Pitagora / Relationships

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This piece was specifically created for the Hotel Locanda di San Martino through a long dialogue between the artist, the hotel’s owner, the curator and Matera’s citizens. The artwork is part of the Matera Alberga - Arte Accogliente project, curated by Francesco Cascino, produced by the Matera-Basilicata 2019 Foundation, in collaboration with CAM (Consorzio Albergatori Matera), co-funded by the Fondazione CARICAL and sponsored by the City of Matera.

Size:
140 cm x 100 cm x 50 cm
Tecnique
Clay paint on ceramic painted by the artist with ancient Greek technique, plaster, resin, soundbar
Location
Locanda di San Martino, Via Fiorentini, 71, 75100 Matera MT
Opening:
January 18, 2019
Project:
Matera Housing
edited by:
Francesco Cascino
Text
Marco Morana and Filippo Riniolo
realization
Daddiego ceramics, Sistemalab
Translations
Amy Weideman
Photographs
Michelangelo Camardo

“Pitagora”Pitagora (rapporti), 2019, Locanda di San Martino, Matera (mt)

“Pitagora”Pitagora (rapporti), 2019, Locanda di San Martino, Matera (mt)

Rapporti refers to the mathematical, alchemical and geometric relationships between the Golden Ratio with which Matera’s Sassi were imagined and built, and that of nature – the Murgia (moors) and Gravina (canyon) – representing the universal architecture of which Pythagoras spoke, regarding the Greek colonies of Magna Graecia – from Metaponto to Taranto. The great proximity of these colonies affected the people who built this immortal, harmonious “hive” of coexistence and conviviality by “fertilizing” their vision, emotional intelligence and great capacity for construction. The exhibit, which has free admission, is divided into two sound sculptures: Pitagora (Pythagoras) – installed inside the hotel, where you can hear the great philosopher talk about the Monochord while holding a universal lesson on the mathematical relationships of life and the world.

The second sculpture regards politics and is exhibited in the stone garden outside the Hotel and represented by the silhouette of Togliatti, which also has a sound element, symbolizing politicians in general and is a metaphor for the cognitive and administrative sphere. Despite having understood the situation, the politician is unable to fully grasp the extraordinary, innate ability of our ancestors to understand the needs of Man and create one of the most beautiful urban contexts in the world.

“Pitagora”Pitagora (rapporti), 2019, Locanda di San Martino, Matera (mt)

“Pitagora”Pitagora (rapporti), 2019, Locanda di San Martino, Matera (mt)

“Pitagora”Pitagora (rapporti), 2019, Locanda di San Martino, Matera (mt)

Beings much closer to the human nature, true ante litteram artists, have produced one of the most humanly hospitable cities possible and we have yet to grasp it, despite all we’ve read and heard about this architectural marvel. Thus, for Riniolo, Matera is the symbol of harmony and the Golden Ratio with which all things are perfectly done, in which form and function lose their narrow boundaries and return to have the same wonderful matrix of intelligent beauty, the only one that is truly immortal.
Francesco Cascino

“Pitagora”Pitagora (rapporti), 2019, Locanda di San Martino, Matera (mt)

“Pitagora”Pitagora (rapporti), 2019, Locanda di San Martino, Matera (mt)

“Pitagora”Pitagora (rapporti), 2019, Locanda di San Martino, Matera (mt)