Four separate artworks, four canvases that, in the intentions of the author, painter Antonio Vinciguerra, from Livorno, are united by a message of clear rejection of war and were created after the invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin's Russia, to send a message of peace, with an invitation "to the invader to abandon a logic of conquest and distruction." The three Pisa universities' campuses are transformed into a contemporary art gallery to host Antonio Vinciguerra's traveling exhibition "Apparisce inutile strage": a title that echoes the words with which Pope Benedict XV addressed "the leaders of the belligerent peoples" on Aug. 1, 1917, during World War I. The three Universities of Pisa, with this initiative, aim to keep the public's attention on the ongoing war in Ukraine alive, as they have done since the beginning of the hostilities, which the passage of time threatens to make a normal condition.
The exhibition debuts at Sant'Anna School, with the unveiling scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the headquarters, in the attendance of Rector Sabina Nuti, Director of Scuola Normale Superiore Luigi Ambrosio, and University of Pisa Rector Paolo Mancarella. The works will be presented by Sergio Cortesini, Full Professor of Contemporary Art History at the Department of Civilisations and Forms of Knowledge at the University of Pisa, and Flavio Fergonzi, Full Professor of Contemporary Art History at the Scuola Normale Superiore.
On the following days, the exhibition remains open to the public and can be visited, at the Sant'Anna School's headquarters in Piazza Martiri della Libertà 33, under the arcade, from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.The four works, after their exhibition at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, will continue their tour to the University of Pisa and Scuola Normale Superiore.
Cover photo: Antonio Vinciguerra.