Love has always been a source of inspiration for artists of all ages, who have declined it in the most diverse stylistic figures.
The LOVE MUSEUM hosts different works in each of its stages, depending on the location, the city and the exhibition path.
Here are the protagonists of the exhibition at Palazzo Fondi.
ROMERO BRITTO was born in Recife, Brazil, on October 6, 1963. After moving to Miami, he began his artistic journey as a self-taught artist by working alongside street artists and taking inspiration from their forms and techniques, making works on recycled materials such as newspaper clippings and pieces of cardboard.
Encounters in Paris with the works of masters such as Matisse and Picasso allow the young Britto to personalize his technique, which the New York Times calls a source of warmth, optimism and love. In fact, his works are characterized by the refinement of colors and positive vibrations that, when combined, create bold and imaginative patterns.
MARCO LODOLA was born in 1955 and is considered one of the founders of the artistic current that goes by the name of New Futurism, a continuation of the Futurism movement developed in the early Twentieth century. He’s an artist recognized worldwide not only for his unmistakable style, but also for his subjects, which are also identifiable and attributable to him.
He treats subjects ranging from famous couples in love – often dancers or portraits aboard a Vespa – to circus and music figures. However, the subjects chosen always refer to the world of mass media, advertising, music and their icons.
DANIELE FORTUNA was born in Milan in 1981 and since his teenage years has shown a great interest in art by frequenting galleries, studying at the European Institute of Design and then moving to Ireland, near Dublin, where his interest in wood and the technique of carving was born. Back in Italy, his art took shape in his first works. At first paintings formed from pieces of wood shaped, colored and assembled like puzzle parts and then with three-dimensional compositions ranging from subjects from the animal world to the icons of Greco-Roman classicism combined with colors and features of Contemporary Pop.
UGO NESPOLO, born in 1941, was born in Italy, where he studied both fine arts and modern literature. In the 1960s he moved to New York where he was fully fascinated by pop art, which he mixed with the European avant-garde, developing his personal poetics that owed much to the Futurist movement. With Mario Schifani he founded the artists’ cinema, working with Baj, Fontana and Pistoletto.
His artistic language ranges from Applied Art to graphics to theater, seeking different artistic solutions, using multiple materials such as wood, fabric or glass.
ANDY WARHOL (1928 – 1987), Czechoslovakian by origin but American by adoption, a multifaceted and brilliant artist – perhaps among the best-known exponents of contemporary art – is widely regarded as the father of Pop Art. For him, art must be democratic and mass-market; therefore, it must be replicable like any other industrial project.
The artist’s most famous works are the colorful, mass-produced replicas of famous people of the time, with whom he shared crazy parties and evenings at Studio 54 or whom he portrayed in his studio, the Factory in New York. On display is the icon of beauty and glamour who made history: Marilyn Monroe.
BANKSY is the nickname of one of the world’s leading exponents of street art. Nothing is known for sure about his identity, but his first works appeared in Bristol, England. He mainly uses the stencil technique, which involves reproducing the same design in series, thanks to a cardboard model that is placed on a surface and used as a mold for the work, which is then made with spray paint.
His graffiti is permeated with an edgy irony and gives an interesting and original point of view on issues concerning politics, ethics and culture. Without neglecting Love. He loves Naples so much that he has left as a gift to the city a wonderful “Madonna with a Gun” in Piazza Gerolomini.