The Liberty Pop project tells the elegance and beauty of a past time which, like the texture of a splendid tapestry, is closely connected to the identity of Sicily.
Domenico Pellegrino, known as the artist of light, who designed the Christmas shop windows of the Hermes boutiques in Italy, unveiled his latest work, Liberty Pop, to the public during a performance in the halls of the Grand Hotel et des Palmes, which took place on Saturday 11 December 2021.
Reality is the cage of those who lack imagination / Reality is the cage of those who lack imagination is the title chosen for the presentation performance. Six works were placed in two large cages with the door open "just to go out and free your imagination", the artist reveals.
Godmother of the evening will be Daria Biancardi, currently on tour in Italy and abroad with her show Respect, a tribute to the great Aretha Franklin. she sang the song "A change is gonna come" accompanied on the piano by Francesco Leo, thus lighting up Pellegrino's works.
The event was realized thanks to the participation of:
Terrazze dell'Etna, Friends of Music Association and Leeed
“For years my work has been oriented towards the study of traditional Mediterranean languages, myths, legends, icons and decorations that tell the millenary history of my island. I redesign, in a contemporary key, my works through wood sculpture and light, using the lights in a new way ", declares the artist who created, with wood and luminaria, the image of the peacock, among the subjects most represented by the Liberty together with the swan, the lily and the iris.
Daniela Brignone, art historian and critic, professor of History of Applied Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo. For many years, his research has focused on international artistic movements between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and, in particular, on art and design of the Art Nouveau period on which he has published volumes and numerous essays, better describes the history of the peacock in Art Nouveau.
The peacock makes its first appearance in London in the famous and beautiful Peacock Room (the Peacock Room), decorated by Whistler between 1876 and 1877. Mucha, Beardsley, Liberty and Tiffany, subsequently, turned it into unparalleled masterpieces. At the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Palermo also had an intense Art Nouveau season that produced some of the most beautiful artistic creations, known all over the world: the peacocks that in the hall of mirrors of Villa Igiea recall the cyclical nature of life or, again, the stained glass window that Pietro Bevilacqua, collaborator of Ernesto Basile, created in 1920 for Villa Tasca depicting two peacocks in front of a spring, which recalls a style in which fluid lines predominated and in which the intrinsic fluidity of the glassy material lent itself to extraordinary interpretations .