At MA*GA in Gallarate, the solo exhibition of Chiara Dynys, Melancholia

From February 26 to May 8, 2022, MA*GA in Gallarate (VA) is hosting Chiara Dynys' solo exhibition entitled Melancholia. The exhibition presents 20 new works that explore the filmic imagery that has always characterized the artist's research.

Telling the love of cinema and all the emotions it conveys, Melancholia, the solo exhibition of Chiara Dynys (Mantua, 1958), scheduled from February 26 to May 8, 2022 at MA*GA in Gallarate (VA). The exhibition, curated by Alessandro Castiglioni, presents 20 new works that explore the filmic imagery that has always characterized the artist’s research.

The word Melancholia synthesizes a series of multiple issues to which the exhibition refers: from the saturnine temperament that, according to medieval tradition, has always been characteristic of the artist, to the multiple references to the history of art and especially that of cinema. In the exhibition, in fact, the artist’s poetics is unveiled through the suggestions that come to her from some central directors in the history of cinema, from Roberto Rossellini to Lars Von Trier, from Jane Campion to Federico Fellini. Light and space transfigure narratives and moving images and traverse the rooms of the exhibition itinerary, specially designed for MA*GA. Also among the works on display is the Kaleidos cycle , reflective forms that alter perception and deceive the viewer’s vision, like suggestions enclosed in a kaleidoscope.

“The love of cinema,” says Chiara Dynys, “has accompanied me since I was a child, nurtured and encouraged by my mother to whom I dedicate this project. Such suggestions have helped to give my work a well-defined slant from the very beginning in which I created geometric forms, without an identifiable center, through a transgressive and ”cinematic“ use of materials that, transfigured into something else, expressed an estrangement that over time has turned into the representation of a non-place, inhabited by the disorientation of dreams and uprooting.”

“The exhibition,” recalls curator Alessandro Castiglioni, “is a map for getting lost within the work of Chiara Dynys, for discovering and rereading it in the light of interpretive keys that are neither chronological nor thematic but rather, like Dynys’ works themselves, take the form of places in which to meet and Walking through labyrinths, being surprised by lights, ghosts and mirrors, testing the ability to see and understand, being overwhelmed by the fatuous desires of the unconscious and crossing the thresholds of perception.”

“Chiara Dynys is an artist we are extremely happy to host at MA*GA,” say Sandrina Bandera and Emma Zanella, President and Director of MA*GA Museum, respectively, “because she has encountered the history of the museum several times. Chiara Dynys participated in the Premio Gallarate exhibitions in 1989 and 1995 and was among the winners of the Prize in 2004 with a work, TUTTO/NIENTE, which crossed the city in an emblematic way and is now in the museum’s permanent collection. This history and the importance of the artist in the Italian and international scene motivate the exhibition at the MA*GA Museum, as a moment of in-depth study and enhancement of Italian art, a fundamental part of the museum’s mission.”

On the occasion of the exhibition, in the library spaces of the HIC - Hub of the Cultural Institutes of the City of Gallarate, the permanent installation Enlightening Books will be presented, donated to the museum thanks to WEM, Empowering Art Platform, an innovative platform that aims to find new forms of dissemination and support for contemporary visual arts. The exhibition will be enriched by the monograph Chiara Dynys and the Filmic Imaginary (Skira), which explores, from a historical-critical perspective, the reflections proposed in the exhibition.

Simultaneously with Chiara Dynys’ solo exhibition, MA*GA presents from February 26 to May 8, 2022, the exhibitions Michele Lombardelli. Untitled and GEOGRAFIE. Telling Times, Telling Places.

For the fifth consecutive year, Ricola will work alongside the Gallaratese museum as an institutional partner, supporting the exhibition programming and all cultural activities scheduled for 2022. The Swiss company that produces the 13-herb candies thus intends to confirm its focus on art and culture as a tool for growth and sharing. Ricola-branded free admission days also continue. On Friday, March 4, April 1, and May 6, 2022, from 2 to 6 p.m. while places last, the Swiss company will offer admission to all visitors and welcome them with a tasting of its herbal teas at the MA*GA bar starting at 3 p.m. Gallarates-based company Lamberti S.p.A. also confirms its support for MA*GA.

Exhibition hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Special openings Easter (April 17), 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 1, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Admission: Full: €6.00; Reduced: €4.00 The ticket also allows the visit of the exhibitions: MICHELE LOMBARDELLI. Untitled and GEOGRAPHIES. Telling Times, Telling Places.

Info: MA*GA Museum T +39 0331 706011;;

At MA*GA in Gallarate, the solo exhibition of Chiara Dynys, Melancholia
At MA*GA in Gallarate, the solo exhibition of Chiara Dynys, Melancholia

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