Art-cheology. Serge Uberti, the Crustumerium experience
April 19, 2012
May 16, 2012
Contemporary arts of the XX and XXI century
The exhibition is the result of Italo-French artist Serge Uberti's experience during the archaeological excavation of the necropolis of Crustumerium, a Latin city (IX - V centuries B.C.) destroyed by the Romans in 499 B.C. The ancient city is located today in the north-eastern sector of Rome, on the hillside overlooking the Via Salaria near the Settebagni area. The excavation is fascinating for the beauty of the grave goods, the architectural solution of the necropolis and the natural surroundings. Uberti's production is characterized by figures and symbols that seem to refer to rituals of remote worlds: the artist necessarily enters into the sacredness and mystery of Crustumerium, perceiving the vibrations and amplifying and translating them in his works, made of canvas, paper, tufa and other materials recovered at the site. The line between artistic creation and archaeological investigation merges and almost fades away. In this exhibition Uberti's works interact with texts and photographs of places, objects and materials from Crustumerium; in this context the exhibition is a bridge between the spectator and the less known archaeological site a part of the extraordinary cultural heritage of Rome.
Serge Uberti was born in Aix à les Bains and began working as a self-taught artist in 1985. Since 1990 he lives and works in Rome. In his works painting, on canvas or paper, merges with sculptures and recycled materials. His paintings are populated by symbolic images - boat-builders and their guardians, centaurs, votive rooms, ritual trees - that repeat over time and recount stories to decipher. The figures are outlined with an essential and primitive sign and with earthy colors.
The exhibition is curated by Francesca Dell'Era
Tuesday to Saturday
Sunday and Monday
1/1, 6/1, Easter Monday, 25/4, 1/5, 2/6, 29/6, 1-31/8, 1/11, 8/12, 25/12, 26/12