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Rocco Orlando’s “I fondamentali” on display in Bratislava

Bratislava in mostra I fondamentali di Rocco Orlando
Bratislava in mostra I fondamentali di Rocco Orlando

Only a few days left to visit the exhibition “I fondamentali”, by artist Valerio Rocco Orlando, staged at the Sumec Gallery in Bratislava by the local Italian Cultural Institute. The modular installation consisting of three neon light sculptures illuminating the exhibition areas poses three questions: “What is the value of art?”, “What is the sense of education?”, “What is the meaning of experience?”. The Milanese artist leaves it up to us to answer these open-ended questions.

The gallery that hosts Orlando’s installation is part of a modern school of design, hence those who must come up with an answer to the artist’s questions are young people (students) rather than adults (teachers); indeed, aside from meditating on Rocco Orlando’s neon words, students can ask themselves more questions and make further considerations as to how to improve schools and society.

I fondamentali’’ was thought up for the artistic project Cantica21, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, which aims at enhancing Italian contemporary art, supporting the production of artworks by both emerging and accomplished artists, showcasing them in Italian Cultural Institutes, Embassies and Consulates through an art exhibition spread across several world cities.

Valerio Rocco Orlando’s project was one of the 45 selected from the 293 submitted. An artist and multimedia drama teacher at the Accademia di Brera, Orlando has worked with philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, composer Michael Nyman, artists Gilbert & George, Ugo Rondinone, and Liam Gillick, actors Saleh Bakri and Alba Rohrwacher, singer Amalia Grè and psychoanalyst Luigi Zoja.