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MATCHLESS GIFTS – Bhagavat Atheneum / Bibliothè Contemporary Art in collaborazione con Culture del Mondo è lieta di presentare presso The Bhakti Center di New York la mostra collettiva

Bhagavat Atheneum / Bibliothè Contemporary Art in collaborazione con Associazione Culture del Mondo è lieta di presentare presso The Bhakti Center di New York la mostra collettiva: MATCHLESS GIFTS. A group exhibition of work by artists related to the Krishna Consciousness Movement from its earliest days to the present.

matchless gifts - New York Bhakti Centre
matchless gifts - New York Bhakti Centre

MATCHLESS GIFTS
A group exhibition of work by artists related to the Krishna Consciousness Movement
from its earliest days to the present
curated by Francesco Gallo Mazzeo
An idea by Enzo Barchi
The Bhakti Center New York
13-18th September 2016
opening Tuesday, September 13, 6pm
Ayurvedic cocktail

 

MATCHLESS GIFTS. A group exhibition of work by artists related to the Krishna Consciousness Movement from its earliest days to the present. Curated by Francesco Gallo Mazzeo 13-18 September 2016 opening Tuesday, September 13th at 6pm The Bhakti Center 25, 1st Avenue, New York


On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness – New York 1966-2016 – Bhagavat Atheneum / Bibliothè Contemporary Art in collaboration with Association Culture del Mondo is pleased to present at The Bhakti Center in New York, MATCHLESS GIFTS. A group exhibition of work by artists related to the Krishna Consciousness Movement from its earliest days to the present.

For the first time, the works of  various artists will be exhibited collectively, spanning from those who since its inception have participated in the Krishna Consciousness movement along with other international artists who have since contributed with works reflecting interpretations of the spiritual message of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Calcutta 1896 – Vrindavana 1977) and the Bhagavad Gita: Enzo Barchi (Ekadasinath), Miriam Briks (Dhriti) & Kevin Yee (Ramdas), Marek Buchwold (Baradraj), Claudio Bianchi, Aurelio Bulzatti, Tommaso Cascella, Bruno Ceccobelli, Harvey Cohen (Haridas), Anna Maria Colucci (Samagra), Teresa Coratella, Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami, Baldo Diodato, Bruna Esposito, Govinda Dasi, Uemon Ikeda, Jadurani,  Mark Kostabi, Patrizio Landolfi (Pandu Putra), Massimo Livadiotti, Ria Lussi, Andrea Orlo (Acarya Prema), Tito Marci, Muralidhara, Pariksit, Alberto Parres, Jacelyn Parry, Paola Princivalli Conti, Salvatore Pupillo, Puskara, Jack Sal, Andrea Tagliaventi, Tarshito, Giampaolo Tomassetti (Jnananjana).
Matchless Gifts - New York exhibition

MATCHLESS GIFTS. A group exhibition of work by artists related to the Krishna Consciousness Movement from its earliest days to the present. Curated by Francesco Gallo Mazzeo 13-18 September 2016 opening Tuesday, September 13th at 6pm The Bhakti Center 25, 1st Avenue, New York

In occasione del 50° anniversario dell’International Society for Krishna Consciousness o Krishna Consciousness Movement – New York 1966-2016 – Bhagavat Atheneum / Bibliothè Contemporary Art in collaborazione con Associazione Culture del Mondo è lieta di presentare presso The Bhakti Center di New York la mostra collettiva: MATCHLESS GIFTS. A group exhibition of work by artists related to the Krishna Consciousness Movement from its earliest days to the present.

Per la prima volta vengono esposte le opere di artisti che, fin dai suoi esordi, hanno partecipato al Movimento per la Coscienza di Krishna insieme a quelle di altri autori internazionali che hanno interpretato in una chiave personale il messaggio di Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Calcutta 1896 – Vrindavana 1977) e della Bhagavad Gita: 

 

Enzo Barchi (Ekadasinath), Miriam Briks (Dhriti) & Kevin Yee (Ramdas), Marek Buchwold (Baradraj), Claudio Bianchi, Aurelio Bulzatti, Tommaso Cascella, Bruno Ceccobelli, Harvey Cohen (Haridas), Anna Maria Colucci (Samagra), Teresa Coratella, Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami, Baldo Diodato, Bruna Esposito, Govinda Dasi, Uemon Ikeda, Jadurani,  Mark Kostabi, Patrizio Landolfi (Pandu Putra), Massimo Livadiotti, Ria Lussi, Andrea Orlo (Acarya Prema), Tito Marci, Muralidhara, Pariksit, Alberto Parres, Jacelyn Parry, Paola Princivalli Conti, Salvatore Pupillo, Puskara, Jack Sal, Andrea Tagliaventi, Tarshito, Giampaolo Tomassetti (Jnananjana).

