The sacred in contemporary art by Andrea Granchi


Italy, Abbadia San Salvatore (Siena) – The “Don Roberto Corvini” Museum of Sacred Art, after its recent and definitive renovation completed in 2017, intends not only to enhance the precious objects in the exhibition halls but has also launched temporary exhibition projects and high-level events.
The director of the museum, Paolo Castrini, and the parish priest Don Giampaolo Riccardi, together with a promoting committee, have created an exhibition cycle called “The Sacred in Contemporary Art”. The aim of this initiative is to attempt to re-establish a relationship at the highest level between sacred places and contemporary excellence in the controversial and difficult context of sacred art.

The first exhibition of this cycle is dedicated to Andrea Granchi (Florence, 1947), Florentine artist and teacher known for a long and qualified artistic and academic career, who has designed an exhibition itinerary with his works creating moments of effective dialogue with the treasures preserved and exhibited in the Museum. Andrea Granchi has always worked seeking a comparison between ancient and modern and has also made, over the years, significant interventions in the field of sacred art. Some of these works, including the model for the apse window of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence (1994) and one of the original windows for the Church of the Magdalene of Saturnia (1996), are on display here.

For the occasion Andrea Granchi, on the wave of suggestions perceived within the Museum, has also created ex-novo some works that will be shown here for the first time including the “San Sebastiano Novecentesco” and “Tempus Fugit. Young man who tries to stop time”, but there are also large works already on display in various national exhibitions, such as the “Pianto della Maddalena”, already presented at the XI Quadriennale d’Arte in Rome in 1986, or the “San Michele Arcangelo” in 1983.

The exhibition will be accompanied by the publication of an extensive catalog with testimonies and texts by Cristina Acidini President of the Academy of Arts of Design, the oldest academy in the Western world, Paolo Castrini Director of the Museum, Don Carlo Prezzolini architect and expert in local history, Paolo Tiezzi Masters President of the Institute for the Valorization of the Historical Abbeys of Tuscany and Andrea Granchi himself.

The exhibition will open on May 25 and will remain open throughout the summer until September 15, including collateral events, concerts and conferences.

The initiative is sponsored by the City of Abbadia San Salvatore, the Institute for the Valorisation of the Historical Abbeys of Tuscany and the Academy of the Arts of Drawing.

 



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