AN EXHIBITION ON ITALIAN ENTERPRISE AT THE DUT ART GALLERY
Written by: Mfundo Knowledge Mthembu
On its opening night, 50+! The great industry game. Showcasing the history of Italian industry exhibited an iconographic exhibition narrating Italian design, industry and architecture at the Durban University of Technology’s (DUT) Art Gallery.
The exhibition, organised in South Africa by the Istituto di Cultura in Pretoria and Gauteng, is showcasing in Durban in collaboration with Dante Alighieri Society and the DUT. The exhibition narrated 50 and more objects that made history of Italian enterprise through a panel installation that presents ideas and projects.
Coordinator for KwaZulu-Natal, Tony Amatulli gave a clear background and history of the exhibition.
“Basically it’s about history, about the Italian industry and the Italian industry. And so basically we wanted to go through almost 150 years of designing and go through all those objects who had today internationally recognised such as vaspa’s,” said Amatulli.
The Dante Alighieri Society was formed in Italy and has done amazing work all over the world.
“Dante Alighieri is one of four branches in South Africa. We teach and promote basically cultures and languages, Italian, Germany, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Mandarin. Plus we organise many other culture events, for example like this one,” added Amatulli.
When asked why they specifically chose to exhibit at the DUT, Amatulli said, “We decided to have this exhibition is Durban, immediately we thought that DUT has the most suitable venue for the different reasons. There is many departments here from media, design and engineering.”
Art followers and fans, as well as students came in their numbers to learn more about the Italian enterprise and industry.
“I’m here because it’s actually about the Italian industry, their culture, their language and I love Italian. Grazie,” said Fashion and Textile Design student, Zamakhosi Zama Dlamini.
Ayanda Mdletshe, who is also a fashion student, said that they came to the exhibition just to analyse the whole scenario and just see what they could learn. She was overjoyed to learn on the history about Espresso.
The exhibition will showcase until the 8th September 2017 at the DUT Art Gallery, Steve Biko Campus.
*Caption: Tony Amatulli and Francesca Verga among arts fans at the DUT Art Gallery.