Palazzo Minucci Solaini’s contemporary art confronts Rosso Fiorentino

From July 15 to September 30, 2022 in Volterra, Palazzo Minucci Solaini, there is modern art in dialogue with the old: Michelangelo Pistoletto, Gianni Lucchesi, Giada Fedeli pay tribute to Rosso Fiorentino.

Comparison of ancient and contemporary art a Minucci Solaini Palaceto Volterrawhich houses Pinacoteca, where the masterpiece of Florentine redthat Deposit. Inspired by the works preserved in the Pinacoteca and especially by what is considered to be the cornerstone of Mannerism, three contemporary artists – Michelangelo Pistoletto (Biella, 1933), Gianni Lucchesi (Pisa, 1965), Giada Fedeli (Volterra, 1984) – they have designed unpublished works to build a dialogue with Florentine red and ancient art and pays homage to the untraditional painter. In particular, Michelangelo Pistoletto will create one of his site-specific works Stairs of the third paradise. It is located in the “Deposition” space and reproduces its scenic strength and expressive suspense through the symbol of the third paradise, a reconfiguration of the mathematical sign of infinity consisting of three consecutive circles suspended on a ladder. The ladder, a tool used in Deposit, thus becoming the protagonist of the rising-falling dualism. The symbol of the third paradise illustrates the formula of creation, born of art, which in the context of the scientific development of knowledge brings new meanings to sacred symbols. To human tragedy, the artist contrasts balance, harmony and peace. The yellow color connects the red color of the fabrics to create the orange color that would not exist without the union of the two. The orange and red present in Rosso Fiorentino’s “Deposition” are, in “the third paradise”, used and embodied in clothes that bring us back to the idea of ​​society. The rope gets a sense of dynamic energy, as an instrument to lift the symbol of creation upwards.

Fatal error from Gianni Lucchesi it’s an unexpected crash that knocks you off balance. In the Tuscan artist’s exhibition, among the lights and shadows in the basement of the Pinacoteca, the visitor will have the opportunity to look back and thus also look ahead, losing balance from many different perspectives to recognize their daily distortions. The works, all of which are destabilizing, are expressions of the constant risk that man experiences, between continuous connections and interruptions. Volterra landscapein particular, is scale reproduction of Deposit: a person Gianni Lucchesi’s reinterpretation of the painting marked 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 Arzelàwith the text of Nicolas Ballario.

Rosafortein the monastery of Pinacoteca, by the pomarancina painter Giada Fedeli (aka Grammaphi) is an ambivalent path between antiquity and the present, a modern reworking of holiness seen with new eyes. The exhibition is part of the tribute stone to Venus of the cloths of Pistoletto.

INFO Pinacoteca and Civic Museum, Palazzo Minucci Somaini, via dei Sarti 1, Volterra Staircase of the Third Paradiseby Michelangelo Pistoletto July 15-1. November; Fatal error, by Gianni Lucchesi July 15-30. September; Rosaforte, by Giada Fedeli July 15-30. September. Inauguration: Friday, July 15, at

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

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

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The statements

“Volterra is in dialogue with contemporary art,” he explains Dario Danti, cultural councilor in Volterra municipality, “And brings artists and generations of artists into dialogue. An honor for the Civic Art Gallery of Volterra to host the master Michelangelo Pistoletto, who will create one of his site-specific works “Scala del Terzo Paradiso”, in dialogue with “Deposition” by Rosso Fiorentino, a painting that has been restored in the recent months, which for many actors, directors, dancers, painters and sculptors has remained a source of creative inspiration for centuries. Pinacoteca di Volterra represents more and more a beacon of contemporary art and is enriched by another dialogue: that between the artist Giada Fedeli with his canvases “Rosaforte” and the Maestro Pistoletto. And yet another major exhibition opens its doors alongside Pistoletto’s work: “Fatal Error” by Gianni Lucchesi, one of the most accomplished new artists of the moment; also his surprising works will 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 connections with the innovation expressed over time. The present of the past, which is in dialogue with the present of the future “.

“The drawing of the items in the deposition can cause different sensations depending on the type of user,” he says Gianni Lucchesi “For observers who are accustomed to looking at art and who know the original work, the crash is assured, the absence becomes jarring, disarming and perhaps accompanied by confusion.”

“An explosion of Rosaforte,” he explains Giada Fedeli“Will be the background of a series of games and irony. The clothes fall off, the skin lights up, the eyes disappear, who knows where, and the children play. All the actors lose their pose for a moment, and those who instead of just playing do not care, iron and clean objects and cloths ”.

Information about the exhibition

Volterra XXII: Palazzo Minucci Solaini contemporary art confronts Rosso Fiorentino

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