GiaMaArt studio art gallery | Vitulano, (BN) Italy
Gianluca Capozzi “Maleventum”
Opening: Saturday 19th April 2014 | 7pm
Curated by Raul Zamudio
Exhibition: 19.4. – 16th July 2014
Via Iadonisi, 32 • 82038 VITULANO (BN) • ITALY
Saturday 19th April, at 7pm, the GiaMaArt studio art gallery presents “Maleventum”, solo exhibition of
Gianluca Capozzi that will take place in Vitulano, (BN) Italy.
Consisting of painting, the title is culled from two sources. One comes from Benevento’s ancient Roman description:
Maleventum, which translates as “site of bad events”. Maleventum was considered so ominous that its name would
be changed by Romans to something more benign: Beneventum; and finally to its current nomenclature as
Benevento. The other allusion in the exhibition’s title is more contemporary, for it comes verbatim from the
similarly named album by the Italian death metal band, Opera IX.
Maleventum’s historical description was based on numerous factors concurrent with, and post ancient Rome. One
entails the violent, bloody battles that took place in the expansion of the Roman Republic. Later in the sixth
century AD, the Germanic people known as the Lombards seized Beneventum and although they eventually would
adopt Catholicism, their burgeoning reign brought the worship of faunal pagan gods and rites that would rub up
against Christendom. These perceived heresies initiated Benevento’s future folkloric perception as a place steeped
in witchery and sorcery. The exhibition uses these sources as curatorial foil to investigate the occult and attendant
crypto-fascist backdrop of historical events, politics, and the cult of personality.
The exhibition will be held until the 16th July 2014, from Tuesday to Saturday from 4pm and at 8pm by appointment. The times
may vary so it is advisable to always check by calling.