Stelline Foundation, Milan
“One multitude” curated by Olga Gambari, Palazzo delle Stelline – Milan
From 22 September to 31 October 2010, the Stelline Foundation in Milan hosted Valerio Berruti’s solo show “One multitude”. The exhibition, curated by Olga Gambari, organized by the Stelline Foundation of Milan in collaboration with the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Turin and with the patronage of the Lombardy Region, the Province and the Municipality of Milan, presented for the first time, in an organic way ,the plastic production of Valerio Berruti.
“The sign of Valerio Berruti is a contemporary story that was born as a continuous evolution with the classical tradition. His painting, in whose DNA the history of pictorial art and sculpture are mixed, is a dimension that constantly stretches towards other artistic languages, looking to the past as roots and to the future as a laboratory of possibilities that is always open. His faces, his bodies are a metaphor for a humanity in constant evolution, in which the single identity merges with the existential and historical collective course. Hence the title A single multitude, un d’apres from a posthumous collection of writings by the Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa. Valerio Berruti is the natural heir of a tradition that was born with archaic art, understood as simplified and reduced stylistic features of an ideal human figure, and continues in classical art, in Roman reliefs, passing through the Middle Ages. Art was a linguistic tool, a sort of pictographic writing that had the obligation, the responsibility and the pleasure of addressing the people above all, an art in which common life is transformed into an icon and teaching. Berruti’s vocation not only for painting – and first of all for drawing – but also for sculpture, and then for video is declared as a tension towards the complete declination of the forms in which art can be embodied. “