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Art City Bologna: Malisarts on show at Palazzo Vassé Pietramellara

26 January - 2024

Malisarts - Art City

After the success of the previous edition, Malisarts returns as a protagonist of Art City, the institutional programme of exhibitions and events promoted by the Municipality of Bologna and BolognaFiere on the occasion of Arte Fiera. Malisa Catalani‘s works, in fact, will be on show from 1 to 4 February at Palazzo Vassé Pietramellara, a historical appendix of Galleria Cavour dating back to the 16th century. In the frescoed rooms of this exclusive residence, art will meet art through a combination of classicism and contemporaneity, with Malisa Catalani’s work taking centre stage.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Rebirth‘, develops through a circular layout, as in a life cycle that is intended to be, for the visitor, an empirical metaphor of experience and rebirth. It is a sensorial journey capable of relating sculpture, understood as a pure creative process and transformation of matter, and the inner journey of man, intense instead as a process of inner elevation and spiritual rebirth.

Encounter is one of the central themes of this artistic dialogue where history and cultures brush up against each other through the bond that arises from the interaction of the works on display with the surrounding spaces. The marvellous rooms of Palazzo Vassé Pietramellara, such as the Galleria della Meridiana that introduces the concept of time or the adjacent halls with their powerful allegories on vices and virtues or the frescoes on the life of Mary and the parable of the Prodigal Son, welcome and dialogue with Catalani’s works, accompanying the visitor on a true artistic but also interior journey, where journey, loss and rediscovery take on a symbolic meaning articulated in the “life-death-rebirth” cycle. A path that each of us is called upon to follow throughout our existence if we want to achieve greater self-awareness.

Malisa Catalani, who for years has taken inspiration from her own experience and materialised it through creations capable of moving and bringing to light the deepest meaning of life, invites us to rediscover ourselves through art. This is how his sculptures are born, characterised by the beauty of bodies, the power of anatomy and the fascination of a light capable of settling between the shadows, taking on ever-changing forms to the point of sometimes even dividing the work itself, as in a Pirandellian simile, which well embodies the continuous dualism of our existence. Thus, even the scars of the body and soul take on a new and profound meaning, which are nothing but the signs of a life lived and which, for this reason, should be worn with the same pride that his elegant sculptures express.

The vernissage of the exhibition is scheduled for Thursday, 1 February from 6.30 pm to 11 pm. The exhibition, which is part of the “Art Circus” review organised by Succede solo a Bologna, can instead be visited on Friday 2 and Sunday 4 February from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., while on Saturday 3 February the doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.. Admission is free and without reservation.