Volterra XXII: Palazzo Minucci Solaini contemporary art confronts Rosso Fiorentino

From July 15 to September 30, 2022 in Volterra, Palazzo Minucci Solaini, contemporary art dialogues with ancient art: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gianni Lucchesi, Giada Fedeli pay homage to Rosso Fiorentino.

Ancient and contemporary art compared at Palazzo Minucci Solaini, in Volterra, which houses the Pinacoteca where Rosso Fiorentino’s masterpiece, the Deposition, is kept. Inspired by the works conserved in the Pinacoteca and in particular by the very one that is considered the cornerstone of Mannerism, three contemporary artists-Michelangelo Pistoletto (Biella, 1933), Gianni Lucchesi (Pisa, 1965), Giada Fedeli (Volterra, 1984)-have designed new works to build a dialogue with Rosso Fiorentino and ancient art and pay homage to the out-of-the-box painter. In particular, Michelangelo Pistoletto will create one of his site-specific works Scala del Terzo Paradiso. It is placed in the “Deposition” room, reproposing its scenic force and expressive tension through the symbol of the Third Paradise, a reconfiguration of the mathematical sign of infinity composed of three consecutive circles, suspended on a ladder. The ladder, an instrument used in the Deposition, thus becomes the protagonist of the dualism of going up-down. The symbol of the Third Paradise illustrates the formula of creation, born of art, which in keeping with the scientific development of knowledge brings new meanings to sacred symbols. To human tragedy, the artist contrasts balance, harmony and peace. The color yellow combines with the color red in the fabrics to create the color orange, which would not exist without the union of the two. The orange and red present in Rosso Fiorentino’s “Deposition” become, in “The Third Paradise,” used and lived clothing that brings us back to the idea of society. The rope takes on a sense of dynamic energy, as an instrument to elevate upward the symbol of creation.

Gianni Lucchesi ’sFatal Error is an unexpected crash that throws one off balance. In the Tuscan artist’s exhibition, among the lights and shadows of the Pinacoteca’s basement, visitors will have the opportunity to look back and thus also to look forward, to lose balance from many different perspectives to recognize their own everyday distortions. The works, all of which are destabilizing, are an expression of the constant risk that humans experience amidst constant connections and disconnections. Paesaggio Volterrano (Volterra Landscape), in particular, is a scale reproduction of the Deposition: a Gianni Lucchesi’s person re-imagining of the painting characterized by a strong emotional explosion that sees the formal and metaphorical subtraction of the characters that make up the original painting. The exhibition is curated by Carlo Alberto Arzelà, with texts by Nicolas Ballario.

Rosaforte, in the cloister of the Pinacoteca, by Pomaranian painter Giada Fedeli (aka Grammaphi) is an ambivalent journey between the ancient and the contemporary, a contemporary reworking of sacredness seen through new eyes. The exhibition starts with a tribute to Pistoletto’s Venus of rags.

INFO Pinacoteca e Museo Civico, Palazzo Minucci Somaini, Via dei Sarti 1, Volterra Staircase of the Third Paradise, by Michelangelo Pistoletto July 15-November 1; Fatal Error, by Gianni Lucchesi July 15-September 30; Rosaforte, by Giada Fedeli July 15-September 30. Opening: Friday, July 15, 6 p.m.

With the Volterra Card, visitors can access the six museums of the municipal museum system with a single ticket.

Volterra XXII is organized by the City of Volterra with support from the Region of Tuscany and contributions from Iren, Altair Chimica, Solvay Group, Unicoopfirenze, Magazzini Mangini, Toscana Energia, Gruppo Granchi

Info at: www.volterra22.it | info@volterra22.it


“Volterra dialogues with contemporary art,” explains Dario Danti, Councillor for Cultures of the Municipality of Volterra, “and makes artists and generations of artists dialogue. It is an honor for the Volterra Civic Art Gallery to host the master Michelangelo Pistoletto, who will create one of his site-specific works, ”Staircase of the Third Paradise,“ in dialogue with Rosso Fiorentino’s ”Deposition,“ a painting under restoration in recent months, which continues to be a source of creative inspiration for so many actors, directors, dancers, painters and sculptors across the centuries. The Volterra Art Gallery is increasingly a beacon for contemporary art and is enriched by another dialogue: that between artist Giada Fedeli with her ”Rosaforte“ canvases and Maestro Pistoletto. And another major exhibition opens its doors together with Pistoletto’s work: ”Fatal Error“ by Gianni Lucchesi, one of the most qualified emerging artists of the moment; his surprising works will also bring to life a virtuous and unexpected dialogue with Rosso’s ”Deposition.“ Volterra continues its innovative and revolutionary path: speaking to the future of art by reconstructing the necessary links with the innovation expressed over time. The contemporaneity of the past dialoguing with the contemporaneity of the future.”

“The Subtraction of the subjects of the Deposition can provoke different sensations depending on the type of viewer,” says Gianni Lucchesi “for observers accustomed to looking at art and who know the original work the crash is assured, the absence becomes jarring, disarming and perhaps accompanied by bewilderment.”

“An explosion of Rosaforte,” Giada Fedeli explains, “will provide the backdrop for a series of games and ironies. Robes fall, skin glows, eyes are lost who knows where, and children play. All the actors for a moment lose their pose, and those who instead of acting just don’t care, iron and clean objects and rags.”

Volterra XXII: Palazzo Minucci Solaini contemporary art confronts Rosso Fiorentino
Volterra XXII: Palazzo Minucci Solaini contemporary art confronts Rosso Fiorentino

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