Massimo Uberti in Grizzana Morandi. Ph. Gionata Possenti.
Massimo Uberti debuted in the early nineties at the Spazio di Lazzaro Palazzi in Milan, where he developed an artistic language centering on light, space and surface; he has always drawn in space with light. Over the last decade, the artist has been invited to make his mark on both urban and non-urban landscapes, developing a specific language of public art that the artist likes to define as “for poetic residents.”
“Montovolo is a place for poetic residents.”
“Cinque” and “Dodici foglie”
curated by Elisabetta Negroni
“Cinque” (five) is a light sculpture that echoes the five-circle symbol of the Montovolo shrine. Its apparent simplicity invites one to delve into its history and interrogate its meaning, as all symbols do. Placed on the highest point of Montovolo, “Cinque” evokes the idea of the universal man and the conjunction between man and nature: five circles in the sky point to the infinite. Using neon lights that render the work visible from afar, both during the day and at night, the work aims to pay tribute to mystery and its hidden truths: to fascinate without resolving, leaving tension and magic intact.
In Montovolo, right near the belvedere of Salto di Santa Caterina, stands the memorial monument dedicated to victims of the Salvemini massacre (Casalecchio di Reno, December 6, 1990). The monument was carried out by the designers Mario Ciammitti and Laila Francisconi.
On the thirtieth anniversary of the massacre, Massimo Uberti created “Dodici foglie” (Twelve leaves) to pay homage to the twelve young victims. Using a gold leaf technique, the artist covers the upper side of the twelve stone volumes, embellishing and reviving the memory.
Grizzana Morandi, Emilia-Romagna
The village of Grizzana Morandi. Courtesy: the municipality of Grizzana Morandi.
Grizzana Morandi is located in the heart of the Bolognese Apennines, nestled between the valleys of the Reno and the Setta. One of the 20th century’s greatest artists, Giorgio Morandi, took inspiration here for some of his masterpieces. Paying tribute to the Maestro, who called it “the most beautiful landscape in the world”, Grizzana decided to permanently associate its name with the artist. Today the town hosts Morandi’s House-Museum, where the Fienili del Campiaro holds the Museum of his students.
Set between the Park of Montovolo and the Historical Park of Monte Sole, which is sadly associated with the massacres of 1944, the landscape is dotted with medieval villages, including the beautiful town of La Scola. With its quintessentially defensive structure, La Scola preserves the secrets of a past etched in stone. At an altitude of over 900 meters stands Montovolo, which boasts a magnificent view of the Valle del Reno. Montovolo is home to the Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Consolazione, an interesting example of Romanesque architecture in the Apennines.