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Alex Cecchetti

Love Bar

6 September | h 7 pm – 10 pm
7 September | h 8 pm – 11 pm
WeGil – Piscina

A collection of “stories to drink”, the Love Bar has existed since 2012, an apparition, a strange temporary mirage of erotic metamorphosis between plants and humans. The exchange of stories and drinks – made from herbs and local plants collected by the artist himself – takes place at the bar counter, a sort of proto-theatrical stage where the role of spectator and performer becomes indistinct. In this countrified, almost renaissance setting, Cecchetti has created a place in which the speaking and the drinking happens in the mouth at the same time. Every love story told will be rewarded with a cocktail, an elixir, a potion, or another love story. Achillea millefoglie, terrestrial ivy, Artemisia, wild Ruta, Stellaria, many are the herbs and plants of these cocktails, each with its qualities of which Cecchetti and his assistants know the secrets and the narratives that bind us to them as underground roots. For it is said that every potion is also a story, a remedy and a question. Do you drink Love or Justice? 

Alex Cecchetti is an Italian artist, poet, painter and performer based in Paris. His performances have been presented in museums throughout Europe, including the Centre Pompidou, the Jeu de Paume and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Serpentine Galleries in London, the MAXXI in Rome and the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin. In 2017 two solo exhibitions at CCA Ujazdowski in Warsaw and at the Ferme du Buisson in France showcased his latest “post mortem” work TamamShud, which has become a novel of the same name, the second ever published by the artist. In 2018, Spike Island in Bristol (UK) and Void in Derry (IR) have hosted exhibitions focusing on his research on musical sculptures, “At the Gate of the music Palace”. The Serpentine Galleries in London and Triennale Teatro Milano will present this year Walking Backwards, a metamorphic incantation into a garden.

by and with Alex Cecchetti and with Claudia Gambino and Valentina Montuori
thanks to Xilef Welner for the herbs and plants collection
in collaboration with La Francia in Scena, stagione artistica dell’Istitut Francais/Ambasciata di Francia in Italia, initiative by Ambasciata di Francia in Italia, supported by Institut français and Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati