Ravenna, Sabe Foundation for Art is born

In Ravenna, the Sabe Foundation for Art, a new exhibition space that aims to promote and disseminate contemporary art, with a focus on sculpture, opens to the public for the first time on Nov. 13.

The Sabe Foundation for Art is born. The new exhibition space, located inside a completely remodeled 19th-century building a few steps from the MAR - Ravenna City Art Museum, will open to the public for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 11:30 a.m., making its debut with the solo exhibition Fuori asse by artist Mirella Saluzzo (Alassio, 1943), curated by Elena Di Raddo. The Sabe Foundation for Art intends to position itself as a point of reference for the promotion and dissemination of contemporary art, with a special focus on sculpture.

The exhibition, which will remain open until Feb. 19, 2022, presents eight recent sculptures by the artist: fluid forms shaped from thin sheets of aluminum, a flexible and luminous material that Saluzzo curves with a sculptural movement comparable, as the curator writes in the critical text accompanying the exhibition, to that of the Japanese art of origami: a process that gives identity, beauty and form to what is initially identical to itself, while celebrating the intimate, tactile and sensory relationship between the artist and the material.

While a link between Mirella Saluzzo’s art and Constructivism can be recognized for its adherence to the intrinsic nature of the material, the artist’s creative gesture goes beyond the materialist approach to instead propose itself as emotional and individual. The emotionality is also accentuated by the use of traces of color, which bring out the artist’s training as a painter under the guidance of the master of abstractionism Luigi Veronesi. The exhibition itinerary of the inaugural show starts with a series of works on paper entitled Open, created between 2015 and 2016, in which the opening to another dimension is observed through superimpositions and cutouts. In the center of the main room is the monumental sculpture Exit (2018-2019), a circular horizontal modular structure placed on a kind of platform at the entrance to a threshold open to a metal cage. On the walls some hanging sculptures(Voyager, 2020; Attractions, 2020; Explorer, 2020) seem to defy gravity by initiating a game of interlocking and illusory movement. Saluzzo’s works take the form of restless spaces, metaphors for existence and at the same time for the adaptive power of life itself, as demonstrated by the vertical sculpture Fuori Asse (2016-2017), constructed from misaligned elements.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a program of collateral activities including debates, lectures, screenings and meetings with artists, critics and scholars active in the country.

For more info: www.sabeperlarte.org

Hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Free admission.

Image: Exterior of the Sabe Foundation for Art. Photo by Daniele Casadio.

Ravenna, Sabe Foundation for Art is born
Ravenna, Sabe Foundation for Art is born

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