Van Gogh. I colori della vita

Padua, Centro San Gaetano
10 October 2020 - 11 April 2021

Piero Zuccaro
Of skies and clouds

Van Gogh painted many skies, he scattered them in their torn, blue daylight, with very white tangled clouds like animal claws or fruit in the air. He scattered them in many of his works, especially after that blue started to lighten when he went from Antwerp to Paris. And then, much more, when he took a train and got off in Arles. He painted many skies that were caresses and cloaks, but also earthquakes and storms.

I asked Piero Zuccaro to paint the skies that Van Gogh could have been able to see during the day, at dawn or the hour of sunset. I asked him because I love the material of his painting, material with which he fills the emptiness of the canvas. His fascinating visions spread their multiform light in an empty space, or all tattooed with sparks, abrasions of the air, wounds and sutures of paint. Was not Van Gogh’s material perhaps also like this? The material of his skies beaten as on the road to Calvary. Beaten and yet seething like borax fumaroles.

Zuccaro started to paint these new skies with Van Gogh’s gaze and the weft of his material shatters, breaks, lets liquidity and thickened ashes be manifested in it, becoming lagoon waters, fogs, inviolate rooms in the air. Inviolate or violated, because these skies are now places in the atmosphere, rotating planets. They almost seem like unseen skies, made possible only by the inner gaze, which then becomes dream and memory. Skies of a thousand colours, like shooting stars and fireworks, made of a greasy and stormy, yet very tender, material. They are skies that dance, unleash themselves for a moment from the path of the world and live for themselves, for the sole passion of the mystery. Zuccaro raises the banner of painting very high, he paints as a natural word is pronounced. He paints these skies of Van Gogh like a blessing.

exhibition curated by
Marco Goldin

Padua, Centro San Gaetano
27 February – 11 April 2021