DREAM. ART MEETS DREAMS
ongoing until May 5, 2019
Chiostro del Bramante – via Arco della Pace, 5. Opening hours: Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm – full price ticket € 15, reduced price ticket € 13, free admission for children under the age of 4
Tel. 06 68809035 | www.chiostrodelbramante.it
A theme that becomes a journey, discovery, knowledge, emotion: the dream. Some of the great protagonists of contemporary art reveal themselves through intimate, visionary works, in a remarkable place: the Chiostro del Bramante in Rome. With eyes open or shut, by night or day, kept secret or made real: an exhibition about desires, expectations, fantasies and exorcized fears. An exhibition that allows spectators to give shape to their own dreams. Dream is an allegorical journey towards the most secret part of the human soul; the theme of dreams is developed through the idea of a journey, and, according to Sigmund Freud, constitutes the channel or “the royal road” for entering into contact with the unconscious and the spiritual dimension.
The exhibition, curated by Danilo Eccher, considers the dream as an element of reflection, of discovery, as a private expression, as a gateway into the deepest space of the soul. Site-specific works alternate with works redesigned for the spaces of the Chiostro del Bramante, in a sequence that turns into one big story, thanks partly to the direct involvement of the artists. The exhibition itinerary is imagined as an experience that leads the public from the darkest zones to the meditative dimension and on to the heavenly spaces of the soul. Dream is the representation of the idea of the dream, another dimension that transcends the physical nature of perception to enter the territory of emotion, of enchantment, of poetry. It is a journey that is physical, surreal, mental and dreamlike, leading the spectators through a series of stages and passages, stops and re-starts: from immersion in nature to a confrontation with shapes, from the evocation of personal and collective memories to contact with matter, from shadows, sounds, and darkness towards total immersion in light.
Dream completes the trilogy conceived and curated by Danilo Eccher for Chiostro del Bramante, which began with Love (2016), followed by Enjoy (2017). Three great exhibitions dedicated to the most intimate human emotions represented through the many poetics of contemporary art; three panoramas that are capable of exploring the feelings of the soul: from the ambiguity of desire to the most exhilarating joys and on into the unconscious. Protagonist of the exhibition are Jaume Plensa, Anselm Kiefer, Mario Merz, Giovanni Anselmo, Christian Boltanski, Doris Salcedo, Henrik Håkansson, Wolfgang Laib, Claudio Costa, Kate MccGwire, Anish Kapoor, Tsuyoshi Tane, Ryoji Ikeda, Bill Viola, Alexandra Kehayoglou, Peter Kogler, Luigi Ontani, Ettore Spalletti, Tatsuo Miyajima, James Turrell.