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ORIENTAL OBSESSION

The exhibition, sponsored by Luisa Via Roma, presented a selection of works from the collection of  Ernesto Esposito.

Ernesto Esposito has one of the most renowned Contemporary Art collections in the world. He is not only a collector or a shoe designer, but an artist himself. He has been portrayed by some of the most famous artists and photographers in the world: Warhol, Pistoletto, Helmut Newton, Jack Pierson, Mario Testino.

Inspired by the theme ‘Oriental Obsession’, the exhibition went beyond geo-political dimensions to explore the instinctive attraction audiences have towards people and civilizations perceived as ‘exotic’. The carefully curated selection of pieces showcased the irresistible power of seduction through centuries worth of literature, religion, philosophy, politics and art.

Artists

Wang Qingsong, Cui Xiuwen, He Sen, Shi Xinning, Jota Castro, Zhou Tiehai, yang Fudong, Ma Liuming, Feng Zhengjie, Nobuoshi Araki, Cui Xiuwen, Han Yajuan, MR., Pearl Hsiung, Philip Lai

Location

Ex-Manifattura Tabacchi

The Ex-Manifattura Tabacchi was built in the 1930’s and inaugurated in 1940. Permanently closed in 2001, the structure covers a total of 100,000 and is strategically located between the international airport of Florence and the main railway station at the heart of the city. The Ex-Manifattura Tabacchi is to be restyled using sustainable materials and energy conservation, making a one-of-a-kind location where new international trends co-exist with environmentally friendly themes.

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