Homage to Melodies of Heart & Destiny: Michael Rogatchi Special Exhibition in Florence


The artistic part of the March 2024 events of the international MAM, Music, Art and Memory project in Florence, Italy, presents new and never before shown, specially created and produced exhibition with works created by Michael Rogatchi in between 2011 and 2023. 

Michael Rogatchi’s new exhibition presents the works in three different colouristic decisions ( blue, red, and yellow) and from four different series of the artist: The Soul of Music. Jewish Melody ( 2013), Divertimento (2015), From Bach to Baker (2022) and Autumn Leaves ( 2023-2024). In the presented new exhibition, Michael Rogatchi celebrates the talent interweaved with a soul, throughout a historical journey which has been imprinted in music. The artist has applied fine emotions and the feelings which transformed into the music throughout different periods of its history, and which have also contributed to the development of the world music culture and heritage in general. 

Notably, in the exhibition are present homages to the composers, music of which will be performed at the World Premiere of MAM Quintet at the special concert by the The Diplomatic String Quartet Berlin, forming a unique quintet with prof. Giorgio Albiani, as a part of M.A.M., Music, Art and Memory project, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Fritz Kreisler. 

Among the works, most of them are in notable art collections, and some of them have meaningful history. A special version of the artist’s homage to Leonard Cohen was at the private collection of Leonard Cohen whom the artist had a privilege to know and maintain a cordial relationship with, and who liked and praised Michael’s art for years. Currently this special work belongs to the Leonard Cohen Family Trust.

Homage to Maestro Evgeny Kissin, who is a dear friend of the Rogatchi family, is in the great pianist’s private collection.

Some other works , like Homage to Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco and Flautist with Sun belong to the notable private collection in Vienna, Austria.

A special version of Jewish Melody belongs to the private collection of the world-famous theatrical director, head of the Theatre of Europe Lev Dodin, close friend of the Rogatchis family.

Michael Rogatchi (C) The Rogatchi Foundation

Piazzolla Tune belongs to the private collection of a well-known pianist prof. Georgi Mundrov, Germany, the member of the M.A.M project’s core team.

Version of the artist’s Homage to Felix Mendelssohn belongs to the professor of violin at the Sibelius Conservatory in Helsinki and the chair of the Finnish chapter of ESTA, European String Teachers Association, Dr Päivyt Meller. 

A third part of the exhibition was successfully exhibited at Michael Rogatchi’s previous international exhibitions in Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Italy, and the UK. The other works of the new selection are publicly exhibited for the first time, which is a notable feature of the exhibition.

After the exhibition, The Rogatchi Foundation will donate the artworks to the Firenze Cherubini Conservatory, DIMA Association in Arezzo, and the other partners in the M.A.M. project. 

The exhibition catalogue in Italian can be read here.

The Rogatchi Foundation extends its cordial thanks to all our great friends and colleagues from the M.A.M. project for this meaningful and wonderful cooperation.