Luca Crocicchi's landscapes are on display in Bologna.

Through Dec. 24, Paradisoterrestre Gallery in Bologna is hosting the exhibition "Passaggi," featuring ten large landscape paintings by Emilian painter Luca Crocicchi.

The historic Italian design brand Paradisoterrestre presents PASSAGGI, a solo exhibition by Luca Crocicchi (Cantagallo, 1958). On display at the Paradisoterrestre Gallery in Bologna are ten large paintings made between 2010 and 2016. Crocicchi’s rapid brushstrokes depict landscapes and gardens, captured at the end of the day, when sunlight gives way to the melancholy shadows of twilight.

Landscape painting was initially misunderstood as a genre, considered primarily as a backdrop for biblical, mythological and historical themes. Through a tortuous and complex path of emancipation, it was not until the 17th century that landscape painting became a genre in its own right, gaining prominence and becoming a fundamental and established subject in art, a success that was destined to endure. Luca Crocicchi’s artistic production, which draws on this long and centuries-old tradition, is rich and diverse, and the body of work itself reflects the complexity of his figure.

The works on display convey pristine, reflective, sometimes ghostly landscapes, but also intimate visions where, among the dense vegetation, anthropic elements emerge, transforming the continuum of nature into a garden, a human creation. An attempt to recreate the lost Eden, the earthly paradise. A goal that entrepreneur and designer Dino Gavina (San Giovanni in Persiceto, 1922 - Bologna, 2007) also originally pursued with Paradisoterrestre, a venture he started in 1983, in a marriage of aesthetic contemplation and functionality. Gavina and Crocicchi met and began collaborating in the 1980s.

In this exhibition, curated by gallery creative director Pierre Gonalons, the works dialogue with design pieces from the Paradisoterrestre catalog and Historical Design Selection. With PASSAGGI, nature finds a place in the heart of Bologna and Crocicchi’s paintings offer themselves as trompe-l’oeil ready to challenge the gallery space. The exhibition is open until Dec. 24.

For all information, you can visit the official website of Paradisoterrestre.

Luca Crocicchi's landscapes are on display in Bologna.
Luca Crocicchi's landscapes are on display in Bologna.

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