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The Void in the Art

by Claudia Bottini

The Associazione Priori of Perugia, presents Inverso by the artist Danilo Fiorucci, an unusual hanging installation inside the Torre degli Sciri, that will be open until the 31st of August 2017.

A site specific project

The Torre degli Sciri is the only remaining tower of the many medieval towers of Perugia. It is the first time that the building hosts an art installation. About this event the Associazione Priori  says: «We decided to open a dialogue between the culture and the creativity of the tower, making the most of its history through new expressive languages: a contemporary site-specific art project that aims at promoting a new interpretation of the tower heritage through the unconventional sight of the artist».

Inverso - The Absent Space

From his evanescent and ethereal paintings, with fluffy and fast brushes, Fiorucci comes to realize his painting in a sculptural gesture as fast as polystyrene. Shaped, then cut and overlapped layers form abstract sculptures, compound vortexes, eliminating «the material that hides form.» Emptiness, not as simple denial of the full, but as an existing entity itself, space between the things that identifies and distinguishes them. New matter that aristotelically, fills the absence. In a reverse way, the memory of a loved one fills his absence. Inverso, therefore, is the inner voice that does not use words, an unnamed body, the absence of the art that becomes presence, the sign of poetry that teaches us the way for the comprehension of nothingness. Immersed in an enigmatic and suspended silence, Fiorucci’s sculpture inside the Tower is like the white cloth lying on an inexplicable footstool on Pino sul mare by Carlo Carrà, like the white Suspended Sphere of Alberto Giacometti, with a color that evokes «The absence of color, the feeling of emptiness, the archetype of the absolute and the light.»

The Tower's Deal

The Sciri Tower is the only survivor of the seventy medieval towers that went to Perugia for the nickname of turrita. Built in the second half of the 13th century, the tower, 46 meters high, is probably one of the 12/14 towers built by the Commune for defensive purposes. It then went to a private destination, being the property of the noble family of the Sciri from which he named it. The coat of arms of this family stands above the main entrance of our building. The family disappeared in the fifteenth century and the tower had to go into properties at Oddi, which had possessions not far away. In 1680 Caterina della Penna, Oddi’s widow, gave the structure and its annexes to Tertiary Franciscan Sister Lucia Tartaglini from Cortona, who instituted an Educated for poor girls. He then went to the Oblate Sisters of San Filippo Neri, who held her until about 2011.
Today, the property of the Municipal Administration, has been restored and subsequently reopened to the public by Associazione Priori. In addition to guided tours, there are artistic, musical and theatrical events.



Inverso – Lo spazio assente
Setting by Danilo Fiorucci
Sciri Tower, Perugia
July 6th– August 31st, 2017
Edited by Claudia Bottini
Openings in July
From Monday to Wednesday: 10:30 – 12:30 | 18:00 – 21.00
From Tuesday to Saturday: 10:30 – 12:30 | 17:00 – 21:00
Sunday: 18:00 – 21:00
Openings in August
Fridays: 10:00 – 12:30 | 19:00 – 21:00
Sundays: 19:00 – 21:00
August, 12th: from 21:00 (Event: staring at the sky by Starlight. For groups of 22 people every 30 minutes. 5 € fee, free for kids up to 12 years old).

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