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THE PHILOSOPHER'S NIGHT About The Minotaur by Maurizio Barberis



THE PHILOSOPHER'S NIGHT About The Minotaur by Maurizio Barberis

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New York, NY (13 February 2017) - On March 8th 2017, from 6pm to 8pm, THE
PHILOSOPHER'S NIGHT, About The Minotaur, a photography exhibition by
Maurizio Barberis, will have its opening night at the Consulate General of Italy, 690
Park Avenue, 10065, New York.

Three series of photographs, three image narratives, to construct a single story on the
mysterious figure of the Minotaur, which from the shores of ancient Crete spreads
through the idea of the Labyrinth, a persistently vivid myth for all modern and
contemporary art and culture.
An exhibition of 30 Italian images, curated by Patrizia Catalano, each made by
assembling multiple shots taken in different moments, in different places, converging in a
single photograph that conveys a new meaning of the mythical tale. The exhibition is
divided into three photographic series: La Nuit, Under a Red Sun and Enargeis

Maurizio Barberis, architect, has concentrated on art, photography and design since the
start of his career, with a particular awareness of the relative nature of perception of the
space-time dichotomy. He has recently refined his poetic research to explore the points of
contact between the world of the senses, forms, basic perception, dreams, the realm of
symbolic assertions and myth, using multiple media including drawing, painting,
sculpture, photography and site-specific installations.

Barberis describes his work as follows: “[...] The night of the philosophers is a tribute to
the alchemical tradition of Italian Hermetic philosophy of the Renaissance. It is the
saturnine night that drives the path of knowledge in pursuit of the lapis philosophorum
and that foreshadows, in the eternal return of spiritual evolution, the mystery of the
reformulation of the amorous unity of opposites.” The artist continues: “The exhibition
begins with an image of the Gardens of Bomarzo, where we see the inscription
‘dell'oscuro pensiero’ (from every dark thought), and concludes in a Venetian campo
named for St. John the Evangelist, author of the Book of Revelation [...].”

The Consulate General of Italy in New York invites you to the opening of the exhibition
THE PHILOSOPHER'S NIGHT, About The Minotaur, by Maurizio Barberis, on 8
March, from 6pm to 8pm. Followed by an aperitif courteously provided by Piccolo Cafe
and Valle dell'Acate.

About The Minotaur
by Maurizio Barberis
Curated by Patrizia Catalano and Mariangela Tessa
8 March 2017 6pm-8pm
Consulate General of Italy in New York
690 Park Avenue, 10065, New York
The exhibition will be open to the public from 9 March to 19 May by appointment.

About Maurizio Barberis:
He has shown his work in Italy and abroad. Under the pseudonym Henry Thoreau, he has
collaborated as a photographer for many years with architecture and design magazines
like Interni. His photographs have appeared in many international publications (World of
Interiors, AD France, AD Italia, Elle Decor Germany). He has published many
photography books with Mondadori, Electa, Damiani Italia and Rizzoli New York. He
received a prize for best photography at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012.

About Patrizia Catalano:
A journalist specializing in interior design, architecture and the visual arts, she is in
charge of the supplements of the magazine Interni for the news magazine Panorama. She
has written many books, including Belpaese: Interior Italia (pub. Mondadori Arte), Casa
Italiana (Rizzoli International) and Living Today (Electa).

About Mariangela Tessa
Maria Angela Tessa is a journalist living in New York since 2012 where she writes and edits for
online and print media. In her career she has held the editor position in some of most relevant
financial and economic italian newspapers.

Many thanks to:

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