The Certosa di San Giacomo in Capri host the show Fons vitae by Antonio Ievolella, installed in the small and large cloisters of the Chapel of San Bruno. The exhibition, open from 11 October to 30 November 2020, is being organised with the collaboration of the Campania regional museums directorate together with the education office of the Certosa di San Giacomo, Capri; it is curated by Virginia Baradel, Valerio Dehò, and Andrea Del Guercio.
The motif behind the installation is water, and so the 30 terracotta wineskins suspended on an iron structure become genuine vases – kinds of womb that are the sculptural form chosen by the artist as the recurrent motif of the installations. The beyond becomes a symbolic device that alludes to man and his uniqueness and, in particular, to monks in their silence and voluntary isolation, even though within a collective dimension.
“Fons Vitae is a complex installation, full of meanings. It is constructed as a kind of procession that goes further and further to penetrate into the various luminous and sacred spaces of the Certosa di Capri. It represents a high point in the work of Antonio Ievolella who makes use of it to lead his art towards a felicitous synthesis of the solidity of sculptural form and the intimate transcendence of the symbolic form. Terracotta amphoras are covered in marks and iron rods hold them up; bodies that feel gravity, and linear scaffolding that forms a bridge to keep them suspended and make them advance through the solemn silence of the cloisters”. In this way Virginia Baradel, curator of the show, describes the project.
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last entry at 3.30 p.m.), every day except Monday
Photo by Luciano Tomasin