BPER Bank gallery for the first time in Genoa: masterpieces from the Genoa and Modena cores on display

The BPER Banca Gallery presents for the first time in Genoa an exhibition showcasing more than thirty works of the greatest masterpieces from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century in the Collection belonging to the Genoese core and the Modena core. In collaboration with Fondazione Carige.

From April 21 to July 23, 2023, the BPER Banca Gallery presents for the first time in Genoa the exhibition Sinfonie d’Arte. Masterpieces in Dialogue between Modena and Genoa, staged at Palazzo Doria Carcassi, curated by Anna Orlando and Lucia Peruzzi and realized together with Fondazione Carige.

The exhibition itinerary, with free admission, will present more than 30 works of the greatest masterpieces from the 16th to the 18th century of the BPER Banca Collection belonging to the Genoese core and the Modena core; among the artists are Gioacchino Assereto, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri known as Guercino, Guido Reni, Alessandro Tiarini and Antonio Maria Vassallo.

“BPER Banca,” says President Flavia Mazzarella, “is always in the forefront of promoting culture and especially art to tell the story of the beauty of our territories and the know-how of our artists. The BPER Bank Gallery was born and developed for this reason and acts so that, through art and culture, an effective message in favor of sustainability can be conveyed. For corporate collections it will be increasingly necessary to consider culture as a powerful trigger from which to generate events and initiatives capable of supporting virtuous change on the communities of reference. Today, thanks to the collaboration with the Fondazione Carige, we are presenting to the citizens of Genoa an exhibition of great value that has, for us, a special meaning because it confirms the Bank’s desire to be a point of reference for the Ligurian territory.”

“With this exhibition,” says Sabrina Bianchi, Head of Cultural Heritage at BPER Banca, "we are taking a further step forward in the enhancement of BPER Banca’s artistic heritage, bringing to Genoa the excellences of the Modenese collection nucleus, in dialogue with a selection of important works from the Carige collection, recently included in our corporate collection. An exhibition itinerary, realized with the collaboration of Fondazione Carige, which confirms our commitment and activity in the study, analysis and dissemination of Italian art history. We are also proud to be able to propose, for the first time, two exhibitions at the same time (in Modena continues until July 2, 2023 In the Rooms of Art. Paintings Unveiled by Old Masters, curated by Lucia Peruzzi), confirming the rapid evolution that La Galleria BPER Banca is experiencing, managing a business collection known and appreciated by insiders and the more than 30,000 visitors who have been guests at our exhibitions."

“Fondazione Carige,” says President Paolo Momigliano, “is particularly pleased to announce the collaboration with BPER Banca, through the organization of a beautiful exhibition, hosted in the Palazzo Doria Carcassi, headquarters of the Foundation. A great opportunity to admire paintings of particular beauty and importance filtered through different cultural and social environments and to reaffirm the importance of a bond historically linked to the territory, which is strengthened thanks to the sensitivity of BPER Banca, in the common desire to embark on a path that fully fits into and enriches the panorama of the cultural offerings of our city.”

BPER Banca also brings its commitment to solidarity to Genoa, confirming its attention and sensitivity to the realities of the territory. As with other exhibitions, the exhibition catalog will be available at the headquarters against a free offering, via pos, in favor of theGaslini Onlus Association of Genoa, realizing a charitable fundraiser to support the many activities carried out by the Institute.

“The reference period for the thirty-two canvases exhibited and studied here,” write curators Anna Orlando and Lucia Peruzzi, “is the season from the second half of the sixteenth century to the first decades of the eighteenth century, when in Italy there was a transition from Mannerism to Baroque, from this to Rococo and Classicism. The direct comparison between paintings of different schools or different eras is extremely stimulating, not only to see the different approaches to painted reality, but also to understand how different cultural environments can influence different interpretations and different visions of the same universe of reference, whether real or imaginary.”

The exhibition will take place in the six rooms of the main floor of Palazzo Doria Carcassi, now home to the Fondazione Carige, an elegant building of 16th-century origin that was expanded and renovated in the 17th and 18th centuries.

After the first room dedicated to Emilian masterpieces from the Genoese collection (“Emiliani a confronto”), the exhibition invites the public to explore a number of themes that unfold in five sections, within which the works are linked by an iconographic fil rouge and also analyzed from a critical point of view: “Magie di luce,” “I colori della musica,” “Vergini ed eroine,” “Il fascino del quotidiano,” and “Gesti di seduzione.”

The first room will display the Emilian masters from the Genoese nucleus and, in particular, from the historic Doria di Montaldeo collection, namely The Preaching of the Baptist by Sisto Badalocchi, The Veronica by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino, The Death of Darius by Francesco Monti, and a masterpiece by a great master of the seventeenth century, born in Bologna and later adopted by the Milanese school, namely The Deposed Christ and Mary Magdalene by Giulio Cesare Procaccini.

The next five rooms, some of which are decorated with extraordinary eighteenth-century stuccoes in the Genoese Baroque style, will instead display the works of Emilian masters who moved from Modena: Ludovico Carracci, Guido Reni, Guercino, and Giuseppe Maria Crespi will arrive, among the most famous names, alongside whom will be Bartolomeo Passerotti, Sisto Badalocchi, Lucio Massari, Alessandro Tiarini, Michele Desubleo, Paolo Emilio Besenzi, Lorenzo Pasinelli, and Cristoforo Munari. The works of these artists will be compared with Genoese paintings by Giovanni Battista Paggi, Gioacchino Assereto, Luca Cambiaso and Giovanni Maria Bottalla, in a dialogue that will highlight a different culture that becomes a language, indeed a true pictorial “dialect,” with its own specific identity.

Sacred subjects are alternated with mythological ones; the “painting of reality” is juxtaposed with the one born of theBaroque imagination; Rococo is juxtaposed with Classicism, to offer a complete panorama of an extraordinary season of the arts for both Liguria and Emilia.

On the occasion of the exhibition, an educational project for schools was created in collaboration with Librì Progetti Educativi in order to bring new generations closer to and raise awareness of art. Materials to carry out classroom activities can be requested by teachers via email directly to La Galleria. In addition, for schools that wish to do so, it is also possible to visit the exhibition after contacting the Institute.

The exhibition can be visited every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. Guided tours by reservation through https://lagalleriabper.happyticket.it/. For info: +39 059 2021598, lagalleria@bper.it, www.lagalleriabper.it.

Image: Guercino, La Veronica, detail (17th century; oil on canvas, 76.3 x 59.8 cm; BPER Banca Collection)

BPER Bank gallery for the first time in Genoa: masterpieces from the Genoa and Modena cores on display
BPER Bank gallery for the first time in Genoa: masterpieces from the Genoa and Modena cores on display