Exhibition in Siena dedicated to Dario Neri, over 4 thousand entries

The exhibition dedicated to Dario Neri continues in Siena, at the Magazzini del Sale

Over 4 thousand admissions to the exhibition “Dario Neri, Mario Luzi. The landscape state of mind”, inaugurated last December 2nd in Siena at the Magazzini del Sale, and open until February 4th.

Twenty-six works by the Sienese painter Dario Neri are on display, accompanied by the poems and texts of the Florentine man of letters Mario Luzi, who is known to be very close to Siena.

And a very interesting reading of the exhibition can be the environmental one. In fact, some paintings document in a faithful and passionate way the appearance of the Crete Senesi in the 30s and 40s, until the introduction of agricultural machinery which, with their power, progressively levelled, softened the typical humps, making them lose their more pronounced morphological characteristics and the original effect. Neri had managed to highlight these aspects, these volumes, which are also bearers of expressive elements. Today we use Google Earth to see the territory as it was and as it is, the Sienese exhibition offers this “service” in an artistic, not investigative form.

“It is difficult to find a landscape equal to those painted by Neri” he states Leonardo Scelfo, curator of the exhibition, organized by the Fondazione Musei Senesi and the Municipality of Siena. “For example, in the oil on plywood “Crete senesi”, from 1946, a group of very pronounced hills is represented which was located in Montaperti, a symbolic, historical place, identified as the theater of the bloody battle between the Sienese Ghibellines and the Florentine Guelphs, cited also in the Divine Comedy. That set and that pine are no longer there; before there were three or four mamelons, now there is only one, visible from Siena-Bettolle, the pine has been replanted, the profile has been softened because in the meantime the land is no longer worked with the plow and with the oxen but with very powerful tractors that modify the profile of the hills, flattening them”.

“The same can be found in the painting “Sulla in fiore”, from 1950, which depicts Poggio ai Frati, along the road between Siena and Ville di Corsano” says Scelfo. “Here too the humps have been rounded, by plowing them, cultivating them, creating the slopes”.

“Then there are works that document not only the geological changes but also the cultivations that the territory hosted, associated with very specific colours. I am thinking – explains the curator – of the bright red of the sulla, very widespread at the time, which in some paintings such as “Siena with the sulla in fiore”, from 1924, or even “Sulla in fiore” itself, takes on the role of a distinctive feature . Today yellow dominates, the golden yellow of extensive cultivations, for example cereals, which tend to return the Crete Senesi with this dominant note. Today the road is almost absent, going towards Radi, you can see that it has remained only at the edges of the road, where the old seed still manages to bloom again”.

“Neri became famous in art for his landscapes, of the Crete Senesi but also of the Val d’Orcia” says Scelfo. “Mario Luzi also used his poetry to talk about landscape. And what is the common element between painting and poetry? The fact that the interpretation that both authors make of it does not refer to the idea of ​​”photographic landscape”, to an objective restitution of the view, of the view, but becomes an emotional landscape. The painter and the man of letters focus on some elements to transform them into metaphors of loneliness, melancholy, memory”.

“If we talk about Dario Neri – concludes the curator – the purely Sienese intellectual comes to mind, his poster of the Palio (1928), the mounts designed for the Onda and the victory of the Palio of ’50, as Captain of the same Contrada. The exhibition – which had already had a clear success in its first staging, proposed in Pienza, from May to November 2023 – offers a further possibility of getting to know the artist through works in which a strong emotional element is felt, in which the author transposes a part of his own state of mind into the beloved landscape”.

The exhibition will remain open until Sunday 4 February 2024, from 10.00am to 6.00pm and entry is from the ticket office of the Civic Museum; the cost of the ticket is included in the cost of access to the Civic Museum.

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