Baglioni Gallery, a new space for Italian contemporary art in London

Roberto Grosso at Baglioni Hotel London

Baglioni Gallery in partnership with Le Dame Hospitality Art just launched a new space for Italian contemporary art at the prestigious Baglioni Hotel in Kensington.

The new project provides for 2019 – 2020 a rich program of exhibitions and thematic installations that will dialogue with the most important events in town, as in the case of the recent installation Solid by Alice Padovani exhibited at Baglioni Hotel during the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

“It is an honour to collaborate with a brand such as Baglioni Hotels – says Cristina Cellini Antonini – with its elegance, the hotel offers an Italian experience to which attention and love for contemporary art have just been renewed. Just like at home, works are an essential element for the spirit and the mind.”

The exhibition is organized in two different spaces: the first with a completely feminine character – the Lobby – sees Federica Cipriani from Ferrara, whose artistic research focuses on harmony and movement. Using an alphabet made of shapes and colors, the artist transforms butterflies and clouds made of paper into elegant and light compositions. Already successfully exhibited in numerous European art fairs, Cipriani has won, among others, the Arte Cairo Editore Award, the Nocivelli Award and the Michelangelo Antonioni Award.

The second part of the exhibition, on the other hand, has a strong spirit and winds through the places of Brunello Restaurant & Bar, thanks to the strong expressiveness of Marco Tamburro and the technological innovation of Roberto Grosso.

Born in Perugia in 1974, Tamburro is undoubtedly among the most interesting and established contemporary artists on the Italian art scene. After important exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Castel dell ‘Ovo in Naples, Palazzo Penna Perugia, Palazzo Medici Florence, he succeeds in the global market with exhibitions in Miami, New York, Sao Paulo, China, and Berlin. Published by the most important Italian art magazines, the works of this artist have received the praise of art critics who have defined Marco Tamburro’s intimate work as effective in conveying his cynical message: a punctual representation that cancels identities, substantiating the contemporary age of alienating depersonalizations in favour of metallic urban fabrics.

Roberto Grosso is inspired by music and the key element is the use of vibrant colours and Augmented Reality that allows the work to live a life beyond the frame, showing the different phases of realization accompanied by the soundtrack that inspired the work. To make these works live, download the Artivive app for free, and then direct the phone or other device to the work and immerse yourself in this journey in art!

Gabriela Herma and the Italia Polo Challenge Molinari CUP Award

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Il Polo entra a far parte del programma di Piazza di Siena e per celebrare questo attesissimo torneo internazionale, Le Dame Art Gallery scendono in campo con l’artista Gabriela Herma e la mostra dal titolo Polo Game.
La collezione é composta da otto immagini scattate durante una partita di polo e lavorate poi dall’artista che, come nel suo stile, le rende uniche e irripetibili. Il lavoro di Gabriela Herma é infatti caratterizzato da un processo lungo e affascinante che le permette di trasformare uno scatto fotografico in un’opera pittorica. Le immagini sono stampate su alluminio e in seguito lavorate con resina e altri materiali quali la polvere di diamanti, Swarovski e foglie d’oro o argento. Immagini che catturano le emozioni del gioco, dei cavalieri e dei loro splendidi destrieri, immortalate per sempre sotto strati scintillanti che riflettono la vitalità di questo magnifico sport.
La Herma é anche autrice del Premio Italia Polo Challenge Molinari Cup, una magnifica immagine di un cavaliere mentre impugna la stecca, che sarà consegnato alla squadra vincitrice del torneo a Piazza di Siena.
Il Torneo, organizzato dalla FISE in collaborazione con la ASD Polo Castelluccia, vedrà impegnati quattro Polo Team sui terreni del Galoppatoio di Villa Borghese da lunedì 20 a mercoledì 22 maggio.
Le opere saranno presentate durante conferenza stampa di presentazione il 14 maggio 2019 alle ore 19:00 a Palazzo Naiadi – The Dedica Anthology e successivamente a Piazza di Siena dal 20 al 23 maggio 2019 durante la manifestazione.

