28 September - 6 November 2000
" ‘Stundàiu'," explained the Genoese artist Luca Vitone (born in 1964), quoting his famous fellow Genoese, the poet Eugenio Montale, "means that typical attitude of pride mixed with timidity and suspicion, that daily habit of griping, and a certain inferiority complex in dealings with others, which is offset by a sense of moral superiority." And "Stundàiu" was the title of the work the artist created for this exhibition, a work in which he chronicled the presence of the Genoese in Rome, as well as rehabiliting several of the common "places" about his native city, using terms that were blatantly conventional. Visitors to the exhibition were invited down a sort of path to knowledge, sustained by both personal memories and detailed historical research, that started with the reconstruction of a ‘creuza', the typical street in Genoa, walled and narrow, and dropping down to the sea. About thirty 18x24 photographs indicated the Roman residences of several famous personalities from Genoa, painters, musicians, or politicians: Baciccio, Grechetto, Emilio Prini, Paolo Villaggio, Pietro Germi, Tenco, Gino Paoli, Nino Bixio, Giuseppe Mazzini, Goffredo Mameli, Palmiro Togliatti, and Paolo Emilio Taviani; as well as the only restaurant in Rome featuring Genoese cuisine. Genoa was also evoked by its flag with the effigy of St. George, and by the smell of the sea that rose from the fountain that was a feature of the exhibition space, filled with water for the occasion; there was also a video on a dance from the local folklore, the ‘Trallallero,' as well as a quadrifoglio, a characteristic piece of furniture handcrafted in Genoa in the eighteenth century.
Moreover, for the duration of the exhibition, a cooking course in Genoese cuisine was offered at the restaurant inside the Palazzo delle Esposizioni.
Exhibition curated by Maria Grazia Tolomeo.
Mounted by Enzo Serrani.
Catalogue edited by Maria Grazia Tolomeo, with essays by the curator and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, as well as an interview with the artist by Emanuela De Cecco and critical apparatus by Raffaella Ridolfi; published by Palazzo delle Esposizioni PdE Edizioni in collaboration with Castelvecchi Arte, Rome 2000.