THE AMAZING STORY OF AN ORANG-UTAN, A CASINO, AND A FAMOUS ITALIAN PAINTER
In London, excitement is building. On March 9 2017 Moreno Bondi’s painting “Critically Endangered ORANGUTAN” will be unveiled by Synchronicity Earth - a charitable Foundation in the vanguard of high-priority conservation action.
“Critically Endangered” ORANGUTAN, will be exhibited for the first time ever, on March 9 2017, in central London, in the spectacular ONE EMBANKMENT venue at Synchronicity Earth’s “Last Chance Casino”. Bondi’s painting was conceived and created specifically for this event where “For one night only, our guests will be gaming for our future, not with it.”
Synchronicity Earth’s mission is “both urgent and ambitious: to combat the extinction crisis, conserve biodiversity wherever it is threatened and promote a better relationship between people and the planet.” Synchronicity Earth seeks out like-minded individuals and organisations fighting to protect endangered species and habitats, and acts as a network hub connecting and empowering those who are best placed to bring about real change.
Bondi’s involvement with Synchronicity Earth began when he met art lover and Founding Trustee Jessica Sweidan in London. The artist had been thinking for some time of creating a cycle of work dedicated to endangered species. Bondi says:“I was born in Tuscany, in the Apuan Alps, home of the most precious marble quarries in the world. In recent decades the landscape has been changed forever, by ferocious excavations fuelled by the insatiable demands of industry, and the failure of politicians to control the rate of extraction. The landscape and the eco-system have been changed forever. Who can say how far reaching the long term consequences will be for animals, the environment, and the human population of the region also?”
Sweidan tells: “It was an honour to meet Moreno Bondi when he was last in London. His mastery of painting is clear when one studies his paintings; learning more about his passion uncovers a reminder of how our present actions are shaping our future. I am delighted to include the first work from his new series “CRITICALLY ENDANGERED” at our event, and am enormously grateful to Moreno for his generosity. I have always felt that artists play an enormous role in helping decipher the complexities of the work – the natural world needs these brave voices now more than ever.”
Bondi’s new cycle of paintings, “Critically Endangered” (together with his “Destroyed Archeological Heritage” series”) share an innovative, evocative technique that makes use of superimposed, burnt oil-painted canvases. The artist uses fire to express his outrage against the barbarity that is destroying our cultural and environmental heritage. This heritage, Bondi believes, is not ours to consume. It is our responsibility to protect the beauty of art and nature, and pass it on to future generations.
BRIEF BIOLOGICAL NOTE
Moreno Bondi was born in Carrara in 1959. He is Professor of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome. Recent exhibitions, include, his one-man show “Moreno Bondi, the Light and shade of Caravaggio in the Contemporary World” at Palazzo Venezia, in Rome (2012) and the 54th Biennale di Venezia, curated by Vittorio Sgarbi.
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