The exhibition Un Calice per Alviero (A Chalice for Alviero), now on view through Dec. 31 at City Hall, celebrates the 21-year sister-city friendship between Seattle and Perugia, Italy. The show features 50 ceramic artworks by 40 artists from the Umbrian region in central Italy and offers an opportunity to experience contemporary ceramics based on the ancient artistic tradition of that area. A reception sponsored by the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association will be held 3:30 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall. Remarks will be at 4 p.m.
The show is dedicated to Alviero Moretti (1933-2010), founder of both 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 Roland Giovannini, is generously being 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 ar’tists will not be present at the reception.
Images: Tommaso Cascella, ceramic, 10” x 10” x 15”h.; Manlio Bacosi, ceramic, 8” diameter x 18”h. Photos by Blake Haygood.