PRESS CONFERENCE & OPENING : 20 November 2018 at 5:00pm (registration starts at 4:30PM)
WORKSHOPS / TALKS:
Massimo Catalani – 20 November 2018 at 2:00pm
Antonio Saba – 24 November 2018 at 2:00pm
LOCATION: RCB Photographers’ Gallery, 2nd floor River City Bangkok
Supported by the Italian Embassy and as part of the Italian Festival 2018 – 150th Anniversary Edition, Massimo Catalani and Antonio Saba will exhibit large-scale paintings and photographs, which will reflect their impressions and interpretations of both countries and cultures.
Massimo Catalani’s ‘Thaiita,’ which comes from a neologism (Thailand + Italy), expresses his love for both places. While he has not yet visited Thailand before, he has a strong belief that the two places are similar in many ways. He believes that the two places are united due to the gentle nature of both peoples and the love for landscapes. Therefore, his artworks have symbolic values – some Thai, some Italian, and other Universal. Two exhibitions are in dark rooms, whereas others will be in light, with two contrasting atmospheres.
Massimo Catalani’s exhibition is made possible with the sponsorship of Thai Airways.
Antonio Saba’s exhibition, ‘Oneiirism, Dreamscapes,’ mixes visions taken from both reality and from dreams, blending distant images to invent new ones. As a result, unique and remarkable fragments of reality are created, leaving a memorable impression on the viewer. While most photos were shot in Italy and elsewhere, Saba will also be shooting in Thailand especially for this exhibition; therefore, these photos will be seen for the first time here at RCB Photographers’ Gallery. The photographs presented are dense with significance and allow for multiple interpretations, inviting audiences to seek out what goes on beyond reality.
Antonio Saba's exhibition is made possible with the generous support of The Peninsula Bangkok.
20 November 2018 to 7 January 2019
Massimo Catalani was born in Rome, where he has been living and working since 1960. He graduated in Architecture in 1988. In his thesis he had already begun experimenting with mixtures that were a mixture of painting, modelling and architectural masonry. In his first group exhibition, he presented subjects that were "irreverent" not only for the world of art but also for the public: plates of pasta with zucchini, roman artichokes, prickly pears and chili pepper triptychs. After the success of his first personal exhibition in Rome, various exhibitions in Italy and abroad followed. In the last five years, the distinction of his work has lead him to present exhibitions and performances in the main cities of Europe, in the USA, in Korea, Russia, Japan, in the EAU and in South America. His works are part of important private and public collections worldwide.
20 November 2018 to 7 January 2019
Antonio Saba is an Italian photographer now based in Dubai, UAE. In his 30 years career has travelled the world shooting architecture, lifestyle and staged photography for the most important international Luxury hospitality brands and magazines, such as The Peninsula, Waldorf Astoria, Shangri-La, Vogue Italia, Palazzo Versace, among others. Whether on commercial assignments or personal work Antonio is obsessed in the pursuit of Beauty in its several visual forms, and always delivering in his distinct and very recognizable style. His most outstanding work of the past few years is now featured in a coffee table book called “Antonio Saba, Chasing Beauty” curated by the famous art critique Vittorio Sgarbi. Three of his most recent pieces have been acquired in the permanent collection of The City Museum of Cagliari, Italy. He will not only bring a selection of the works from his book to Thailand, but will also include an addition of new photos shot on his visit to Thailand this November.
NOTE: ‘Italian Visuals’ exhibitions run from 20 November, 2018 to 7 January, 2019
1. Massimo Catalani – Tomatoes’ Field
The tomato, a modern vegetable, arrived late on our dinner table, but it soon conquered the world, demonstrating a powerful and distinct plant intelligence. For this and for its infinite varieties, Mr. Catalani thought to compose this art work, titled All the Same and All Different: Tomatoes’ Field.
2. Antonio Saba – The Naiad Nimphs at Grotta Giusti
In The Naiad Nimphs at Grotta Giusti, the Naiads, also known as water nymphs - the lymph of life - are represented by Mr. Saba as Pre-raphaelite beauties; they are chimeric, angelic and seductive at the same time.
For 33 years, River City Bangkok has been Asia’s premier art and antique center. In 2018, River City’s 3,000 square meter second floor is being transformed to accommodate contemporary art, including an enlarged RCB Galleria, the new RCB Photographers’ Gallery, the 120 seat RCB Forum, RCB VIP lounge, and retail stores. Located on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River, River City Bangkok will host a series of international and national exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, photography, and film. Each will be supported with a program of talks.