The myth of the American Beauty shines in Padova
The exhibition American Beauty at the Altinate San Gaetano Cultural Center in Padua is an extraordinary journey into the heart of the United States, intertwining the myth of American beauty with 20th-century figurative art. This event, scheduled from September 13, 2023, to January 21, 2024, is organized by Artika in collaboration with the Municipality of Padua and Kr8te and passionately curated by Daniel Buso.
Art, culture, and the symbolism of “American Beauty” converge in an exhilarating exploration of the many facets of America. This extraordinary rose was known in the late 19th century in the United States as the “million-dollar rose.” The name reflected the prohibitive cost of 2 dollars for each rose with its long and elegant stem, a luxury that many could not afford. Even the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock sent huge bouquets of these roses to Vera Miles to convince her to act in his films, underscoring the irresistible charm of this iconic rose.
America embraced this rose affectionately, renaming it “American Beauty,” and it became the best-selling rose in the United States in the 1920s. This hybrid never achieved the same popularity elsewhere, but its impact and allure remained etched in the collective imagination.