Carlo Levi’s “Blind Visions” in New York: The Protagonists of a Destiny Speak

Sep 27, 2019 254

BY: Stefano Vaccara

In 1973, during a period of temporary blindness spent in Rome, between the eye clinic directed by Prof. Bietti and his home, Villa Strohl-Fern, the writer and painter Carlo Levi (Turin 1902 – Rome 1975) produced 145 drawings. Years after his death, these works of art were found and purchased by Antonino Milicia, a Sicilian emigrant farmer who had known Levi in Switzerland. Last week, the exhibition “Blind Visions” opened at New York University’s Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò directed by Stefano Albertini, with 42 of these drawings on display for the first time outside of Italy until December 13th.

The exhibition, curated by Nino Sottile Zumbo, and with the participation of Mr. Milicia, opened on Tuesday, September 10th. We spoke with Mr. Milicia the next day at the Casa Italiana, together with Prof. Gian Paolo Berto online, a painter, and among Levi’s favorite students, who assisted Levi during his period of temporary blindness.

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