Folders of the Soul, Exhibition of Daniele Basso S Sanctuary of Oropa –

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.

“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, which he has received many appreciations in international contexts with an emphasis on communication: I am thinking of his meeting with Bocelli and with companies of international prestige. I also believe that contemporary art integrates well in places of spirituality, as has been the case at Biella in the Duomo for some time with the works exhibited for the Sia luce project, which I have been following since 2019. “

“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.

“To the proposal of Rector Don Michele Berchi was immediately added pride to joy and great enthusiasm, which fortunately first infected Dr. Ferraris with the CRB Foundation team and then many other friends and sponsors, for whom I am deeply grateful to have made it possible. in a very short time to bring to life this extraordinary event.Which has also invaded Biella, in the most significant places dedicated to art and beauty, from the Museum of the Territory, to the historic palaces of Piazzo, with the patronage of the municipality, the good creature by Mayor Claudio Corradino and Councilors Massimiliano Gaggino for Culture and Barbara Greggio at Unesco, but with a work also at the Government Palace, welcomed by His Excellency the Prefect Dr. Franca Tancredi … In short, a lot of work, but in excellent company! With the help of the careful curatorship of Irene Finiguerra, with the installations by Fabrizio Lava, who with this collaboration celebrates 30 years of E20Progetti … After Lajatico and piazz a dei Priori in Volterra, an exhibition focused exclusively on 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. Oropa’s dialogue with Biella, united in the same event. And finally the uninterrupted dialogue between everyone, from the supporters of the event, up to the visitors, with the desire to go beyond the surface of things, right into the folds of the soul, towards the very essence of life … How better than Oropa to find us self!”

“As Rector and on behalf of the Sanctuary, I express my satisfaction at being able to host this exhibition by my friend Daniele Basso,” said Don Michele Berchi, Rector of the Shrine of Oropa.

“The Folds of the Soul, curated by Irene Finiguerra, is actually more than an exhibition, it is a real artistic journey within Oropa. The idea fascinated me from the beginning: two long years of pandemic and now this war that bloody our Europe has forced us several times to go the way of fear to hope, and Oropa, on this journey, was fundamental. for all of us. In this sanctuary, where pilgrims come to draw hope from Our Lady of Oropa, no one, like one who has truly experienced fear of their own powerlessness, can understand how necessary it is for their souls. For this reason we are happy and grateful to be able to open the gates of the sanctuary to works by an artist from Biella, who is known all over the world, who with this exhibition renews the ties to his territory and with this sanctuary, which I know is especially dear to him . “

“Cassa di Risparmio di Biella Foundation enthusiastically supports the exhibition” The Folders 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, and given the significance of the event, Palazzo Gromo Losa will also host some unpublished works. An important opportunity that will not fail to attract a large audience, thus improving the Sanctuary of Oropa 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

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