Blue Renaissance

Blue Renaissance

March 11 – May 20, 2023 

Giuseppe Barilaro solo exhibition

The colour blue has antiseptic, astringent and anaesthetic properties: it is used to treat any symptom that produces heat, in diseases that cause blood to pool in the capillaries as it feverishly looks for a way out of the body. For Barilaro, it is like a saviour arriving after red has conquered and overwhelmed the  mind, consuming it in the sacred fire of inspiration.  

In a time of intimate reflection, of odes to female beauty and spiritual peace, architectures from the Renaissance era accompany the gaze up to heaven. Blue. Elegant and noble, the colour blue is painted delicately, lowering blood pressure, calming the breath and the heartbeat.   

The faint pre-dawn glow above the asexual embrace of the waves is the metaphysical representation of ‘logos’ or speech – not by chance, light blue is also the colour of the throat chakra.  

The algid patience of the cold meets the old fear of comparison with the Greats of the past. It is anabasis in vain: understood not as an imitation of art seen in Florence or Urbino, nor as a grotesque reference, but as the ability to identify, show and separate what has been poisonous and harmful, from what will not be. The works become a purifying flash of alchemy that cloaks the torn wings of demons and cherubs in human miseries – the demons quieted, the cherubs dipped in terrifying fears. These are abysses whose depths cannot be penetrated, like the great mystery of the Feminine. Here is the woman as guardian of an introspective journey, between old and new paradigms of art. Filled with symbols, she is powerful but also private, perpetually oscillating between the heaviest materiality and the vaguest transcendence. Blue is the colour of the lips after the final exitus, the hagiography that pervades Michelangelo’s paintings of the Sistine Chapel. The artist depicts a society “raped” by the altarpiece, following the natural evolution of form, yet continuing a line that might follow in the steps of Giotto, Cavallini or Simone Martini, leaving its impression in the form of a gash, a scratch, a flame. It is the discovery and exploration of different artistic techniques born of the same Bergsonian thought, which explode into seemingly disconnected conjunctives. The drapes of the Renaissance halls and the mysterious clothes of the ladies of the court, returns in a modern key through the laceration of matter.   

For this exhibition at the rather majestic setting of SAC, the artist wanted to show the visitor a more intimate, secret side of the soul, hinted at by the alternation of large canvases and smaller works that look like tiny windows onto private worlds, infinitesimal glimmers of light illuminating memories and hopes. Along with the inevitable bees, unexpected considerations buzz through the mind – their roots are solid and distant.

Curated by Ottavio Porto 


Giuseppe Barilaro, born in Catanzaro on 16 July 1988, studied at the San Giovanni in Fiore Institute of Art, graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts of Catanzaro in 2017. In 2013, he won the National Arts Prize awarded by the Ministry of Education, as the “Best Student in Painting”. Before that, in 2012 he exhibited at the “Palazzo Ducale” in Cosenza. In the same year, he was selected by Andrea Romoli Barberini and Wang Lin to stage an exhibition in the city of Xi’An, China. In 2015 Giuseppe contributed to the international prize “Limen Arte” and also participated in the Venice Biennale in the workshop “Il sulco dipinto”. In 2017 he exhibited in Rome, Milan and Livorno. These years were characterised by an explosion of red, depicted in a mixture of resins, glues and colours in conceptual metamorphoses exposed to the process of combustion, on a quest to discover the essence of matter. Giuseppe also won the MIUR National Arts Prize with his representation of the “Christ and the Confession”. He is currently a teacher at the Canova artistic high school in Vicenza, and exhibits in galleries around the world, including Iran, China and New York, where two of his works were purchased by one of the city’s museums. In February and March of 2022, he held a personal exhibition curated by Lorenzo Canova entitled “The Forgetting of the Bodies” at the Monumental Complex of San Giovanni, ending the year with an opportunity to exhibit at Art Basel in Miami. In March 2023, Giuseppe has plans for a solo show in Milan entitled “Blu Rinascimento“, curated by Ottavio Porto. In summer, under the patronage of the art critic Martina Cavallarin, he will be among the protagonists of a collective exhibition in Lecce. Always interested in experimentation, focus and the dynamics of transcendence, Giuseppe began to take an interest in the world of NFTs, which he produces both for sale and as a means of protecting his copyright. 


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