The exhibition returns to the Ampezzo Dolomites through Nov. 3 with the exhibition The Gardens of Artemis, which includes talks by Margherita Morgantin, Italo Zuffi, T-yong Chung

The exhibition is set up in the first section of the Pian de ra Spines trail near Fiames, which is characterized by the presence of woods and the sinuosities of the Boite riverbed, while in the second part of the trail it is possible to admire the permanent works created for the 2021 edition by Benni Bosetto, Cuoghi Corsello, Dado and Maurizio Mercuri. The title of the exhibition refers to a literary guidebook for hikers written by poet and climber Giovanni Cenacchi, who described the peculiarities of the area: "The space of the forests at the bottom of the valley and the forests on the slopes of the great walls is a kingdom of curved lines. On the throne of this realm the ancient Greeks placed the goddess Artemis, the evergreen daughter of Zeus and Leto, goddess of the mountains and forests in which she loved to scamper restlessly with bow, quiver and a procession of nymphs and maidens of nine years of age, the arktoi (bears)."

The relationship between man and nature

The Gardens of Artemis stimulates the perception of the relationship between man and nature inspired by the feeling of the Greek world, consecrating a portion of the Dolomite territory to Artemis and marking her presence through the works of the artists involved. The path of Pian de ra Spines, interpreted from an artistic point of view, is ideally transformed into the Kingdom of Artemis. Moreover, the ancient Greeks identified Artemis with the Moon, tracing the influence of the goddess in the proliferation of all those life forms on which lunar activity could be reflected.

Different keys to interpretation

The installation of the works by Margherita Morgantin, Italo Zuffi and T-yong Chung modifies, albeit slightly, the natural environment by transforming a part of the path into an ideal garden: the works can be read in their own aesthetic and functional valence, acquire value as disinterested offerings to nature or manifest themselves as tangible presences of the passage of Artemis.

Getting lost in the landscape

There is no such thing as benevolent or malevolent nature: nature exercises its function independently of human will, it cannot be dominated, and man must adapt to and accept his own state of transience. There is always a life force flowing in nature, since the goal is the affirmation of life itself: death is followed by birth (and vice versa). It is no coincidence that Artemis is the protector of wild animals and hunting, and she attracts visitors to her Dolomite garden in Pian de ra Spines, prompting them to lose themselves in the landscape in order to perceive that vital, eternal force that the Greeks projected into the environment, in their eyes truly populated by spiritual entities. The works that make up the exhibition can be freely enjoyed along the path of Pian de ra Spines on a permanent basis.

From Veneto to Lombardy

This year Sentieri d'arte expands its reach from Veneto to Lombardy with a second exhibition, Polline, in Valle Intelvi in the Lombard Pre-Alps, which will feature site-specific interventions by Simone Berti, Caretto/Spagna, and Jonathan Vivacqua (September-November 2022). The two exhibitions originate in different geographical, historical and naturalistic settings, united by the intent to create organic artistic paths integrated with the landscape that dialogue with the cultural instances of the territory.

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