BERLINDE DE BRUYCKERE
Chiesa di Santa Venera sulle Mura della Pace
Via Carlo Gemelli, angolo via Filangeri, Palermo
October-November, Friday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Thursday November 1, 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm
or by appointment, mob +39 3386327461
Galleria Continua is pleased to be presenting the latest project of the artist Berlinde De Bruyckere, as part of the 5x5x5 Programme at Manifesta 12. The exhibition will take place in the heart of the city of Palermo, within the ancient walls of the Chiesa di Santa Venera.
Over the course of her extraordinary career, Berlinde De Bruyckere has succeeded in drawing a fine line throughout her body of work, reinterpreting and sometimes revolutionising certain elements that for her have become key.
The two works that will be presented in Palermo, Mantel I and Mantel II, are the result of a new exploration on the part of the artist, that began in 2016 with the series It almost seemed a lily and which combines references to Christian symbolism and compelling antinomic pairings associated with the core of human existence: masculine – feminine, eros – thanatos, life – death.
The opening of the show, hosted within the evocative walls of the Chiesa di Santa Venera on the Mura della Pace, is a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the restauration of the church, as the building had been condemned and thus closed for some time. Conservation work began in 2016, commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Santa Maria della Consolazione sotto il titolo della Pace. The inside of the church was restored in its entirety.