Kiwi artist Ira Mitchell-Kirk joins Italy’s Legato Exhibition

Preparations for Legato 2014, part of the commemorations for the seventieth anniversary of the end of the battles for Cassino, are well underway.


1609793_737619672949389_1788278414163303253_nOver 100 artworks by 37 New Zealanders will be on display in Cassino, and 12 artists are planning to be here in person.

Kiwi artist Ira Mitchell-Kirk will be one of the 100. The exhibition is also being supported by the Ngati Ranana culture group from London.

The opening event is at 1pm on Saturday 17 May in the Sala Pietro Malatesta, Biblioteca Comunale, when the exhibition will be opened by His Excellency Dr Trevor Matheson, New Zealand Ambassador to Rome.

A second opening event and blessing will be at the Historiale on Sunday 18th at 4.30pm when the exhibition by guest exhibitor Maree Wilks is formally opened (it will be able to be viewed prior to this).

Legato was established by New Zealand curator and organiser Kay de Lautour Scott in 2010 after discussions in London and in Italy with veteran Douglas Lyne (1921-2010), founder of the Monte Cassino Foundation for Remembrance and Reconciliation, about the role of the arts in international understanding and cultural exchanges in peace work.

Venues for 70th Anniversary
Battle of Cassino
17 May – 30 May 2014:

Main venue:
Biblioteca Comunale
Sala Pietro Malatesta