The Palermo airport hosts six great works by the artists Francesco Domilici and Arrigo Musti

From September to December 2023, Falcone Borsellino Airport hosts IMPOP Archetypes, a contemporary art exhibition set up along the large corridor that connects the arrivals of the Palermo airport with the subway station. The exhibition consists of six works, each measuring 2 by 3 meters, a synthesis of photography and painting  by the artists Francesco Domilici and  Arrigo Musti, and  is curated by Domenico De Chirico and Aldo Gerbino. 
Francesco Domilici brings to the stage some of the archetypes for which the Mediterranean area is historically recognizable in the collective imagination: to do so, he draws, with his photographs, from a reservoir of images of rural and maritime panoramas, with the professions connected to them.
Arrigo Musti uses these images as a support to add a lysergic and brilliant painting, made with enamels, which refers to symbols, also archetypes, which analogously recall luxury and well-being.
The exhibition induces viewers to reflect on the reason for such comparisions.

Francesco Domilici is a photographer and visual artist, who in his career has exhibited, among other things, at  the Royal Academy of Arts in London with artists of the caliber of Julian Schnabel and Anselm Kiefer. Arrigo Musti participated in the 54th Venice Biennale (on the recommendation of the Oscar winner Giuseppe Tornatore) and has numerous personal and collective exhibitions in Italian and foreign contemporary art museums.

“We are happy to bring contemporary art for the first time inside Palermo airport, because we need to bring art closer to people”, explains the artist Francesco Domilici. “With our exhibition we combine an ancient and ancestral world populated by farmers and fishermen, symbol of the millenary culture of sacrifice and work, with the modern symbols of well-being. But we don’t want to demonize any archetype, instead we want to provoke a reflection as it happens when an ancient story is told in a contemporary form”.

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