The Venezuelan artist Alfredo Ramirez, trained between Italy and Venezuela, returns to Milan with an exhibition that collects his latest production, the result of constant reflection and suffering caused by a world torn by abuse, violence and authoritarianism, in which he himself finds himself living the condition of exile.
Alfredo Ramirez's works are exhibited in numerous museums and collections including the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Peter Norton Art Collection and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas.

The title, Virtus Dormitiva, is a quotation from Molière’s comedy “The imaginary sick” and is the expression that best describes a pathology that afflicts contemporary society: indifference to external events.
When asked why opium makes people sleep, Argante, the imaginary sick man, answers in macaronic Latin: “Quia est in eo virtus dormitiva, cuius est natura sensus assoupire”.

In other words, opium makes you sleep because it makes you sleep and mankind, Ramirez reflects, sleeps asleep from a poison “that makes you sleep”.
A tautology, to express the apathy which distinguishes an attitude which belongs to us and, at the same time, a call to action.

Exhibition
Alfredo Luis Ramirez ↗︎

Curator
Giuseppe Frangi

Opening
Thursday, May 10 2018, from 18:30 to 21:30

Location
HUB/ART
Via Privata Passo Pordoi 7/3 – Milano

The exhibition is divided into three sections.

It opens with an important series of drawings made on ATM public transport tickets. Tickets that, as Giuseppe Frangi writes in the catalogue: “They were used to move and now they have fulfilled their function”.

The second section is dedicated to the woman’s body, “engraved but slender towards somewhere else”, created with respect for geometric harmony.
Finally, in the third section, the origin of Alfredo Ramirez is revealed, where large supports lend themselves to accommodate ancestral visions, full of symbolic meanings.

“They are desert spiders, treacherous creatures that, however, are reflected in a harmonic rigour, almost in apotropaic function”, writes the curator Giuseppe Frangi. “Crossing time, they have extended to modernity. So Ramirez poses the theme of the eternal circularity of art, which always returns to the point where chaos becomes order and order becomes chaos”. The exhibition is curated by Giuseppe Frangi, journalist and president of the association Giovanni Testori.

For Interface HUB/ART, opening its fifth exhibition a year after the official inauguration of the exhibition space, it is a great reason of pride to give space to an artist who in the course of his life has followed a multiple and fertile path in the field of visual arts and who, with his latest production, has been responsible for “reawakening” contemporary society, using a language in constant tension between beauty and horror.


WHERE

HUB/ART
Via Privata Passo Pordoi 7/3
20139, Milano

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WHEN

Opening
Thursday, May 10 2018, from 18:30 to 21:30

Open to the public
May 11 to July 15, 2018
Monday-Friday, 9:30 – 12:30 / 14:00 – 18:00
Saturday-Sunday by appointment only

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