The Little Prince by Francesco Nesi: a fantastic journey on display at Lu.C.C.A.

From May 11 to June 6, 2021, the Lu.C.C.A. Lounge & Underground will host Francesco Nesi's solo exhibition "My Little Prince. Infinite Journey."

A journey on the wings of imagination through the works of Tuscan artist Francesco Nesi (San Casciano Val di Pesa, 1952) inspired by The Little Prince. From May 11 to June 6, 2021, the Lu.C.C.A. Lounge & Underground will host the solo exhibition My Little Prince. Infinite Journey, curated by Maurizio Vanni and Filippo Lotti.

Produced in collaboration with Fuori Luogo and sponsored by the City of Lucca, with partner The Lands of Giacomo Puccini, the exhibition presents compositions that refer to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ’s masterpiece to come alive with new figures and to address the theme of travel, not only physical, but also inner.

“In the opacity of the society in which we live, based on externality and materialism,” writes Maurizio Vanni, “the child within us, pristine and innocent, who has never left us, is only waiting to be awakened. Nesi, in almost all his works, envisions for us a world that is free, open and, at least in appearance, without boundaries and barriers. The result is dynamic and unpredictable compositions, in which forms and colors merge in creating definitively temporary, concretely unstable characters and things.” He continues: “Often the fear of breaking down every barrier and expanding our boundaries, undermining our certainties, does not allow us to go beyond the appearance of things. For Francesco Nesi, too, travel is understood as a desire to open one’s mind to something else: his characters, more often than not, are moving between heaven and earth as if they were reaching out toward the dimension of knowledge. Their goal is not to arrive at the final destination, but through overcoming obstacles and dangers to come to distinguish the human self from the social self. In an ideal and endless journey, being should always correspond to appearing.”

“It only takes one glance to be conquered by Nesi’s universe,” adds co-curator Filippo Lotti. “It is an ’other’ world, his, than the everyday; yet so relatable to it as to leave no doubt: it is human existence we are talking about. Fortunately, art and poetry come to our aid: in fact, Nesi’s colors and composition miraculously project us into a dreamlike and surprising atmosphere; earthly life is transfigured and transported to a non-place and a non-time, necessary and desirable conditions for those who still feel like dreaming....” “The Little Prince would be truly thrilled,” Lotti concludes. “Like him, who traveled among the planets to make sense of the many questions, we, now, in the company of the Nesian protagonists, fly over the earth that shows us the human condition from a privileged perspective and that from above seems at times accessible to us; the melody in fact that ’filters’ from the paintings accompanies us in a light flight over the real world, illuminated by a clear light charged with hope: For few of us remember being little, and, among those few, there are surely the true artists, those who do not resign, those who want to eradicate the dangerous baobabs.”

The opening in the presence of the artist will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 5 p.m.

For info:

Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Mondays. Free admission

Image: Francesco Nesi, Sorvolando

The Little Prince by Francesco Nesi: a fantastic journey on display at Lu.C.C.A.
The Little Prince by Francesco Nesi: a fantastic journey on display at Lu.C.C.A.

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