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Castaldi Lighting illuminates the first major exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jack Kerouac.

The MA*GA Museum in Gallarate is hosting a major exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jack Kerouac, one of the literary icons of the 20th century, from 3rd December 2017 to 22nd April 2018.

Curated by Sandrina Bandera, Alessandro Castiglioni, and Emma Zanella, the exhibition has been organised by the MA*GA Museum and the City of the Gallarate.

Entitled Kerouac. Beat Painting, the exhibition features eighty paintings and drawings, most of which have never before been displayed in Italy, which shed a completely new light on the artistic activities of the father of the Beat Generation.

The exhibition also explores Kerouac’s relationship with Italy through a selection of photographs taken by Robert Frank and by Ettore Sottsass of his wife Fernanda Pivano, Allen Ginsberg and Kerouac, and is lent even greater depth by a new project about Kerouac by Peter Greenaway.

Visitors are taken on a journey through different nuclei that develop reflections interweaving Kerouac’s life with his poetics using everything from portraits of famous figures, such as Joan Crawford, Truman Capote, Dody Muller or Cardinal Montini, to references to the beat culture from Robert Frank to William S. Burroughs.


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