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are proud to present STUPORE
curated by Francesco Elisei

Participating Artists:
Luis Chacón
Costa Rica
Francisco Còrdoba
Costa Rica
Jaime David Tischler
Costa Rica
Silvia Fossati
Raffaella Rosa Lorenzo –
Gianfranco Meggiato -
Gavin Rain –
South Africa
Patrizio Travagli + Wok Design (Angelo Basso, Leonardo Biagi, Marco Giachetti) –

S1160023Horst UhlemannGermany
Alec Von Bargen
Luca Zampetti

Added Curators:
Luca Carniato
Dino Leoni

Stupore on project by:
Francisco Córdoba

Curator assistant:
Svetlana Ostapovici


FRIDAY, 3 JUNE 18:30

Inauguration program:
Concert by the composer and Republic of Costa Rica Minister of Culture and Youth, Maestro MANUEL OBREGON
Poetic performance of Stupore by FRANCISCO CÓRDOBA

The event will be attended by:
The ambassador to The Italian Republic, Mr. FEDERICO ORTUÑO-VICTORY
The director of the Museo di Arte Costaricense, Ms. FLORENCIA URBINA

In a world threatened by individualism, segregation and fundamentalism, looking back on certain historical events, even as far back as a thousand years, may provide the answer in re-establishing social, cultural and perhaps economic values that can help us to steer clear of a return to a new obscurantism.

All those values ​​that help the human being to improve himself, his relationships with others and with the environment, are inalienable. There is no doubting the existence of certain mandatory values: health care for all despite one’s socio-economic status, the right to education, the right to justice and happiness (in the broad and not only material sense, also taking into account the joy of living in a healthy and natural environment and the appreciation of beauty). In short, that which is stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, including all the amendments made in 62 years subsequent to its publication.

This project was borne of the need not only to remember the historical role played by Federico II of Svevia, but also to highlight his relevance, modernity, greatness and impact, regardless of geographical origin. There is a common thread, a key theme to this project that is encompassed in one word: rebirth.

Although the project begins in the great emperor’s birthplace, the city of Jesi, not only will it be exhibited in Italy, but also abroad, including a special link to the World AIDS Conference to be held in Italy in July of this year, as well as the all important event at the Venice Biennale, at which it will gain its full, cosmopolitan and international citizenship, reaching beyond all borders. Frederick II was regarded as “Stupor mundi” (the wonder of the world), which is why we would like to emphasize the need to stupefy, now as ever, in terms that may seem outdated, but that should be defended more vehemently each and every day, like education, art and beauty, and health care for all who help in the pursuit of happiness.

The project also has several specific purposes, including the establishment of natural art parks both in Italy and Costa Rica (bearing in mind that Costa Rica is so far the only country in the world has abolished the army, thereby breathing life into its education and environmental protection systems), and the project’s introduction at international level with events in Germany and the involvement of the Costa Rican national parks. Another purpose is to revitalize cultural, religious, historical and legal relations and in so doing create hope in an uncertain future.

Just like the project itself, Venice constitutes a unique and unrepeatable event, as does the great honor of my home country Costa Rica’s participation in the Biennale for the first time in its history. And of course we came here to stupefy.