Lost cities, found cities

Malatesta Rocca

From Saturday, June 1 to Sunday, June 30, the rooms of the Rocca will host "Lost Cities, Found Cities," the solo exhibition of Federico Guerri, an artist from Cesena. The exhibition is part of the network circuit of the Biennale Drawing Rimini 2024.

The exhibition relates to the theme of the city and architecture that has accompanied the artist over the years and that in this period has become topical for him again. The exhibition therefore compares works from a few years ago with recent works.

The title of the exhibition, "Lost Cities, Found Cities," underscores the theme of the city and architecture that has accompanied the artist's work since his early days. Through pencil drawing and various techniques related to engraving, Federico Guerri has developed over the years a work where the texture of signs and structures find in 'architecture and landscape a figurative adherence. The subjects of the works develop on the embroideries of destruction, in the disrupted floor plans, in the vision of buildings frayed and eroded by a corrosive force that undermines the glue of every construction. Parallel to the works on canvas are large-scale slates where the scratched and etched mark in the stone gives life to severe black and white slabs. The exhibition compares recent works with works that have been key parts of the author's artistic research.

Federico Guerri was born in Cesena in 1972 where he lives and works. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. After his studies, he began a personal research that would lead him to the creation of large-scale sculptures placed in natural spaces, and then he gradually shifted to an increasingly pictorial language. His current work, conducted since 2005, combines painting and drawing together; in addition, he has been working as an engraver for years. He has exhibited in solo and group shows at the L'Affiche Gallery in Milan, the Weber&Weber Gallery in Turin, the Gasparelli Gallery in Fano, and in Rome and Brussels with the Montoro12 Gallery.

The rooms of the Rocca, which housed the apartments of Ippolita and Lionello in the 16th century, host works on canvas, large-format etchings and ink works. The artist states that he was inspired for this series by the historical large city views of Piranesi and Vanvitelli that included glimpses of monuments and large-scale bird's eye views. The cities depicted appear destroyed by war and remind us of ghost towns where there are no inhabitants. This is yet another occasion in which the Rocca di Verucchio, a very ancient site of great historical and cultural significance, demonstrates its innate ability to transform itself into a mutable and adaptable exhibition container, capable of bringing visitors closer to local history and traditions, while at the same time promoting extremely contemporary art forms and creative processes.

The opening will be held on Saturday, June 1, from 5 p.m. at the Fortress and will be free admission.

The exhibition on other days will be accessible by ticket during the opening hours of the Rocca.
In June, the Rocca is open daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information:
0541 670280 | roccaverucchio@atlantide.net

Events may be subject to change, always contact organizers before going to the venue.

Via Rocca 42, 47826, Verucchio, (RN)

­ starting from 4.50 €

­All prices
Intero 5.50 €
Ridotto 4.50 €
Via Rocca 1, 47826, Verucchio, (RN)

Gennaio*- Febbraio: Sabato e Domenica 10-17
*dal 1 al 6 Gennaio tutti i giorni 10-17
Marzo- Ottobre- Novembre- Dicembre*: Sabato, Domenica e Festivi 10-13 | 14:30-18
*dal 26 al 31 dicembre tutti i gironi 10-17
Aprile- Maggio- Giugno- Settembre: tutti i giorni 10-13 | 15-18:30
Luglio- Agosto: tutti i giorni 9:30-12:30 | 16-20 (Venerdì fino alle 22:30)

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