Animals at the Court. Lives never seen in the Royal Gardens is the new proposal presented by the Royal Museums as part of the larger Lives on Earth project started in 2021 with the exhibition Animals from A to Z. The intent is to bring the public's attention to the countless and amazing forms of life that inhabit our planet, focusing on animals. A line that enhances two strategic objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda for the sustainable development of human societies in the next decade: # 14 life underwater and # 15 life on land.
The exhibition, curated by Stefania Dassi and Carla Testore, is the proposal with which the Royal Museums intend to create an innovative visit path in which the techniques and languages of contemporary art dialogue with the setting of the ancient residence. The path winds, in part, in the Royal Gardens, a fundamental element of the identity of our museum, as well as a precious meeting place and sociality for citizens and tourists. The animal world and its artistic interpretations lend themselves to representing the places of the past, mythology, beliefs and the evolution of mankind itself. Consistent with this representative potential, the works will populate not only the exterior but also some rooms of the Royal Museums (Palazzo Reale, Armeria Reale and Galleria Sabauda), so that references and connections can be established between the sculptures and the animals depicted in the works that constitute the heritage of museums.
Italian artists, of our time or of the recent past, each with their own expressive language and with a free choice of executive techniques and materials, were invited to present their own interpretation of the animal world. In the setting of the historic residence, the exhibition transforms the Royal Museums into a place of wonder and knowledge, in which the public is called to move as if in a sort of colorful and lively zoo.
The artists on display are: Mariagrazia Abbaldo and Paolo Albertelli, Maura Banfo, Nazareno Biondo, Nicola Bolla, Stefano Bombardieri. Jessica Carroll, Fabrizio Corneli, Cracking Art, Diego Dutto, Ezio Gribaudo, Michele Guaschino, Luigi Mainolfi, Gino Marotta, Mario Merz, Pino Pascali and Velasco Vitali.
Admission to the section of the exhibition set up in the rooms of the Royal Museums is included in the ordinary ticket. Free access to the section housed in the Royal Gardens.