Christmas nativity sceneIn the crypt of the Cathedral of Orvieto will be inaugurated Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 18.00 "The enchanted crib of Giuliano Giuliani", a composition of travertine sculptures made by the artist in 2004. Orvieto participates for some years now at this important Christmas event with sculpture contemporary, an initiative prompted and promoted by the critic Giuseppe Appella and shared by several Italian cities, such as Rome, Matera, Orvieto, Palermo, Macerata and Bari. This time Giuliano Giuliani adds his interpretation to the Orvieto exhibition.

Ancient symbols and contemporary soul, in the crib of the Piceno sculptor. "A perfect, magnetic and enchanting theatrical machine" that condenses the poetry of the Nativity into a new vision, elaborated with art and spirituality. "A large circle of three meters in diameter, swollen and rippled by thin air" animated by intense vibrations of matter, travertine, made thin and sensitive as paper, yet exalted in its formal and chromatic qualities by a skilful and virtuous sculptural technique .
Giuliano Giuliani was born in 1954 in Ascoli Piceno, where he lives and works. After attending the Institute of Art, he enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts in Macerata. In 1975 he held his first solo exhibition at the Galleria Nuove Proposte in Ascoli Piceno. Since then he has participated in numerous national exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, the Marche Prize, the Michetti Prize and the San Gabriel Biennial of Sacred Art. In recent years two important exhibitions have been dedicated to his work at the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea of ​​Palazzo Massari in Ferrara (2000) and at the Sangallo Bastion in Loreto (2007).
His sculptures, as well as numerous private collections, are present in the collections of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, the Museum of Contemporary Sculpture of Matera, the Paolo Pini Museum of Art in Milan, the Center for Contemporary Sculpture of Cagli, the Museum Diocesan of Lecce, and inside the Trastura Sculpture Park in Urbino, of the Casilino-Labicano Sculpture Park in Rome and of the city of Brufa.
The crib is accompanied by a book published by the Romans Edizioni della Cometa, with an introduction by Giuseppe Appella, a prayer to the Child Jesus written by Giuliani and a bio-bibliographical note.
Information: Orvieto Cathedral Opera: tel. 0736-342477
December 15, 2011 - January 8, 2012
Hours: 10.00-13.00 / 15.00-18.00

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