Ombre d’azur, transparence
curated by Cristiano Raimondi
The spaces conceived and created by the artist show all aspects of his work, though not in chronological order, with significant new works alongside historical ones, both from his studio and from important private collections.
In the early 1970s, Spalletti started working towards a dialogue between classical and contemporary art, creating paintings and sculptures that involved an in-depth study of colour and its interaction with space. In the concept behind the settings, mainly with three-dimensional monochrome works, the pink and blue landscapes of Abruzzo – the region on the Adriatic where the artist has always lived and worked – are sublimated and given an aura of timelessness by the materials he uses.
Spalletti’s art is the outcome of a highly original, slow, and extremely methodical technique, and it has often been referred to as meditative. Over a period lasting weeks, he applies dozens of layers of impasto onto wooden structures, with each layer being left to dry and then abraded to bring out the pigments in all their hues and brightness. The result of this meticulous process is a sort of skin that protects the work, while also creating a connection with the visitor, diffusing shades of colour and light.
The artist’s studio is the starting point for the construction of the display, in which, like the conductor of an orchestra, he rearranges the architecture where he plans his work. He does so by creating itineraries of colours and volumes that become projections of his spiritual dimension and of the landscape that he has had around him ever since he was born. By doing so, he offers us an atmosphere of universal spirituality and restraint.
Photo by Werner Hannappel, VG-Bildkunst Bonn 2019