Curated by: Luca Scarlini
From Friday 29 May to Sunday 15 November 2020, the MAN Museum of Art of the Province of Nuoro presents an unprecedented exhibition project that offers a broad and complex historiographical and cultural investigation into the relationship between Sardinia and Piedmont, 300 years after the arrival of the Savoy family in Cagliari. Through the work of artists, musicians and intellectuals active in the two regions, the exhibition The secret kingdom. Sardinia-Piedmont: a postcolonial vision, edited by Luca Scarlini, testifies to the cultural osmosis between the two territories from 1720 to the sixties of the twentieth century, collecting a variety of works of art, documents, artifacts, literary texts, illustrations, ceramics , photographs and musical scores, from prestigious Italian institutions.
The exhibition is completed by a section dedicated to animation curated by the Sardegna Film Commission Foundation which, in collaboration with MAN, has developed four experimental formats of animated shorts dedicated to Sardinian illustrators active in Piedmont in the twentieth century.
Adopting a post-colonial perspective, the exhibition itinerary illustrates the process of acculturation and mutual influence between Sardinia and Piedmont, to cancel the stereotype of the formula "dominated and dominant" to instead give space to the free reinvention of signs and styles that has lasted for over two centuries.
The exhibition reveals an unprecedented face of the Kingdom of Sardinia, a secret kingdom, full of stories not yet explored and made of prolific encounters and great mobility, narrated mostly in controversial terms by Sardinian historiography and with numerous misunderstandings from that of Piedmont.