LUDOVICO BOMBEN

Pordenone, 1982



July 9 – September 24, 2022
Opening: July 9, h 19.00

Galleria Michela Rizzo is glad to present BELLO MONDO, a group show that features works by Ivan Barlafante, Ludovico Bomben, Marcela Cernadas and Federico de Leonardis.

 

At this time of the evening
from this point of the world

I want to give thanks to the divine
labyrinth of causes and effects
for the diversity of creatures that make up this singular universe
thank I wish
for love, which makes you see others
as divinity sees them
for the bread and salt
for the mystery of the rose
who lavishes color and does not see it
for the art of friendship
for the last day of Socrates
for language, which can simulate wisdom
I would like to thank
for the courage and happiness of others

for the homeland felt in jasmine

and for the splendor of the fire
that no human can watch
without an ancient amazement

and for the sea
which is the closest and the sweetest
among all the gods
thank I wish
because the fireflies are back
and for us
for when we are burning and light
for when we are happy and grateful
for the beauty of the words
abstract nature of God
for writing and reading
that make us explore ourselves and the world

for the quiet of the house
for children who are our
house deities for the soul, because if it descends from its step
the earth dies
for having a sister
wish to thank for all those
which are small, clear and free
for the ancient art of theater, when
still gathers the living and feeds them
for the intelligence of love
for the wine and its color
for idleness with its waiting for nothing
for beauty so ancient and so new

I wish to thank you for the faces of the world
which are varied and many are adorable
for when the night
we sleep embraced
for when we are attentive and in love
for the attention
which is the spontaneous prayer of the soul
for all libraries in the world
for that to be comfortable among the others who read
for our immense masters
for those who have reasoned in us over the centuries

for the sake of friendship
when silly and dear things are said
for all the kisses of love
for the love that makes you fearless
for the contentment, the enthusiasm, the intoxication
for our dead
that make death an inhabited place.

I wish to thank
because on this earth there is music
for the right hand and left hand
and their intimate agreement
for those who are indifferent to notoriety
for dogs, for cats
fraternal beings full of mystery
for flowers
and the secret victory they celebrate
for the silence and its many gifts
for the silence which is perhaps the greatest lesson
for the sun, our ancestor.

I wish to thank
for Borges
for Whitman and Francis of Assisi
for Hopkins, for Herbert
because they already wrote this poem,
due to the fact that this poem is inexhaustible
and it will never get to the last verse
and changes according to men.
I wish to thank
for the minutes before sleep,
for the intimate gifts that I do not enumerate
for sleep and death
those two hidden treasures.

And finally I wish to thank
for the great power of ancient love for the love
that if the sun and the other stars move.
And it moves everything in us.

 

Bello Mondo (Beautiful World) by Mariangela Gualtieri is a poem featured in Le giovani parole (Einaudi, 2015). Gualtieri’s main inspiration is Otro poema de los dones by Jorge Luis Borges, but her poem includes citations from Walt Whitman, S. Francesco d’Assisi, Gerard Manley Hopkins and Zbigniew Herbert.

Ivan Barlafante (Giulianova, 1967). His research investigates the relationship between the natural and the spiritual dimensions. Transforming matter like an alchemist, he leads the observer towards a path of investigation and knowledge, for the discovery of the essence of things and nature. Among its main exhibitions: Andromeda e Cassiopea, in Prague, European Capital of Culture; VIII ^ Biennial of Art of Cairo (2001); personal exhibition In me, Oredaria gallery, Rome (2004); Bandiere at the Serra dei Giardini, Venice, collateral event at the Biennale (2015); Limiti-Confini, Grande Museo del Duomo di Milano curated by Sabino Maria Frassà (2017); La bellezza dell’inutile, Musei Civici di Bassano del Grappa curated by Chiara Casarin (2018); Tutta l’arte è imitazione della natura, Museo Orto Botanico Rome, curated by Manuela Evangelista (2018); personal exhibition Tremendo: la bellezza è solo l’inizio, Gaggenau space, Milan, curated by Sabino Maria Frassà with the courtesy of Galleria Michela Rizzo (2018); Sassi, Spazio Thetis, Venezia, in collaboration with Galleria Michela Rizzo.

