The exhibition itinerary is thematic: Experimentation, Empathy, Engagement, Protection, Sharing, Change, Vision, sections whose themes can, of course, make us recognise not only the founding principles of CUBO, but also, above all, the values that are universal and shared in civilised societies, values that artists have been able to transmit down to us throughout the centuries of art history; values of which the paintings, sculptures, photographs and installations on show today are mercurial messengers.
A transcendent aura stands out in the retablo by Ettore Frani from 2012, which right from its title, Terra Latte Luce III [Earth Milk Light III], evokes meditation that can give rise to a vision and invites contemplation of a painting that is attentive and revealing of itself and its profound desire to transcend the physical boundaries of the subject-work; in a certain sense, the frame of Giacomo Costa's video, Tim(e)scape n. 15 of 2019, suggests that time is frozen and as if distilled in a metaphysical landscape: the concept of Mutations, which is intertwined with that of impermanence as a way of thinking of the future as continuous, dynamic transformation, is in a way associated with that of Vision.
- Ettore Frani, Terra Latte Luce III, 2012, oil on panel, 92x185 cm (open retable)
- Giacomo Costa, timescape 16 (frame155), 2019, videobox
It would then be enough to observe the dreamy and suspended atmosphere of Matteo Basilè's diptych, Landing Francesca, from 2012, in dialogue with the light and elegant pencil sketch that gives shape to the Seated Woman from the early twentieth century by the master of symbolism, Gustav Klimt. Two artists who are attentive, almost maniacal, in attempting to translate through the media of their era, the movements of the soul, both fascinated by a dark side that becomes a feeling of upset, a voluptuous and persuasive form, a chromatic scale that sparkles and blackens.
Movements of the soul that seem to be crystallised in the suspended sheets and in the amazement that hovers between the girl's gestures in the fairy-tale image by Tania Brassesco & Lazlo Passi Norberto, entitled Fairy book (from the Fairy Tales Now cycle, 2011), or reveal themselves as a sacred dialogue in the Apparition of the Virgin and Child to St. Philip by Ignazio Stern, XVII-XVIII century.
- Ignatius Stern, Apparizione Vergine col bambino a San Filippo (Apparition of the Virgin and Child to St. Philip), 17th-18th century, oil on canvas, 121.5x161.5 cm
- Tania Brassesco & Lazlo Passi Norberto, Fairy book (from the series Fairy Tales Now), 2014, lambda print on dibond, ed. 17, 70x140 cm
This is the meaning of the atlas of images that the CUBO Corporate Museum is mapping today, for which this volume acts as a nautical chart.