For his first site-specific work, Giampiero Bodino has chosen the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, a prestigious cultural institution in Milan, Italy. Thanks to the intense dialogue that he created with the spaces and collections of the museum, Bodino breathes life into a special journey that explores the rooms of the historic house museum in via Gesù. Objects, places and details are captured and live, again, through the eyes of the artist, who lets his attentive eye linger over the rich ‘sheet music’ of the rooms. IMAGO NON FUGIT (‘the image doesn’t escape’) is, for the artist, the pretext for underscoring and fixing the force of life’s experiences in this vibrant place of memory.
The result is a path defined in various rooms in which, with his vision and his technique so attentive to detail, the artist unravels that which attracts him. The itinerary exists on various levels thanks to which the visitor may follow the various phases of elaboration. Photographs, drawings on paper, and oil painting on canvas establish the emotive line that is drawn by the 70 works of varying sizes that are in the exhibit.
Not chronological, rather sequential, the path evidences details that can be found throughout the museum. From the ponderous and protective armor to the seemingly private drawers in which are secreted photographs of daily life, passing from one detail to the other of objects on the museum’s tables or nightstands, or in its antique display cases, Bodino’s artistic eye stops time, and creates a reality in which details fascinate before the whole does.
Site-specific, the exhibit – in which the works (photographs, permanent marker hand drawn on paper, permanent marker and oils on canvas) created by Bodino highlight the rapport between place and artist in a refined feedback loop – is the prelude to an ever new artistic pathway of Giampiero Bodino, who accompanies the visitor in a series of pleasant discoveries.
Information is available in English.
The curators of the exhibit are Donatella Brun and Francesco Gattuso.
IMAGO NON FUGIT
December 2, 2015 – January 17, 2016
Bagatti Valsecchi Museum, Milan, Italy
Via Gesù 5 – 20121 Milan, Italy
T. +39 02 76006132
Museum and exhibit opening hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 1 P.M. – 5:45 P.M
Last entry: 30 minutes before closing time
Closed: every Monday; 8, 25 and 26 December; 1, 6 January
• Regular ticket: € 9.00
• Reduced ticket: € 6.00
• Free ticket