Blum & Poe is pleased to participate in Palai, a collaborative group exhibition organized by ten galleries and held in a historic palazzo in Lecce, Italy.
Palazzo Tamborino Cezzi is an aristocratic dwelling in the historic center of Lecce, Italy. Constructed in the mid-16th century by Giacomo Mele, the mansion has preserved its Renaissance-era rooms on the ground floor. In the second half of the 19th century, the house belonged to the Tamborino family, who renovated the building to express the neoclassical taste of the period, including elements of art nouveau, as well as North African and East Asian architectural details.
Palai means palace in the Apulian dialect of Griko. Its etymological origin lies in the Latin palātum, or palate, which refers to the organ of taste and judgment. From this palate is born another: the palette of the artist. As a space that traditionally houses important artworks and is itself an architectural feat, the symbol of the palace represents a meeting place. As a residence, it also signifies the ease and relaxation of being at one's own home or of being welcomed into the home of another. In ancient Greece, the friendship between hosts and guests, which was an important thread of the social fabric, was known as xenia. This summer, organized by Parisian galleries Balice Hertling and Ciaccia Levi, Palai seeks to create an environment in Lecce that celebrates the same care, generosity, and exchange denoted by this timeless term.
Blum & Poe presents works by artists who engage with themes of nature, the passage of time, and mythology through figuration and abstraction.