From 17 May 2014 to 12 April 2015 the medieval setting of Pisa's Piazza dei Miracoli will play host to 'Angeli' (Angels), an exhibition by the late Polish artist Igor Mitoraj. The exhibition inaugurates a new space dedicated to temporary exhibitions, created with a view to expanding the cultural offer of the monumental Piazza.
The event celebrates the 950th anniversary of the laying of Pisa Cathedral’s foundation stone and for the first time presents a contemporary artist in close proximity to the world famous Leaning Tower.
The purpose of the new space is to create a location dedicated to the renewal of the cultural dialogue between past and present on the theme of sacred art. The choice of an internationally renowned artist such as Igor Mitoraj was made with this specific aim in mind.
In addition to his secular production, Igor Mitoraj executed works meant for religious buildings, such as the monumental gates of the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri in Rome, the bronze door of the Jesuit Church in Warsaw and the marble sculpture ‘The Annunciation’ for the Vatican Museums.
Mitoraj's work is addressed to the men and women of our time, with their distress and suffering. In times of political, religious and cultural strife, Mitoraj has chosen to defend these 'losing heroes', those who are forever escaping in pursuit of freedom.
The sculptor uses a readily recognisable language without referring to classical or mythological models. The choice of the exhibits is very personal, and the presence of 'Angels' has a highly symbolic significance denoting a wish for serenity and peace.
The exhibition comprises about a hundred items, including monumental works, bronzes, iron casts and marble sculptures as well as fifty plaster casts forming a wholly personal collection as yet unknown to the public.
This exhibition also reveals a lesser known side of the artist's production – painting. The monumentality of Mitoraj’s late paintings is reminiscent of his sculptures, his gold backgrounds recall the Tuscan 'Fondi Oro' and his drawings on paper converse with the fresco sketches preserved in the nearby Museum of Sinopie.
• Until October included, every day from 8.00am to 8.00pm
• From November to January included, every day from 9.00am to 5.00pm
On 17th May the exhibition will be open from 7.30pm to midnight.
• Full € 3.00
• Concessions for school groups € 2.00 (free for group leaders)
• Free under 10 years old and disabled persons
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