1 / 5       Sidewalk angel, Emilia, 1998. © George Tatge.

2 / 5       Arco Etrusco, Perugia, 1983. © George Tatge.

3 / 5       Ara Pacis, Roma, 2007. © George Tatge.

4 / 5       Stairs, Poggibonsi, SI, 2004. © George Tatge.

5 / 5       Pool and sea, Livorno, 2010. © George Tatge.

Italia Metafisica

Italia Metafisica by George Tatge (66 works on show from Feb. 22-March 22 2015) is an exhibition of symbols, signs and sacred geometries inspired by the structures man has built on Italian soil. Not only architectural structures, but minor constructions or simple objects he has left behind—mysteries and metaphors of his brief presence and his passing on. Promoted by Villa Bardini with the patronage of the City of Florence and the collaboration of the Consiglio Regionale della Toscana in the context of the Festa della Toscana and with the contribution of BassmArt, part of the Bassilichi Group.
Following the major exhibition, Presences—Italian Landscapes, which opened in Villa Bardini in 2008, devoted to the transformations of the Italian countryside, George Tatge offers us another series of images dealing with the relationship between man and his environment. In this case it is man rather than nature that holds the center stage, with all his creations and the social, industrial and religious connotations they embody. From Roman temples to suburban condominiums, from Renaissance churches to abandoned factories, man has left everywhere his profound mark. What we are shown here are fragments of reality, bizarre and surreal juxtapositions which, through the ambiguity of their contents, offer themselves to the viewers’ interpretations. Some of the places Tatge has photographed recall the visions of painters that worked in the first part of the 20th century, but the term Metaphysical was chosen in this case to underline the photographer’s intention to use physical space to express an abstract concept or simply a state of mind. In other images we find allusions to the Surrealists, to their fascination with symbols and the subconscious, subjects that have always been present in Tatge’s poetic work: Photography, an art as fragmentary as poetry.
The film Light and Silver, The Photographic Life of George Tatge, by the Canadian film maker David Battistella, will be shown at the exhibition. Music by William Tatge, musician and composer who lives in NYC and is George’s son.
The exhibition will travel to various cities after the Florence venue, as Presences did, opening in Trieste, Perugia, La Spezia, Roma and Paris. Curator, Diego Mormorio. Entrance to the exhibition is free upon payment of the reduced fee for visiting the Villa which includes visits to the Annigoni and Capucci museums and to the panoramic terrace.
A volume published by Contrasto, Rome with texts by Diego Mormorio and Carlo Sisi accompanies the show. The exhibition is promoted by Fondazione Parchi Monumentali Bardini e Peyron of Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze.

Italia Metafisica by George Tatge
Villa Bardini, Costa San Giorgio, 2 - Firenze
22 February – 22 March 2015

opening times: from Tuesday to Sunday 10 am - 7 pm (last entrance at 6 pm) | closed on Mondays
admission fee: on the occasion of this exhibition, entrance to the show is free with the reduced entrance to the Villa of € 6.00 | Reduced entrance to the Villa for visitors between the ages of 7 and 14, students, groups of more than 10, members of ACI, Touring Club, Unicoop Florence, FAI and holders of tickets to the Museo Novecento, Museo di Palazzo Vecchio and Firenze Card, members of FAI youth and holders of tickets to the Boboli-Bardini Gardens | free entrance to school groups accompanied by a teacher.
info: + 39 055 2638599

published on 2015-02-18 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS


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