Contemporary art enters into a dialogue with the solemnity of the monumental complex of the Sanctuary of Oropa, not far from Biella, through the personal exhibition of Daniele Basso The Folds of the Soul, curated by Irene Finiguerra. From July 2 to September 18, 2022, visitors will find nine works, on a path involving open spaces and other untraditional places, in an ideal itinerary where art and spirituality meet. In this exhibition, the artist explores the hidden places of the human spirit, especially through a series of monumental sculptures in hand-polished mirror steel, creating a visual and mental short circuit that plays on the contrast between the work and the space in which it is found. These are works that, because of their size, testify to the artist’s courage.
The exhibition at the Sanctuary of Oropa. At the entrance to the sanctuary, located in the lower square, the visitor is greeted by Boogyeman (fear), who faces Icarus (courage and striving to fly) placed in shifts in the square in front of the upper basilica: the clash at. the distance between these two works metaphorically represents the struggle between each individual’s weaknesses and aspirations. It is the tool that nature has given humans to evolve as each challenge leads beyond its limits, towards new levels of knowledge and awareness. The two sculptures define and contain the entire exhibition’s itinerary as alpha and omega, the beginning and end of this journey.
The heart of the sanctuary, the ancient basilica, houses on the altar of the chapel the blue statue of the twisted Christ, whose intense blue color makes the public question the faith.
Under the colonnade, towards the plain, the Achill falcon is a tribute to the mountain, which embraces the sanctuary with harshness and enchanting beauty, but at the same time acquires a shamanistic value: the bird of prey expresses the power of vision, wisdom. , protection and together with the personal and spiritual transition. It is no coincidence that the hawk has been a symbolic bird in many cultures: from ancient Egypt to the Indians of North America, who considered it a totem animal.
In the Library, a place of reading, meditation and study, the deliberately unfinished Frame works enter into a relationship with the observer, forcing him into an abstraction process and creative imagination into a formal completion. They are a metaphor for the process of personal formation, to which the study contributes to the creation of individual identity in relation to the collective, as social beings.
The Lion King continues in the royal rooms of the Museum of Treasures and expresses royalty, dignity, power. But royalty is like that only by making room for the opinion of others, in search of wisdom.
In the sleeve of the Sant’Eusebio, in front of the ancient basilica, the Blue Vierge work reinterprets the ex-voto in a modern key to express the strong sense of gratitude. An attitude of humility, devotion, devotion to the Mother, but also a good practice towards those who offer help and support in everyday life.
Due to its historical, architectural and naturalistic characteristics, the Sacro Monte di Oropoa was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Places of undeniable charm and strong artistic and religious interest, the sanctuary and the Black Madonna, like the entire Oropa Basin, have always been a reference point for the Biella area. The exhibition also intends to reinforce them through the placement of the works in little-known or visited places, which testifies to how contemporary art can be inserted even in seemingly unlikely contexts: a true declaration of love from the artist to his own territory.
Basso’s exhibition also brings Oropa closer to the city of Biella, where it continues in different places: in the Government Palace (prefecture) with the exhibition of Bimbo Faber, a work that interprets the world of Italian artisans and industrial expertise, created in 2019 for 50- the anniversary of CNA Biella; in the Citizens’ Library and at the Museum of the Biellese Territory with the works Aureo and Aureo jr, a tribute to culture, and in particular to writing, as tools for constructing oneself and one’s identity, works born in 2016 as a symbol of Officina della Screttura – Museum of Sign and Writing in Turin; in Palazzo Ferrero’s inner courtyard the work Hic Sunt Leones, never exhibited before, which tells the search for the deepest self as a process of change, as the only true constant in life; and finally in the Palazzo Gromo Losa, in the tour of the new interactive multimedia installation Plaç. The Piazzo stories, the works from the Ironman Frame series, never before exhibited, unfinished fragments of the Ironman sculpture, inspired by the superhero from the Marvel universe, who celebrates the man Tony Starks, who is willing to put an end to his eye-catching legacy to fight for ideals that he believes in and remembers that all are the protagonists of their own era!
These works are part of Daniele Basso’s artistic career, of which the Bielesian area has for some time already hosted three well-known and valued sculptures: Aquamantio on Piazza Curiel in front of the Civic Library (donated to the city of Biella on the occasion of its 100th anniversary). of Moscow 1916, Biellese excellence), the work Together for the Yukon Headquarters (Vigliano Biellese) and Coke Its Me PA (the author’s proof of the homonymous work on permanent display at the World of Coca-Cola Museum in Atlanta GA) at Relais Santo Stefano (Sandigliano) .
