Andrea Chiesi's solo show between industrial archeology, the environment-landscape relationship and a new urban planning on a human scale

The solo exhibition of Andrea Chiesi Natura Vincit, curated by Fulvio Chimento, organized by Associazione CerchioStella, in collaboration with with D406 and the Municipality of Modena, with the support of the Hera Group and the patronage of the Regione Emilia-Romagna.

The Church and the Oratory of San Paolo reopen to the public after the restoration works with a solo exhibition that draws inspiration from the works on display, witnesses of the rebirth of man through a spiritual path in which nature is a constant guide for the artist and inspiring. The project was created specifically for the two Modena religious environments and to enhance their architectural structures.

The first room, the Church of San Paolo, called Eschatos ("last places"), presents works that have as their subject structures connected to the industrial archeology that dot the Italian territory. The setting up of this environment includes exclusively oil paintings made by Chiesi in the last decade. In these canvases, the artist documents the rubble left by industrial production, referring to the "one-time" relationship between man and machine: the artist describes buildings on which space and time have violently exercised their action.

The second room, the frescoed Oratory, is called Anastasis ("resurrection"), in reference to the potential rebirth of the spirit. In this setting, recently produced ink on large-format paper works are presented, which characterize the artist's current research. The works tell of the reappropriation by nature of its environment-landscape, highlighting the ability to survive and rebirth of plant species even in conditions of strong anthropization. The most stringent parallelism seems to be that between weeds (able to grow and colonize abandoned places) and the very role of the artist in the contemporary world, which proliferates with intuitions and ideas to be ascribed to the present.

In the same setting, Chiesi also exhibits a series of drawings on paper and notebooks in which it constructs a narrative in progress of the city of Modena, with reference to topical places, which reflect the collective unconscious of its inhabitants. This third section is called Insulae ("islands"), a term used in urban planning to designate symbolic places of high artistic and "human" value, which have been forgotten by time, but full of charm and history.

The exhibition is closed in August. Opening hours: Wednesday: 16-20; Friday: 17-21.30; Saturday: 10-13 and 17-21.30; Sunday: 16-20. Free admission without reservation. Catalog: edited by Andrea Losavio. Information:, tel. 393 8933370,