(AGI) Cologne (Germany), Sept 16 - The Italian CulturalInstitute in Cologne, in cooperation with its counterpart inCopenhagen and the RIVA Wood Museum in Cantu, has organised anexhibition of paintings by Giovanni Cerri entitled 'The GreatCountry'. The show will stay in Germany until Sept 16 when itgoes to the Cantu. It was previously in the Danish capital. TheItalian artist's works combine revisiting classical heritagewith observations of the margins of modern civilisation,offering fragments of ancient Graeco-Roman statues and columnsof temples as well as abandoned industrial waste. It shows anepochal crisis, highlighting difficulties, contradictions andconfusions. Cerri looks at a civilisation in need of rebirth,of new certainty and harmony, something he calls for throughhis dense painting style, which invites us to reflect onourselves and what surrounds us. Born in 1969 in Milan, wherehe lives and works, Cerri started exhibiting in 1987 and sincethen has held many shows in Italy and abroad, in public andprivate galleries. From 2001 to 2009, his "ghost city" cycleexplored contemporaneity, while in 2006, painting on newsprint,he revisited some famous faces in sixteen paintings of theSistine Chapel and the Last Judgement by Michelangelo. Hislatest projects include an exhibition in 2013 on Italian citiesentitled "Voyage en Italie" at Orenda International Art inParis and the exhibition with his father in the show "Giancarloand Giovanni Cerri, two generations of Milanese artistscompared" at the Frankfurter Westend Galerie in Frankfurt amMain. (AGI). .