Italy in Muscat through ceramic art


Left, Rampini lamp peacock in the vineyard and above, ceramic work on a platter. Photo — Supplied photo

Muscat: A group of Omani and Italian artists (ceramicists, painters, and photographers) spent two weeks together last summer in a beautiful Italian villa, exchanging techniques, styles, and visions of art.

The fruits of this cultural exchange were exhibited in the Palazzo dei Consoli, Gubbio in June 2012. In January this year, a selection of the artwork was exhibited in Rome at the Casa dell'Architettura at an exhibition that included architecture. Now, the group is exhibiting their works in Muscat.

Bait Al Zubair Museum will host a seminar related to the exhibition today from 6:30pm to 8pm. The Councillor of Culture and Tourism in Gubbio, Dott Marco Bellucci, will introduce the seminar. Six ceramic artists, historians, and lecturers will speak at the seminar.

The panel will also include Dr Bader Al Mamaari, a ceramics lecturer at the Department of Art Education at Sultan Qaboos University; Ali Mahrouqi from the Department of Historical Research at the Ministry of Culture and Heritage; Naima Al Sibani, an Omani ceramic artist; Giampietro Rampini, Presidente Confartigiano, Gubbio, Italy; Marino Moretti, an artist and ceramic historian from Orvieto, Italy; and Nicola Boccini, a ceramic artist from Deruta, Italy.

Paola Amadei, ambassador of Italy to the Sultanate, said, "It is a great pleasure to participate in the next stage of the project. Cultural exchanges help to increase mutual understanding between peoples and represent an exceptional source of enrichment. It is indeed a pleasure to see that art and culture play an important role in the development of our relations. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I confirm the full support of the Italian Embassy in Muscat for the realisation and growth of this important initiative."

Teacher of life
Diego Guerrini, mayor of Gubbiom, added, "An ancient Latin proverb stated Historia magistra vitae. In English, this means 'History is the teacher of life.' Not only for Gubbio but also for the whole of Italy, history has taught us that the best results in the art world have always been achieved through cultural exchange and social, political, and economic relations amongst individuals, institutions, and peoples." The seminar is open to the public. It will be held at Bait Al Zubair Museum, Muscat, on the first floor of Bait Al Nahda on Monday, from 6pm to 8pm. There will be simultaneous Arabic/English translations available.

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