A contemporary art exhibition in the heart of the Itria Valley reveals the anthropological cultural heritage of the area

Among trulli, terraces and historic walls in Ceglie Messapica, in Puglia, in the Itria Valley, contemporary artists show their gaze on places and landscapes with Nucré , a contemporary art exhibition that opens to the public from 6 August to 15 September.

Ceglie was the birthplace of Emilio Notte (1891-1982), an important exponent of the Italian Futurist movement whose works are related to the artists' projects. Nucré, is a word composed of the dialectal terms 'nu' + 'cré' and represents a recurring vernacular formula of the territory with which we generally indicate 'a tomorrow', allusion and suggestion used in the form of hope, of promise, of destiny.

Two collective exhibitions

The Nucré project by Rita Urso and Arechi Invernizzi (Artopiagallery, Milan) is divided into two exhibitions: Fragment and Ornament curated by Roberto Lacarbonara at the Ducal Castle - Pinacoteca Emilio Notte and Where the earth meets the sky , curated by Giulia Bortoluzzi, dedicated to Rubina Ciraci, at the Trullo Rubina, in the Menzella district.

The fragmentary nature of art

In Fragment and Ornament the artists investigate the fragmentary nature of Objects (1969) by Emilio Notte, belonging to the series of still lifes and collages.

For example, T-Yong Chung explores the materiality of a bronze bust by removing a portion of the surface and revealing the structural interiority of the portrayed subject. While Francesco Gennari observes how every living being is intent on shaping buildings, territories and landscapes in his image.

The works featured are by: Emanuele Becheri, Max Bill, T-Yong Chung, Gabriella Ciancimino, Benjamin Cohen, Antonio Corpora, Francesco Gennari, Giorgio Griffa, Franco Guerzoni, Jean-Baptiste Maitre, Vincenzo Marsiglia, Elizabeth McAlpine, Diego Miguel Mirabella, Davide Monaldi, Emilio Notte, Achille Perilli, Markus Saile.

Between sky and nature

Where the earth meets the sky is proposed instead as a reflection on the relationship between the traditional agricultural vocation of the trulli and the importance of knowledge of nature, especially of the sky.

The trulli, typical peasant buildings of the Apulian territory with their almost domed shape rise upwards and often carry symbols belonging to the Christian, Jewish and pagan cultures, which refer to nature, climate and observation. of the stars.

The bright colors of the earth

"The photos, paintings, sculptures, videos interact spontaneously with the archetypal simplicity of the architecture of the trullo, its primary form and its paradoxical grandeur made of poor stones collected in the fields, with the bright colors of the earth and plants and the intense blue of the sky", comments Rita Urso, creator of Nucré together with Arechi Invernizzi.

For example, Inversioni by Martinelli Venezia presents a large circle composed of five steel-mirror tables with an irregular shape that reflects the sky and the light, putting in continuous communication with the landscape that surrounds it.

The works featured are by Pamela Diamante, Elise Eeraerts, Andrea Francolino, Luigi Ghirri, Carlo Guaita, Bea McMahon, Martinelli Venezia, Niamh O’Malley, Fabio Roncato.