September 4, 2019 - In the gallery of the Maritime Museum of Montenegro in Kotor, the exhibition "Il pittore del mare" (Painter of the Sea) by Fabio Colussi opened. This exhibition is significant because it is a piece of culture and literature that connects the Adriatic cities, said the Director-General of the University of Trieste Fabio Soma. The exhibition is part of the program of the Italian Cultural Event that is being held these days in Kotor, Herceg Novi, and Cetinje. Soma specifically outlined the significance of numerous activities of the organizers - the Italian Community of Montenegro, supporting centuries-old cultural connections between Boka Bay and Italy.
"The thread that connects us all here is the sea. In many museums, there are collections of paintings about the sea - in Venice, in Trieste. That is important for cultural connections of cities in the Adriatic, representing different parts of the Adriatic coast and pieces of our shared culture and literature. The exhibition is in the right place and at the right time," Soma said.
Fabio Colussi from Trieste
educated himself by studying the great painters of Trieste from the past, on the border between Venetian art painting and what comes from Central European culture. He draws his inspiration from the sketches contained in a notebook that he always carries with him, sometimes from photo notes, especially when it comes to architecture. Colussi's works are part of private collections in Italy and abroad (USA, Germany, Spain, Australia).
The Italian Community of Montenegro organized the exhibition in cooperation with the University of Trieste, the Embassy of Italy in Montenegro, the Municipality of Kotor, and with the significant contribution of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said its president, the architect Aleksandar Dender.
"We Kotorans, all Bokelians, know what the sea is. For us, it has always been a clear symbol of development and a path to the world. Also, the sea had historical significance for us. It was our window to the world. Thanks to the sea, we created a cultural, and especially architectural heritage that recommended our bay to the UNESCO list of the cultural heritage of the world," said Dender. He particularly emphasized the importance of the centuries-old tradition of the Bokelian Navy, expressing the hope that the Kotor brotherhood of sailors
would become the part of UNESCO list by the end of this year.
As part of this Italian cultural event, promotion of the book "From Trieste to Kotor: On the Wings of the Storm with the Call of the Lion" (Bellaspiga) was organized tonight in Cetinje, followed by the concert "Dennis Fantina & Magazzino Commerciale." The same show will be held at Forte Mare Fortress in Herceg Novi, tomorrow at 9 pm.
The exhibition "Il volto dell' altro," (The face of the other) authored by Ugo Giletta, will open tomorrow, September 5th at 11 am, in the gallery of the Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković" Kotor.
The conference "The Italian Community in the Eastern Adriatic, Identity and the European Future" in the conference room of the Cultural Center "Nikola Đurković" is scheduled for Friday, September 6th, starting at 10 am.