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Italian Program to Host Italian Artist for Exhibition at LHUCA

Glenys Young

March 25, 2016

Ezio Gribaudo’s Theaters of Memory” will be on display April 1 through May 28.

Ezio Gribaudo
Ezio Gribaudo
Courtesy of Matteo Imbriani

Texas Tech University's Italian Program in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) will host an exhibition of the works of Italian artist Ezio Gribaudo from April 1 through May 28 at LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles.

Ezio Gribaudo's “Theaters of Memory (Teatri della memoria)” is a collection of works Gribaudo began developing around 1965 and continues to this day. The artwork shares common themes of archaeology of knowledge and of the human experience, with images designed to trigger memories.

“The White Magic of Ezio Gribaudo,” a 2015 documentary directed by Marco Agostinelli and Andrea Liuzza, will be screened throughout the exhibition.

The LHUCA Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and admission is free. The exhibition is sponsored by The CH Foundation and made possible in part through a grant from the City of Lubbock as recommended by Civic Lubbock, Inc. It is supported by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and endorsed by the Consulate General of Italy and ItalyInUS.org.

Teatro della memoria
Courtesy of the Ezio Gribaudo Archives
Teatro della memoria / Theater of Memory (2015)

At the exhibit's private opening on March 31, Gribaudo will be awarded The ICC (Istituto Italiano di Cultura) Lifetime Achievement Award, a prestigious award that recognizes Italian excellence in the world. It will be presented by Valeria Rumori, director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. Gribaudo also will be awarded honorary citizenship from the City of Lubbock.

About Ezio Gribaudo

Born in 1929, Gribaudo was trained at the Accademia di Brera and as an architect. The Turin-based artist brings to his art a sense of chromatic precision and historical determination derived from his work as a painter, sculptor and graphic artist. Gribaudo's work appears in many permanent museum collections around the world, among them the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy; the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris; the Robert McDougall Art Gallery in New Zealand; and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro. Through his committed activity as an art publisher, he mentored and promoted many of the most relevant figures in modern art since the 1950s, including Francis Bacon, Giorgio de Chirico, Willem De Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Peggy Guggenheim, Joan Miró and Henry Moore. He has been recognized with numerous international prizes, including the IX Rome Quadriennale in 1965, the XXXIII Venice Biennale Prize for graphic arts in 1966 and the São Paulo Bienal in 1967.