Monumenta Plessi of Agrigento
AGRIGENTO | Landscape and Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples
20 May - 5 November 2012
Saturday 19 May 2012 at 19.00 inaugurated the exhibition of Plessi MONUMENTA. The show takes place inside the Landscape and Archaeological Park of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento.Is the brainchild of Lorenzo Zichichi and Stefano Contini and was organized by The Swan GGEdizioni, the Archaeological Park and Landscape Dellavalle of the Temples, Contini Art Gallery of Venice (with the participation of The Places of Arcadia) and was made possible with the Rome-Mediterranean Foundation and Mr Solar Italy. It also uses the sponsorship of Class Publishers and Reale Mutua Assicurazioni.
After the exhibition "Contemporary Art for the Temple of Zeus" and "Igor Mitoraj space of the gods", realized respectively in 2010 and 2011, "MONUMENTA" represents a new project that involves the most significant Italian video artist. The work Plessi, where the Venice Biennale devoted an entire pavilion, with this important, shift attention to issues of expression different from fine art and sculpture presented so far in the Valley, making an extraordinary archaeological site housing for contemporary art, always respecting the archaeological.
The exhibition consists of nine towers coated material which seems tufa. Plexuses in building its architecturally inspired towers hecatomb, whose ruins are still visible near the Temple of Zeus in Agrigento. He was an altar for sacrifices to the gods. Conceptually Plessi embraces the philosophy of Empedocles, the Sicilian thinker who was revered as a prophet. Referring back to Parmenides and Plato, asserted that the world is composed of four basic elements: fire, water, land, air. These items now make up the essence of the thought of Plessi on the relationship between man and nature, focused on respect for the environment. "And once our mind has spread to broader ideas, will not return in its original format ". Plessi summarizes in these words his idea of art, art technology, innovative and to serve man.
The exhibition "Monumenta" represents a new challenge for the artist: shape their technological artistic material on the examples of ancient Greek architects. The surprising nine stout towers, whose structures have been made entirely in Sicily mixing craft skills in technological innovations, simulate the full material of the stone walls of temples and Dellavalle of the Temples in Agrigento, recalling nine large obelisks that blend landscape nell'arcaico. It is only through the passage to them that the viewer will take the innovative capacity of these structures. Installations inside them develop, through the use of ultra modern technology, the themes dearest theme of "plessiana" and empedocliana: water, fire, air, environmental elements bend to the reflection of the artist on the world.
The artist still:
"My job is to break down the barriers between science and art of operating crossing diagonally, globalizations that will make real the most expressionless face of the human machine. So the art, with its inexhaustible capacities therapeutic, precisely due to its sophisticated technological possibility of a vehicle of information, is to be a basic foundation for the spirit of man's arid contemporary… The artist's work remains to be arriving in our retina and brain of a magnesium flash that will illuminate dark areas and secret of our perception. And once our mind has spread to broader ideas, will not return in its original format ".
A cathartic path, cleansing and purifying the water as it is, second Plessi, the element that ferried more than any other man from the plane of the finite to the infinite. The video installation will be powered by solar energy, making the towers the first work of art that uses clean energy to communicate their message. The catalog, The Swan Editions, published by GG, to be presented to the public and the press will be the next 22 June, contains texts of important leaders of the Sicilian culture, dialogue between art and science and the Valley of the Temples, place of everlasting memory of our civilization.
Opening Saturday 19 May, hours 19.00
20 May – 5 November 2012