First 'zero consumption' art show in Rome

Lit by photovoltaic cells recycling lightbulb energy

15 May, 20:03

    'Illuminati' art exhibition with 'zero consumption' 'Illuminati' art exhibition with 'zero consumption'

    (by Luciano Fioramonti)

    ROME - Art saves the world through trying out ideas to help the planet and avoid waste and not only through beauty. The first 'zero consumption' show is taking shape in Rome, with works and the exhibition space lit entirely by photovoltaic cells that recycle energy generated by light bulbs. The inventor was Geo Florenti, 42, a Romanian naturalized in Italy.

    He brought together the works of 12 important contemporary Italian artists that ''shine'' without making use of external sources of energy in the Salone Borromini of the historic Biblioteca Vallicelliana Artists include Luca Maria Patella, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Pietro Ruffo, Marco Tirelli, Giosetta Fioroni, Ileana Florescu, Gianni Dessì, Guido Strazza, Andrea Fogli, Sergio Lombardo, Giuseppe Salvatori, and Matteo Basilé.

    The "Illuminati" exhibition, curated by Giancarlo Carpi, will run May 16 to June 17.

    ''The first person to believe in my project was the great Pistoletto,'' Florenti said. ''To get the others involved, I met each one in person and showed them the generator used to light up the works.'' The generator is made of silicon cells.

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