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Euopean Heritage Days - September 25, 2022 at 11.30
Giacomo Verde: to image a sustainable future with art
free guided tour in Italian by Annamaria Monteverdi

NEXT OPENING October 8, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Il piccolo grande cuore di Giosetta. Giosetta Fioroni opere anni Sessanta - Duemila
October 9, 2022 - February 26, 2023

Attraverso l'arte

La galleria Il Gabbiano 1968 - 2018
Cinquant'anni di ricerca artistica

The exhibition Attraverso l’arte (Through Art) traces the exhibition activity of the gallery Il Gabbiano, a cultural reference point for La Spezia which created connections among various generations of artists and promoted the most representative movements of the international art scene from the ‘60s to the new millennium, such as Visual Poetry, Fluxus, Conceptual Art and Body Art.
Founded in 1968 as “Circolo Culturale Il Gabbiano”, the gallery had the special characteristic of being an artistic interaction point wholly managed by artists, artists wishing to update the cultural environment of the province and continue the inherited relationship with contemporary art which the town of La Spezia had cultivated in the early post-war years, thanks to the various editions of the Premio del Golfo (Gulf Award).
With the over 500 exhibitions which succeeded one another in the gallery from 1968 to 2018, Il Gabbiano demonstrated ever more clearly its singularly militant approach, fed by a visionary impulse which over the years became a concrete, lasting cultural mission.
The exhibition aims at illustrating this exhilarating story with a composite display, punctuated by special themed sections and points of focus on Italian and international artists who have had lasting collaborations with the La Spezia gallery: starting with the fitting homage to the founders and historic animators of the gallery, Mauro Manfredi (1933-2004), Fernando Andolcetti (1930-2021), and Cosimo Cimino (1939), who has created a special installation for the occasion. At the end of the ‘90s, Mario Commone (1964) joined the artistic management of Il Gabbiano.



A special feature of the of programmes of Il Gabbiano, which was consolidated above all in the last two decades of gallery’s activity, was active involvement; this was translated into the production of themed collective shows, for which the artists were invited to create special works according to specific indications (regarding theme, but also often format and medium).
Within this overall view, the single work became part of a whole, a kind of “series” which often also entered the publishing sphere, with publication of the show catalogue.
This way of working allowed the gallery to build up a solid network of relations with the artists over the years, with shared discussions and exchanges at the artistic but also the existential levels.  
And it is with the precise aim of revisiting the exhibition and relational dynamics of the gallery that for this exhibition, Attraverso l’arte (Through art), 50 artists who over the years have exhibited at Il Gabbiano have been invited to create a contribution/homage in the form of a flag, thus forming a large collective installation which becomes an integral part of  the historic exhibition itinerary. Each author has responded by interpreting the theme in their own language and with their own means of expression. In this way the flag becomes an exemplification of each participant’s creativity, a symbol of freedom, friendship and lightness, elements which have always been the hallmarks of Il Gabbiano.


Exhibition promoted by
Comune della Spezia
Sindaco e Assessore alla cultura, Pierluigi Peracchini
Dirigente Servizi culturali, Massimiliano Curletto

and produced by
CAMeC Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

in collaboration with
Galleria Il Gabbiano

with the contribution of
Coop Liguria

curated by
Mario Commone, in dialogue with Mara Borzone, Francesca Cattoi, Cosimo Cimino, Lara Conte, Marta Manini

project direction
Eleonora Acerbi and Cinzia Compalati

Cristiana Maucci

design project
Marta Manini

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Comune della Spezia
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May 27, 2022 / March 19, 2023


Ercole Salvatore Aprigliano

Painter and woodcutter

Ercole Salvatore’s vocation for art came to light in adolescence. When Ercolino (as people called him) knocked at the door of Felice Del Santo’s studio against his family’s wishes, he was just 15 years old.
Memory of this artist has not faded, also thanks to the exhibitions which punctuated his impassioned professional experience, favoured by his versatile temperament which enabled him to express himself with laudable results in both painting, drawing, woodcuts, stained-glass window decoration and frescoes.
The period of his youth was culturally rich in those protagonists and events which contributed to the greatness of the early 20th century. Aprigliano did not shut himself up in the studio, and his life was marked by numerous friendships: with the sculptor Enrico Carmassi, his life-long friend; with Emilio Mantelli, Francesco Gamba and Giovanni Governato, authorative figures in the woodcut world, which was given prestigious new impulse in the Eroica magazine of Ettore Cozzani and Franco Oliva; with the Viareggio artist Lorenzo Viani; and with other colleagues (Antonio Discovolo, Augusto Magli, Eugenio Brandolisio, Amilcare Bia, Pietro Gaudenzi, etc.), finally the younger painters whom he received and lovingly advised.
The painting of Telemaco Signorini, who was repeatedly present in the province of la Spezia from 1859 to 1899, also contributed to his cultural education; as did the lively Zimarra coterie which he joined enthusiastically in 1920, and the significant meetings with important figures of the art world (Plinio Nomellini, Galileo Chini, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Enrico Prampolini, Mino Maccari, Luigi Fillia, etc.).
Selected works demonstrate his developing experience in the difficult art of wood engraving and his indisputable skill in using gouges, scalpels and burins.
The exhibition, which includes works from civic collections and the artist’s family, most of which are on show for the first time, offer varying evidence of the painter’s far from provincial creative vein as well as his specific identity as a landscape and portrait painter of indisputable talent. The exhibition highlights Aprigliano’s ties to his native town, to which he dedicated numerous paintings, thus allowing the younger generations in particular to get to know and better appreciate the La Spezia of yore.
We are convinced that the visual itinerary presented in the exhibition will confirm the not only local protagonism of this productive painter, as well as the credit which has rightly been bestowed on him over the years.
Aprigliano dearly loved the sea, the countryside and airy scenery, which he depicted in various canvases with notable sensitivity and equally notable authenticity. He was a sincere painter, as regards both his intimate feelings and the images he created with his exquisitely tonal colour-scheme, with its personalised purples, turquoises and blues applied in harmonious, well-defined graphic patterns.
One of the aims of the organisers of this retrospective is to arouse renewed interest in the more complex artistic tradition of La Spezia, of which our Aprigliano is certainly an admirable representative.



