12 – Nicola Biondani
Leaving the room and once again crossing the gallery that leads to the building’s inner garden, we come to the room dedicated to the works of the sculptor Nicola Biondani. Born in Mantua in 1976, Biondani is one of the most interesting figures of plastic revival in our artistic landscape. The artist works the material using a treatment that seems to project the figures out of time. The figures thus find themselves in a sort of limbo between the real and the oneiric, the actual and the virtual: totally present in our world thanks to their imposing physicality, but ready to instantly slip into a secular afterlife, devoid of religious implications. In their abandoned and exposed intimacy, in their “being”, these presences seem to propose a politics of inaction, of the subtraction of the productive aspect resulting in a total and totalising presence.
The last two rooms in the building are dedicated to temporary exhibitions devoted to showcasing the hidden heritage of the Civic Art Collection and the history of the Palazzo Ceni building. The themed or monographic exhibitions, which have always characterised the collection’s DNA, thus enrich the route presented so far, showing the lively and dynamic character of the collection.