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L'orMa by Lorenzo Mariani

Personal exhibition of the overall winner of the 2016 Arteam Cup Award
10 April - 27 May 2017

CUBO supports the Arteam Cup Award, conceived by the Arteam Cultural Association of Albissola Marina because it believes in the development of talent and the award's mission, aimed at the growth and promotion of young artists. Thus the museum provides its own exhibition spaces and inaugurates the personal exhibition of the overall winner of the Arteam Cup 2016, Lorenzo Mariani, in art L’orMa, to share an opportunity for growth and comparison through the artistic work of the award's overall winner. Curated by Matteo Galbiati.

L’orMa focuses on the analysis of nature through a process of de-structuring and re-coding, manually intervening on natural elements such as mulberry leaves, flowers, seeds and dandelion puffs taken as symbols of concreteness but at the same time of extreme fragility and transience. All elements that lead to reflections on the essence of humanity between values and weaknesses, a theme developed in a contemporary key that interweaves tradition and sacred symbolism

 The pinnacle of this technical virtuosity and expressive poeticism is reached in the latest fascinating and ambitious project of the exhibition, Il giardino delle delizie [The garden of delights] inspired by the 16th-century work, as monumental as it is solemn, by Hieronymus Bosch and which he interprets with a series of new works that combine natural elements, painting, installation, sculpture and multimedia aesthetics (although in fact they are not!).

  • L'orMa, Triptych open, dandelion, Sonchus oleraceus, eggs, mulberry leaves, tragopogon, gold, ruby, emeralds, white topaz, sapphire, 2016

"L'orMa is not at all afraid of confronting history, which indeed emerges as an inspiring model, and in this new series of works arising from the solemn and majestic re-proposal of medieval and Renaissance works, puts it under the spotlight of the present giving it that exact temporality that places it in the midst of today, while being intimately connected to what it has had and received from past times. The calligraphic execution of his articulated and rich compositions deepen that immediate sensitive data, transforming it like the matter with which it is made: the fruit of his particular alchemy is not only the fragments of vegetables and minerals, but it becomes the total set of his reflection that unfolds, without ever disregarding the ability to further the initial thought, the enchantment and the sense of amazement that catalyses our attention. He imprisons us with a great singular beauty, the ascension of his work with which he raises those immediate instinctive questions that immediately present themselves to the eye and to intuition, and then pronounces himself through the solemn and elegant rhythm of a dematerialised and "sanctified" nature, then in icons. These passages enclose the logic which becomes the intimate and internal rhythm of the works of L'orMa: the naturalness of the world and the artificiality of human thought find a way to purify themselves by formally synthesising in the specificity of values and contents, manipulated through an iconographic actualisation suited to our time, which they have by now become to our universal eyes." 
(From the text of the L'orMa catalogue by Matteo Galbiati)


  • L'orMa, Elion, dandelion manual intervention, 2016

  • L'orMa, Prudence, dandelion and electromechanical handling​, 2017

  • L'orMa, Justice, milk thistle flower,roots,earth,mirror​, 2017

  • L'orMa, Courage, dandelion and earth​, 2017

CUBO's exhibition project is enriched by a multimedia APP created ad-hoc that allows the user to intuitively and autonomously expand the exhibition-related content – from the Apple Store and Google Play.   

At the end of the exhibition the contents can be viewed on Mediarte,  an interactive application on the multimedia tables of the Mediateca containing the archive of the exhibitions held in the CUBO exhibition spaces. ​

Exhibition invitation​​Exhibition catalogue  ​​​press release

​Monday 14:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 23:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 20:00
Thursday 09:30 - 20:00
Friday 09:30 - 20:00
Saturday 09:30 - 14:30
Sunday Closed

CUBO at Porta Europa - Spazio Arte, Piazza Vieira de Mello 3, Bologna




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