Contemporary art and mythology amongst uncovered ancient Greek ruins in the converted Palazzo basement.
JASON DODGE, As soon as the invented language enters us Something will vibrate in our skin, 2019 (installation view at Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples)
The current presentation at Fondazione Morra Greco brings together three explorations in the Palazzo Caracciolo d’Avellino. In such a space, there is no denying the stunning interplay of contemporary art with a specific connection to the art historical details of the centuries old Palazzo.
Converted originally in 1610 from a Benedictine monastery, the space now offers a plethora of frescoed rooms and even a basement with ancient Greek ruins. These were only uncovered due to the most recent renovations, initiated by Fondazione Morra Greco in 2015, and now instigates further opportunities for contemporary revival and interaction.
There are three current explorations. “The Storytellers’ Fountain: A Tale Told By A Gust Of Wind In The Low And Dark Rooms” features a scenographic inhabitation by artist group Studio For Propositional Cinema, who lived in residence at the foundation. Amongst the frescoed rooms and the building’s basement, they exactly tantalise the stories of the Palazzo, as if blueprints, and use myths – the Arethusa myth dear to the Palazzo – as living structures.
“Study For Landscape And Other Animals” presents Naples born Luca Gioacchino di Bernardo. A staff member of the foundation explains “There is a portion of wrapped and decorated plank on the third floor of Palazzo Caracciolo di Avellino. Only this trace was found during the renovation and restoration works that interrupted the activity of Fondazione Morra Greco throughout June 2019, however it seems plausible that they had once covered the entire length of the beam ceiling. These decorations reproduce the same subjects in sequence – birds, floral elements, idyllic landscapes, archaeologies, geometries –, although, observing carefully, some differences are noticeable, some mistakes, declaring the presence of the human hand and unveiling its imprecision. Whether it is intention, distraction, or lie, it is impossible to say.”
We present following a selection of images from all three explorations at Fondazione Morra Greco in Naples, which continues until 22022020.
shops in their bottoms? like pulling glass out of a glass and out of the waterlike pulling two pieces of a spoon out of a glass of water and holding them against the light, and seeing if they make the same spoon like pulling glass out of a glass, and out of the water, and seeing what remains.
This leaf (1) is well opened and unfolded, as opposed to how it was represented. I have portrayed only four aerial roots (2) out of seven. These two roots (3) intersects, but not in this way. In this area (4) a substantial tangle of roots was omitted; this root, instead, is not visible from my position (5).