Rome, Villa Borghese becomes a contemporary art park again with Back to the Nature

Once again this year, the contemporary art event "Back to the nature" transforms Villa Borghese into a large contemporary art park. Here's what you can see in this year's edition.

Contemporary art returns to Rome ’s Villa Borghese with Back to Nature 2021. Contemporary Art at Villa Borghese with new installations that transform the Roman park into a large contemporary art park. This is an exhibition project that reflects on the future of the world and the need to build a new relationship with nature.

Among the works the public will be able to see in the park are an installation by Leandro Erlich that plays on the thin border between possible and impossible, Loris Cecchini ’s elements that embrace and multiply the branches of a tree, Marinella Senatore ’s platformon which to perform after accepting her invitation to reflection, while Marzia Migliora suggests the idea of flight and freedom thanks to a work conceived in collaboration with female inmates of the Rebibbia women’s prison. The theme of freedom, hope and emergence is also linked to Pietro Ruffo’s sculpture, almost a drawing traced in the air, just as Giuseppe Gallo’s chairs, elaborated on the shape of tree branches, move.

From the first edition of Back to Nature come the four trees wrapped in knitting by the Arachne Academy, while from Rome’s New Year’s Eve comes back renewed Tomás Saraceno’s digital project, a fascinating concert elaborated through sampling the sounds of the universe. And again, in mid-June, Piazza di Siena will come alive with Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Third Paradise: one hundred benches produced thanks to the involvement of as many donors are arranged on the lawn of the square to form the symbol conceived by the artist as a sign of a new social dimension, in which the relationship between men, women and nature returns to the harmony needed to build a possible future. The event is conceived as a festival in which, around the large art installations in the greenery, in harmonious dialogue with nature, there are musical performances and artistic interventions aimed at involving the public. Visitors to the exhibition can interact with the works developed by the artists and become protagonists through interaction with some of the works.

Also part of the Back to Nature 2021 itinerary is the exhibition Art and Nature. Works from the Capitoline Collections of Contemporary Art, curated by Antonia Arconti, Ileana Pansino and Daniela Vasta. The exhibition offers a selection spanning a wide time span from the early decades of the 20th century to the present day.

The theme of the relationship between art and nature is addressed in the exhibition by juxtaposing works that engage in dialogue through formal and thematic, rather than temporal, cross-references, with the intention of providing an additional opportunity to enhance and raise awareness of paintings, photographs, videos, sculptures and, above all, installations that do not enjoy a permanent museum exhibition space but are chosen on a rotating basis. In fact, the selected works all come from the Capitoline collections, including loans from UniCredit S.p.A, regulated by a long-term loan agreement.

The selection of contemporary artists (among others Gianfranco Baruchello, Claudio Palmieri, Giancarlo Limoni, Marilù Eustachio, Giosetta Fioroni, Alfredo Jaar, Oscar Turco, Daniela Perego, Felice Levini, Marina Ballo Charmet, Olivo Barbieri, Lorenzo Durantini, Guendalina Salini, Giulia Napoleone, Alberto Vannetti) allows for the analysis of a series of different visions on the proposed theme, with different techniques and means.

They are also related to authors active in the first half of the twentieth century, such as Benedetta Cappa Marinetti, Fausto Pirandello, Umberto Prencipe, Enrico Coleman, and Onorato Carlandi, testifying to the continuity of research on this subject.

The itinerary contemplates wall-mounted works (including an oriental landscape by Isabella Ducrot, a representation of infinity by Maria Lai, cosmic visions by Giulio Turcato and Alberto Di Fabio, and a view of the Deer Park at Villa Borghese by Alessandra Giovannoni) alternating with three-dimensional works, such as installations by artists Ana Rewakowicz, Renato Mambor, Piero Fogliati, and Ines Fontenla. A small section of artist videos, identified in collaboration with CRDAV(Center for Research Documentation Visual Arts of the Superintendence) and including works by Elisa Sighicelli, Goldiechiari and Silvia Stucky, is especially dedicated to water, considered a fundamental theme for the fate of the planet.

Deliberately, the anthropic element is never dominant and is rarely explicitly visible. This is different in the case of Ettore Tito’s beautiful woman’s face, an allegory dedicated to the wind in the delicate section of Aerial Perspectives. The animal component also inhabits the exhibition only occasionally, and in this sense two significant works, Sissi’s Nests and Velasco Vitali’s Dogs, stand out.

Of note is the collaboration of thePolish Institute of Rome for the installation of the work Broken Bridge by Ana Rewakowicz, a special and delicate operation for the preparation of the composition of water and sugar with precise percentages, dictated by the artist, necessary to obtain the arched effect of the laser light projected in it.

The initiative, scheduled from May 12 to September 19, is promoted and produced by Roma Culture - Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali with the organization of Zètema Progetto cultura. Radio partner Dimensione Suono Soft.

For all information you can visit the official website of the Museo Carlo Bilotti - Aranciera di Villa Borghese.

Rome, Villa Borghese becomes a contemporary art park again with Back to the Nature
Rome, Villa Borghese becomes a contemporary art park again with Back to the Nature

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