The photographic exhibition "Antonio Canova" by Fabio Zonta, which will be inaugurated in the Consulate General of Italy on May 22, together with a display of tempera paintings entitled "Canova e la danza", is part of a larger project, which is the result of the collaborative effort between the Gypsoteca e Museo Antonio Canova in Possagno, Italy, and the renowned Frick Collection in New York.
The upcoming Canova’s George Washington exhibition at the Frick Collection marks the 200 years since Canova sculpted the statue depicting the first President of the United States of America George Washington, which was commissioned by the North Carolina Senate, and was completed in 1818.The exhibit is of highly historical and artistic importance, and is an opportunity to renew the bond between the famous sculptor from Possagno and the United States. The full-length preparatory model of the nation’s first President, which was tragically destroyed when a fire swept through the North Carolina State House in 1831, will be on display at the Frick Collection, alongside some preparatory sketches, as well as related drawings and engravings.
Within this framework, and in conjunction with other initiatives endorsed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and aimed at promoting Italy’s image abroad, the Consulate General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in New York in accordance with the Italian Embassy in Washington, will open their doors to two previously unseen exhibits, and will join the Frick Collection in a journey of rediscovery and appreciation of the famous Italian artist and his personal bond with the United States, where he was greatly admired and held in high esteem at the beginning of the 19th century.
The inauguration of the photographic exhibition will be held at the Italian Consulate on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6.30 pm.
The inauguration of “Canova e la danza” exhibition will be held at the adjacent Italian Cultural Institute on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6.00 pm.