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Ezio Gribaudo’s Theaters of Memory

The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA),
The Italian Program at Texas Tech University,
with the collaboration of the Italian Cultural Institute
of Los Angeles, to Host Italian Artist for Exhibition:

Ezio Gribaudo’s Theaters of Memory - Opens April 1, 2016

LHUCA and Texas Tech University’s Italian Program within the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures are excited to announce an exhibition of the works of Italian artist Ezio Gribaudo from April 1 through May 28, 2016 at LHUCA, 511 Ave. K, Lubbock. This is the only U.S. venue for this exhibition.

Theaters of Memory (Teatri della memoria) are works that Gribaudo began developing around 1965 and continue to this day. The artwork share common themes of archaeology of knowledge and of the human experience, with images designed to trigger memories.

The book accompanying the exhibition combines the accuracy and scholarly details of a monograph with the aesthetics of an art volume. Gribaudo: The Man in the Middle of Modernism by Victoria Surliuga, contains a interview with Ezio Gribaudo that highlights and narrates his work in connection with the major personalities of modern art that he has met. This monograph is published by Glitterati Incorporated and signed copies will be available at LHUCA for $65.

The LHUCA Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. Admission is free. The exhibition is underwritten by The CH Foundation. This exhibition is also made possible in part through a grant from the City of Lubbock as recommended by Civic Lubbock, Inc and this project is supported by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

While in Lubbock, Gribaudo will be awarded the prestigious Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Italian Cultural Institute) Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes Italian excellence in the world. It will be presented by Valeria Rumori, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. Gribaudo also will be awarded honorary citizenship from the City of Lubbock.

About Ezio Gribaudo -
Trained at the Accademia di Brera and as an architect, Turin-based Ezio Gribaudo (b. 1929, brings to his visionary art a distinctive sense of chromatic precision and historical determination derived from his work as a painter, sculptor, and graphic artist. Gribaudo’s work appears in many permanent museum collections around the world, among them the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy; the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris; the Robert McDougall Art Gallery in New Zealand; and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro. His award-winning production has been recognized with various international prizes, among which are the IX Rome Quadriennale in 1965, the XXXIII Venice Biennale Prize (for graphic arts) in 1966, and the São Paulo Biennale in 1967. 

Gribaudo’s prolific production and diversified activities have given him a highly significant presence in contemporary Italian art. He has worked with Francis Bacon, Giorgio de Chirico, Willem De Kooning, Marcel Duchamp, Peggy Guggenheim, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, and the CoBrA Group with Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, and Asger Jorn, to mention a few artists and personalities with whom he crossed paths. Through his commitment as an art publisher, he has promoted many of the most relevant figures in modern art since the 1950s.