Seattle has an older, pretty Italian sister city and she comes bearing art for a new exhibition weekend.
The exhibition Un Calice per Alviero (A Chalice for Alviero), on view Nov. 6 through Dec. 31 at Seattle City Hall, celebrates the 21-year sister-city friendship between Seattle and Perugia.
The show features 50 ceramic works by 40 artists from the Umbrian region in central Italy and offers an opportunity to experience contemporary ceramics based on traditional local methods. A public reception, sponsored by the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association, will be held 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 in the Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall. Remarks will be at 4 p.m.
The ceramics were created in memoriam of Alviero Moretti (1933-2010), founder of the Alviero Moretti Ceramic Factory and the Ceramic Foundation in Deruta, Perugia. The subject of the chalice, or calice, symbolizes an offering of gratitude by each artist to Moretti for the generous support and inspiration he gave to the Umbrian arts and artists during his lifetime.
This collection, curated by Antonio Carlo Ponti and Rolando Giovannini, is generously donated by the Moretti family to the city of Seattle to honor the sister city relationship. The collection comes from Perugia, where it was on view earlier this year.