Corso Magenta, 59 Milan
Lydia Silvestri
The garden of ambiguities
(Gallery cloister and garden)

Exhibition centre: San Fedele Gallery via U. Hoepli 3 a/b Milan
Open from:   24th September 1998 to 24th September 1999
Preview for the press:   Thursday, September 17 1998 11h.00-13h.00
Inauguration:   Thursday, September 24 1998 at 18h.00
Visiting hours:   Monday to Friday 10h.00-12h.00 closed on Sunday
Free admittance
Brochure:   Credito Valtellinese Group Gallery

From September 24, 1998 until September 24, 1999, Credito Valtellinese Gallery outdoor stands are hosting a collection including recent sculptural works by Lydia Silvestri.
According to Luciano Caprile's critical note, the title refers to a series of middle-sized lapis (magma material) and bronze works called "Ambiguities", which the artist realised between 1992 and 1998. Such works constitute the exhibition fulcrum.
This cycle is inspired by a previous event, that is the exhibition entitled "Arianna and the Minotaur", mounted in 1989 along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, in Milan, and including sculptures realised by artists from Milan.
The "Ambiguities" refer to a particular of "Arianna and the Minotaur" through a metamorphosis acceleration: the scene does not change but the tension grows vibrating in the volumes contact and contrast.
Silvestri herself explains: "The ambiguity is like an expanded truth, subject to various interpretations".
The ambiguity is therefore regarded as a surveying instrument, as a penetration of man and woman that cause love, suffering, rapture and, still and always, attraction and refusal.
As an example, in "Ambiguity 1", of 1992, the bronze is covered with a green patina that looks like nature skin, that you would expect from the Chinese forger of ancient statues who revealed how to obtain it to Lydia. "Ambiguity 2", instead, is the fragment of an amplified fragment, unfolded like a wave curl that meets a complementary rhythm and a complementary flow. Rhythm and flow are renewed in the five lapis modules made of nocturnal, malleable and harmonious stone. "Pavana" (the name is borrowed from a baroque noble and formal dance) belongs to the same period. The male element and the female one are separated by a small rampart, which acts as a wonderful suspension.

Lydia Silvestri lives and works in Milan. She has been teaching the art of sculpture at the Brera Academy since 1985. She held individual exhibitions and participated in collective exhibitions, both in Italy and abroad where she stayed long time and worked with some of the most famous architects, realising sculptures for private and public buildings.

Visitors can admire the exhibits in the cloister and in the Garden of Sculpture behind the Gallery. A catalogue with a foreword by Luciano Caprile integrates the exhibition. The exhibition is meant to analyse the art of sculpture, which the Gallery has been analysing for long in its standing "Garden of Sculpture".

Public transport to the gallery: Underground MM Cadorna - Tram 24 and 19 - Bus 94

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