“Piero Gilardi. Rigenerare la natura” curated by Lorenzo Canova curated by Lorenzo Canova and organized by Sangallo Arte Moderna is one of the first exhibitions in Europe after the recent passing of the artist and it is an hommage to one of the leaders of the Art Povera movement, among the most important italian and international artist of the Post War period. In the rooms of Palazzo D’Avalos, Sangallo Arte Moderna will present a selection of more than thirty “tappeti natura” by Piero Gilardi, the most famous series of the artist, started already in the 60’s. Sculptures realized in polyurethane foam that reproduce nature and represent a critic toward the industrialization and pollution. Gilard uses the polyurethan foam, an industrial and chemical product to reproduce and regenerate the nature that the industrialization ruined.
“Like a patient craftsman, Gilardi has therefore worked with care and passion, first designing with his refined designs that give shape to ideas, and then reconstructing fragments of the environment that disappear every day, paradoxically using a synthetic material such as expanded polyurethane a new, ecological and positive meaning is given. The banks of the cemented rivers therefore rise again in their transparency, the streams flow again between the pebbles and the birch branches on the banks; seagulls fly over the beaches and palm trees, while shells hide among the rocks and orchids on the coast; the fire burns in the snow of the thaw, the grapes and the mushrooms give us the memory of an autumn distant over the years; coconut trees, succulents and palm trees inhabit forgotten botanical gardens.”
Along with the “tappeti natura” works, will be presented a selection of works on paper and some iconic design objects realized by Piero Gilardi as “Sedilsassi” from 1986. The exhibition has the collaboration of Fondazione Centro Studi Piero Gilardi (Turin) and of the museum Magazzino Italian Art (New York) that contribued with documents and images from their archive for the realization of the catalogue.
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