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Contrappunto Rurale


Palazzo Viani Dugnani, via Ruga 44 Verbania

10 am to 6 pm
10 am to 6 pm
10 am to 6 pm
10 am to 6 pm
10 am to 6 pm
10 am to 6 pm
8 €
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5 €

Contrappunto Rurale is divided into three acts each filmed in a different rural context where the two artists, using material and cultural elements related to each individual context, generate sounds.

In addition to the video installation, Hilario Isola’s exhibition Paesaggio Bacato will be on view at Palazzo Viani until July 16, where preparatory works and drawings from the Rurale project and the subtle organic sculptures from the Magnana cycle engage in a subtle dialogue of light and shadow with works from the permanent collection.


The work CRISOPA is part of the Rurale project in which the Piedmontese artist makes a visual exploration of the contemporary Italian countryside, a landscape that is seemingly domestic but surprisingly alien when viewed through the broader lens of the socioeconomic assumptions that are shaping it and the catastrophic climatic conditions they foreshadow. What from a distance appear as large etchings or drawings turn out to be light sculptures made with an innovative technique introduced by the artist. The work was created by assembling and overlapping multiple layers of agricultural nets used to protect plantations from hail and pest invasion. The nets produced on a large industrial scale are meticulously hand-stitched, and the overlapping marks created generate plays of chiaroscuro.

Chrysopa is one of the most popular so called “antagonist” insects that can replace the use of pesticides and chemical agents used for aphid control with their presence. This is why it has become a symbol of a return to sustainable agricultural practices and, more generally, the rediscovery of biodiversity and the diversification of cultures as material and cultural values.

The work was commissioned by the City of Verbania, which, in collaboration with the Museo del Paesaggio, won a Fondazione Cariplo call for proposals for the mitigation and regeneration of urban areas and spaces through public art.

The video installation will be on view during the venue’s regular opening hours (cost included in the Museum entrance fee)

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