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Arts & Culture

Beyond commonplaces

To begin with, there are phrases that are much in vogue when talking about Como. They go along the lines of “it's a dull city”, “there's not much to do”, “no events are ever organised here”, and “it is not a culturally interesting city”. These commonplaces are instantly belied by the Galleria Ramo. The trick is to know where to look and to open the mind to curiosity.

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"Torbio"- Nicolò Masiero Sgrinzatto

There has been for some time now, in Via Natta, a gallery that was founded by the young professionals Simon David, Anglo-Swiss curator who decided to leave Lugano, the city where he worked, and Benedetta De Rosa, an architect trained at the Academy of Mendrisio with Mario Botta. Together they established the Galleria Ramo, a place that invites in artists to develop new ways for the public and collectors to interact.

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“Losing oneself before a painting in order to find ourselves again”, reads the gallery's website, at a time of collective disorientation. The philosophy of the gallery is to foster constructive engagement with artists and their creativity through a curatorial program and events that stimulate and interact with the local community, with particular attention to the changing language of the contemporary art world”.

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"220 WS, 12534 NY" - Alice Paltrinieri

They have left past formulae behind, looking for radical change, guided by a curatorial approach that is ever attentive to all local and international debates. They specialise in contemporary art, which is seen by David and Benedetta as a way to look at and interpret reality, and as a special channel for our scrutiny of the present.