May 30, 2023: Italian artist and photographer Enzo Rosamilia's exhibition of monochrome photographs "A Travel Through the Pages of Russian Literature: Chekhov, Bulgakov, Gogol" opened in Casa Russa (Rome, Italy). The exhibition was inspired by the works of great Russian writers Anton Chekhov
, Nikolai Gogol and Mikhail Bulgakov
The works by Enzo Rosamilia are performed masterly in the form of prints on a unique kind of paper produced in the city of Amalfi, which is considered to be one of the most valued and is also used in the Vatican. A special place in the exhibition is occupied with a skilfully depicted image of Behemoth, the cat from Bulgakov's novel "The Master and Margarita", and a heartfelt portrait of a lonely elderly man sitting at the window of an abandoned house-this man resembles Firs, the hero of Chekhov
's play "The Cherry Orchard".
Most of the works, inspired with respect for the Russian cultural property, were created in Campania, the home region of the artist, born in the city of Salerno. His artworks are showcased in various museums and private collections in Italy, France, Spain, USA, Brazil, South Korea, Belgium and Russia.
Surprisingly, "A Travel Through the Pages of Russian Literature: Chekhov, Bulgakov, Gogol" is the first Rosamilia's exhibition in Italy. Meanwhile, he often brings his works to Russia, in particular, to Taganrog. Previously, four personal exhibitions by the artist were held in the home city of Anton Chekhov: "Il Maestro e Margherita (The Master and Margarita)"
in 2019, "Segni nel tempo"("Signs of The Times")
in 2013 and "Chekhov Through the Mirrors"
(2015) and "An Introduction to Italian Mentality"
(2018). In November 2015 Enzo Rosamilia with other Italian artists participated in "I Rosamilia + Vairetti" exhibition
held at Taganrog Museum of Art and in 2016 he released a series of new artworks as a tribute to Faina Ranevskaya
In total, the artist devoted about ten years to art projects connected with Russia. For his personal contribution into the development of international relations between Russia and Italy, Mayor Vladimir Prasolov awarded Enzo Rosamilia with a letter of commendation
Enzo Rosamilia is heartily sorry that the relations between Italy and Russia, once warm and friendly, are now going through difficult times. "I consider the so-called 'cancel culture' unacceptable and I am absolutely certain that culture should unite, not divide people around the world. In no case should you touch it, since, in my opinion, one day culture can help return everything to normal... Despite everything, just as Italians remain interested in Russian culture, so in Russia our cultural heritage still excites Russians," said Rozamilia.
The artist is not going to stop there and plans to add another Russian author to his current art project in the near future.