As Above, So Below. A Special Exhibition Reveals the Works on Deposit at the GAM

As Above, So Below. A Special Exhibition Reveals the Works on Deposit at the GAM
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A statue whispers in the ear of its companion, two gazes cross and seem to suggest an amorous encounter - shut up for decades in the basement of the Villa Reale, the sculptures of the GAM reawaken, thanks to a project by artist Elisa Sighicelli, which looks at the secret world of the museum’s depository on the vigil of a new lay-out. The stars of this project are around 800 pieces, including plaster works, bronzes, marbles and wax works which depict languid female figures, heads of warlords, epigraphs and mutilated bodies, upon which the artist from Turin bases an exploration of expressive potential, using unexpected couplings and silent dialogues. As Above, So Below declares the title of the exhibition, revealing the correspondence between the two universes that inhabit the museum - the “official” one of the halls open to the public and the underground one of the depository, generally hidden from view, yet a harbinger of discoveries which are potentially even more stimulating. A parallel that evokes another relation, implicit in every work of art - that between the image and reality, which Sighicelli has chosen to explore with photography. Communicating the sense of the project in the five halls of the Villa Reale dedicated to temporary exhibitions are, in fact, 25 photos printed on paper, a print on plaster and two ancient sculptures, messengers of a fascinating world, nearing its end.

Francesca Grego - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano