Concert for ‘The Tree of Life Which Is Ours’ by Romolo Del Deo
As the last event of the 2022 edition of Personal Structures, artist Romolo Del Deo has invited the Quartetto D’Archi di Torino for a unique performance at Palazzo Mora
Artist Romolo Del Deo’s monumental bronze sculpture, The Tree of Life Which Is Ours, will be part of the closing ceremony in the European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Mora, for the grand finale of its exhibition Personal Structures on Sunday, November 27, 2022.
Quartetto d’Archi di Torino will be performing an hour long selection of works by Italian composer Ezio Bosso to commemorate the music’s inspiration in the creation of The Tree of Life Which Is Ours. The artist will also hold a brief introduction of the work with a projection of the sculpture throughout the performance.
“My work views contemporary disposable culture of today through the lens of antiquity. Using methods, materials and iconography from ancient art, I create objects that are contemporary antiquity ruins, castaways, like the shed skins peeled from statuary and inhabiting a place neither entirely solid nor totally anchored in historical reference. However, it is a place where the past becomes human and relatable to the present as something reclaimed, as an image that can endure.” - Romolo Del Deo
The Tree of Life Which Is Ours is a 14-foot tall bronze sculpture created for the ECC at the Marinaressa Gardens of Venice, exhibiting for the duration of the Art Biennial, from April 23 through November 27, 2022. The installation presents the artist’s approach to a sustainable art practice for the 21st century, Long Art, as a platform for environmental and sociocultural activism. He repurposes artisanal methods from antiquity which require the investment of an artist’s time and utilising natural materials in order to make a statement about how industrialised mass produced processes and products are driving global warming. The artist’s hometown of Provincetown and Venice are coastal cities with great artistic legacies imperilled by sea level rise. Inspired partly by environmental science and partly by myth, this existential threat is woven into the artwork being created for both sites.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
After completing his academic education with high honors at Harvard University (‘82) and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Romolo Del Deo has pursued a distinguished career as an artist and master sculptor, with studios in Pietrasanta, Italy and Provincetown, USA. The artwork of Romolo Del Deo is exhibited in public monuments, museums and galleries internationally and he has received major awards and prizes, including the New York Foundation for the Arts USA, The Henry Moore Foundation UK, INHA Grant France, The Florence Biennale De Medici Gold Medal, Italy and the David McCord Prize for Creativity USA and The Sumner Bird Foundation Creative Grant for the last three years consecutively.
Most recently, Romolo Del Deo was selected to create a 14ft high monumental bronze sculpture for the European Cultural Centre as part of the Venice Art Biennial 22 in the Giardini Biennale. He has also represented 21st Century Art of the United States at the 2017 G7 of Art in Italy as well as the Honoree Exhibitor at the 2017 Florence Biennale.
In addition to his artwork, his teaching methods have received the Harvard-Danforth Award for Excellence in Education and the President’s Award for Contributions to the Arts at Harvard University. Romolo Del Deo is a leading proponent of “Arte Lunga” the Long Art Movement. To advance his ideas about Long Art and to nurture emerging artists, he founded the Studio Romolo Atelier school of art.