After the creation of the Unremovable Vittoria, the monumental installation presented in October 2020 in the Brescia underground to celebrate the return to the city of the Winged Victory, Emilio Isgrò strengthens his bond with the city with a new large and original project which, from 23 June 2022 on 8 January 2023, it will involve the most important cultural sites of Brescia: from the Museum of Santa Giulia to the Capitolium , from the Roman Theater to the Renaissance Cloister, to the gardens of the Viridarium.
The exhibition entitled Isgrò cancella Brixia , curated by Marco Bazzini, intends to emphasize the dialogue that is established between archeology and contemporary art, between history and the present, between classical culture and its persistence in our time with works, all of environmental dimensions, specially conceived and created by the artist for this occasion, in close dialogue with the evocative spaces that host them.
The exhibition will start from the central hall of the Capitolium, a real epigraphic museum that will host the work Le api di Virgilio. A multitude of bees in flight will erase the inscriptions present on the Roman epigraphs placed on the wall: a spectacular installation, created with the most futuristic digital techniques, where the erasure will manifest itself in the liveliness of the moving images.
The complex of the Museum of Santa Giulia will host three other episodes of the exhibition project. In the enchantment of the Renaissance Cloister, the harmonium of crazy larks will be found on the lawn, an enigmatic and monumental musical instrument, on the perimeter of which runs a sequence of piano keys. In the silence of the place the air of the Casta diva from the Norma by Vincenzo Bellini will resound, one of the most powerful operas of the Italian lyric tradition, set in the Roman Gauls. This work, presented for the first time in Brescia, will be created by the Brescia Musei Foundation in co-production with Arte Sella, the important contemporary art park in nature in Val di Sella, Valsugana, (TN) inside whose exhibition itineraries, at the end of the exhibition, will be permanently placed in the open space identified by the artist himself.
The exhibition rooms of the Museum of Santa Giulia will also host an unpublished cycle of paintings entitled Brixia come Atene. Thirteen large canvases where the illustrated pages of a book on the daily life of an ancient Greek polis have been canceled in white.