The exhibition “The Forms of Forgetting” by Roberto Giglio opens in the Marca di Catanzaro

He thanks his father, who gave him colors when he was little, and all those who trusted his talent, which has become an extraordinary journey into beauty. The appearance of Roberto Giglio it lingers on the figures of men and especially women standing on the doors of the houses and it spreads in the alleys, in the empty squares, on the abandoned houses. His brushstrokes are luminous: rays of light that illuminate the forms of the abandoned villages of Calabria and the spirits that inhabit them, bringing to light lost memories.

They are “The Forms of Forgetting”: this is in fact the title of the exhibition by the artist from Badolato that opened last Saturday in the exhibition rooms the lower floor of MARCA Museum that can be visited until August 31st.

Promoted by Rocco Guglielmo Foundation In collaboration with the Provincial Council of Catanzaro, the exhibition, curated by Giorgio de Finis, anthropologist and director of the Museum of the Peripheries of Rome, offers 35 sculptural works, some of them large, selected from the artist’s most important works, and over 90 drawings.

At the 2007 press conference – held in the panoramic room of the Marca Museum – together with the artist, the artistic director Guglielmo and the curator De Finis, also met Giuseppe Sommario, director of the Spartanze Festival and friend of Giglio, with whom the artist collaborates , to give life to a publication that collects some works together with texts that tell of this journey to the abandoned villages. A summary text also enriches the bilingual catalog edited by Silvana Editoriale for the “Quaderni del Marca” series: the volume also includes the critical texts of Rocco Guglielmo, Giorgio de Finis and Mimmo Gangemi. But also in the audience is the architect Pasquale Piroso, whom Giglio thanks, as well as the Spanish painter Pedro Cano, who became his teacher. Pyrosus was fundamental to the maturation of his artistic style and prompted him to experiment with linguistic fusions between art, craft and design.

The exhibition begins with a series of works dedicated to Calabria and summarizes the artistic journey of an architect who, at a certain point in his life, decided to devote himself more to art. Roberto Giglio, an artist originally from Badolato – many of his fellow citizens present, starting with the mayor Francesco Severino – wanted to pay tribute to his homeland and beyond with “The Forms of Forgetting”. He uses white and light to deconstruct faces and architecture, in the instinctive need to seek the essence of things and life. He paints Places and people floating in mystery, in pain, in beautyin their pure and simple essence, forms floating between heaven and earth, figure and abstraction, reality and imagination, matter and spirit, center and periphery, progression and immobility.

Giglio shows a deep sensibility for the plastic arts, for painting and especially for watercolor, moving from the figure to the informal. And for De Finis, anthropologist and director of the Museum of the Peripheries of Rome, “the paintings look ahead and not just backwards, looking far beyond the borders of their own territory”.

“The exhibition set up in the Marca summarizes the artistic path of an architect who, at a certain point in his life, decided to devote himself more to art – explained Guglielmo –. Giglio shows a deep sensitivity to the plastic arts, to painting and especially to watercolor, a means of transition between figuration and abstraction that offers him an aesthetic that painting simply cannot match. In Giglio’s painting, the figures elude the temptation of the nearest absence, rising like defensive bastions against the decay of form and the landslide of lines. Every building, every landscape or every face lends itself to an architecture of resistance, not against the change and mutations of time, but against the negative value of intimacy. Everything in him is introspection, it is inner withdrawal, it is lyrical synthesis”.

“As me and Roberto As we began our journey, we were moved by the urgency to give meaning to the lands we ourselves had left, moved by the need to give a face to the spirits that roam the lands that are actually our spirits . Longing and pain for a world that ends in truth cover up fears of the future, making our fears even clearer. Agony that transforms Roberto’s painting into refined landscapes in which man seems to dissolve in full light, but it is precisely in this refined light that Roberto Giglio’s whole humanity appears. His painting tells of our slow walking, it depicts places where time seems to have stood still; Places represented in this way that go beyond subjective memory and become collective memory. Now we do not know if the lands, our lands will be saved, will take back life and new forms, we do not know if our journey, our stories (watercolors and my writings) crossed and complemented will contribute to the “regeneration” of the inner realms”.


The exhibition fits in the larger Rocco Guglielmo Foundation project, Glocal V, in the area Traverse the territory, once again offers the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the creative dynamism of those artists who are passionate about enriching the cultural heritage of the region.

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