Daniele Basso – biographical notes
Born in 1975, the artist is known for his mirror-polished metal works. He has participated in three editions of the Venice Biennale of Art with exhibitions and works in different parts of the world, including the Carrousel du Louvre (Paris), University of the Seraphicum (Vatican), GNAM (Rome), Expo 2015 (Milan), World of Coca Cola (Atlanta), Officine della Screttura (Turin), Museo del Parco (Portofino), Shoah Memorial (Milan) and in galleries in New York, Dubai, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Monte-Carlo, Lugano, Milan, Turin and Bologna. In 2015 Coke Its Me (The Coca-Cola Company) and Gigant (SWC Alta Badia – Unesco Park Dolomites). In 2016 the Aquamantio sculpture in front of the new Biella Civic Library. He has created works for several awards: Ferrari 70th Anniversary, 67th Sanremo Festival, Star Team Monaco, for companies and associations: Bimbo Faber from CNA Biella, Lamborghini and Costa Crociere. The work “Risen Christ” was placed on the altar in the Sanctuary of Oropa on the occasion of the fifth coronation in 2021. His works are at Artion Gallery, Galerie Sept, Simon Bart, Hysteria Art, Laura Tartarelli Contemporary, Galleria Ferrero, BI -BOx Art Space .
“For years I have followed Daniele Basso’s work, and I have initiated several collaborations with him both for the anthological exhibition in Argenta and on the occasion of the fifth coronation of Madonna d’Oropa,” says the curator of the exhibition, Irene Finiguerra: “This exhibition seems to me to be a good opportunity to tell those who come to Oropa and Biella about Basso’s artistic production, for which he has received much appreciation in national contexts, as in the case of his meeting with Andrea Bocelli, and internationally. also believes that contemporary art is well integrated in places with spirituality. ”
“It is an honor for me to be able to present my work in Biella, and even more so here in Oropa, somewhere in my heart, full of deep spirituality,” comments artist Daniele Basso. After Lajatico and Piazza dei Priori in Volterra, an exhibition about dialogue. The deep and often difficult dialogue with ourselves, with our hopes and our fears. But also the dialogue of art with the places and the territory that houses it. The dialogue between Oropa and Biella, united in the same event. And finally the uninterrupted dialogue between everyone, with the desire to go beyond the surface of things, right into the folds of the soul, towards the very essence of life … Where better than Oropa to find ourselves! “
“As Rector and on behalf of the Sanctuary, I express all my satisfaction at hosting this exhibition by my friend Daniele Basso,” said Don Michele Berchi, Rector of the Shrine of Oropa. “The folds of the soul are more than an exhibition, it is a real artistic journey in Oropa, right here where pilgrims come to fetch the necessary hope for their soul from the Madonna in Oropa”.
“The Cassa di Risparmio di Biella Foundation enthusiastically supports the exhibition Folds of the Soul, the first important exhibition by Biella artist Daniele Basso dedicated to the territory,” comments Franco Ferraris, President of the Cassa di Risparmio di Biella Foundation. “Biella and Oropa will be united in the name of contemporary art to attract a large audience, which will also strengthen Oropa’s sanctuary as a tourist destination.”
The inauguration of the exhibition is set for Saturday, July 2 at 5:30 p.m., and will be open to the public. It is held in the conference room of the Sanctuary of Oropa, with a subsequent visit to the exhibition in the presence of the artist and curator.
Thanks to Relais Santo Stefano for the loan of the Ikaros plant.
The title shows The Folds of the Soul
Artist Daniele Basso – www.danielebasso.it
Curated by Irene Finiguerra
A project by:
In collaboration with BI-BOx – APS, E20Progetti
Protection of the prefecture of Biella, City of Biella, Biella Creative City Unesco
With contributions from Cassa di Risparmio di Biella Foundation
Exhibition dates July 2 – September 18, 2022
Headquarters Sanctuary of Oropa, Biella
Hours each day according to the opening hours of the sanctuary
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Exhibition in Biella:
The Monastery of San Sebastiano / Museum of the Biellese Territory
Biella’s Citizens’ Library
Gromo Losa Palace
Relais Santo Stefano
Hours based on the openings at the various host sites
Permanent works Aquamantio – Piazza Curiel – Biella
Together – Yukon Headquarters, via Milan 36 – Vigliano Biellese
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