Sereno variável [Variable serene]
31 october 2020 — 22 august 2021
Curator: Antonia Gaeta

Tu ch’entri qua pon mente
parte a parte
et dimmi poi se tante
sien fatte per inganno
o pur per arte[You who enter here/put your mind to it part by part/ and tell me then if so many wonders were made as trickery or as art]

The enigma deployed by the sphynx at the entrance to Bomarzo’s Park of Monsters is the motto for the ideas behind the construction of Sereno variável, an exhibition that gathers one hundred and seventy works from the various nuclei of the Treger Saint Silvestre Collection. The selection of works tells of the collectors’ interest in portrait and the human figure, but also points to different approaches both at the level of the physiognomic detail and exquisite inscription processes such as the disproportional and the indeterminate, the centreless and the margin-less. Sereno variável features wise creatures, among mannerist and grotesque shadows and echoes of medieval literature and Mittel-European epopees, that spread across the rooms with their constant mythological and enigmatic references, and whose masks, satires and illusionist games surprise viewers with their alienating irregularity. Sereno variável is a history, a destiny, a form of personal writing, the study of a collection, or perhaps the invention of a reality in which ogni pensiero vola [every thought flies] and contains everything: each gesture, each writing, each rumour, each discovery, each scenographic architecture, perspective and twist.

[Antonia Gaeta]

Artists: Abraham Hadad, Agatha Wojciechowsky, Agnès Baillon, Alain Lacoste, Albino Braz, Alekos Fassianos, Alessandra Michelangelo, Alexander Lobanov, Almazov (Nicolaï Vorobiov), Aloïse Corbaz, Ana Carrondo, August Walla, Aurel Iselstöger, Barbara Demlczuk, C.V.M. (Carlos Victor Martins), Carlo Franco Stella, Christine Canetti, Daldo Marte, Davood Koochaki, Derrick Alexis Coard, Donald Mitchell, Donovan Durham, Dusan Kusmic, Dwight Mackintosh, Edmund Monsiel, Egidio Cuniberti, Ergasto Monichón, Ernst Michael Kolb, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Evaristo Rodrigues, Franck Lundangi, Friedrich Schröder-Sonnenstern, Gabriel Bien-Aimé, Gerald DePrie, Giovanni Battista Podestà, Giovanni Bosco, Gorgali Lorestani (Zabiholah Mohamadi), Guo Fengyi, Hans Verschoor, Henry Speller, Igor Andreev, Jaber (Al-Mahjoub Jaber), Jacqueline B. (Jacqueline Bartes), Jaime Fernandes, James Deeds, Janko Domsic, Jim Delarge, Joaquim Vicens Gironella, Johann Fischer, Johann Garber, Johann Hauser, John Henry Toney, Jorge Alberto Cadi, José Manuel Egea, Josef Karl Rädler, Joseph Barbiero, Josette Rispal, Karl Vondal, Kashinath Chawan, Lewis Smith,Luboš Plný, Malcolm McKesson, Manuel Bonifácio, Manuel Carrondo, Marco Berlanda, Margarethe Held, Marilena Pelosi, Martha Grünenwaldt, Mary T. Smith, Masao Obata, Maurice Rapin, Michel Macréau, Miron Kiropol, , Miroslav Tichý, Misleidys Francisca Castillo Pedroso, Mose Tolliver, Mozart Guerra, Nacius Joseph, Joële (Nina Karasek), P. Veerasamy (Bindu Art School), Paul Amar, Pépé Vignes (Joseph Vignes), Philipp Schöpke, Pierre Dessons, Pietro Ghizzardi, Prophet Royal Robertson, Raimundo Camilo, Reinaldo Eckenberger, Roy Wenzel, Simone Le Carré-Galimard, Ted Gordon, Terry Turrell, Thornton Dial, Vitalis Čepkauskas,Władysław Grygny, Ymène Chetouane, Zbyněk Semerák e ZMB (Rui Lourenço) .

Antonia Gaeta (Italy, 1978) has a degree in Conservation of Cultural Assets from the University of Bologna. Master in Curatorial Studies from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and PhD in Contemporary Art from the College of Arts of the University of Coimbra. He has developed research and exhibition projects with several artistic institutions in Portugal and abroad and has published texts in art catalogs, specialized magazines and exhibition programs. She was executive coordinator of the official Portuguese representations at the Venice Art Biennials (2009 and 2011 editions) and São Paulo (2008 and 2010 editions) for the Directorate-General for the Arts.

Visit to the exhibition by the curator Antonia Gaeta

Exhibition views © Dinis Santos

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