Curated by: Lorenzo Giusti
Open to the public from 10 June While life breathes us - SoPolpoVit’EreticoLe, the exhibition by the famous Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto (Rio De Janeiro, 1964) housed in the Palazzo della Ragione in Bergamo. The exhibition is the first of a new three-year cycle curated by Lorenzo Giusti for the evocative Sala delle Capriate, the summer home of the GAMeC for the fourth consecutive year.
Twenty years after the artist's first participation in the Venice Biennale curated in 2001 by Harald Szeeman - when he was also called by Germano Celant to represent Brazil in the section reserved for national pavilions - Ernesto Neto returns to Italy with an unpublished project , which represents a prelude to the exhibition Nulla è perduto. Art and matter in transformation scheduled at GAMeC in the autumn of 2021.
Neto's multisensory installations pervade the space, immersing the visitor in environments full of suggestion, within which materials, essences and shapes take on multiple meanings. Everything in Neto's work contributes to the creation of new universes of meaning, conceived as tools to heal the wounds of contemporary society.
Seen from above, the large central installation, entitled SoPolpoVit'EreticoLe, looks like a kind of agroglyph, an octopus drawn on the floor of the room, whose tentacles move in different directions, thus also recalling the movement of the boa present in numerous Neto projects.
A bit octopus, a bit sun, a bit cell, the design has a circle in the center designed as a sort of navel. Generating core par excellence, the navel is a transcultural symbol that projects the analogy between universe and body onto the very concept of center.