«Isgrò cancella Brixia», a public art operation for the Capital of Culture

Officially opens tomorrow, June 23, “Isgrò cancels Brixia”: Until January 8, 2023, the main sites of the Brescia Romana Archaeological Park and the Santa Giulia Museum (from the Capitolium to the Roman Theater, from the Renaissance Monastery to the Viridarium Gardens) will be involved in the project.

Curated by Marco Bazzini, the project consists of monumental installations (physical and digital), staging of an autographed drama by the Sicilian master of the Roman theater in Brescia and an exhibition of 14 original works in the museum of Santa Giulia.

The exhibition

The heart of the project becomes show of original works set up in the rooms of the museum in Santa Giulia, monumental installations – physical, digital and performative, some permanent and other volatile – at the museum’s renaissance monastery, Capitolium and the theater in the archeological park and FS metro station as well as staging an autographed drama in Roman theater.

The installations, all of environmental dimensions, have been specially conceived and created by the artist for this occasion, in close connection with the atmospheric spaces that house them. Together with the exhibition and the theatrical performance, they demonstrate how much they are in the production of Isgrò the roots of the great Mediterranean culture are vibrant and deep who with ancient Rome was also a protagonist in the Brescia area. “Deleting Brixia” is therefore for Isgrò a way to revive it in new and unexpected forms.

The project

“The project we are launching today is coming out one by one gestation of almost three years where we worked with Maestro Emilio Isgrò in the creation of a major public art operation which enhances the spaces of the Archaeological Park and Santa Giulia by using both the language of modern art and the language of poetry thanks to the diverse expressiveness of the Sicilian artist and poet, ”comments Francesca Bazoli, President of the Brescia Museums Foundation.

“Deleting Brixia does not really mean deleting a city, but the exact opposite” declares Emilio Isgrò. “It means making Italians and Europeans aware of a cultural and civil society that has given a lot to the country and continues to do so in these really difficult years. Years so difficult that even artists can no longer just be one. object on the stock exchange, but men and women in flesh and blood who are able to love and suffer.The cancellation is not made to kill or censor, as Cancel Culture claims, but above all too to keep under ink the words of hope and trust that are lacking in the world today“.

The exhibition itinerary ideally covers the monumental space affected by the Unesco corridor, a project that will be completed during the exhibition’s opening period and which involves the construction of a single majestic visitor itinerarywhich winds its way inside the spaces of Brixia, the archeological park of Roman Brescia, up to the Santa Giulia Museum.

At the theater

The opening of the entire initiative is entrusted to the staging, tonight at. 21.45 at the Roman Theater in Dido Adonàis Dòmine, one of the pieces written by Isgrò, produced by Fondazione Brescia Musei and Centro Teatrale Bresciano, with actress Sandra Toffolatti with Elena Antonello, Giacomo Mangiola and Gianluca Pantaleo and directed by Giorgio Sangati. The text, written in 1983, was staged in August 1986 in Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (ME) at the Mandanici Theater. The show is offered in rebroadcasts: Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th. June; Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July, at 21.45. Subsequently, the complete resumption of the show will be proposed in the exhibition halls of the museum in Santa Giulia until the end of the exhibition.