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

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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

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