28 October 1999

Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Giuseppe Blasotta at the University Museum

Exhibition opens 12 November 1999 and closes 5 January 2000 – Central topic: the contemporary conflict between the individual and a world dominated by technology

In the ongoing series of exhibitions in the foyer of the museum on the premises of the Old University (Grabengasse 1, 69117 Heidelberg), the University Museum is devoting a show to oil paintings by Giuseppe Blasotta from 12 November 1999 to 5 January 2000.

Giuseppe Blasotta was born in Foggia (Italy) in 1972. His childhood was spent in a number of different cities, with Venice, Milan and Turin leaving the most lasting impressions on him. At the early age of 20 he taught philosophy at the Ginnasio Liceo Classico G. Giusti and the Centro Studi G.B. Vico in Turin. An Erasmus scholarship also brought him to Heidelberg where alongside his studies in Christian archaeology and philosophy he devoted more and more of his time to painting. Changing locations (now most notably Venice and Heidelberg) are an important source of inspiration for the artist Blasotta.

The last few years has seen the birth of a variety of works the artist himself sees as being porofoundly rooted in the Christian civilisation of the West. A central motif in the Heidelberg exhibition is that of wounds. The range extends from fish heads symbolising Christ on the Cross to the contemporary conflict between the individual and a world ruled by technology. The pictures on show centre on a philosophical question: Are there still conditions favouring genuine community or is the human principle doomed to fall silent in the solipsism of rampant technology?

The exhibition opens on 11 November 1999 at 6.15 p.m. in the foyer of the University Museum. This announcement is also an invitation to the press.

The welcoming address will be held by the Rectorate's Commissioner for the University Museum, archive director Dr. Werner Moritz. There will also be a message of greeting from Hans Georg Gadamer, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Heidelberg. Prof. Dr. Donatella Dicesare and Giuseppe Blasotta will be providing an introduction to the exhibition.

The University Museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Giuseppe Blasotta's work can also be viewed on the Internet: www.angelfire.com/ut/gb/.

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