The opening of Athens Burns by Alessandro Calizza is on Saturday May 6th at 5:00 pm, at Museo dell’Arte Classica inside La Sapienza University.

This is but a taste of what spectators can expect from this exhibition: it is going to be  an opportunity to know the works that inspired some of the paintings of the artist.

Calizza’s work draws on an iconographic  repertoire evoking classical themes. He creates ancient art pieces with damages and wounds perpetrated by human kind or weather.

“For ever and ever” – 90 x 90 cm - Charcoal and acrylic on the table – 2017. Alessandro Calizza

“For ever and ever” – 90 x 90 cm – Charcoal and acrylic on the table – 2017. Alessandro Calizza

The use of bright colors contrasts with the “seriousness” of these figures underlining people’s superficiality in the face of severe events. Calizza is not pessimistic, in fact he tries to send a warning call.

At the exhibition, other works based on sculpture restoration will be displayed. It is worth mentioning the Japanese technique called Kintsugi that consists of filling fractures with gold.

It represents a symbolic restoration of things that seem definitely lost, instead they are enriched with this precious metal.

“The Empty Kingdom” 2017 – 200 x 200 cm - Acrylic and charcoal on canvas. Alessandro Calizza

“The Empty Kingdom” – 200 x 200 cm – Acrylic and charcoal on canvas – 2017. Alessandro Calizza

The most skeptical may be wondering why a  venue like a classical art museum should host a contemporary artist.

Yet, Calizza borrows elements from ancient times to tell present, so displaying in this venue is  a sort of “artistic and moral pay off ” to the works which inspired him.

Possibly, it is going to be the audience who will appreciate this choice ever more and eliminate the time gap between present and past. You cannot miss this exhibition if you are fond of antique and contemporary art. You will have the chance to enjoy the blending of these two worlds.

Article by Loriana Pitarra

English translation by Chiara Vilmercati