The “Transcendence” exhibition at the Chiesa della Spina in Pisa
Inside the church of Santa Maria della Spina in Pisa we find the magnificent works of the artist Massimo Barlettani. The exhibition entitled Transcendence, edited by Riccardo Ferrucci, stars five unpublished works and an installation that blends harmoniously in the sacred environments.
A tribute to life and hope, an example of how art can speak to our deepest emotions.
Massimo Barlettani does not create still lifes, but living natures. In his works the flowers are attached to the earth, still alive and picked in a temporary moment of their life. The universe for the artist is in constant motion: destruction precedes a new creation, all things are imperfect, incomplete and temporary. His works in this way lead the observer to an important reflection on the ephemeral condition of existence. Massimo Barlettani’s flowers are crystallized in a fleeting moment of beauty that reveals their ineffable transience.
A figurative painting? Only apparently. It is actually an inner search for the powerful and invisible bond that unites all living beings.
We human beings are not alone in the world and we must necessarily stay within this universe, live together and relate to what we have around us. Inside the exhibition Transcendence we are also present the butterflies of Massimo Barlettani that follow this last concept. What we see in these works are not butterflies, in their physical connotation, but signs of life. They are taken by the artist as symbols of existence: spectacular and powerful, but at the same time fragile and delicate, at the mercy of any breath of wind. They are rendered through transparencies, they are evanescent and harmonious creatures. The latter are the protagonists of the installation Angelic choirwhere a flock of butterflies unravels around the altar of the church, thus directly enhancing the noumenon of faith and the elevation of the soul and spirit.
What is contained within the works of Massimo Barlettani is the continuous struggle of existence, the attraction of opposites, the desire to grow, the desire to believe, the desire to live. Barlettani feels a feeling of emotional participation in life, a melancholy inspiration that derives from the contemplation of beauty and from the awareness of his transience.
The exhibition is organized by Casa d’Arte San Lorenzo, in collaboration with the CRA (Centro Collezione Arti) and the support of FuoriLuogo, can boast the patronage of the Tuscany Region and the Municipality of Pisa.
The exhibition will be inaugurated on Saturday 26 February 2022 at 5.00 pm, and will be open until 27 March 2022.
Opening hours: Thursday to Sunday from 3.00pm to 7.00pm.
Free admission, reserved for those with a Green Pass.
For info: Casa d’Arte San Lorenzo, [email protected].
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