NATURALIA ET ARTIFICIALIA
Group exhibition curated by Dimora Artica at Ca' Marsala, Bologna
Sept. 25th-29th 2018
artists: Daniele Carpi, Giovanni De Francesco, Andrea Martinucci, Francesco Pacelli, Diego Soldà
There are special moments in history in which time seems to follow a different and unpredictable order, opening the door to other perceptual possibilities. Because of their exotic characteristics, some objects facilitate these wonder occasions, unexpected encounters in which mind is lost, immersed in a visionary elsewhere, while being at the same time more attentive, concentrated in the uniqueness of an experience out of the ordinary. Starting from the Renaissance period throughout Europ, these are the premises that lead to the birth of wunderkammerns, private places hosting collections of extravagant objects of different types and origins, in which a collector stores his own collection of curiosities, showing them in a sort of private theater exhibition to amaze guests. Objects taken from nature and those created by man, which in wunderkammern are defined as Naturalia et Artificialia, coexist in the same mixed plane of systematic collection and empiricism of free associations. Despite distinctions, in these marvelous rooms some natural forms are so bizarre that they seem to be the result of imagination, while artificial products reproduce life and movement thanks to primordial robots and perpetual motion machines. Nature and artifice originate from the same creative drive, which develops in the activity of man as in the evolution of life, generating a reality in progress and in costant formation. The exhibition curated by Dimora Artica at Cà Marsala, a house located in the historic center of Bologna, represents an opportunity to reflect on the possible relationship between contemporary art and private environments. Artworks dialogue with the house rooms transformed for the occasion into a contemporary wunderkammern, in which the traditional distinction between natural forms and artificial products is transcended to evoque a condition of wonder. As in a collection, artists' works are put inside the private space and in relationship with it, making the domestic environment a place where metaphorical windows open up to other meanings. Opportunities for escapism and a mindset to perceive another potential reality in its complexity.