Museo Riso. In Palermo, capital of culture 2018, the curator Paolo Falcone offers us a very beautiful exhibition at the Regional Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art entitled Foresta Urbana.
He invited several major and committed protagonists of the international art scene to exhibit great works in situ. Then, they are interconnected in order to create a path and a circuit between the exhibition areas, which interpret and declare the concept of urban forest, in dialogue with the prestigious offices of Piazza Bologni and Palazzo Belmonte Riso.
The project aims to build a constellation of linguistic expressions, a forest of interpretations of nature through the vision that artists of today have adopted in the new millennium.
“Beauty is interpreted in the best way in a constant reference between nature and culture. This relationship begins from distant prehistory, when the man loved to stylize the world around him in the walls of the caves. The first forms of anthropization aimed to regulate nature according to the needs of man, hence the first artistic stylizations. An indissoluble partnership, that of “nature and culture”, that we must protect today to safeguard a heritage more and more threatening to suffocate. The exhibition is a call to attract our attention, through the works of great artists, on the theme of the safeguarding of the natural heritage “says the Director of the Valeria Patrizia Li Museums Center.
This exhibition is particularly notable and surprising in this Sicilian city with old-fashioned and endearing charm. She tells the different and multiple variations of the artwork, to create an ideal, symbolic, metaphorical forest as a conceptual botanical form, and describes the project as follows: the forest seen as an illusion. The selection of artists focused on those for whom the interpretation of nature and its manipulations provided original compositional elements in the formulation of new codes of aesthetics and representation.
Among the main artists selected:
Doug Aitken, Francesco De Grandi, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Jimmie Durham, Olafur Eliasson, Bill Fontana, Sara Goldschmied – Eleonora Chiari, Carsten Höller, Ann Veronica Janssens, Richard Long, Ernesto Neto, Benedetto Pietromarchi, Tomá Saraceno,