Inside Love Love Inside
Inside Love Love Inside
21 September 2017/5 November 2017 STORICO GIARDINO GARZONI Pescia (Pistoia) / Italy
A meeting with the painter, graphic artist and sculptor Antonio Nocera will open at 17.30 on Thursday 21 September the event with which the National Carlo Collodi Foundation celebrates the donation of works by Nocera dedicated to Pinocchio, and together with the inauguration of his sculpture exhibition “Inside Love / Love Inside “in the parterre of the Historic Garzoni Garden in Collodi (Pistoia). The meeting with the artist, to be held in the Sala del Grillo in the Osteria del Gambero Rosso, will be introduced by the President of the National Carlo Collodi Foundation. Followed by the inauguration of the works donated to the Foundation and set up in the Park, and at the end that of the temporary exhibition (21 September – 5 November 2017) in the Garzoni Garden. For Antonio Nocera Pinocchio is one of the central themes, to which so far he has dedicated several single works and three artist’s books. Nocera returns today in an “official” style to Collodi after the rich anthological exhibition of 2002, which received extraordinary success in the Pinocchio Park Museum. Since then, the painter, graphic artist and sculptor has maintained a close relationship with the lands of Pinocchio and with the Carlo Collodi National Foundation, with whom he has collaborated on many occasions. The most recent, in 2015 for his third artist book dedicated to Pinocchio, a precious edition made of handmade cards and printed at the press, enclosed in an emigrant suitcase, to symbolize how Pinocchio is part of the baggage of all of us . A volume of which the President of the Collodi Foundation and the artist donated a copy to the Holy Father Pope Francis during a hearing in summer 2016. Today this bond is crowned by the donation of some works, including a sculpture, dedicated to Pinocchio and coming from the artist’s archive, and an exhibition – again of sculptures – entitled “Inside Love / Love Inside” in the parterre of the Historic Garden Garzoni, where it will remain on display until 5 November 2017. The event dedicated to Antonio Nocera and his works for Collodi will open at 17.30 in the Sala del Grillo, on the ground floor of Osteria del Gambero Rosso: the artist will be introduced by the President of the National Carlo Collodi Foundation, Pier Francesco Bernacchi, by the Vice-President Umberto Margiotta and by the General Secretary Paola Lorenzini; to follow, the works dedicated to Pinocchio will be inaugurated in their new location inside the Pinocchio Park, and finally the exhibition in the parterre of the Garzoni Garden.
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“In the flames you play jokes for play / O my heart, to make you happy, and you faint a vague beauty. / Cadon a thousand butterflies in the fire, / and there is only one phoenix, / which rises if death goes”. This is the story of a famous cantata by George Friedrich Händel, written by Bendetto Pamphilj, and is an explicit warning against the dangers of love. But music and words seem to want to go in two divergent directions: flying like butterflies in the fire of love is sweet, the temptation of ecstasy prevails over the fear of flames and the heart desires to dare the daring flight “with wings pretending, and in he does not have “. The notes in G major by Händel are there to tempt us with their dulcedo.
The butterflies hovering over the faces of the nine muses are the metaphor with which Antonio Nocera translates the theme of love for art in its composition Inside Love Love Inside, exhibited in the Historic Garzoni Garden of Pescia, from September 21st to November 5th 2017 Like the notes of the Hendelian composition, the butterflies that can be seen on the faces of the nine Muses invite the visitor to the “daring flight” of the heart and the wisdom of the arts that the Muses represent. A wisdom that is made of love and of which human love is woven: ecstatic tension and human and earthly matter at the same time.
A central composition covered with butterflies and birds, half anthropomorphic and half almost arboreal, which flaunts the bronze of which it is made and therefore the land from which it comes (the legs are almost two trunks planted in the ground), is surrounded by the nine faces of Clio , Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Polimnia, Erato, Urania, Terpsichore and Calliope. Some of these faces are burnished, to indicate the earthly world to which they belong, other cerulean, with various intensities, indicating the proximity with the sky to which they tend in their momentum. On the other hand, a mythological tradition relates how the Muse were daughters of Gaea, the earth, and Uranus, the sky: and it is no accident that art is born from the patient work of the earth, as in this composition is the bronze forged by Nocera, and at the same time from a tension towards the blueness (Biagio Marin would have called it the “biavitae”) of the supreme knowledge. What is knowledge of love: love for life and its materiality, and desire for the ideal, the beautiful and the good.
Unlike the insidious and deceiving love of Pamphilj and Händel, the “vague beauty” of the Muses of Nocera does not betray the heart and constantly raises it to the heavens of καλοκαγαθίᾱ. Precisely because linked to the earth and tending to the distance of wisdom, Nocera’s love is therefore a flame that does not burn and does not destroy, but always regenerates to new life: the life of art, through our changing world and the sky eternal. The Muses of Nocera and their butterflies give us wings with which to access that sky.