On the occasion of Un’Epopea POP, the third exhibition of the Dante. The eyes and the mind exhibition, in the sixteenth-century cloister of the MAR – Museum of Art of the city of Ravenna stands monumental and at the same time light Sacral, the art work of Edoardo Tresoldi.
Known for its metal mesh cathedrals - architectures with classic and transparent lines, open and usable, evocative and contemplative -, Tresoldi presents an installation created in 2016 and rearranged in Ravenna until 9 January 2022.
The artist, sculptor and designer was chosen by Giorgia Salerno, curator of the contemporary art path of the exhibition, to represent the theme of Souls and ideally reinterpret Dante's Castle of the Spirits of Magni with an imposing installation that allows the public to experience an imaginative place in dialogue with the surrounding landscape.
The "Noble Castle", as defined by the Poet in the fourth canto of Hell, is an emblematic place inhabited by those who left honor and fame on earth: they are the "great spirits" of antiquity, they are philosophers, poets, scientists and writers with "late and grave eyes" who in earthly life were men of the highest level for their moral qualities but are destined for eternal suffering because they lack the theological virtues.
With Sacral, which stands in the cloister originally home to the monastery of the canons of Santa Maria in Porto dedicated to the cult of the Greek Madonna that Dante mentions in Paradise, a canticle concluded during the Ravenna years, the public has the opportunity to physically enter the art work, ideally in the “Nobile Castello” and, in an almost performative action, retrace Dante's journey.
“An archetypal image is able to make past and present dialogue through a language made up of meanings that go back over time” explains Edoardo Tresoldi. “Inside the sixteenth-century cloister of the MAR, Sacral presents itself as the memory of a place already encountered, a familiar image that introduces the visitor to Dante's path”.
The exhibition's contemporary art path unfolds through various Dante themes such as souls, travel, female figures, dreams and light; for each theme, one or more artists were asked to reinterpret places and characters from Dante's Comedy through their works.