October 28 - December 10, 2021
KROMYA ART GALLERY viene fondata nel 2018 a Lugano da Tecla Riva, Giorgio Ferrarin e Adriano
A. Sala come risultato di una passione e di competenze comuni di lunga data. Nel 2020 KROMYA ha ampliato la propria sede con un nuovo avamposto a Verona, in Italia
From October 28 to December 10, 2021, the KROMYA Art Gallery in Lugano presented the exhibition Preziose Prospettive. Opere e gioielli in dialogo, a refined exhibition that related the works of architect and designer Eleonora Castagnetta with the bronze works of artist Alex Pinna.
The project, curated by Paola Stroppiana, art historian and independent curator, reflected on the need to reassign a leading role to the artist’s jewel in the contemporary context. The jewel, as a work of art, is able to express the power of creativity on par with other disciplines, integrating the peculiar expressive-creative dimension of the artistic artifact with the characteristic of wearability.
Eleonora Castagnetta presented some unpublished works, inspired by “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino, transforming into a jewel four of the utopian cities described in the volume: Dorotea, Fedora, Sofronia, and Tecla. These representations of ideal cities, which reflect Eleonora’s in-depth research in the geometric, volumetric, and chromatic field, found their crystallization in as many silver and enamel brooches with gold-plated and diamond details, welcomed by a casket that contextualizes their volume in space. The exhibition path was enriched by the presence of other previously created jewels, inspired by great masters of architecture and the Bauhaus: the Mognolo ring (for the realization of which she drew inspiration from the Church of San Giovanni Battista in Mogno, Switzerland, designed by the internationally renowned architect Mario Botta, with whom Eleonora collaborated for 13 years); Ziggurat; Homage to Le Corbusier and Homage to the Bauhaus.
Alex Pinna, a sculptor with over three decades of research and international exhibitions, presented the unpublished project Believe me: a group of sculptures on which the artist has worked intensively in the last five years. The “irons”, as the artist defines his works, are a natural evolution of works on geometric supports, usually horizontal, that the artist uses to create an imaginary and personal world where to place his figures. The irons are born from numerous drawings, made at once, which the artist selects for some possible three-dimensional transformations: a landscape linked to curved elements freely expanded in space that refer to a biomorphic world, not without anatomical references. An expressive research field that is also well-suited to reflection on the jewel, with which Pinna has recently chosen to measure himself: the “leaf-men” are present in the exhibition, born from the casual observation of the leaves of a magnolia tree during his stay in Pantelleria, where the human element merges with the natural one in a perfect visual symbiosis.
The jewel, beyond the mere reduction of scale, therefore presents itself as a powerful and coherent synthesis of the creative universe of the two artists and an object fully worthy of individual attention, becoming an audacious and original reflection of an art in search of new spaces in which to be fully welcomed.
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