Polo Game by Gabriela Herma

Polo, the sport of kings, is the new entry of the Piazza di Siena program and to celebrate this highly anticipated international tournament, Le Dame Art Gallery present artist Gabriela Herma and the Polo Game exhibition.
The collection consists of eight images taken during a Polo match and then worked by the artist, who turned them into one-of-a-kind artworks. Gabriela Herma’s work is in fact characterized by a long and fascinating process that allows her to transform a photograph into a pictorial work. The images are printed on aluminium and then worked with resin and other materials such as diamond powder, Swarovski and gold or silver leaves. Images that capture the emotions of the game, of the knights and their splendid horses, immortalized forever under sparkling layers that reflect the vitality of this magnificent sport.
Herma is also the author of the Italy Polo Challenge Molinari Cup Award, depicting a knight holding the mallet.
The Tournament, organized by FISE in collaboration with ASD Polo Castelluccia, will involve four Polo Teams on the grounds of the Galoppatoio of Villa Borghese from Monday 20 to Wednesday 22 May 2019.
The works will be presented during a press conference on May 14, 2019 at 7.00 pm at Palazzo Naiadi – The Dedica Anthology and subsequently at Piazza di Siena from May 20 to 23, 2019 during the event.

Juliette Pearce

Juliette Pearce is a French South African artist born in 1989. She uses oil paint to reflect upon places that she has visited; places that, though seemingly lifeless, have got as much to do with life as life itself. Based on photographs, these paintings bring forth an outlandish realness, which instantly draws the viewer into the scene. Pearce’s work creates contrasts on various different levels. The chosen perspectives turn the visitor from a ‘viewer’ into a ‘voyeur’, observing a scene, which bizarrely depicts no living being to be observed. Built by humans for humans, these places create an atmosphere that goes way beyond desertion. Though Pearce mostly applies bold, sometimes even acidic colours to her paintings, these do not as expected turn the paintings into lively reproductions of the original photographs. If anything, these eye-catching colours genuinely increase the contrast between lively and lifeless, involvement and exclusion, absence and presence. Pearce’s paintings and her use of colour are a perfect example of how colours can communicate an idea or atmosphere, which in its original form would not be connected to them.

Pow(d)er by Gabriela Herma

Gabriela Herma is a Polish Fine Art Photographer, based in London. Her work is characterized by an extremely long and fascinating process that allows the artist to transform a photo into a unique – one of a kind – original work.

Herma’s photographs are printed onto metal and later supervened with resin and mixed materials such as Swarovski, broken mirrors and sparkle dust. Her photographs freeze moments of emotion and are brought to life by layering resin and reflective elements. Through this process, she injects a vitality and tangibility that invites us to step into the scene and experience first hand the moment Herma captured.

This new provocative series of works is presented for the first time at Le Dame Art Gallery at the Melia White House. Gabriela explores the theme of Power and its iconographic objects, from the US dollar to cocaine or famous brand such as Coca-Cola. Covered in Swarovski and diamond Powder, even a gun looks sparkling and possibly can be perceived positively, and so does the Instagram icon, inviting the viewer to think about how social media have contributed changing the perception of what we truly like or dislike.

