December 2003 - January 2004


The Mercurial Italian artist, lighting design pioneer and man about town, Umberto Di Zenzo is about to transform the normally tranquil Chapel in Brompton Cemetery into a world of light and fluorescent colours, giving the arty culture vultures of London's SW10 and the borders of the Kings Road Chelsea SW3, visual and emotional stimulation. All by putting on his latest exhibition, enigmatically called Invisible. Well that's what the tantalising press release says!!And before we go any further into the unexpected, I have to avow that your very own arts editor, will be the deadpan Master of Ceremonies for the show time performance at the Private View. With my infamous rictus grin I will introduce the spooky Chris Price, who is a ghost story teller extraordinaire and can bring a deathly hush to any arts happening. The ethereal composer, Julia Spalding; Glenfiddich will serve Whisky cocktail, mixed by one of London's premier Barman, Enzo. The gentlemanly Arthur Tait will take the bolder, and maybe tipsy ones among us on a guided tour around the selected memorials and features of the cemetery.

With all this graveyard entertainment on offer, you never know if the woebegone rock star Nick Cave might turn up. He who is best known for the passionate and tempestuous video with Kylie Minogue, in which he visualised smashing the ravishing Kylie's head in with a rock! The soothing title of song is called "Where the wild Roses Grow". There will certainly be startling surprises on the day. Umberto first conceived the ultra Violet Dreams project amazingly in the heady hippy days of 1968, and he was influenced by the light and special effects the pop bands, the likes of Pink Floyd were developing at the time.In '89 his Art Light work, was an important show at the Italian Cultural Institute in London, followed by Fiat-Lux 1990 a commissioned project by the renowned Victoria & Albert Museum. And in 2003 he has managed to artlessly blend art with, science and engineering. He has constructed a giant orange sitting in the centre of the chapel, filled with Ultra Violet black light (no this UV light, has nothing to do with sunbeds or fish pond disinfect ion units, but will make your white clothes glow in the dark!), which will illuminate the paintings by Tizianna Mazzoli, Lazius Kay's spirited digital creations, and the timeless photographs of the talented duo Fernando & Mercedes. So it seems that we will all be glowing and stunned by Umberto's arty visual effects when we came out of the Invisible installation show, even the Chelsea FC footballers would have felt the rays of UV energy, as the ground overlooks the cemetery. With all the flummery going on in the art world at present, this is one show that will leave you with a rare magical art moment, and in the words of Mr Di Zenzo, " The show's deadly experience will WOW you forever".

Invisible Art Exhibition 13-14 December 2003, The Chapel in Brompton Cemetery London SW10
Opening Hours 12-4pm

Getting to the cemetery:
Tube West Brompton,, Earls Court or Fulham Broadway.
Bus:Old Brompton Road:74, 190, and C1
Fulham Road:14, 211, C3 and 31
Rail:West Brompton
*Private View by invitation only

Sponsors for Invisible: Glenfiddich, Fiat-Kux, and Glow
Umberto Di Zenzo: or vist

Light sculptures are also on show by appointment only at Hammond Bale Solicitors, 1st Floor 27 New Bond Street London W1.
Arthur Tait- Guided Tours please email: (guided tours Sunday 14 December between 12-3pm)
For more information about the cemetery contact: Friends of Brompton Cemetery, South Lodge, Fulham Road, London SW10 9UG
Tel: 020 7351 9936

I hope all your cultural activities and aspirations this year have been most enlightening, and let's all look forward to 2004 with vim, vigour and much vino! I genuinely wish all the arty readers of Hot Gossip UK a hearty Xmas and an outlandish New Year.

PS: Watch out for Beagle 2, which should be landing on Mars the 24/25 December (see previous item in archives).

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