Within the Espressioni exhibition program that characterizes the activities of Castello di Rivoli in the years 2021-2022, the Research Center of the Castello di Rivoli (CRRI) in collaboration with the curatorial department of the museum, organizes the first exhibition in an Italian institution dedicated to Bracha L. Ettinger (Tel Aviv, 1948), whose artistic practice is intertwined with his work and research as a philosopher and psychoanalyst.
Bracha L. Ettinger's practice has its roots in the artist's autobiographical past, in the history of parents who survived the Holocaust, and analyzes the concepts of trauma, oblivion, female gaze and "matrixial" (matrix), of the space of the unconscious and passing from the invisible to the visible, emphasizing the properties of the art of healing and healing the individual and society. His notebooks, like his paintings, are characterized by a dimension poised between abstract and figurative obtained through very fine strokes as well as the application of layers of color and the definition of shapes that create an oblique atmosphere between darkness and light and invite the viewer to immerse themselves in an intimate and spiritual time.
On display is a selection of 5 paintings and about 50 notebooks used by the artist to write down his reflections, associations and work notes, combining word and drawing. The notebooks, written in three languages (French, English and Hebrew) and divided between notebooks annotated during therapy sessions and artist notebooks, testify to the dual activity of Bracha L. Ettinger and constitute a privileged point of view for deepening his research and its thinking. The artist's notebooks are exhibited in an unprecedented and unitary installation in the historic rooms of the Castello di Rivoli including the "Hall of Sleeping Putti", decorated in 1720 and intended at the time to house the King's bedroom. presented the notebooks are set up in dialogue with the frescoed ceiling, creating an organic path and allowing visitors to move freely to observe each notebook more closely in a meditative atmosphere.