Opening: Tuesday, May 14 from 6pm to 8pm
The IDB Staff Association Art Gallery presents The Past is Foreign Land, a solo exhibition by Italian artist Serena Riglietti who is also the illustrator for the Italian version of Harry Potter. The exhibition features Riglietti’s work from 1997 through 2019 which is the timeframe from her first edition of Harry Potter to her last unpublished artworks, subdividing it into three sections.
The first, represents three fundamental moments of her career, from the “Wizard of Oz” published for Ta Chien Publishing (Taiwan) to the award-winning “The Magician’s Boy” written by Susan Cooper and published by Simon & Schuster (New York) to the book entitled “LULU”, published by Edelbra of Porto Alegre (Brazil). The second, presents a cycle of digital paintings on Palboard with a theme most precious to her: Angels. The last is a tribute to her mentor the sculptor, ceramist, and painter Ermes Ottaviani who was born in Urbino, the city symbolizing Italian Renaissance. “Icaro” and “Baby Rocking” are two Plastoform resin sculptures that speak of their great friendship.
According to the Italian art critic and professor Adele Cappelli, her Angels’ series are: “Mirrors for those, who from time to time, choose them as a reflection, they activate a flow of exchange where neither the represented body nor the physical body of the observer is a hermetic container, impenetrable guardian of matter and emotions”.
Born in Milan, Rigglietti now lives in Pesaro and works in Urbino. She attended the Academy of Fine Arts Urbino and pursued a career in illustration. Serena is the illustrator for the Italian version of Harry Potter and of more than 80 children’s books with major publishers such as Mondadori, Grimm Press, Simon and Schuster, and Usborne Publishing.
IDB Staff Association Art Gallery (13th St. entrance) located at 1300 New York Avenue NW. Visit http://www.idbstaffassociationartgallery.org/en/index.php