Hugh Fleetwood

Pictorial narratives of Hugh Fleetwood
Curated by Gianfranco Valleriani
London, November 16, 2018 – January 4, 2019
Private View: November 15, 2018 from 7pm to 9pm
Natural landscapes that come alive from nothing. Forests and meadows as simple backgrounds of a mysterious presence of humans. Persons who become characters, with fixed glances that draw trajectories in the void. They look at each other; they interact remaining alone, reaffirming their identity, their lean and essential humanity. They look like to be in a sort of presence-absence, like a deaf cry, in a state of simplicity that becomes complex but only to return simple.
Animals, and trees and leaves and flowers, that become symbols. An essential composition that is sublime and perfect in its way.
There is an almost Flemish atmosphere in the “visual narratives” of Fleetwood, which involuntarily emerges, and it surprises us. His world is now real, now, suddenly, without any reference to reality, but only connected with our memories.
Fleetwood takes us into a suspended world; not a meditative world but only one made by pure admiration. His is not a hedonistic game; it does not chase the nice fairytale and gothic caricatures, nor the contemporary glitter of “skulls and diamonds”.
His atmospheres offer a classic style and stories of beauty suspended between life and death, between reality and dream.
It is precisely in this dimension that the “figurative” is moving towards a “meta-representation”. But without cognitivism, without numbers and without calculation, only with the lightness of poetry, of figures that, just as well as words, make up a simple and touching poem. It is precisely in this poetic gesture that Fleetwood builds his pictorial world, where he entertains himself and he quietly spends the time of his life.
With this suggestive retrospective, Fleetwood seems to invite us to take a walk, without haste, in his delight pictorial garden.
Gianfranco Valleriani

Notes for the Press:
Hugh Fleetwood is a painter, poet and prize-winning novelist.
Born in England in 1944, he moved first to France and then to Italy, where he remained for the next fourteen years. He had his first exhibition in 1970 at the Festival dei Due Mondi, in Spoleto; the year after, he published his first novel, A Painter of Flowers, for which he also designed the cover. His second novel, The Girl Who Passed for Normal, won the John Llewellyn Rhys Memorial Prize and his fifth one, The Order of Death, was made into a film – Corrupt in the U.S. – starring Harvey Keitel and John Lydon (Johnny Rotten).
In all he has published twenty-two books and he has been called one of the key authors in the history of the British and Irish short story; set to music, some of his poems have been performed at the Salzburg Festival.
He also designed the cover for his last novel, The Dark Paintings, and for a late publication of one of his earlier books, Foreign Affairs.
He currently lives in London.
Notes on “Metafigurative”:
“Metafigurative” speaks about a space between reality and dream, where every moment depicted by the artist seems to open up endless possibilities of stories and plots. What moves the gaze within his paintings is certainly the curiosity to grasp the shadows and tensions that every creature that inhabits his works brings with it.
Fleetwood’s depicts spellbound spaces, woods illuminated by blue and pink moonlight, animals that accompany men as guides and talismans, as a time of our past childhood, full of simplicity and happiness, to which the protagonists of Fleetwood’s artworks seem to turn.
The exhibition at Le Dame Art Gallery in London
Metafigurative at Le Dame Art Gallery is the largest retrospective on the Fleetwood pictorial production ever made. Only few exhibitions were previously held before the present one, at the St. Raphael Gallery and at The Calvert Gallery, both in London.
The retrospective at Le Dame Art Gallery will present a huge collection of more than 30 pieces, which cover the entire period of his pictorial productions, including three self-portraits. The small and medium size of his paintings – none of them is over a meter in size – built a mosaic of thousand visions and facts between humans, and between humans and nature.
Three poems, written by him, will be also exhibited, combined to his figurative universe, in continuous references between his arts.
Visual narratives and literature stories.
As the artist and novelist says, the visual narrative is not directly connected with the literary narrative. “When I write I don’t think about my paintings, and viceversa. And I don’t feel there is a direct connection between them”. But the suggestions and the atmospheres are easily are felt to be located in some place of his narrative paths, ambientation of the same episodes of his rich storytelling.
Also, some of his pictorial works have been used as covers of his books.
Starting from 1972, Fleetwood is author of:
– 16 novels
– 4 collections of short stories
– many poems, published in different and collective books.
Cinema adaptions and screenwriter
On the other hand, Fleetwood has contributed relevant events in the international movie production, as many of his books have been adapted to movie, and himself has been a successful screenwriter.
He has produced for about ten works in the cinema, as screenplay or script collaborator.
From his fifth novel The Order of Death has been produced an 80s cult movie, “Coopkiller” directed by Roberto Faenza with Harvey Keytel and John Lydon (Sex Pistol’s singer) as player; music by the Italian Maestro Ennio Morricone.
 (a cura di Lucrezia Giovanardi)

BSP by Sebastiano Bianco

BLACK SHADOW PORTRAITS a Solo Exhibition by Sebastiano Bianco

Palazzo Naiadi – The Dedica Anthology  – and Le Dame Art Gallery are delighted to present BLACK SHADOW PORTRAITS, a new exhibition by Sebastiano Bianco set from the 10th of October until the 3rd of December 2018.

