UP Arts receives donation of Di Sarro artworks from the Italian Institute of Culture

Posted on May 31, 2018

The Department of UP Arts were grateful to be the recipient of a donation of two valuable artworks that were produced by the renowned Italian artist and a medical practitioner, Luigi Di Sarro (1941 - 1979). These artworks were presented to the University of Pretoria in the Villa Museum, by Anna Amendolagine, the Director of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura (The Italian Cultural Institute) in Pretoria. Such a generous donation is highly-valued, as it is a positive contribution to expand the University of Pretoria’s Art Collection. These two etchings are entitled, “Addio” (1972) and “All’amore” (1975) and reflect Di Sarro’s minimal artistic style as an art experimenter who contributed immensely to the technique of art minimalism and serves as an expression of his artistic language that refined the educational understanding of the aesthetic of the human soul. The extraordinary gesture as an in-kind donation demonstrates the ongoing collaboration and unwavering relationship between the UP and the Italian Cultural Institute. The donation also marked the successful collaboration of the temporary exhibition, “World Disclosure” of Luigi Di Sarro that was on public display in the Villa Museum (Merensky Building) held from the 1 March 2018 until 18 May 2018 that was seen by more than 4274 visitors over the three months of installation. The University of Pretoria greatly appreciates the Di Sarro donation of this works, together with some informative books on the artist and his life, as these works will be placed on exhibition, and will be available for research purposes. More importantly, to also encourage art students to appreciate Luigi’s art subject matter that makes reference to the inner human soul and its analytical interpretation that is based on the relationship between art and life-science that portrays the existence of the human being on earth.

- Author Daniel Mosako
Published by Nicole Hoffmann

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