From 15 September To 13 November
Coro della Maddalena
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The partnership between the Ceretto family, well-known wine makers, and the municipality of Alba (CN) goes on. Like every year, beginning in September and for most of the duration of the International Alba White Truffle Fair, the Coro della Maddalena of Alba is hosting a contemporary art exhibition featuring the most prestigious names in the international art scene.

This year it will be up to Francesco Clemente to combine contemporary art with the wonderful Baroque setting of the Choir. The artist, who was protagonist at the Siena exhibition "Fiori d’Inverno a New York” (winter flowers in NY), will bring to Alba his most recent works which were never displayed in Italy before.


"After Omeros", the name of the exhibition, will feature two installations and forty-one watercolors inspired by the epic poem Omeros for which the writer Derek Walcott was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

"I've been obsessed with Derek Walcott’s Omeros – explains Francesco Clemente – which is a tale about the shipwreck of History. The Islands are a maze where history loses its course and all its pretentious plans, belittled by the vastness of the sea, they end up in rust, in the infinite space where tarnished proclamations lie, among the silver and gold of sunken treasures What's left? The same vane things sung by Homer in the Greek Islands three thousand years ago: a love triangle, the regret for a long marriage, the desire to go back to where you were born, the disease in old age, a silent dialogue with death. I painted 41 watercolors and made 2 sculpture in wood, clay, metal, marble and painted to celebrate the Caribbean , Omeros and Derek Walcott"

The retrospective of Francesco Clemente is the just the latest link between the Ceretto faimy and the artist. Clemente was in fact the author of the fresco surrounding Piazza Duomo’s dining room, the three –starred Michelin restaurant owned by the producers’s family and run by the incomparable chef Enrico Crippa.

The exhibition will feature also a series of readings taken from the works of Derek Walcott.

The synergy between Ceretto, the curator Bill Katz and the City of Alba began in 2010 with a group exhibition that hosted great names of the New York art scene. In 2012 it was the turn of the collective "Americans", in 2013 the Choir hosted the retrospective of Ellsworth Kelly, followed by Anselm Kiefer in 2014 and by Kiki Smith in 2016. All exhibits are experiencing considerable success with the public, Kiki Smith's sculptures were seen by over 20 thousand people in six weeks of opening.


To delve deeper into the bond between Clemente’s art and Walcott’s thought the Ceretto family teamed up with POETICA – the Poetry Festival of the City of Alba promoted by the International Alba White Truffle Fair. During the exhibition – on Friday 21st October and Friday 11th November at 6.30 pm – it will be possible to combine the visit with a performative experience. The Coro della Maddalena becomes then a poetic Act: watercolors and sculptures will be the ideal scenario to see a live performance of Walcott’s original work "Omeros", in its translation curated by Roberta Carroll, supported by Alessandra Morra in the critical text analysis, where music and theatre are closely entwined. These events are a prologue to the Poetica festival which will be back in Alba for the second consecutive year from 18th to 20th November (

Francesco Clemente – After Omeros
Coro della Maddalena, Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 19, Alba
15th September – 13th November 2016
Official Opening: Wednesday 14th September at 6.00 pm

Opening times: 
Closed on Monday - from Tuesday to Friday  3.00 pm-6.00 pm – Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 am to-6.00 pm- FREE ADMISSION

Further info:

For Press Kits please contact: Ufficio Stampa Ceretto (Cerretto Press Office)
Elisa Giordano ( - Tel: 333 8727th763)
Roberta Ceretto ( - Tel. 335 6422655)


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