Galleria Cracco, the project that brings contemporary art to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the most representative places in Milan, announces its fifth edition: the protagonist is Valerio Berruti with the work Believe in the light.
The site-specific installation, designed for the Trevetrine-lunettes of the Cracco Restaurant overlooking the Gallery, will be open to the public 24 hours a day from Tuesday 8 June until October 2021.
Galleria Cracco, the contemporary art project born from an idea of chef Carlo Cracco with the communication agency Paridevitale and curated by Sky Arte, presents the site-specific installation Credere nel luce, imagined by the artist Valerio Berruti (Alba, 1977) and visible to the public from Tuesday 8 June until October 2021.
For his poetic ability to transmit universal messages throughout his artistic production, Berruti could only be the artist invited for this fifth edition of the project: as evoked by the title, in fact, his intervention stands as a message in relation to the critic a period lived and still full of indeterminacy, a secular prayer, an invitation to trust in the light, a symbolic element of rebirth, life and hope.
“I am very happy with the invitation to create a site-specific installation in this symbolic place of Italian haute cuisine – declares the artist Valerio Berruti – The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is both a transit point and an international tourist destination, one of the spaces in which to go to shop, enjoy the cuisine of Carlo Cracco, but also to admire an extraordinary example of neo-Renaissance style. I believe that we should not forget any lessons learned in this last year, but at the same time I think it is necessary to go back to ‘believing in the light’ “.
Believing in the light – which is made up of three frescoed and backlit images on an iron support – reveals the specificity of the artist’s stylistic code who, through the ancient fresco technique, outlines minimal silhouettes and also inspired by the fairy-tale world of childhood.
The three girls represented (one inside each lunette), drawn in their natural poses, seem to be captured by the artist in a moment of tranquility and pause: sitting on the floor, as if waiting to start playing again, they become their turn is an allegory of an expectation towards a return to life.
This first moment of human existence, in which everything has yet to happen, is for the artist a tool of representation through which to establish an active dialectic with the public, triggering a process of identification capable of overcoming any difference. The ethereal and essential features of his subjects, in fact, not connoted by physiognomic characters, reduced to basic elements and decontextualized by any temporal reference, amplify the universal and symbolic value of his works, making them images in which it is possible for everyone to find themselves.
After the interventions by Patrick Tuttofuoco (2018), MASBEDO (2018), Goldschmied & Chiari (2019) and Giovanni Ozzola (2019), Galleria Cracco, born with the desire to support contemporary Italian art by bringing it to a symbolic place of Italian know-how, in which experimentation and excellence declare themselves trait-d’union between food, architecture, design and art, restarts looking to the future and declaring its “public” vocation for the city of Milan, which has always been the nerve center of innovation and dynamism.
Photo credits Galleria Cracco, Carmine Conte