Exhibitions 2017



EX-CASERMA via Sant’Antioco 1


ore 17:30 – 19:00

apertura 11-29 giugno (chiuso lunedì)
ore 10:00-13:00 / 16:00-19:00
30 giugno – 2 luglio
ore 10:00 -22:00

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Anne Franchetti

The Invention of Petra Sarda

For the prelude of the Festival “L’Isola delle Storie”, Casa delle Letterature (Rome), and MAN Museum (Nuoro), present the exhibition Anne Franchetti. The Invention of Petra Sarda.

A selection of stoneware works will be displayed, chosen among the many created by the Italian-American ceramist Anne Franchetti since the end of the 1970s.

The career of Anne Milliken Franchetti has crossed many countries and different languages, resulting in an original and creative project where experience, autobiographical memory and artistic dimension blend together. In over forty years of activity, Anne Franchetti has always tried to experiment and innovate the technique of pottery using the colours and materials of Sardinia, her adopted land, attempting to conquer the autonomy of both her personal space, giving substance to her aspirations, and her public sphere. 

The project started in the second half of the 1970s – as a result of two fundamental journeys which led her to meet Bernard Leach, the father of the modern British pottery, and the pottery techniques of Faenza – with the construction of a professional pottery kiln near her house in Capo Ceraso. This dream came eventually true in 1984, with the creation of the society “Ceramiche di San Pantaleo” (Ceramics of Saint Pantaleo), later given almost entirely to her local collaborators, from which the project “Petra Sarda” came to life.

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Luca Bertolo

Se non qui dove (If not here, where?)

On the occasion of the 14th edition of the “Festival Letterario Isola delle Storie” of Gavoi, the MAN Museum is proud to present  Luca Bertolo’s exhibition, Se non qui dove (If not here, where?).

Luca Bertolo’s works put in place a careful reflection on the ways of representation. His research is based on an elaborate speculative attitude, with special attention both for pictorial materials and a vested interest for the figurative dimension and language. The meeting of two apparently distant worlds which, in the vision pursued by the artist, find recurrent points of contact.

The three paintings located in the middle of the first three halls of the exhibition itinerary are the core of Gavoi’s exhibit. These works, made between 2014 and 2016, break the symbolic system of traditional representation, by depicting on the front what is normally placed on the back, that is to say, the chassis, the lapel of the canvas fixed on the picture’s frame.

The exhibition itinerary develops on the three Signs presented in the third and fourth exhibition’s halls, where the painting’s language codes overlap the communicative systems of the public area, and specifically the poster designing. Considering the difference between encoding and decoding, between representation and communication criteria, the artist shows that it is possible to identify challenging middle grounds full of expressivity between the immediacy of the sign and the patient pictorial composition.

The exhibition ends with Preghiera Esistenzialista (Existentialist Prayer, 2011), a mere sound that reproduces some of the tracks from the well known documentary High School by Frederick Wiseman (USA, 1968), in which the rhythm and the degrees of voices between the speaker and the assembly, typical of the prayer in Catholic tradition, are now used in school class context, thereby overturning the communication codes in another dimension, living between the sacred and the profane.