Kudos for Mona Lisa Unveiled Presented by MDC’s Acclaimed Art Gallery System

Gloria Porcella, Miami City Mayor Tomas Regalado and Hon. Gabriela Carlucci, Mayor City of Margherita di Savoia

Making its U.S. premiere, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Art Gallery System has brought to South Florida an extraordinary exhibition inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic portrait, the Mona Lisa. The exhibition, Mona Lisa Unveiled, showcases various interpretations of the classic, created by artists around the world and dating from the 16th Century to modern day. This exhibition is co-presented by City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and City of Margherita di Savoia (Italy) Mayor Gabriella Carlucci.  On loan from the Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, the exhibition was created and inspired by Alessandro Vezzosi, the museum’s director, and Agnese Sabato, president of the museum’s International Association. In Miami, the exhibition has been made possible with the support of the Consul General of Italy, Marco Rocca, and Gloria Porcella, director of the Galleria Ca’ d’Oro in Rome and Miami.

Mercedes Lopez Cisneros, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Alejandro Rios & Leticia del Monte

Mona Lisa Unveiled is divided into two main sections. One part concentrates on the historical aspect and includes works and documents from the 16th – 19th centuries. The second part is more contemporary, charting the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911 and continuing with 20th century artists who reinterpret da Vinci’s painting. Featured artists range from Marcel Duchamp, Jean Margat and Salvador Dalì, to Romero Britto, as well as artists who have recreated Italy’s most famous cultural symbol with computers, videos and installation pieces. The is now open to the general public until  October 7, free and open to the public during gallery hours. As always, local schools will have the opportunity to schedule guided tours for teachers and students. Margherita di Savoia is a seaside resort town located along Italy’s Adriatic coast, renowned for its salt marshes and beaches. At the exhibition’s opening reception, Mayors Regalado and Carlucci will sign a Collaborative Agreement between the two cities.

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