Isgrò cancella Brixia




Museum of Santa Giulia, Cloister of Santa Chiara, Brescia – Italy


Marco Bazzini

Emilio Isgrò's exhibition, curated by Marco Bazzini, develops through the following exhibition spaces: the complex of the Santa Giulia Museum hosts in the Renaissance cloister, "The harmonium of the mad larks", in the exhibition rooms of the Museum we find the unpublished cycle of paintings entitled "Brixia come Athens".
In the central room of the Capitolium, a real epigraphic museum which presents the work "Virgil's Bees". Furthermore, until 3 July it is possible to see the show "Didone Adonais Domine" by Emilio Isgrò in the Roman Theater part of the Archaeological Park of Roman Brescia.
The exhibition project entitled "Isgrò cancels Brixia" places archeology and contemporary art, history and the present, classical culture and its persistence in our time in dialogue and is made up of monumental installations (physical and digital).
The lighting design has as its protagonist "The harmonium of the mad larks" it is an enigmatic and monumental musical instrument, on whose perimeter runs a sequence of piano keys, installed in the center of the Cloister, while along the perimeter of the porticos some cages with different designs and sizes. In the silence of the place the aria of the Casta diva from Norma by Vincenzo Bellini resonates, one of the most powerful works of the Italian lyric tradition, set in Roman Gaul. Projectors are installed inside only a small selection of the cabinets. Shedding light does not mean dissolving the darkness, but, on the contrary, adding a stronger and more engaging value to reality itself. In fact, by creating effects of light and shadow, different emotions and sensations can be generated, discovering new realities, which make the interpretation of space a deeply personal experience. While the volume and shapes of the Ziggurat are highlighted with external lighting using two projectors.