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THE DREAMS OF TWO GENERATIONS Giorgio Celiberti and Mazzocca&Pony
Exciting Maestro-student interaction – two generations side by side. 

A dear friend of mine introduced me to Giorgio Celiberti about fifteen years ago, when we stepped by chance into one of his solo exhibitions in Rome. He was a small man, dressed all in black, with a white beard and white hair. He shook my hand and told me: “you have the curious, intuitive eyes of an artist.” Thus a laugh broke the tension of this encounter with an artist I so admired.

I could not imagine, back then, that years later I would open an exposition gallery in my town, but after two years, in 2007, we finally brought the Maestro to Castelfranco Veneto.

This exhibition was an opportunity to get to know each other. Since then we have kept in touch regularly. I showed him my work several times, and he offered both compliments and criticism, sharp but sincere. In 2009 he told me: “your research will lead you to collage. I don’t know how, but you will get there.” I had always detested collages because, contrary to my training, they entailed a paper support and stood for a technique I considered immature and old-fashioned. I remember that I was upset by his words, to the point that I dismissed the idea.

Over the years my research progressed, stubbornly following my own path. One day, not many months ago, while describing a project of mine I wrote: “engraved PVC collage…” In that moment I suddenly remembered Celiberti’s words, which I had dismissed years before.

The greatness of an artist lies in their ability to see “beyond”. This exhibition was thus born from a brief exchange over the telephone:

“Maestro, would you like to do an exhibition with me, just the two of us, your works and mine?”

“It would be an honour for me!” was his laconic reply.

Giorgio Celiberti (Udine, 1929) is an Italian painter and sculptor.
Celiberti is one of the last living artists to have participated in the first post-war Venice Biennale in 1948. Celiberti started out as a great drawing artist and later switched to oil and fresco painting. His frescos are highly tactile, sharp and cutting in their cleanliness and wealth of contents. His clay sculptures, transferred onto bronze or aluminium, maintain the same features. An experience which determined (rather than simply influenced) his poetics was his trip to Terenzin, near Prague, in 1965. He visited the concentration camp where thousands of Jewish children found their deaths. From that moment onwards, his work represented the answer to those children’s pleas for help, and more. It is as if Celiberti conversed with each and every one of those children. Since that journey, 50 years ago, Giorgio has changed – now he speaks of love, chases after butterflies, cuddles cats, writes and plays with all those children with whom he shared a connection. He is father, friend and voice to all those voices which have since been muted, to those thousands of pure souls. His existential suffering lies in his living in two worlds simultaneously. The “traces” he will leave upon the world are already here, they are his works, constant witnesses to his existence.

Mazzocca&Pony (Treviso 1963, lives in Castelfranco Veneto) painter and creative artist.
A life consecrated to art has led Mazzocca&Pony to try countless techniques and materials. Upon reaching artistic maturity she condensed her reflections in a cycle called “The Garden of Eden.” She takes second-hand clothes, heavy with the experience of their past owners, binds them tight with zinc-coated iron thread and “mineralizes” them with resin to preserve them forever. The end result is a “mondino”, a single cell or primitive molecule – a source from which everything originates, but which retains a memory of the past, making it into a living construction block from which to start again. These “mondini” are then attached to a skeleton frame made of a single zinc-coated iron thread and moulded to represent Trees of various shapes and sizes, or stuck on a support of engraved PVC collage. Each work is part of the same fantastic Garden, from which we draw our life’s oxygen.

Inauguration: Saturday 11th July 5pm

Artists: M° Giorgio Celiberti and Mazzocca&Pony

Presentation: Beppe Castellano

Aperitif courtesy of “Le Corti”, Via Roma 37 - Castelfranco Veneto (TV)

Catalogue available at the exhibition.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 1pm and 4pm – 7.30pm
It is also possible to make reservations outside opening hours.

info: +39 3480302605


CASTELLANO Arte Contemporanea
Via Roma, 38 – 31033 Castelfranco Veneto TV

(500 metres from the train station)

  • Via Roma, 38
    Castelfranco Veneto (TV)


