Cleopatra comes to life in a dance performance with Arnaldo Pomodoro's obelisk

Cleopatra lives again in a dance performance featuring artist Francesca Krnjak in front of Arnaldo Pomodoro's Obelisk in Soliera.

It had just opened to the public on Oct. 17, the exhibition {surface} by Arnaldo Pomodoro (Morciano di Romagna, 1926) in Soliera, and was forced to close, like everyone else, after a few days because of the dpcm: the exhibition had also seen the installation of the monumental Obelisk of Cleopatra, a monumental work placed in front of Castello Campori: now, however, it is possible to experience the exhibition and the monument digitally, thanks to the performance Beyond the mask, realized in the square in front of Castello Campori and in the rooms used for the exhibition curated by Lorenzo Respi.

The project will take the form of a video-performance broadcast as a preview on Saturday, December 5, 2020, on the Soliera Castle website and on the Facebook and Instagram channels of the Castello dell’Arte on the occasion of the Day of the Contemporary promoted by AMACI - Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums.

Impersonating Cleopatra will be Francesca Krnjak, aka “Parolabianca,” a multifaceted artist who moves between dance, theater and music. Animating with her gestures the original mask of Caesarion, created by Arnaldo Pomodoro in 1989 for the staging of Ahmad Shawqi ’s The Passion of Cleopatra on the ruins of Gibellina, the performer will dance in the night in front of theObelisk for Cleopatra, along the Castle’s grand staircase and next to the masterpieces on display, including bas-reliefs and the bronze sketch of the environmental work Entrance into the Labyrinth (1995-2011), made especially for Soliera, which is a reflection on the artist’s entire body of work. Filming and editing are by Matteo Luppi.

Ingresso nel labirinto (Entrance into the Labyrinth) is an environmental work of about 170 square meters, begun in 1995 and built almost entirely of fiberglass patinated with copper leaf, which is developed in the basement of the former Riva-Calzoni building in Milan, former headquarters of the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation. The last room of the Labyrinth (which can be visited through a Digital tour promoted by the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation) is dedicated to the Count of Cagliostro, an 18th-century alchemist and inventor of the so-called “elixir of long life,” who ended his days in the fortress of San Leo, in the Montefeltro region of which Arnaldo Pomodoro himself is a native.

The exhibition Arnaldo Pomodoro. {sur}face, promoted by the City of Soliera and the Campori Foundation, with the contribution of the Emilia Romagna Region as part of the extraordinary call for the revitalization of historic centers, is produced by All Around Art in collaboration with the Arnaldo Pomodoro Foundation of Milan. Realized with the support of Le Gallerie Shopping Center (main sponsor), Esselunga and Granarolo, the exhibition is accompanied by a catalog published by All Around Art with texts by Arnaldo Pomodoro and Lorenzo Respi and rich iconographic apparatus.

Cleopatra comes to life in a dance performance with Arnaldo Pomodoro's obelisk
Cleopatra comes to life in a dance performance with Arnaldo Pomodoro's obelisk

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