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June 25, 2021 / September , 2022




The color room and pop focus





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February 9, 2022 / January 15, 2023


Liberare arte da artisti. Giacomo Verde artivista


Verde was born in provincial Naples in 195. He studied art in Florence, spent a long period in Treviso, then finally Lucca. He was a pioneer of video art (a term he found a bit limited for him) in Italy, of video theatre, of performative arts combined with technologies: those poor ones he loved but also the digital ones, with virtual characters and interactive shows. He called himself a videoartivista (a mixture of artist and activist) or tecnoartivista (a mixture of techno, artist and activist), extending artistic activity to an insubordinate, irreverent exploration of technology and social, civil, political activisim in the true, high sense of the term.

Contasorie (Storyteller), which was set up in the ‘70s with street theatre, accompanied his video exploration with a dimension always deriving from a live situation; for example, animating a digital marionette from a distance (Bit, with Stefano Roveda/Studio Azzurro and Antonio Bocola), or creating on-the-spot electronic backdrops in the theatre, or narrating fables using closed-circuit video cameras and monitors, with fingers, biscuits, walnuts, woollen threads, pasta as the only characters (the TeleRacconto with Giallo Mare minimal theatre). To show that something different could be created inside the TV. Giacomo Verde la TV (susan: l’ho capito come titolo) also taught how to destroy it cleverly, in playful, liberating performances striking old monitors with hammers; and after the hammering, going away happily holding his piece of junk like a precious relic.

It is impossible to list all the collaborations, projects, works, shows, videos, installations, crossings of borders and crossovers of the arts: graphics, sculpture, video painting, music, with theatre as the common factor; even holograms, artificial intelligence and experimentations with the mobile phone. Verde loved and practiced the idea of a conscious artistic militancy guided by enjoyment of these actions, intelligent playfulness, an unreconciled militancy, tenderly mocking and at the same time serious and lucid. We recall here the video Solo limoni (Only lemons, 2001), about the tragic G8 events in Genoa; the collaborations with Antonio Caronia, with Lello Voce; the interactive show Storie Mandaliche (Mandala Stories) created with Andrea Balzola, Anna Maria Monteverdi, Massimo Cittadini, the computer graphic animation Stati d’animo (States of mind) at Boccioni (Susan: presumo che Boccioni sia un posto? Se una persona, allora “at Boccioni’s”); the video theatre in the Padua prison with Michele Sambin and Pierangela Allegro; the online activisim and internet art. He was driven by the idea of spreading knowledge and artistic practice, an idea which was also expressed by his commitment to teaching: an innumerable series of workshops all over Italy, courses for adults, children, meetings, seminars, group projects, projects with teachers, interventions in conferences and festivals, always with a caring, lucid and kind sense of cooperation.

Verde was an anarchical experimenter of experiences and languages and he taught at Universities and Academies. He established a close collaboration with ALDES, the artistic and cultural association led by Roberto Castello, which was interested in the interrelationships among dance, visual arts, technologies. It was with ALDES that he gave his last performance in 2019, Piccolo diario dei malanni (Small diary of afflictions). In Lucca in 2015 he also founded the theatrical web magazine Lo Sguardo di Arlecchino (Harlequin’s Gaze), with critical texts which deserve to be collected together. He collaborated closely with the circle DADA BOOM, the social art workshop of Viareggio, and the collective SuperAzione, with whom there were incessant inventions, proposals, initiatives. Verde was an alien, playful and light-hearted artist whose chosen homeland was “the whole cosmos”, an artist with untiring, shared creativity. (Sandra Lischi)

Exhibition produced by


Municipality of La Spezia
Mayor, Pierluigi Peracchini
General Manager of Cultural Services, Massimiliano Curletto

and produced by

CAMeC Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

in collaboration with

La Statale Università degli Studi di Milano, Accademia di Belle Arti di Bari, Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara, DadaBoom, Ricre’Azione, Dramatic Iceger


June 25, 2022 / January 15, 2023