 

The spreading of the core beliefs proposed by the Hare Krishna primarily involves the contemplation of Bhakti yoga as a relationship with the divine through love and devotion, vegetarianism, aryuveda and in particular, the visual arts and music played an important role in inspiring young American people to contribute with their creative impulses to the Movement. It was Prabhupada who in the sixties, inspired the early artists who eventually affectionately named the art space Swamiji’s art studio, located in the East Village, New York. It was also in the same neighborhood, in Tompskins Square Park, on October the 9th 1966,  where he initially sat down with a group of first followers under the American elm (known as the Hare Krishna Tree) and held the first session of chanting outside of India accompanied by it’s rhythmic dances, percussions and the fervent devoted chanting of the mantra Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

Nella divulgazione dei valori proposti dal Movimento, si contemplano il Bhakti yoga come relazione con il divino attraverso l’amore e la devozione, il vegetarianismo e l’ayurveda. In particolare l’arte visiva e la musica, hanno prestato un ruolo importante nell’ispirare i giovani americani ad offrire la loro energia al movimento attraverso il loro impulso creativo.  Fu lo stesso Prabhupada, negli anni Sessanta, a stimolare la creazione di ciò che poi sarà chiamato affettuosamente dai primi artisti lo Swamiji’s art studio nell’East Village, a New York. Nel Parco di Tompkins Square, il 9 ottobre 1966, egli con un gruppo di primi seguaci, sedette sotto l’olmo americano (conosciuto come Hare Krishna Tree) e tenne la sua prima sessione di canto fuori dall’India, tra danze ritmate da strumenti a percussione, recitando il Mahamantra: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

In the first section of the exhibition, showcases the first twenty years of the movement. This period saw the birth of works by authors such as Harvey Cohen (Haridas) with his poster for the Mantra Rock Dance (1966), Govinda Dasi with the cover of the Bhagavad Gita in 1968 and Baradraj & Jadurani Dasi with the cover for the 1972 edition. Before in the New York studio, in Boston, then followed by Los Angeles, the artwork that would grace the books of Srila Prabhupada, were realized with the same techniques descended from the bottegas of old European art masters, interpreting the ancient Vedic iconography in a modern key. With the acquisition in 1979 of Villa Vrindavana – a property that once belonged to the Machiavelli family – some of the first American artists amongst which, Ram das Abhiram with Dhriti Dasi and Pariksit, were invited to form a European branch of the school and it was there, together with Jananjana (Giampaolo Tomassetti) and Acarya Prema where they renewed the artistic output that successively came to be identified as Neo-Vedic. From 2015, Villa Vrindavana became the seat of the Italian Museum of Sacred Art – MOSA and continued the dissemination of sacred texts either through painting or through the popular Radio Krishna Centrale network (RKC), where until up to the early nineties, prominent Italian figures such as musicians and composers Claudio Rocchi (Krishna Chaitanya Das) and Paolo Tofani (Krishna Prema Das) were a frequent mainstay.

Ai primi vent’anni del Movimento risalgono le opere di autori come Harvey W. Cohen (Haridas) con la grafica del Mantra-Rock Dance (1966), Govinda Dasi che disegnò la copertina dell’edizione della Bhagavad Gita del 1968 e Baradvaja & Jadurani Dasi con la copertina per l’edizione del 1972. Nello studio di New York prima, poi Boston e successivamente Los Angeles le opere che avrebbero illustrato i libri di Srila Prabhupada erano realizzate con le tecniche delle antiche botteghe d’arte d’Europa, interpretando l’iconologia classica Vedica in chiave moderna. Con l’acquisizione, nel 1979, di Villa Vrindavana una villa Medicea alle porte di Firenze, aIcuni tra i primi artisti americani tra cui Ram das Abhiram con Dhriti dasi e Pariksit, sono invitati a formare una scuola europea ed è lì che danno vita insieme a Jnananjana (Giampaolo Tomasetti) ed Acarya Prema ad una rinnovata produzione successivamente definita Neovedico. Dal 2015 Villa Vrindavana è anche la sede italiana del MOSA – Museum of Sacred Art ed un’oasi spirituale volta alla divulgazione dei Testi Sacri sia attraverso l’arte pittorica che al popolare network Radio Krishna Centrale (RKC), di cui fin dai primi anni Novanta tra i principali animatori ci furono i musicisti e compositori Claudio Rocchi (Krishna Caitanya) e Paolo Tofani (Krsna Prema).

The second section of the exhibition is dedicated to artists primarily from different cultures and approach who have contributed in expressing the spiritual themes of the Krishna Consciousness movement though art: Enzo Barchi, Claudio Bianchi, Aurelio Bulzatti, Tommaso Cascella, Bruno Ceccobelli, Anna Maria Colucci (Samagra), Teresa Coratella, Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami, Baldo Diodato, Bruna Esposito, Uemon Ikeda, Mark Kostabi, Patrizio Landolfi (Pandu Putra), Massimo Livadiotti, Ria Lussi, Tito Marci, Alberto Parres, Jacelyn Parry, Paola Princivalli Conti, Salvatore Pupillo, Jack Sal, Andrea Tagliaventi, Tarshito.

