TENNO CHANNEL. The Giacomo Vittone House of Artists dedicates the autumn exhibition to an expressive language that has accompanied humanity since the dawn of time: sewing. The exhibition “With thread and needle”, inaugurated on Saturday 23 October, is a tribute to Maria Lai (Ulassai, 1919 – Cardedu, 2013), one of the most singular voices of post-World War II Italian art, who in the 1970s creates the so-called Looms, works in which painting and sculpture meet and in which the millenary tradition of weaving opens up to new compositional potential.
In Maria Lai’s work, the gesture of weaving is a meditation conducted in solitude, an intimate reflection on the meaning of community, history and tradition, the poetic attempt to reconstitute a link between an archaic past and a present in which memory is it is dissolving.
The homage of the House of Artists is one exhibition suspended between past and present in which embroidery goes beyond the personal sphere and creates, point by point, an indelible trace of existence.
The works on display are by Damiano Colombi, Osvaldo Maffei, Margaret Nella, Amina Pedrinolla and Rosalba Trentini. Furthermore, the Arco Ricama association exhibits the collective work «Abbecedario per Maria Lai», in which each letter of the alphabet is interpreted according to a word-concept dear to Maria Lai (fabric size 35 cm by 35 for each word). The letter N = ribbon refers to one of the Sardinian artist’s most famous works, “Binding to the mountain”, created with a blue ribbon together with the inhabitants of the village of Ulassai on 8 September 1981.
At the inauguration of the exhibition, on the evening of Saturday 23 October, the mayor Giuliano Marocchi and the councilor for culture Giancarla Tognoni lost part for the Municipality of Tenno, for the Municipality of Arco the councilor for culture Guido Trebo, present the curator Roberta Bonazza.
The exhibition, created in collaboration with the Museum of the uses and customs of the people of Trentino, the cultural circle of Javrè “Al filò dal lundì” and Casa Bonus di Bondo, is open to visitors until January 6 from 10 to 12 and from 13 to 17 from Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday) with free admission. Mask and green pass are required.
The Giacomo Vittone House of Artists in Canale di Tenno is managed by the Municipalities of Arco, Riva del Garda and Tenno, the latter as the leading body.
Photo by Luciano Stoffella.