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Saturday August 28 2021, 7 pm

Axel Munthe and the Pilgrims of Beauty is dedicated to the authors and photographers of Northern Europe who at the turn of the 20th century came to live in Italy, the country from which they drew inspiration. The exhibit is organized by Katriona Munthe, psychoanalyst and grand daughter of physician-author Axel Munthe, the founder of Villa San Michele, with the contribution of the Roberto Fabregas, director of the cultural center Les Bernardes of Girona, Spain, where the show was exhibited in the spring.
The visitor will find books, autographs and unpublished works of among others Norman Lewis, David Herbert Lawrence, Kevin Andrews, Henry Miller, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Lawrence Durrell and photographs by Wilhelm von Gloeden from Taormina, where he settled in 1878.
The exhibit also includes sculpture by the contemporary neapolitan artist Michele Iodice and Massimiliano Kornmüller and the Catalan photographer Jordi Mestre I Verges. The actors of the Francesco Gori Theatre Group interpret the exhibit through tableaux vivant in the garden.