With the title “United Nations of Artists” 11 exhibitions were set up with a total of 88 artists
The celebration began on May 6th in Todi and will end only on December 2nd. Seven months of events in historic buildings, deconsecrated churches, art galleries, museums. This is how Matteo Boetti wanted to celebrate his thirty years of work in the art world. He invited 88 artists (some famous, others almost unknown) at the party, who brought their paintings, their sculptures, their photographs and their installations in 27 exhibition spaces scattered in Todi, Trevi, Narni and Civitella d’Agliano. Never before had such a widespread and prolonged celebration been seen, enclosed by the curator under the purposely emphatic slogan of United Nations of Artists (U.N.A.).
WE SEE WORKS BY MOCHETTI, ONTANI AND SALVO, BIOGRAPHICAL COMPANIONS OF HIS FATHER ALIGHIERO BOETTI
The 88 invited artists are mostly those who have joined the Matteo Boetti adventurous path over three decades, a path dotted with a thousand experiences and the opening of seven galleries. Some of them, such as Salvo, Maurizio Mochetti, Luigi Ontani or Enzo Cucchi, had already been travel companions of his father, the legendary Alighiero. Others, such as Stefano Arienti or Daniele Galliano or Nunzio or Gianni Dessì, are internationally established artists. Still others are young people of good hopes, or emerging, as it is said today. There is no artistic thread that binds them except the relationship with the organizer of the “party” and his passion for dichotomies: local/global, real/virtual, past/future.
THE GALLERIST PAYS HOMAGE ESPECIALLY TO THE ARTISTS WHO HAVE TRAVELED WITH HIM IN THE LAST 30 YEARS
The last of the eleven appointments is scheduled for October 7th at Palazzo del Vignola in Todi. “All Masters” is the title of the exhibition that will end on December 2nd and will also host a tribute to Alighiero Boetti. A homage announced quietly, out of son’s modesty, is presumed. The idea of this long and widespread celebration stems, if we can say so, from a renunciation: enough with the fairs market, attendance, air travel, rushes. This is how Matteo Boetti’s last gallery, the CollAge, was born, located in the house that Alighiero bought in Todi half a century ago. A weird gallery, because it is more a warehouse than an exhibition and commercial space. It is here that Matteo preserves the more than a thousand “pieces” of his collection, that is the material link with “his” artists. It is here that he writes his books of poetry. That he breeds his horses. That he produces his oil. U.N.A. (the United Nations of Artists) is therefore a tribute not only to the thirty years of the activity as a gallery owner, but also and above all to the artists who have traveled with him. Teaching and learning. How it should always happen. And not only in the art world.