Italian Art and Intrigue at the Bellarmine Museum of Art


Tania LazloThe Fairfield University Bellarmine Museum of Art is pleased to present "Tania Brassesco & Lazlo Passi Norberto: The Essence of Decadence," an exhibition of photographs on view in the Quick Center for the Arts from September 19 - October 25, 2015. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Italian artists Tania Brassesco (b.1986) and Lazlo Passi Norberto (b. 1984) met as students in Venice in 2008.  They have collaborated on several series of photographs that fuse their experience in performance, painting, set design, installation, photography and video. The seven photographs, in which Tania appears as the model and artistic muse, reprise with uncanny fidelity the moody, poetic compositions of Gustav Klimt and other fin-de-siècle painters.  Using the elastic, expressive and contemporary medium of photography, the artists painstakingly translate and reproduce with an almost surreal, magical verisimilitude the language of painting from another epoch.  The result is a series of images that are hyper-real artistic fiction.

Director and Chief Curator Linda Wolk-Simon, who organized the exhibition, says, "It is a distinct pleasure to introduce these talented young artists, whose works have been featured in several international exhibitions but only once before in this country, to an American audience.  Their marvelous photographs have received great critical acclaim in the European press; visitors to the exhibition in Fairfield will surely share this admiration of their extraordinary and seductive body of work."

The exhibition is organized in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Quick Center and has been made possible with the assistance of Lisa Marie Baker.   

Photo credit: © Tania Brassesco and Lazlo Passi Norberto, Daydream, 2012, Digital photograph, C-print on Dibond, Edition of 7 plus 2 artists’ proofs, 43 1/3 x 30 1/3 inches, Remake of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Day Dream, 1880  (Private Collection, Courtesy Lisa M.Baker)

Media Contact: Teddy DeRosa, tderosa@fairfield.edu, 203-254-4000 ext. 2118

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Posted on September 11, 2015

Vol. 48, No. 8

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