Ludovico Bomben (Pordenone 1982). He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. His research began with neon light installations that aimed to deconstruct everyday places and environments, undermining the perceptions of their usual audience. In the last few years, he shifted his focus from the space to the object, focusing on the study of the relationships between material, language, form and concept. This analysis led him to the investigation of sacred symbols, which became new territory for his research. Between golden proportions and formal rigour, he attempts a reinterpretation and redefinition of the sacred image in the contemporary world, mixing ancient traditions with new industrial materials. He exhibits in various private and institutional venues including the 54th Venice Biennale, the Talent Prize, Dolomiti Contemporanee, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, the Tina B Festival in Prague, the Fabbri Award, Villa Manin, CAREOF – Via Farini, the Revoltella Museum, Cairo Prize at Palazzo Reale in Milan, Cramum Prize, Magazzini del Sale, Venezia.

Marcela Cernadas (Argentina, 1967). Born on December 31, 1967, in the city of Campana in Argentina, she currently lives and works between Spain and Italy. Her practice, which includes photography, video, installation, painting, sculpture, poetry and performance, entails the possibility of confronting the ineffable on every occasion and presents art and life as an indivisible existence in constant motion. Her action involves slow and measured gestures elevated to artistic practice through patience and attention, where time ascends to a metaphysical dimension Cernadas exhibited her works at the Center Pompidou; the Reina Sofía Museum; the Matadero of Madrid; the Joan Miró Foundation of Barcelona; the Frauenmuseum (Women’s Museum) in Bonn; the Galata Museo del Mare in Genoa; the MACRO of Rome and the Venice Biennale.

Federico De Leonardis (La Spezia, 1938). His works are spatial constructions that involve different materials: a living memory of the places where he found them and their past. in his installations on the remains of a still living memory, using them as casts of an indelible past. His works features emptiness an absence, they exist by subtraction. Destruction instead of building, emptiness instead of filling, simply leaving nothing but some traces, which connects to our distant memories. Among his main exhibitions: Kunsthistorische (1979, Stuttgart); Arte e Architettura, Spazio Ansaldo (MI); Oggetti d’uso e d’incanto, Centro Domus (1991, MI); Libro d’Artista, Biblioteca Braidense (MI); La Casa di Alice (1993, PR); Allerart Bludenz (1998, Austria); Cantieri dell’Arte, ex Cantiere Binda (2004, MI); Polemos, Castello di Gavi (2006, AL); Fondazione Cini (2008, VE); Il Tempo e le opere, Museo della Grafica (2017, PI); Futuruins, Palazzo Fortuny (2018, VE); Biennale Le latitudini dell’Arte (2019, GE). Sue installazioni permanenti in collezioni private e spazi pubblici (Sesto S. Giovanni (MI), Milano, Peccioli (PI), Cecina (LI), Gibellina (TR).

Ludovico Bomben (Pordenone 1982). He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. His research began with neon light installations that aimed to deconstruct everyday places and environments, undermining the perceptions of their usual audience. In the last few years, he shifted his focus from the space to the object, focusing on the study of the relationships between material, language, form and concept. This analysis led him to the investigation of sacred symbols, which became new territory for his research. Between golden proportions and formal rigour, he attempts a reinterpretation and redefinition of the sacred image in the contemporary world, mixing ancient traditions with new industrial materials. He exhibits in various private and institutional venues including the 54th Venice Biennale, the Talent Prize, Dolomiti Contemporanee, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, the Tina B Festival in Prague, the Fabbri Award, Villa Manin, CAREOF - Via Farini, the Revoltella Museum, Cairo Prize at Palazzo Reale in Milan, Cramum Prize, Magazzini del Sale, Venezia.