Castellano Arte Contemporanea was born in 2005 and this year celebrates its first 10 years in the business. The gallery is located in Castelfranco Veneto’s historic centre, in a building designed by architect Mario Botta in the Nineties, right in front of the splendid medieval walls which witnessed the birth of the great Giorgione.
Company Contacts
Via Roma, 38
31033 - Castelfranco Veneto (TV)
+393480302605 www.castellanoartecontemporanea.com
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The Castellano Arte Contemporanea gallery focuses on artists from the Veneto region who have been well-known since the Fifties and alternates their displays with those of emerging artists, who share with their more famous counterparts the same concern with “art as Beauty.”

The gallery was inaugurated on 20th March 2005 with an exhibition by Ennio Finzi (1931), a Venetian artist whose research concentrates on the meaning of gestures, light and timbre.

In 2006 the gallery showcased works by Cesco Magnolato (1926) from San Donà di Piave (Venice), who in 1954 won first prize for engraving at the 27th edition of the Venice Biennale. In the same year the gallery also showcased works by Giovanni Centazzo (1942), whose chromatic and gestural poetry represents the landscape of the artist’s home region, the Friuli.

In 2007 the gallery invited painter and sculptor Giorgio Celiberti (1929), whose Holocaust-inspired art is internationally acclaimed, and Ulisse Salvador (1910), from Padua, who is known for his fresco paintings and who was a student of Saetti’s.

In 2008 the gallery hosted “100 female heads” by Toni Zarpellon (1942), an intellectually profound artist from Vicenza and creator of the well-known “Rubbio Quarries.” In the same year, the Castellano gallery – which was then known as Art&Media – assembled several artists for a great exhibition called “7 Painters of Today and Yesterday”: Barbaro, Borsato, Paolucci, Gambino, Gianquinto, Licata and Magnolato.

In 2009, the gallery ran the first of five collective exhibitions dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the great Giorgione’s death. The exhibition was called “Geometry of Art Created” and it displayed works by Getulio Alviani, Gianni Colombo, Dadamaino, Franco Daleffe, Edoardo Landi, Luciano Marin, Marcello Morandini, Bruno Munari, Manlio Onorato, Vincenzo Pellitta, Giorgio Perretti, Nino di Salvatore, Victor Simonetti, Jesùs-Rafhael Soto.

In 2010 the gallery served as incubator for the manifesto “Our Dialectic – The Emotional Dialectic of Art as Beauty,” which was created by 7 emerging artists from the Veneto region: Grazia Azzali, Ugo Gazzola, Fabiano Fiorin, Silvano Longo, Mazzocca&Pony, Maria Pia Settin, Patrizia Simionato.

In 2011 and 2012 the Castellano Arte Contemporanea gallery sought to promote, partly through art fairs held all over Italy, the work of emerging artists whose most diverse expression techniques aimed to convey the complexity of creative processes in the situation of profound crisis which characterizes this specific historical period. This crisis is not merely economic, but is also a crisis of conscience, values, and culture. A special mention goes to Annalù and Matteo Boato.

In 2013 the gallery hosted a personal exhibition by Renato Meneghetti (Rosà, Vicenza, 1947). An artist who has been at the centre of many exhibitions in the most important European and international museums, Meneghetti is known as the “Radiograph Painter.” He kept his work separated from the various artistic trends of his time and operated in several art sectors ranging from painting to sculpting, from design to architecture, from photography to cinema, from music to theatre.

The year 2014 was dominated by the exhibition “Hell and Paradise” by Monica Pirone and Mazzocca&Pony. This exhibition combined painting, sculpture, video installations and performances to effectively convey the notion of a broken, disoriented society, which nevertheless hopes that the Beauty of art might yet save the world.

In 2015, the year of the Milan Expo, the universal exposition, the Castellano gallery has planned several event-exhibitions to be held on site at Via Roma 38, Castelfranco Veneto. These event-exhibitions will contribute to the prestige not only of Giorgione’s birth town, but also of the Veneto Expo: a portal which includes events organized by artistic institutions all over the Veneto region.
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