La seconda sezione del percorso espositivo è dedicata a quegli artisti che, interagiscono con la filosofia della coscienza di Krishna attraverso un diverso approccio culturale: Enzo Barchi, Claudio Bianchi, Aurelio Bulzatti, Tommaso Cascella, Bruno Ceccobelli, Anna Maria Colucci (Samagra), Teresa Coratella, Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami, Baldo Diodato, Bruna Esposito, Uemon Ikeda,  Mark Kostabi, Patrizio Landolfi (Pandu Putra), Massimo Livadiotti, Ria Lussi, Tito Marci, Alberto Parres, Jacelyn Parry, Paola Princivalli Conti, Salvatore Pupillo, Jack Sal, Andrea Tagliaventi, Tarshito.

 

In the exhibition, there will be displayed the memorabilia of Alan and Carol Kallman, George Harrison, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, along with the short films by Giorgio and Jonas Mekas and a video with Allen Ginsberg chanting Hare Krishna. These works together document the impact that the words and teachings of Prabhupada had on the culture of that time. Various events were organized within that context and the most important one being the Mantra Rock Dance that took place on January 29th, 1967, in San Francisco. It was a fund raising concert in which the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin played along with Big Brother & The Holding Company.


Other supporters of the movement were Ravi Shankar, author of the music of the documentary Hare Krishna (A Giorgio Film, 1967) and, especially, George Harrison who produced the album The Radha Krishna Temple (1969), including the Hare Krishna Mantra in the song My Sweet Lord and financed the printing of the book Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead produced by ISKON.


In mostra saranno esposti memorabilia di Alan e Carol Kallman, George Harrison, John Lennon e Yoko Ono che, insieme ai film di Giorgio e Jonas Mekas e un video con Allen Ginsberg che canta Hare Krishna, documentano l’impatto che ebbero le parole e l’insegnamento di Prabhupada sulla cultura dell’epoca. Tra i vari eventi, il 29 gennaio 1967, a San Francisco fu organizzato il Mantra Rock Dance, un concerto fund raising in cui suonarono i Grateful Dead e Janis Joplin con i Big Brothers & The Holding Company. Altri sostenitori del movimento furono Ravi Shankar, anche autore delle musiche del documentario Hare Krishna (A Giorgio Film, 1967) e, soprattutto, George Harrison che produsse l’album The Radha Krishna Temple (1969), incluse il mantra Hare Krishna nella canzone My Sweet Lord e finanziò la stampa del libro Krishna the Supreme Personality of Godhead prodotto dall’ISKON.


“Surely, to create a work according to such a specific theme will be a real challenge,” – says Enzo Barchi, who initially had the idea for the exhibition – “but it’s also a form of transcendental meditation geared towards Sri Krishna and His pure devotee Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who are a source of endless inspiration and spiritual joy.” 

As Sanjaya exclaimed in the last verses of the Bhagavad Gita, “when I remember the wonderful form of Lord Krishna, I am struck with even greater wonder, and I rejoice again and again. Wherever there is Krishna, the master of all mystics and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power and morality.” 
“Sicuramente realizzare un’opera a tema così specifico sarà una sfida,” – afferma Enzo Barchi, ideatore della mostra – “ma anche una forma di meditazione trascendentale, in quanto essa è orientata verso Sri Krishna ed il Suo puro devoto Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, fonte di infinita ispirazione e gioia spirituali.” Sanjaya disse… “quando ricordo la meravigliosa forma di Sri Krishna sono colpito da uno stupore sempre crescente e sempre più intensa è la mia gioia. Ovunque si trovi Krishna, il maestro di tutti i mistici, ovunque si trovi Arjuna l’arciere supremo, là senza dubbio regneranno anche opulenza, vittoria, straordinaria potenza e moralità.”, si legge negli ultimi versi della Bhagavad Gita.

An Italian / English bilingual catalog will be realized by Bhagavat Atheneum and Associazione Culture del Mondo, published by Kappabit with texts by Radhanath Swami, Marek Buchwald (Baradraj das),  Francesco Gallo Mazzeo, Manuela De Leonardis and Iacopo Nuti, graphic design by Andrea Tabrini and Mauro Aquilanti.
Sarà realizzato un catalogo bilingue Italiano/Inglese da Bhagavat Atheneum e Associazione Culture del Mondo, edito da Kappabit con testi di Radhanath Swami, Marek Buchwald (Baradraj das), Francesco Gallo Mazzeo, Manuela De Leonardis, Iacopo Nuti e il progetto grafico di Andrea Tabrini e Mauro Aquilanti.

Information:
MATCHLESS GIFTS. A group exhibition of work by artists related to the Krishna Consciousness Movement from its earliest days to the present.
Curated by Francesco Gallo Mazzeo
13-18 September 2016
opening Tuesday, September 13th at 6pm
The Bhakti Center
25, 1st Avenue, New York

Tel. (212) 533-4842
www.bhakticenter.org

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Bhagavat Atheneum / Bibliothè Contemporary Art
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Associazione Culture del Mondo
www.culturedelmondo.org

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With the participation of:
Cultural association Bhaktivedanta, Art Center for Transcendence, Hotel Raphaël, Villa Vrindavana, kappabit
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