Alessandro Berni Gallery hosted ‘Tenderness’, a group exhibition curated by Stefania Carrozzini, and in collaboration with MyMicroGallery, Milano.
Artists: Barbara Bachner – Amy Cohen Banker – Adriana Collovati Rosslyn Duncan – Tracey Harvey – Susi Lamarca – Tina Parotti Gio Sciello – Gabrielle Shannon
The exhibition was composed of thirty works, paintings and photographs by nine artists from Europe, Australia and United States. The exhibition addressed the multiple meanings and implications related to the feeling of tenderness. As the curator wrote in the introductory essay of the exhibition: ‘…If we look up tenderness in the dictionary it is synonymous with sweetness, kindness, sensibility, and compassion. It’s a unique characteristic of childhood which then over time, gives way to other attitudes deemed more appropriate for functional adulthood. In reality we often embark on a journey that has lost sight of the origin and the destination, because the spirit of tenderness is our true home. Perhaps only the artists are allowed to return children. On “Planet of Tenderness” there are no limits and boundaries, confined spaces that oppress the soul, because the view is wide open. The bodies floating in the air where communication is music. As Khalil Gibran reminds us, “Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and determination.” Only who is strong can express tenderness, and it’s very difficult when we are afraid of our own feelings to expose our inner selves…”
The distinction is that Blaise Pascal helps us to understand well that tenderness distinguishes the “esprit de finesse” from ‘”esprit de géométries.” The esprit de finesse is the spirit of subtlety, sensitivity, care and tenderness. The spirit not only thinking and reasoning. It goes further, because it adds the ability to feel deeply. Hence the art, creativity, and all those values for which it is really worth living, to use time and energy. The esprit de géométrie is the spirit of power. And where there is power there is no desire of tenderness or love. Ours is a culture of “geometric”, with a large accumulation of information but little wisdom, with too many destructive devices, shown by the media, by altered communication which aims to feed negativity and that takes us away from our true nature. Life and love can be fragile. There is only one invincible power that feeds and saves us and that is tenderness”.
The Tenderness Project was a travelling exhibition. After Milan Mymicrogallery and Berni Gallery in Perugia, the next stop was New York City at Onishi Project Gallery where was presented from 17 – 28 Nov. – 2015.
ALESSANDRO BERNI GALLERY
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