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Arrigo Musti

Born in Palermo in 1969.

His works participate in numerous solo and group exhibitions in contemporary art galleries and museums in Italy, France, England, Holland, United States, etc.

n 2008 the Christie’s house auctioned some paintings by Arrigo in The Hague, Holland. In 2009 a solo exhibition “Rain” curated by art historian Maurizio Calvesi (Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, Biennale Venezia 2020) was held at Wright State University Ohio, usa. In 2011, he participated in the 54th Venice Biennale – Venezia Arsenale – curated by Vittorio Sgarbi, at the choice of Oscar winner Giuseppe Tornatore.

The following year there is a solo exhibition entitled “Nameless”, at the Chamber of Deputies (Montecitorio – Rome) curated by Marisa Vescovo. His works are part of public and private collections, and of permanent and temporary exhibitions. These include the International Criminal Court of the Hague (United Nations), the Orestiadi Foundation of Gibellina (TP), the Museo Guttuso (PA), the Museo dei Bretti ed Enotri (CZ), the Dayton Peace Museum, (Ohio, USA), the Fondazione Sant’Elia (PA), the Palazzo Comitini (Museum of the Province of Palermo), the Museo Marino Marini of Florence, the Convitto delle Arti of Noto (SR), the Palazzo di Giustizia of Palermo, etc. He received in Rome, in the Chamber of Deputies, the “USA International Prize 2014” of the homonymous Italian foundation USA.

His works were auctioned by Christie’s and subsequently purchased by the United Nations and exhibited at the International Court in The Hague, Holland.

In 2012 he was a finalist in the Unesco World Competition on Art and Bioethics with exhibitions in Texas, New York, Rome and Houston.

In 2014 a solo exhibition entitled “lmpop” was held at the Museums of Villa Torlonia (Rome), curated by art historian prof. Lorenzo Canova.

His works are on permanent display at the Watergate Gallery, Washington D.C., USA. Recently he collaborated with the art curator of the Princeton Art Museum, Annabelle Priestley and with the art historian Lorenzo Canova, (New Jersey, USA) for the Italian-american exhibition TWIST, set up in 2019 at the Renato Guttuso Museum in Bagheria (PA).

The works of Arrigo Musti, although in a metaphorical and seemingly anachronistic key, deal with current issues with social implications, such as the phenomena of integration between different cultures (and sometimes opposed as the Western and Eastern) in an age of decadence of high ideals and exaltation of differences. The term lmpop, coined by the artist (see Musei di Roma Capitale, 2014 solo exhibition) unlike Pop contains stimuli to reflect and to dwell on the meanings, despite the surfaces and the lysergic colors used in the works by Musti.

He also designs, with the architect Anna Russo, a line of interior furnishings of majolica that are exhibited in prestigious trade fairs in Italy and abroad, including International Mebel Kiev.

He also wrote, wrote and directed short films in English with professional actors. In 2019 he received prestigious awards and awards in the United States, South America and Europe, including best film at the Top Shorts Film Festival and the New York City International Film Infest Festival.

His works have written prestigious foreign newspapers including: The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and renowned international and Italian specialized magazines. His recent work is part of upcoming publications by the United Nations Organization and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. The Memorial Center of Srebrenica delle Nazioni (Bosnia and Herzegovina) will permanently exhibit its thematic works from 2022. The Atlas of Art De Agostini 2022 dedicates a page to the artist, already present in the encyclopedia Treccani. His catalogues are present in the most prestigious Italian and foreign libraries, including the Yad Vashem, in Israel.

Arrigo Musti lives and works between Rome and Bagheria (Palermo, Sicily).