[ Exibition ] [ Works ]
"Mediterraneo" (The Mediterranean)Strasbourg , European Parliament building, 8th - 12th March 2004
The exhibition was a homage to a sea which has contributed so much to art over the centuries, conveying culture and civilisation amongst the peoples who have taken nourishment from its shores.
[…] and so, why do I like Goffredo Gaeta’s personal exhibition and why did I come? Well, you’ll most certainly have realised, and this is a conversation between technicians, you’ll have realised that he is a prodigious technician, one who knows absolutely everything there is to know about casting, kilns, firing, one who perfectly controls majolica, glazes, bronze, steel, glass, especially glass, but not only glass, and creates these perfect, incorruptible, dazzling assemblages, perfect, made of many different materials. Assembly of materials, the ability to dominate matter in its various forms, is his vocation, his joy, and I’m sure he’s happy when he’s producing these pieces, and he’s had the courage, I was actually about to say recklessness, to deal with an issue which is so unbelievably difficult like this one, too!?!, I’d say it’s in his DNA, something which is so immensely important for an artist....and he did it with this unconsciousness which is so typical of true artists, admirable, achieving the results you can see […]
Prof. Antonio Paolucci, Superintendent for the Polo Museale Fiorentino (Florence’s Museums) (Taken from his inaugural speech for Goffredo Gaeta’s "Dal Caos all'Ordine" Exhibition (From Chaos to Order) - Florence, October 2003)
The pieces, the majolica sculptures, particularly the Cretan landscapes (the ones of the "Bia di Rethimnon" are magnificent and the other – amongst many – depicting "Le rupi di Spinalonga"… which Sironi would really have liked), produced with outstanding creativeness and technical skill, clearly show that the artist is awed by the island on which Mediterranean civilisation developed, and where he lived when it was still uncontaminated. To conclude, Goffredo Gaeta brings a “poor” material to sculpture and the technical skill of ceramics, with the assurance of one who really knows what will be displayed through firing, together with masses, colour and light. His sculptural work is the fruit of a project and a well-organised, skilful technique; the figures, the images which are strongly contextualised and give life to architecture in which the iconographic and plastic content prove true.
Prof. Arch. Francesco Zurli, Superintendent for the Monuments of Rome, Ravenna and Verona (Taken from the presentation of the catalogue "Angeli" (Angels) by Goffredo Gaeta – Exhibition in Lugo di Romagna, 2001)