths and Metamorphosis“. An exhibition of works by Francesca Leone


On the 31st of July, 2014 the Raphael hall of the Art Academy Museum will host a solo exhibition of works by Francesca Leone. The exhibition is organized in the framework of a cross-cultural Russian-Italian year of tourism. 
The exhibition is a part of a larger project “Metamorphosis”. New works by the artist, amongst which portraits of Rudolf  Nureev and Anna Pavlova, who are both significant figures in the world ballet, can be found, illustrate the artistic path of Francesca Leone. The circle of works “Metamorphosis” was called by an art critic Giacinto Di Pietrantonio as “one of the attributes that characterizes the work of Francesca Leone, a quality that is based on the change of the shape and structure of the subjects represented, in this case, the body and the landscape, especially mountains that take the form of the female body”.
In her works Francesca Leone raises such profound questions as “how life embodies itself in nature and through nature?” However, in this question she refers more to aesthetics and classical mythology than to a scientific aspect of the issue. 
Connections with mythology most likely can be traced in those works where the human body is somewhat submersed with Earth: one can find in mountains depictions of idealized portraits or silhouettes and shapes of a human body.
An important role in Francesca Leone oeuvre play different art materials: plastic, bitumen, glue, earth, sand, sawdust. The artist emphasizes the great threat of a progress of aesthetics without relying on ethics which has become so common in modern society, where even the matter of beauty is perceived separately from nature. 
This is the second solo exhibition of Francesca Leone in Russia. After her first “Beyond the Gaze” in the halls of the Moscow Museum of contemporary art in 2009, she acquired a title of an Honored member of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. From 2009 until now the artist has taken part in many exhibitions worldwide, including the most prestigious, Venice Biennial (2011, 2013). 
The exhibition will be open until the 7th of September, 2014
 
Artist's biography:
Francesca Leone was born in Rome into a family of artists. Her father Sergio  is the renowned film director of several masterpieces of International cinematography, and her mother was the first ballerina at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. After completing a Scenography Design course at the Fine Arts Academy of Rome, Francesca Leone decides to dedicate herself to painting.
She specialises in painting and graduates with professor Lino Tardia at the Rome University of Fine Arts. In 2007, she participates in an exhibition curated by Claudio Strinati for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at the Capitoline Museums in Rome. Her first solo exhibition is held in Palermo, at the Loggiato di San Bartolomeo, in April 2008. Together with Bonalumi, Gallo, Guccione and Mitoraj, Francesca is invited to create a work for the exhibition “Galilei Divine Man” which opened in December 2008 at the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome, on initiative of the World Federation of Scientists. At the end of 2008, Palazzo Venezia dedicates her a solo exhibition, curated once again by Claudio Strinati, and in March 2009, she is invited by the Municipality of Naples to exhibit her work at the Castel dell’Ovo.
In June 2009, she exhibits the portrait of the composer Ennio Morricone, who received the prestigious “Mc Kim Medal 2009” award be the American Academy in Rome. In July 2009, she is invited by the curator, Maurizio Calvesi, to participate in an exhibition at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) in Moscow. On this occasion, Francesca is nominate Honorary Members of the Russian Art Academy and was designated with this honor by the President of the Academy, Zureb Tsereteli.
In March 2010, Galleria Valentina Moncada hosts a solo exhibition dedicated to her, entitled “Flussi Immobili”. The same month, Francesca participates in the exhibition “Contemporary Art of the Temple of Zeus”, held in the magnificent Archaeological Park of the Valley of Temples in Agrigento together with the works of fifty other International artists, among whom Afro, Arman, Mimmo Jodice, Herman Nitsch, Daneil Spoerr.
For the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, Francesca is commissioned to create a work to celebrate Giuseppe Garibaldi, for the exhibition “Giuseppe Garibaldi… Tutt’altra Italia io sognavo” (Giuseppe Garibaldi… I dreamed of a completely different Italy), held at the National Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome. Her portrait was chosen as the iconic image of the exhibition and was on view from September 2010 to April 2011.
In 2011, Francesca was invited to participate in the 54th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Italian Pavillion.
In 2013, Francesca was invited to participate in the 55th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Cuba Pavillion by title “La pervesiòn de lo clàsico: anarquie de los relatos”, where seven Cuban artists interact with other seven international artists.
2014 sees engaged in several personal exhibitions in Museums of Modern Art: “MAC” Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago del Cile; “MUBE” Brasilian Museum of Sculpture in San Paolo in Brazil; Museum of Russian Academy of Fine Arts in Sanpietroburgo in Russia.
 
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