City of Seattle

Ed Murray, Mayor


SUBJECT:   Exhibition featuring gift of 50 contemporary ceramics to city of Seattle from sister city Perugia opens Nov. 6
10/30/2012  3:00:00 PM

Exhibition featuring gift of 50 contemporary ceramics to city of Seattle from sister city Perugia opens Nov. 6
Reception sponsored by the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association, 3:30 to 6 p.m., Nov. 13, Seattle City Hall

SEATTLE — The exhibition Un Calice per Alviero (A Chalice for Alviero), on view Nov. 6 through Dec. 31at Seattle City Hall, celebrates the 21-year sister-city friendship between Seattle and Perugia. The show features 50 ceramic works by 40 artists from the Umbrian region in central Italy and offers an opportunity to experience contemporary ceramics based on traditional local methods. A public reception sponsored by the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association will be held 3:30 to 6 p.m., Nov. 13 in the Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall. Remarks will be at 4 p.m.

The exhibition is on view in the City Hall Lobby Gallery and Anne Focke Gallery (located on the L-2 level of City Hall), 600 Fourth Ave. Gallery hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The ceramics were created in memoriam of Alviero Moretti (1933-2010), founder of the Alviero Moretti Ceramic Factory and the Ceramic Foundation in Deruta, Perugia. The subject of the chalice, or calice, symbolizes an offering of gratitude by each artist to Moretti for the generous support and inspiration he gave to the Umbrian arts and artists during his lifetime. This collection, curated by Antonio Carlo Ponti and Rolando Giovannini, is generously donated by the Moretti family to the city of Seattle to honor the sister city relationship. The collection comes from Perugia, where it was on view earlier this year.

Artists in the exhibition are: Massimo Arzilli, Andrea Baffoni, Guilio Busti, Gabriel Caruana, Nino Caruso, Tommaso Cascella, Bruno Ceccobelli, Eraldo Chiucchiu, Antonella Cimatti, Bruno D’Arcevia, Silvano D’Orsi, Massimo Diosono, Fabrizio Fabbri, Angelo Ficola, Marino Ficola, Giuseppe Fioroni, Rolando Giovannini, Giuliano Giuman, Paolo Gubinelli, Alessandro Guerriero, Paolo Marazzi, Graziano Marini, Cesare Mirabella, Roberto Panichi, Fabio Piscopo, Paolo Portoghesi, Ferruccio Ramadori, Umberto Raponi, Nicola Renzi, Nello Teodori, Luciano Tittarelli, Rossella Vasta, Franco Venanti, Sabino Ventura, Simona Weller, Yumiko, Edgardo Abbozzo, Manlio Bacosi, Alfredo De Poi, and Riccardo Moretti. The artists will not be present at the reception.

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The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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