The neon with the sequence of Fibonacci numbers and the igloos, made with different materials, are the hallmarks of Mario Merz, a leading exponent of the Arte Povera movement. One of his most famous igloos will arrive at the Royal Gardens surmounted by a deer, a trait d'union with that of the roof of the Stupinigi hunting lodge. On the deer there is a short sequence taken from Fibonacci to represent the stylistic code of the author. The work recalls hunting which has always been one of the favorite pastimes of the nobility of the House of Savoy and the capture of the deer was reserved exclusively for the sovereign. On the walls of the rooms of the Royal Palace there are many depictions of hunting trips, exemplary those of Cignaroli.
Son of art, Stefano Bombardieri has lived in the world of sculpture since he was a child. He therefore quickly developed a personal approach to creative work that he defines as "courage to dare" starting with the variety of materials and the large dimensions of his works of public art. Many of its subjects are part of wildlife, including life- sized rhinos and species that recall the fragility of the environmental theme and extinction. For the exhibition of the Royal Museums, Bombardieri takes up a subject already presented at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), but created specifically for this exhibition, "Homage to Colbert": an elephant seated with a figure in front of it that resembles a praying monk . The elephant opens the path of the exhibition in the Piazzetta Reale as a symbol of good wishes and the ability to remove obstacles.
Cracking Art is a movement formed by a group of artists who create installations of colorful and large shapes, to be inserted in public places such as parks, squares and art reviews. On display «Regeneration», one of their best known subjects linked to the ecological commitment. Some snails of various sizes, in fuchsia polyethylene (recycled plastic), made with rotational molding, will occupy the flowerbed in front of the Green Bastion in the Giardino del Duca, to remember their delicate life cycle. The snail was chosen as a symbol of prosperity and symbolically teaches the value of freedom and independence as it always carries its home with it. Intelligent, lively, nosy, the just and loving the company of man, standing on their hind legs and their forelegs resting on their tummies, 12 funny oversized meerkats, in blue, yellow, green and red dresses, are anxiously awaiting visitors inside of the Galleria Sabauda. Like so many colorful wives gathered, their cute pointed faces will whisper some unlikely story to those who want to approach them, or will tend those little low ears of theirs to eavesdrop on the comments of those present. A dreamlike gossip in an authentic place of Kings and Queens.
Il Giardino del Duca, on the edge of the Boschetto, will host a work by Jessica Carroll, daughter and grandson of art. His work is a multidisciplinary research based on the constant observation of the perceptible and on the aesthetic translation of observations. His artistic activity refers to nature and the manifestation of life forms: bees, eels, anchovies. His "initiation" into the world of bees resulted in different forms of art. The beehive is one of the natural architectures that the artist considers to be among the most interesting and which he proposes in different materials: white marble, Plexiglas or glazed ceramic. For the Royal Gardens, the «Beehive Bench» was chosen, made of bronze, on which visitors can sit and enjoy the monumental landscape.
From her wanderings in the world Maura Banfo returned to the nest of her hometown and Turin where she began her career expressing herself through drawing, photography and video art. In the Giardini di Levante he shows a symbol of this return with the sculpture «Nido», his nest but also what each of us perceives as a sign of home and family, secure despite its fragility. Chosen from a series of other nests that represent the common thread of the appreciated sculptural production of the Piedmontese artist, this nest is placed on an inclined ladder to indicate the possible union between the man-made artefact and that of the animal world, highlighting in this way his deep love for nature. The work had already been presented with a different nest in 2016 in the Giardini del Duca.
The works that the young artist creates with scraps of tires were born in parallel with the sculptures carved in marble. These are animals, living beings, composed of a material that nature does not produce. The artistic gesture wants to underline how the hand of man is capable of influencing the planet and all the creatures that inhabit it. A deep and esoteric meaning is hidden behind the work "Dead of Cuddle", located on the Birago staircase in the Eastern Garden, a work made of recycled tires that represents a belly-up griffin, a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the eagle head, connected to earthly and divine reality. Inside, at the end of the tour of the Royal Palace, in an almost anonymous passage, you will find "SeaHorse", a work composed of a marine creature made of tires with a cotton swab of Carrara marble and flakes of pure gold, carved by hand without the use of machines.
The dinosaur has always been the subject sculpted by the Turin artist Ezio Gribaudo, author of the autobiography «Beauty will save us». This work, installed in the space in front of the New Channel, will transform every visitor into all that this extraordinary animal has been able to represent over the centuries up to the present day. It will therefore be the giant beast of prehistory, the evil reptile of Western mythology, the dragon killed by martyrs of the Middle Ages, but it will also be the docile dragon of some fairy tales or comics. Someone will even see the dragon of their recurring dreams again.
The research of the young artist Diego Dutto is linked to the distortion and reworking of living and vital elements, animals or living beings, which strongly characterize and symbolize the meaning of life. The result is to achieve a mechanical result, a sort of hybrid, to make a passage of metamorphosis even more evident. Often the starting point is connected to particularly ancient, fantastic and mythological beings, redesigned and updated. On display in the atrium of the Manica Nuova we find the «Kimera», a sort of new animal hybrid with a heroic and salvific character, and the «DR46ON», a work conceived and studied specifically for this exhibition.
Other works on display