WhereTriennale di Milano
CategoryModern & Contemporary Art
July 17, 2013
September 1, 2013
After ten years dedicated to the experimentation of new techniques and materials of sculpture and installation, Velasco Vitali returns to painting with his powerful Foresta Rossa project.
On display are 30 large paintings and 100 drawings and sketches born from a fascination with cities that have been swallowed up by modernity and remain uninhabited and inactive, suspended in limbo.
The subject of these paintings “ghost towns” – that include Kayaköy in Turkey, the Walled City of Kowloon in Hong Kong and Kangbashi in Inner Mongolia – is highly evocative and confronts the viewer with visions of landscapes somewhere between dream and reality.
The title of the exhibition Foresta Rossa (Red Forest) was inspired by the forest surrounding the Vladimir Ilyich Lenin nuclear plant in Chernobyl when after the 1986 disaster, the trees turned red in colour.