The Black Shadow Portraits (BSP) is a photographic project inspired by the art of cameos, carved jewels, and 18th century silhouettes, in which the image is of contrasting color to the background. The artist aims to achieve similar results using the contrast between light and darkness.



The shade creates a silhouette and leaves the rest to the imagination. Each viewer can add personal, intimate details to the characters.

“There is something magical and ancestral about the depths created by the color black – says Sebastiano Bianco – something we are all familiar with, as if the atavic fear of the dark we learned to overcome as children were now transformed into a magical portal through which we can access our innermost fantasies”.

Bianco create projects in which digital photography is used to re-invent the concept of portrait, one of the earliest forms of representation, which in 1681 art historian Filippo Baldinucci defined as a “figure drawn from reality”. A portrait is not merely a mechanical reproduction of a human subject, as it is the artist’s own vision and interpretation of the subject, through the lens of the artist’s sensitivity and his time.


“Crypto Connection” by Federico Clapis, Powered by Eidoo

London Becomes Home to World’s First Crypto Sculpture: “Crypto Connection” by Federico Clapis, Powered by Eidoo


Le Dame Art Gallery is delighted to present the world’s first public sculpture dedicated to the rapidly growing cryptocurrency ecosystem. “Crypto Connection – powered by Eidoo”, created by contemporary artist Federico Clapis and commissioned by the multi-currency crypto wallet and hybrid exchange Eidoo, is an imposing three meter bronze statue that poses questions about the future of global financing and the impact cryptocurrencies will have on future generations.

In Summer, “Crypto Connection, has been on display at Observation Point on Londons Southbank between the OXO Tower and the BFI and it’s now available at Le Dame Art Gallery for private viewings.

The use of classical sculpture in polished bronze together with a provocative futuristic topic juxtaposes perfectly to reflect the dichotomy of cryptocurrency itself: a seemly fleeting trend, yet built to endure.

Lars Schlichting CEO of Eidoo says, Were thrilled to unveil the first crypto sculpture in the world in the creative hub of London. With the crypto space developing fast we wanted to explore a way to communicate with a wider public using the hugely engaging medium of art. We have immensely enjoyed working with Federico Clapis who has managed to capture our intention through this awe-inspiring piece


Beyond Boundaries

BEYOND BOUNDARIES: The Journey of Indian Art from the Bengal School to contemporary

AA e-inviteAbundant Art Gallery was setup in 2017 with the aspiration of supporting emerging as well established Indian artists showcase their work in the global market. We are proud to present a bouquet of creative works of twelve painters, one printmaker and two sculptors in Le Dame Gallery in London. This is a unique opportunity to experience afresh the flavour of Indian contemporary art and its present trends.

Indian Art has travelled a long way since the introduction of western methods by the British in the 19th century.  British colonial rule  added another important influence on art in India and led to a fusion of styles and techniques. In the early 20th century Indian identity and heritage reasserted itself with the emergence of the Bengal School of Art.  With the active encouragement of British art teacher E.B. Havell (1861- 1934) Indian artists in Calcutta adopted traditional Indian ways of painting notably Mughal miniature style or folk styles such as “Kalighat”.  They used indigenous techniques such as the wash method.  This led to a debate about what Indian art should aim for? Historicity or embrace all international trends to reflect modern thought. Luckily contemporary Indian art has struck a balance between the two and coursed a journey which is much more reflective of india and her current position and context in the world.  We see a more confident contemporary art in India today which is distinctively Indian yet at the same time embraces elements of global art trends.

