Curated by: Marianna Vecellio
The Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art presents the work of Renato Leotta (Turin, 1982) Sole, 2019. The exhibition, curated by Marianna Vecellio, is the first personal exhibition of the Turin-born artist of Sicilian origin in a public museum and will be inaugurated on February 24, 2020.
Set up on the first floor of the Museum, Sole is an environmental installation that explores the link between the historical industrial tradition of Piedmont, its social fabric and the artistic language of the Baroque. The work consists in illuminating, not without a form of subtle humor, all that is Piedmontese in the building - by its historical, material and artistic details. It is made up of automobile headlights scattered throughout the space to form an alternative lighting system for the museum and its exhibitions, thus metaphorically reflecting the social change that took place in the area, which was linked to industry until the end of the nineties of the century. last, he shifted his attention to the production of "contemporary entertainment culture", as the artist says.
Starting from the architectural and artistic details of the rooms of the Savoy Residence, Leotta's work creates an imaginary path in the spaces of the Museum in which the glories of the eighteenth-century Savoy past expressed in the heraldic motifs, in the decorations and in the frescoes, are metaphorically illuminated by the lighthouses of the Automobiles.
"The study of the historical decorations of the building" - affirms Marianna Vecellio, curator of the exhibition - "offers the starting point for a reflection on the Baroque, considered by the artist as a metaphor for an eclecticism of styles, coexistence of full and empty as well as a tendency to represent of an infinite dimension of space and time. As in a grotesque theatrical piece, Sole invites the spectator to rethink the past with profound irony which, like a ghost, reappears amidst flashes of light and dark ".