WINTERREISE – Ettore Greco + Raffaele Minotto
Winterreise is a German word for a winter trip. But it’s also the name of an art exhibition held at Spazio Lazzari in Treviso from 01.12.2020 to 28.02.2021. In fact the sculpture and all the paintings admirable in this exhibition have to do with a winter trip. For example, with a hostile nature and the difficult winter season. But, in a metaphorical sense, they have to do with the uncertainty of the future, too.
The woods of the Asiago plateau in winter have inspired Raffaele Minotto’s oil paintings. The artist managed a lot to find a harmonious balance between pictorial material and drawing. At the same time, the contrast between the colors of the earth and the vegetation stands out against the cold blue-white tones of the snow cover.
Ettore Greco’s scultpure at the “Winterreise” exhibition represents a young adult with his hands raised to his chest and with a painful gaze, a dramatic mimicry. Just as a journey in winter can be particularly hostile given the rigidity of nature, so will the journey of Ettore Greco’s young man, ready to defend himself and protect himself from life’s difficulties.
Born in Padua in 1969, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice in 1992. In 1994 he opened his own atelier and two years later held his first solo exhibition. Since March 2011 one of his San Sebastiano statues has been permanently placed at the Vittoriale degli Italiani, the house-museum of Gabriele d’Annunzio in Gardone Riviera and then presented at the 54th Venice Biennale. He collaborated with the Espace Pierre Cardin in Paris, where he put on a solo show in the fall of 2013. With his sculptures Greco partecipated in various exhibitions in Milan, Turin, Florence, Berlin, Paris, New York. Not abandoning his references to Rodin’s sculpture, Greco finds his inspiration in the paintings of the seventeenth century. He translates images and pictorial suggestions in bronze, terracotta and plaster. He lives and works in Padua.
Born in Padua in 1969, Minotto graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. He combines painting with the practice of engraving. In 1995 he made his first personal exhibition. The documentary “Via Euganea” (Padua, 2003) curated by Giorgio Segato tells the story of his intense work. In 2009 he participated at “Contemplazioni” by Alberto Agazzani, an effective point of view on Italian painting at the Sismondo Castle in Rimini. In 2011 Vittorio Sgarbi invited him to exhibit his work at the 54th Venice Biennale. “Acque misteriose” exhibition (Padua, 2013) represented a return to drawing, even in large format. In 2017, TG5 news in the art section edited by Guido del Turco presented his works in a televised brief interview.
WINTERREISE MINOTTO GRECO
SPAZIO LAZZARI – TREVISO
01.12.2020 – 28.02.2021