“Beyond Boundaries” show cases artists who represents not only the unbroken heritage of Indian art dating back to Mughal miniatures but also show how India is responding to more global ideas in the post-modern sense.

Our  selection of artists represent the widest possible form of expressions and creativity. They exhibit a vast horizon depicting reimagining of the Bengal school in Mohi Paul’s works to the abstract explorations of inner emotions by Shad Fatima. They showcase an element of sensibility which is embedded in Indian culture and heritage with the signs of co-travelling with world art at large. Our artists play a variety of media including water colour wash technique, acrylic and oil. There are traditional Indian motifs, mythical and historical contents as well as articulations of the artists’ inner journeys. It’s like a grand old man with a distinct cultural root stepping out into a new world full of new possibilities and potentials. No doubt E.B. Havell would have been pleased with this outcome.


Gods by Akelo

A Palazzo Naiadi “Gods” la nuova mostra personale di Andrea Cagnetti in arte Akelo

2004 NISOPalazzo Naiadi – The Dedica Anthology Hotels e Le Dame Art Gallery, sono lieti di annunciare “Gods” (Dei) la nuova mostra di Andrea Cagnetti in arte Akelo, che avra’ luogo dal 19 aprile al 12 giugno nella splendida Hall del lussuoso hotel.

Andrea Cagnetti – in arte, Akelo – è un’anima antica, un uomo del Rinascimento, che vive nel 21esimo secolo, coltivando una grande passione: quella di creare gioielli e sculture, che coniugano la sua creatività alla perfetta padronanza delle tecniche di oreficeria e metallurgia, risalenti a oltre 3.000 anni fa.

I lavori di Andrea Cagnetti si basano su miti, leggende e simboli tratti da un repertorio ancestrale ed elaborati attraverso un suo personale linguaggio criptico, che attinge al sapere alchemico, frutto dei suoi approfonditi studi sui testi antichi.

Dal 2010, l’artista realizza la scultura per il premio “Robert Besson Prize” per la Mostra del Cinema di Venezia. Tra I registi premiati: Maha mat-Saleh Haroun; Jean-Pierre e Luc Dardenne; Ken Loach; Amos Gitai; e Carlo Verdone.

I suoi lavori sono presenti in collezioni permanenti e musei quali il Museum of Art and Archaeology in Missouri e il Fine Arts Museum di Boston e il Museo di Newark. Tra le sue ultime mostre: “Akelo’s Treasures. An Exhibition Celebrating Twenty-Five Years of a Roman Master Goldsmith” presso la famosa gioielleria Bentley & Skinner di Londra.

Come afferma in un testo critico, Giandomenico Spinola (Responsabile del Dipatimento di Archeologia dei Musei Vaticani) “Andrea Cagnetti  parte  da  un  artigianato  antico  come  la  sua  terra,  quello  della  tecnica  orafa,  per  poi  evolvere  in  forme  artistiche  le  sue  opere.  Su questa  linea  ha  realizzato  le  sue  prime  creazioni,  tanto  vicine  ai  capolavori  dell’oreficeria  etrusca  da  mettere  talvolta  in  imbarazzo  molti  esperti.  D  qui,  ha  dato  origine  a  lavori  di  notevole  pregio  in  diverse  direzioni:  alcuni  lavori  rappresentano  la  prosecuzione  della  sua  rima  produzione  orafa,  altri  se  ne  distaccano,  ma quel che emerge in ogni sua opera, sempre e comunque, è una grandissima capacità tecnica e un’inventiva brillantemente espressa. In tutti i suoi lavori – anche in quelli in scala maggiore –  non rinuncia  mai  alla  cura  del  dettaglio,  anche  infinitesimale,  proprio  come  nella  migliore  tradizione orafa

Galleria Immagini:

“Gods”, mostra personale di Akelo (alias Andrea Cagnetti), dal 19 Aprile – 12 Giugno 2018

Palazzo Naiadi –  The Dedica Anthology Hotels (ex Boscolo Exedra Roma)

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