Gianni Dunil was born as a director of art short films, collaborating with important bodies and institutions such as the Sistina, the Theater of Rome, the Brancaccio Theater, the “La Sapienza” University of Rome, the Piccolo Teatro of Milan. His video creations are often inspired by the attention to scenographic detail, which ranges from art to literary quotations and are used as teaching material adopted in cultural institutes and universities. He offered his experience in this field, collaborating with the famous director Cesare Vangeli, director of the Lim, the prestigious musical laboratory of Rome. He was among the curators of the 58 Venice Art Biennale in the Dominican Republic Pavilion alongside Marianne De Tolentino, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts of Santo Domingo. He has been collaborating since 2010 with the authoritative art studio of the art historian count Daniele Radini Tedeschi and since 2015 he has been part of the Start Society of Rome. He was appointed chief editor of the De Agostini Atlas of Contemporary Art in the 2020 edition.  Among the conferences he gave, the one held in 2018 at the Press Room of the Chamber of Deputies in Rome for the presentation of the review he curated in Venice "Padiglione Europa" is worth mentioning.




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The Pandemic in the solitude of the artist

2020 is the year destined to enter the contemporary history books as it has completely upset the paradigm of the social fabric of the West. The pandemic has forced half of the world population into forced solitude, thus making them rediscover aspects of their inner life that have long been dormant in the incessant noises of everyday life. The car horns, the crowded subways, the school bells, the "rising city" whose frenetic daily entropy was immortalized by Boccioni, have been replaced by an undisputed deafening silence and the man, a wanderer on a sea of fog, he focused on his distant memory those streets once overflowing with life.  

Those who have never been used to it have known loneliness, but we can see how it already enjoys a sad continuity in the artistic-literary sphere. "La Solitudine" is the poem number 23 of the very famous collection "The Spleen of Paris" by Charles Baudelaire, he compares it to a wary demon who captures the idle soul in the most unexpected moments and places. The painter Eduard Munch immortalizes her in those sidewalks of “Evening on Viale Karl Jordan”, where a curved figure, perhaps the author himself, walks alone and frowning immersed in total alienation, feeling the unbearable weight of the astonished gazes of passers-by.

The meaning given by the humanistic culture is completely different, from Cicero to Seneca to Petrarch, where solitude represents an opportunity for inspiration.  genuine. It is only by entering into direct and undisturbed contact with oneself that full poetic maturation is manifested.

Companion and enemy, from whatever perspective you see it, it remains indispensable although at the same time it can also be destructive. It is up to the artist to make the most of this condition, more interior than exterior, which leads to a reflection on the "empty" and "full" of existence. Paraphrasing Gregory the Great "in the port the ships collide, while offshore they advance on the force of the winds, lined up and free", this means that isolation is sometimes the only way to identify the route. 

Because if the artist, in this historical moment, walks in absorbed solitude, it will be his task to manifest in his poetic production  that heart swollen with expectations of the future.   (Gianni Dunil)

Gaspar David Friedrich Viandante su mare

Gaspar David Friedrich

"Wayfarer up  sea of fog ", 1818,  HamburgerKunsthalle  


Edvard Munch Sera sul viale Karl Johan,

Edvard Munch  

"Evening on Karl Johan Boulevard", 1892, Museum  Bergen Art,



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