30 September — 13 November 2021
Critical essays by Umberto Palestini, Gloria Fossi and Roberto Valenti

Maja Arte Contemporanea is delighted to announce Ria Lussi’s personal exhibit, “Chi ha paura del Rosa?” (Who is Afraid of Pink?).

On display is a collection of ironic and playful self-portraits; it was inspired by Daina Maja Titonel’s invitation to close a two-year cycle of exhibitions dedicated to female artists. Lussi responds by challenging the current gender disparity through permutations of her “Rose”. Completed in acrylic paint on a round-shaped canvas, each portrait attributes an adjective to its “Rose”; in turn, this becomes an interpretive lens colouring the candid and metamorphic figure that emerges. Lussi’s sophisticated research into chromatic variations renders each of her roses unique.

The exhibition is completed by a bust of Leonardo da Vinci in Murano Crystal (2016); three Rosaries (2016) in blown glass by Maestro vetraio Silvano Signoretto, and the excruciating “face” of Irene (2014), the only empress to have ruled in the fifteen-century history of the Roman Empire.

The reflection that emerges is a shared and striking concern with the gender gap. This is compounded by the gallerist’s own research: she used her expertise as a mathematician to develop a comparative statistical analysis of the state of the gender gap in the visual arts.

To cite only some recent data:

–              Between 2008 and the first five months of 2019 over $196,6 billion has been spent on art at auctions. Only 2% of this sum was designated to works produced by female artists ($4 billion for close to 6000 artists). In the same timeframe, Pablo Picasso’s works alone were auctioned for $4.8 billion, a staggering contrast.

–              The record auction sale for the work of a female artist (the painting “Propped” by Jenny Saville) is $12.4 billion (Sotheby’s, October 2018) compared to the $ 91,1 billion spent for “Rabbit” by Jeff Koons (Christie’s, May 2019).

Responding to a pressing desire to take action and make a contribution towards a change, the Gallery’s website  includes a section dedicated to the topic. Its name is inspired by this exhibition.

The exhibit is corroborated by a catalogue including critical essays by Umberto Palestini, Gloria Fossi and by a botanical note on roses by Roberto Valenti.

Selected works

Ria Lussi
The Curious Rose, 2021
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The Playful Rose, 2021
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The Touchy Rose, 2021
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The Loving Rose, 2021
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The Caring Rose, 2021
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The Conceited Rose, 2021
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Teod., 2016
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The Adventurous Rose, 2021
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Cost., 2016
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Ria Lussi
Who is Afraid of Pink, 2021
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Ria Lussi
Who is Afraid of Pink ?, 2021
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The Strict Rose, 2021
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The Tearful Rose, 2021
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The Fearful Rose, 2021
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The Witty Rose, 2021
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The Thoughtful Rose, 2021
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The Mysterious Rose, 2021
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The Religious Rose, 2021
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Leonardo da Vinci, 2016
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Irene, 2016
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Exhibited Artists

Ria Lussi
 

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