“Ombre d’azur, Transparence” by Ettore Spalletti at Villa Paloma
#MONTE-CARLO To physically experience a work takes on its full meaning when you meet Ettore Spalletti’s works. As for defining them, we will always hesitate to identify these objects, a little bit pictures, sometimes vaguely sculptural, unless they are columns or simple lines of light. Those that the sky and the Mediterranean around Villa Paloma on the heights of Monaco would broadcast. Objects placed there in the eternity of their birth, in the paleness of a bright blue or pink, they impose themselves in their environment, by the nudity of a monochrome. But sometimes a burst of yellow or gold camouflages them in space, suddenly extracts them from their mist to delicately impose themselves on you: Soft and silent body to body for works covered with a kind of coloured skin since the artist subjects them to a patient work on time by covering the wood, week after week, with a multitude of layers of plaster and pigments that he sanding after drying, again and again, until he reaches the point of perfection between the cottony aspect of the material and the pure interiority of the color.
These works you see them in all the serenity of a distance by which you measure yourself against the space that surrounds them. But this glance that embraces them tends to turn in on your whole being. Should these works then be grabbed, stroked, at least touched, to capture reality? Would you be satisfied with this down that grazes you but reminds you of Piero della Francesca’s frescoes and takes you to the skies of the imagination and a happy bliss? You then discover that these works are already in you, that you explore them at the heart of your memory, that softened nerves connect you to them as if for a meditative experience. These works dissolve, your body is moved by them, they are in you, they speak to you at the dawn of all language, you are in them, you are silence. You love them, they’re beautiful.
Born in 1940, Ettore Spalletti lives and works in Abruzzo, Italy. His works have been presented at the Documenta in Kassel, at the Venice Biennale and in the world’s leading museums. He is the painter of a serene spirituality and a diffuse sensuality. Only a real encounter with them will allow you to grasp their luminous power.
Ettore Spalletti, “Ombre d’azur, Transparence”
April 18 – November 3, 2019
NMNM – Villa Paloma
56, boulevard du Jardin Exotique
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