The sculptures of Riccardo Dalisi
Besides being one of the most enchanting and renowned hotels in Sorrento, the Bellevue Syrene is a unique destination when one can admire an art exhibition of canvasses, epochal elements of furniture, sculptures and ceramics by artists of grand talent.
A ‘museum-hotel’, sensitive to Art, it is a venue which not only wishes to welcome guests but to share awareness of the Italian artistic culture and so openly invite their guests to freely admire the evocative artistic display.
Amongst the displays at the Bellevue Syrene, are some sculptures by Riccardo Dalisi, an icon of Partenopea design. Riccardo Dalisi was born in Potenza but lives in Naples where he teaches at the Faculty of Architecture of Ateneo Federiciano.
Exponent of the theory of design “ultra poverty”, from his beginnings has lead a continuous aesthetic research on materials and techniques of working that allow the realization of design elements devoid of foolish external ambitions. Papier maché, wood, wrought iron, tin and copper, are the ‘poor’ materials which Dalisi has transformed into instruments to manually realize objects of high value communicated opposite the mechanical, homologous, serial production.
Besides ‘ultrapoverty’ design, Dalisi is involved in the field of architectural protection, actively intervening in the reconstruction after the Irpinia earthquake and in important displays of ecclesiastical buildings. He has been part of the radical avanteguard, proposing through his works the ancient manual techniques and the creativity of the Napoletan artisans.
The infamous protection of Napoletan coffee has become the cult-object of Alessi. In the industrial field, Dalisi has designed for Zabro, Baleari and Vanini.Other art objects have been done for Tendenze, Eschenbach, Ritzenhoff, Cleto Munari and Glass. Since 1990 he has been busy with the creation of lamps for Oluce.