The Exhibition and Inner Outside
On display for the first time, at the Reggia di Caserta, two contemporary art installations. One by Peter Demetz and the other by Antonio Sannino
For the first time ever, the Reggia di Caserta will be hosting two installations by contemporary artists. The installations in question are ‘The Exhibition’ and ‘Inner Outside’, the former by Peter Demetz and the latter by Antonio Sannino, both representing the result of a modern reinterpretation of ancient art techniques. Promoted by Franco Senesi’s Liquid Art System (with branches in Capri and Positano), the exhibition is curated by Marco Izzolino and organized by Barbara Genio in collaboration with the Archeoclub of Sant’Agata de Goti. The two installations merge the media in which both artists work, namely sculpture and painting, interpreting them in two completely different ways. ‘The Exhibition’ is the largest and most important work ever created by Peter Demetz. Consisting of spaces and figures of life-sized proportions, it simulates the presence of several visitors at a double displace space that is much deeper than its real counterpart. Demetz’s aim is to focus his audience’s attention on viewers present in the display space, as if they were standing in front of a mirror. ‘Inner Outside’ is an installation that invites visitors to enter it and consists of eight interconnected canvases, measuring 2 metres in height and 140cm in width. Once inside the installation, viewers are projected into a 360-degree view of the city of New York, taken from the top of the famous Empire State building. This oeuvre references myriad forms of classic Italian painting. Sannino transcends the limits of traditional pictorial media, breaking the two dimensional nature of the canvas and transporting viewers into their own visual perception of New York, as if they were wearing 3D glasses.
A modern reinterpretation of ancient art techniques