Don Quijote

Personal exhibition of Ioan Sbârciu, curated by Antonello Tolve

from 3rd June 2018 / until 30th settember

IL MECC – International Library, Music Education Culture Creativity in Caprarola, in collaboration with the Embassy of Romania to the Vatican State, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, the Fondazione Filiberto e Bianca Menna, the Lavatoio Contumaciale and the Associazione FigurAzioni, is pleased to announce Don Quijote, an important solo exhibition of Ioan Sbârciu, which will be held in Caprarola from 3rd June until 30th September, in Viale Regina Margherita 26, at the headquarters of IL MECC, the new cultural center in Caprarola. 

A painter who thinks with his hands, an observer attentive to recording life through a return to pictorial values that is the consolidation of the relationship between tradition and innovation, Ioan Sbârciu (Feldru, 1948) is one of the most representative figures on the Romanian contemporary scene.

​Starting from the novel El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes, on this new occasion Sbârciu presents a cycle of recent works that recover an extraordinary figure from world literature (“a hidalgo of those who have spears in the rack, ancient shields, thin buzzards and hunting dog”) bringing it back to the canvas through immediate gestures, lightning-fast visions, generous and elegant evocations.

In the exhibition a series of large canvases invite the viewer into a magical world made of evocations, apparitions, forces determined by the passion of reason, by an attitude that places under the same visual sky the rule and the case, the rational and the irrational, the dryness of meditation and the immediacy of instinctiveness.