Axel Vervoordt Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition, “Ida Barbarigo – Self-portraits / Cose che incantano”, which occurs during what would have been the artist’s 100th birthday. Axel Vervoordt, together with architect and curator Daniela Ferretti, have selected works from two enigmatic series that are less-known to the public, but which represent important themes in Barbarigo’s oeuvre.
The first series is comprised of self-portraits—or autoritratti—that were painted in the 1980s and 90s. The works expose layers of the artist’s personality while conveying aspects of melancholy, a dark side that’s mysterious, yet fascinating.
A second series is a group of works from the mid-1970s that Barbarigo entitled, “son cose che incantano” (Spellbinding or Enchanting Things) or “Les plages d’Orphée” (The Beaches of Orpheus). Both series are based on intensive research and personal introspection while revealing how the artist’s layers of flowing, dripping lines approach an enchanting abstraction.