Exhibition "Bologna Certosa with Dickens’ eyes"


The Associazione Amici della Certosa di Bologna in collaboration with Bologna Museo civico del Risorgimento and with Minerva Edizioni, worked together to organize this exhibition.

The proposal originally came from the Gruppo Arti Visive of the Associazione: the idea was that by using photographic images and paintings, it would be possible to recreate the feelings and impressions Charles Dickens may have developed while visiting the Certosa, during his short stay in Bologna. In particular, the curators tried to imagine how the stroll through the cemetery cloisters and the people he met there, on a November Sunday in 1844, may have affected his subsequent works.

The relation between such a highly imaginative author, as Dickens is, and the themes linked to the end of life and what could exist after death, also for those who are left alive, is so fecund that they can be seen all through his works. For instance, the theme is present in “A Christmas Carol”, a beloved novella that has achieved world-wide fame, but also “Great Expectations”, which actually starts in a cemetery where little Pip imagines his parents’ looks based on the type format and the inscription style on their gravestones, because, Dickens clarifies, they lived much earlier than the era of photography.


Reading Dickens is like observing a series of images, which he evokes by making them come alive to us and this is how the works presented at this exhibition must be interpreted. There is always a strong relationship between photography and literature, represented by the interpretation of reality. The photographer or painter’s eye is as selective as the literary construction: the latter, through the choice of characters and settings, at times offering revealing perspectives on human nature, creates its own original representation of the meaning of life. In this specific case, the artists involved have interpreted the Certosa taking their inspiration from the many ‘cemetery’ settings featuring in Dickens’ works.


The belief of the Associazione Amici della Certosa is that also through such an initiative it is possible to fulfil two of the prerequisites the Associazione has set for itself: promoting and disseminating knowledge about the cemetery and raising funds to continue with this activity and to contribute to the restoration and maintenance needs.


The exhibition will end with a charity auction. The money raised is going to be used for the Certosa restoration works. The auctioneer is a special guest: Patrizio Roversi, who has kindly agreed, with his affectionate and spontaneous offer, to support our monumental cemetery, the “other town”.


The exhibition also features an interesting series of guided tours, at the Certosa as well.


Finally, Dickens’ presence in Bologna is also the theme of the exhibition currently underway at the Library of the Archiginnasio "Sulle tracce di Dickens. Libri e opere grafiche della Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio”, which has been extended until March 2nd. On display are books, engravings, prints and period photographs.


Alessandro Chalambalakis, Quieta e lenta rovina
Alberto Martini, Raccontami all'orecchio
 

The exhibition
"La Certosa di Bologna con gli occhi di Dickens"
from February 16th to March 10th, 2013
official opening Friday, February 15th, 5.30 p.m. with Eugenio Riccòmini

Palazzo Comunale, Sala d'Ercole - Piazza Maggiore 6

Opening hours:
Every day: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Free admission
Photographs by Alessandro Chalambalakis, Sonia Lenzi, Alberto Martini, Feliciano Musolesi, Angelo Scaramagli, Mauro Squiz Daviddi, Franco Stellino, Paolo Vegetti

Paintings by Lisetta Favretti and Roberta Zucchini

Exhibition organizers:
Associazione Amici della Certosa di Bologna
in collaboration with:
Bologna Museo civico del Risorgimento
Minerva Edizioni
With the contribution of:
Associazione Bologna per le Arti
Didasco Associazione culturale

Events

Friday, February 15th, 5.30 p.m.
Exhibition official opening with Eugenio Riccòmini


Saturday, February 16th, 10.30 a.m.
Exhibition guided tour with Roberto Martorelli

Sunday, February 17th, from 11 a.m. to 12.30 a.m.
at the Bologna Certosa (Chiostro Terzo) - via della Certosa
"Di passaggio" with Sonia Lenzi
The artist will wait for the public to let them be part of her artistic project

Saturday, February 23rd, 4 p.m.
Exhibition guided tour with Federica Zullo

Sunday, March 3rd, 10.30 a.m.
Exhibition guided tour with Federica Zullo

Saturday, March 9th, 10.30 a.m.
Exhibition guided tour with Roberto Martorelli

Sunday, March 10th, from 11 a.m. to 12.30 a.m.
at the Bologna Certosa (Chiostro Terzo) - via della Certosa
"Di passaggio" with Sonia Lenzi
The artist will wait for the public to let them be part of her artistic project

Sunday, March 10th, 4 p.m.
Charity auction of the works on display for the restoration and promotion of the Certosa. Auctioneer: Patrizio Roversi
 

Furthermore, the exhibition "Sulle tracce di Dickens. Libri e opere grafiche della Biblioteca dell'Archiginnasio" has been extended until March 2nd.
Biblioteca dell’Archiginnasio - Piazza Galvani 1
Opening hours:
Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed on Sundays and public holidays
Free admission

 

Further information and more details available at
www.amicidellacertosa.com

amicidellacertosa@gmail.com
tel. +39 345 2699200

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