On 15th March 2008 the new exhibition centre of the Rivalta Castle was inaugurated, opening back to public. The Castle has a medieval plan, on which have been layered during the course of the centuries many different architectural styles, from the 18th century style to neo gothic. Due to its connection with the surrounding territory, the castle was chosen as the ideal place for contemporary art exhibitions, both on national and international level.
Alberto Weber, the artistic director of the Castle, in agreement with the local municipality, is always very careful in selecting the events and the quality of the works exhibited, with special attention to the artistic projects lying behind them.
The artists who exhibit at Rivalta are in fact selected according to precise principles, first of all they must be keen to interact with the audience. Too often in fact, contemporary art risks to be an auto referential expression. The Castle of Rivalta aims at a physical encounter between the artist and the audience, and with this purpose, it has become part of a circuit of national and foreign institutions dedicated to contemporary art.
The four exhibitions chosen to inaugurate the Castle opening are a further confirmation of what said above: a series of Ex Voto, 57 contemporary artists and a poet; a Cross way, parallel path between sacred art and contemporary experiences; Bruno Martinazzi’s exhibition, an artist who has always held to his beliefs, using art to give a sense to the presence of humans; and last, but not least, Carlo Maria Maggia’s exhibition, a young artist particularly interested in the relationship between man and environment, and the consequences of human actions on nature. His works reflect the enviable symbiosis of nature, knowledge and creativity.
A poet and 57 artists for a grace received
57 Ex Voto are exhibited, made by 57 artists and accompanied by the words of Dario Capello.
There’s nothing more intimate and at the same time universal than an ex-voto object, since it is the expression of a private request and the representation of the dialogue with God. To find inspiration, the artists had to look back to their infantry, or to dig in popular and aulic culture. Among the two basic reasons behind an ex voto (to ask and to thank) there are three main categories of objects:
The unexpected relationship between contemporary art and traditional sacred objects which we commonly find in our churches, has originated a spectacular exhibition, where the visitor is left free to make his own associations and deductions of meaning.
The exhibition includes works by: Santo Alligo, Stefano Balsano, Sandro Beltramo, Cesare Biratoni, Stefania Bona, Stefano Cagol, Mario Callens, Marianna Cappelli, Bruno Ceccobelli, André Chabot, Marco Comuzzi, Pilar Cossio, Maria Crosti, Davide Di Taranto, Philip Dubit, Adriano Eccel, Ilaria Ferretti, Max Fiumanò Junior, Enzo Forese, M. Laura Garcia Serventi, Dario Ghibaudo, Dario Gemmi, Massimo Greco, Daniele Guolo, Claudia Haberkern, Kevin Kadar, Horiki Katsutomi, Bernhard Köllhofer, Eliana Langiu, Mireille Lenard, Bruno Lucca, Stefania Magnani, Antonio Maltempi, Marcovinicio, Adriana Martinengo, Bartolomeo Migliore, Paola Mongelli, Giulio Mosca, Roberto Murer, Francesco Nonino, Enzo Obiso, Massimo Orsi, Giuliano Orsingher, Marco Pellizzola, Lucia Pescador, Federico Piccari, Giorgio Ramella, Margherita Riccardi, Giovanni Rizzoli, Sylvie Romieu, Irene Rossi, Giorgio Rubbio, Paolo Tait, Alessandro Vicario, Elke Warth, Pietro Weber, Jonas Wille.
A parallel path between sacred art and contemporary experiences
The Cross way path is developed in a way to offer a parallel interpretation, both religious and human, of the 14 stations. Beside the 18th century paintings are shown 14 different art works by contemporary artists who dwell on important themes such as pain, death, redemption.
Not just an aesthetical exercise then, but a real sympathy with human universal history, through fragments of their individual experiences. 14 contemporary artists transcending their own personal experiences into the representation of human condition.
The exhibition includes works by Giorgio Rubbio, Pilar Cossio, Daniele Guolo, Sylvie Romieu, Federico Piccari, Francesco Nonino, Sandro Beltramo, Pietro Weber, Elisa Nicolaci, Bruno Lucca, Marco Pellizzola, Giorgio Ramella, Enzo Obiso, Marcovinicio/p>
50 sculptures from 1964 to 1989 are exhibited. The propeller for the inspiration of this artist, who has always been very appreciated and requested by all the major international museums, is the search for a meaning in human beings.
After living through the second world war and fighting as a partisan, the artist wonders about the meaning of violence. In this sense are to be seen the various “Monuments” that he dedicates to Resistance or to the massacres of Sabra and Chatila. His investigation aims at searching a common measure system, which can be shared by all human beings and used to communicate.
This is the concept behind the works of 1975: Metro, Peso, Pollice. Martinazzi dedicates his life to the search for something that unifies people instead of dividing them. The cycle of works of the ‘80s called Venus is centred on human body, where legs, arms and belly are elements of a mother who generated all humanity. The message behind this work is that we all have to go back to our past and reconstruct a common gene: the gene of brotherhood.
Bruno Martinazzi’s life has been very lively and passionate. Over the years he shared the same ideals as many artists and intellectuals like Beppe Fenoglio, Primo Levi, Natalia Ginzburg, Galante Garrone, the Pomodoro brothers, Giò Ponti, Carol Rama and many others. Martinazzi has crossed 85 years of Italian history, and has remained incorruptible as the materials that he moulds. The substance of his art is based on continuous search.
His works are requested everywhere: in Turin there are two big fists made for Fiat, and the monolith representing a human face, which was installed in 2006 on a path for blind people. Basically all major art capitals have the privilege to exhibit some of his works. A consistent part of Martinazzi’s sculptures are gathered in the rooms of the Rivalta Castle.
Carlo Maria Maggia
This unpublished work represents the search for a modular sculpture, based on the composition of a unique architectural element.
From wherever you observe it, it changes according to the landscape and the spectator.
There is not only one point of view in this work, but multiple visions, magically joint in a single visual field. The artistic search is especially aimed at cancelling the environmental impact, where the territory self is the element to watch.
Castello di Rivalta di Torino - via Orsini
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