closed Il Numinoso

The show

BUILDING presents Il Numinoso curated by Giorgio Verzotti, an exhibition project in two locations that investigates the sense of the sacred in contemporary art.

The exhibition can be visited in the BUILDING spaces until January 28, 2023 with painting, sculpture, photography, textile art, drawings and installations and at the Basilica of San Celso until December 22, where the sculptural works of the artists Bizhan Bassiri, Gianni Caravaggio, Chiara Dynys, Jannis Kounellis, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Remo Salvadori and Nicola Samorì interact with the evocative environments of a sacred place.

Through a selection of works created from the 1960s to today, the exhibition creates a dialogue between more than twenty Italian artists, from important names of the twentieth century to the most recent trends: Vincenzo Agnetti, Stefano Arienti, Ferruccio Ascari, Francesca Banchelli, Bizhan Bassiri , Alighiero Boetti, Gianni Caravaggio, Gino De Dominicis, Amalia Del Ponte, Chiara Dynys, Lucio Fontana, Gaspare, Francesco Gennari, Arianna Giorgi, Alberto Guidato, Jannis Kounellis, Maria Lai, Sergio Limonta, Marco Andrea Magni, Piero Manzoni, Simone Pellegrini , Michelangelo Pistoletto, Remo Salvadori, Nicola Samorì, Ettore Spalletti and Grazia Toderi.

At the same time, at the Moshe Tabibnia Gallery the exhibition Sacro concreto dedicated to the theme of the sacred in ancient textiles is open to the public until February 12, 2023, accompanied by a critical text by Marco Meneguzzo.

The term numinous, from which the exhibition takes its title, is deduced from Rudolf Otto's essay "The sacred" (1917), in which the author defines it as an extra-rational presence, invisible, powerful enough to strike terror and a time to fascinate. This essential ambiguity is characteristic of the sacred, which manifests itself through the numinous to a subject who, according to Jung, is invariably dominated by it. Hence the religious practices, born since the most remote times to "discipline" the numinous, to make the sacred less terrifying, to sublimate it and control it through the rites of the liturgies.


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