The celestial body exhibition
In the delightful framework of the “Museo Diocesano” in Brescia, STUDIO has been asked to realize the exhibition “The celestial body”, dedicated to the preparatory drawings of the painters Oscar Di Prata and Vittorio Traini
Every year in Brescia, on the occasion of the Corpus Homnis, there are several initiatives and exhibitions in the entire city. In the delightful framework of the “Museo Diocesano” in Brescia, STUDIO has been asked to realize the exhibition “The celestial body”, dedicated to the preparatory drawings of the painters Oscar Di Prata and Vittorio Traini and to the “Bottega Poisa”(a gilding shop which realized handcrafted wooden works of the two artists).
Considering the two “players” and their common work for the “Bottega Poisa”, the exhibition was set in 3 halls:
The first one is dedicated to the shop, trait d’union of the two artists and central entry.
The second and the third ones on the sides: one is dedicated to Vittorio Traini and the other one to Oscar Di Prata.
Coming from the entry of the “Museo Diocesano”, we notice, on the opposite side, three golden portals, showing the inner division in three different parts from outside.
Passing from the cloister, we realize that one of the portals ( the one which is dedicated to the “Bottega Poisa”) is projected towards outside, creating a way to the exhibition entry.
All of the portals have an opening on their surface permitting a continuous relationship between the inner part of the exhibition and the cloister: the vertical cut frames the millenary cherry tree in the garden, the squared cut frames the small well in the cloister and the horizontal cut, from the hall dedicated to Oscar Di Prata, allows a frontal vision of the colonnade.
The visitor is then immerged in a double experience: on the one hand the vision of the exhibition itself, on the other hand the possibility of meeting elements of interest in the cloister, through its architectural devices.
In the first hall, dedicated to the “Bottega Poisa”, you can find some gilding works made by the two artists’ handcraft shop.
One table, taken from the shop and “elevated” to sculpture, indicates the handcraft’s work place. On the smaller one, just next to it, you can find some preparatory sketches.
The hall dedicated to Oscar Di Prata uses big canvas to show its works and it is in contrast to Vittorio Traini’s hall which presents the same device, but on an inferior scale, looking for a subtle dialogue between the two protagonists, so different and at the same time so close to each other, belonging to the 20th century painting in Italy and in Brescia.