Walking through Amalfi the other day, I noticed this strange little sign advertising a mostra d’arte, an art show. Fortunately, I had a few moments to enjoy walking through this colorful and fun little exhibit of work by the artist Giuseppe Palermo, or Pepe, presented by the Presso Azienda Soggiorno e Turismo of Amalfi. I am not sure if art exhibits happen here every summer, but this is the first I have seen. I hope there will be more! The beautiful courtyard is a perfect location, and one that is often just passed by.
This show was called “Famiglia Gialla,” or “The Yellow Family,” and all of the paintings and sculptures featured one or more of these little yellow figures. Each of the figures had a definite sense of “melancholy happiness,” as Pepe describes it, which was evident as I walked around the courtyard both wanting to laugh and to frown. It was a strange combination of emotions!
While I caught this show right at the end (it closes today), you can visit the artist’s website and view his work in more detail. Be sure to check out the fun video of a recent exhibition in Ravello at the Hotel Palumbo featuring the work of Pepe, paintings by the American artist Lucy Mc Gillis, and interesting works on glass by Emilio D’Agostino. (Great practice for those of you studying Italian!)