Milan, 14th September 2015
Opened yesterday the exhibition “Pan’s Thunder, Art meets Nature” – part of the 2nd edition of d’Annunzio e i Giardini di Pan – from 13th September to 31th of August 2016. Along this new path, 7 great acoustic horns wich reveal to visitors the ” sound of the cement” were placed.
The great horns are made by Italcementi with i.design EFFIX, a design product with great aesthetic properties, enhanced by the decorative potential of Gobbetto resins with Carlo Maroni technical-artistic guidance. Resplendent in the marvellous setting of the Acqua Savia valley, the pieces combine to form a veritable path for the eyes and ears. Passages from d’Annunzio’s work recited in Italian and English issue from the installations (they can be downloaded from the Vittoriale website via a QR code), creating a synaesthesia between the works, the narrator’s voice, and the park’s new visuals.
The exhibition celebrates d’Annunzio’s connection with the East and brings out the poetic and lyrical dimension of Panism, which profoundly links people and nature.
Inspired by Chinese and Japanese items from the d’Annunzio collection at the Prioria, now on display in the exhibition Racconti d’Oriente at the d’Annunzio Segreto Museum, 7 artists and designers have drawn on the oriental-style signs and symbols of the poet’s life and work to create fresh interpretations of the great acoustic horns, the Ascoltami, designed by architect Italo Rota for the first edition of “I Giardini di Pan” (2014), which now reside in the Vittoriale park. The works offer much of interest: the expressionism of Dario Ballantini, with intense faces and ‘purplish’ colouring; Vincenzo Del Monaco’s evocations of the symbolism of the temple and flower painting suggestive of cherry trees; the glass DG Mosaic chosen by Setsu & Shinobu Ito to depict a great carp and to represent the reflection of the water; the fusion of sound and colour conjured by Shuhei Matsuyama; the vivid portrait with typically d’Annunzian motto in Japanese made by Fabrizio Musa; the decoration with ethereal resin butterflies on a reflective surface by Sonja Quarone; and the evocation of d’Annunzio’s famous Cheli and the oriental symbols of the tortoise fashioned by Carla Tolomeo.