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museo di arte moderna
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  • Ivan Zanoni, "Tauroctonia mitraica", 2019, ferro battuto. Courtesy l'artista. Ph. Archivio fotografico Centro Culturale d’Anaunia - foto Francesca Padovan
  • "Sol Invictus. Luciano e Ivan Zanoni", veduta dell'allestimento. Ph. Mart, Jacopo Salvi
  • "Sol Invictus. Luciano e Ivan Zanoni", veduta dell'allestimento. Ph. Mart, Jacopo Salvi
  • "Sol Invictus. Luciano e Ivan Zanoni", veduta dell'allestimento. Ph. Mart, Jacopo Salvi

Sol Invictus
Luciano and Ivan Zanoni

 
Mart Rovereto
22 December 2020 / 02 May 2021
 
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n the piazza at the Mart – open by vocation to the surrounding landscape and the local community – the artists Luciano Zanoni (Caldes, 1943) and Ivan Zanoni (Caldes, 1971) are exhibiting a large, unprecedented tribute to nature.
Both father and son have mastered the art of iron-working, combining their talents to create a series of plant and animal sculptures with a strong symbolic meaning. The exhibition (and title) draws inspiration from classical civilisation and from the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, the name given to the Ancient Roman tradition, concomitantly with Winter solstice, of celebrating the rebirth of the sun and the beginning of a new cycle. Focusing on the four seasons – which are intertwined with numerous references to mythology and Mithraic cults – the art installation also represents a call for a collective rebirth.

[…] Luciano Zanoni uses the idea of a mithraeum – and the fountain in the centre of the piazza at the Mart – to create a reed bed. Here, the artists have staged a sacrifice – by means of a bull sculpted by Ivan, accompanied by a snake and scorpion – to commemorate the ancient ritual in honour of the god Mithras. In the open space below the cupola, Luciano's simple, bucolic concept draws inspiration from the four seasons. Winter is represented by a leafless tree, Spring by a cherry tree in full bloom, Summer by a field of sunflowers, and Autumn by a pergola of vines, heavy with ripe grapes.
Vittorio Sgarbi

 

From an idea by Vittorio Sgarbi
Curated by Gabriele Lorenzoni