Benini's exhibition at The Nave Museum opened May 17 with a member's preview and after-party and continued for more than five weeks.
The front gallery featured recent paintings, including the debut of The Musical Notes. Benini’s tie to his native Italy inspired him to create the Musical Notes series in 2015. This will be the debut exhibition outside MUSEOBENINI.
The origins of the musical system of notation trace back to the Italian Benedictine monk, Guido D’Arezzo (c. 995 – c.1050). Before this system musicians had to memorize the entire chant repertoire, in order to pass it on to the next generation. Guido d’ Arezzo’s system replaced letters with notes to be added to parallel lines. He introduced the symbols, Ut, Re,Mi, Fa, Sol and La as names for the six tones C, D,E, F, G and A, the hexachord. Later, “si”or “ti” was added, and eventually “do” replaced “ut”. Benini created paintings that align with Guido’s derivation of the six syllables - ut, re, mi, fa, sol, and la, from the first syllables of the first phrases of the text of a hymn to St. John the Baptist. Utqueant Laxis, Resonare Fibris and Solve Polluti, etc. These were hanging with other paintings shown for the first time.
The second gallery highlighted paintings from both the 80's and 90's to feature examples of the surrealistic and symbolic paintings and those from the geometrics of the 1990's.