Francesco Simeti

Newsletter – Fall 2023

Could the future be remembered through the familiar objects collected in the past? Could these objects act as a means to shape the memories of the future that will come as fragments—a means to shape, understand, and preserve the past? Souvenirs of the Future, which sets forth from the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection, explores the ties forged between memory and imagination through contemporary works while focusing on that which is remembered with the help of objects. The cultural and symbolic value and meaning of objects that have been acquired or collected as souvenirs, as a reminder of a certain place and time, interweave the memory of the region with personal journeys. The exhibition presents a future-oriented perspective of the archive while aiming to understand the future through commissioned contemporary works inspired by the collection. Yet instead of a nostalgic devotion to the past, it proposes contemplating how we will remember the future. In this exhibition curated by Ulya Soley and organized in memory of Suna Kıraç, who created the Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics Collection, a selection from the collection that inspired the contemporary works accompanies each corresponding section.

Artists: Adriana Varejão, Aslı Çavuşoğlu, Bilal Yılmaz, Burçak Bingöl, Candice Lin, Deniz Eroglu, Elif Uras, Francesco Simeti, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Livia Marin, Metehan Törer, Neven Allgeier, oddviz, Skuja Braden, Taner Ceylan, Volkan Aslan, Yasemin Özcan, Zsófia Kerezstes

Souvenirs of the Future  
Curated by Ulya Soley

Opening October 26th

Pera Museum
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No.65
34430 Tepebaşı – Beyoğlu – İstanbul

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The opening at MAO has been planned in occasion of Artissima – the art fair in Turin –  where I will present new works with GALLERIA MASSIMO MININI & FRANCESCA MININI, Main Section, BOOTH Yellow 10, Dark Blue 9.

Gigli, cinghiali, qualche carpa e poi conigli, galline e asini in gran quantità is a wallpaper piece for the museum’s reception area and the first part of a project that will develop at MAO during a two-year residency between 2023 and 2024.

With this project, MAO is creating a bridge with an important space just a short walk from the museum. The work was originally made for Casa Giglio (where it is permanently on view), a space that opened in 2019 on the top floor of the Seminario Metropolitano, in the heart of Turin’s old town, to provide accommodation to the families of children hospitalised at Regina Margherita. It was set up on the initiative of Giglio Onlus, an association that has been offering free accommodation since 2002 to families without means so that they can stay near their children while in hospital. Through the Nuovi Committenti programme, Casa Giglio commissioned Francesco Simeti to create a work for the entrance to the facility that would serve as a welcome to the families staying there and, at the same time, be expressive of an offering of cultural and recreational activities open to the whole city.

The title Gigli, cinghiali, qualche carpa e poi conigli, galline e asini in gran quantità  is like a nursery rhyme for the youngest guests of Casa Giglio, for whom the work was originally conceived, a kind of fantastical world to immerse themselves in.
Rooted in archival research, it is a composite work that combines the iconographic traditions of different cultures and times and animal and plant species from far-flung geographical regions.

At MAO, the work will be installed in the space that marks the dividing line between outside and inside, between the city and the protected space of the galleries, to welcome visitors and introduce them to the experience of the museum.

MAO Asian Art Museum in Turin features

Gigli, cinghiali, qualche carpa e poi conigli, galline e asini in gran quantità

as part of

Opening November 4th at 3 pm

MAO Asian Art Museum
Via San Domenico 11, 10122
Turin – Italy


The exhibition uses the Whitworth’s collection to address one of the major humanitarian concerns of the 20th and 21st centuries – forced displacement. In tracing displacement within the collection, a partial, fragmentary, and yet compelling set of stories is emerging from academic and community collaboration. Traces of Displacement uncovers stories of persecution, creativity, and resilience, and the experiences of artists and makers who were displaced in their homelands, forced to flee, survived, and even thrived in exile.

Artists include Mounira al Solh, Otti Berger, Leilah Babiyre, Caroline Walker, Safdar Ahmed, Bashir Makhoul, Frank Brangwyn, Cornelia Parker, Mandla Rae, Raisa Kabir, Dusan Kusmic, Ian Rawlinson, Cecily Brown, Charles Green and Lyndell Brown, Francesco Simeti, Lucien Freud, Marc Chagall, Mary Kessell, Edward Bawden, James McBey, and Frank Auerbach amongst others.

Traces of Displacement is part of a major AHRC-funded (Arts and Humanities Research Council) research project: Understanding Displacement Aesthetics led by Professor Ana Carden Coyne with Dr. Chrisoula Lionis and Dr. Angeliki Roussou.

Arabian Nights is currently featured in

Traces of Displacement 

Until January 7th

The Whitworth
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road – Manchester