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Comune di Cella Monte

Comune di Cella Monte
Mappa del Percorso/Mostra permanente di Arte Moderna sulle Pietre Antiche/Permanent open air exhibition of modern art on the ancient stones

PERCORSO/MOSTRA PERMANENTE DI ARTE MODERNA SULLE PIETRE ANTICHE Passeggiata tra Cella Monte e Coppi con le opere del pittore GIANNI COLONNA

Una mostra permanente di arte moderna a cielo aperto, in cui le riproduzioni delle opere di Gianni Colonna trovano collocazione sulle antiche pietre utilizzate per le costruzioni. Un itinerario tra le meraviglie paesaggistiche di Cella Monte e della sua frazione, Coppi, in cui molti edifici sono stati costruiti con la Pietra da Cantoni, arenaria formatasi con sedimenti marini depositati in milioni di anni. Qui l’artista torinese, allievo di Felice Casorati,  ha scelto di vivere ed esprimere la sua creatività per alcuni anni lasciandosi spesso ispirare dalle dolci colline. Il suo affetto per questi luoghi è testimoniato dai dodici dipinti collocati sulle case e sulle chiesette.  

Tutte le opere del Maestro Colonna hanno lo stesso titolo: Giorno Notte. Sulla mappa sono contraddistinte da un numero progressivo. Accanto ad ognuna è esposta una targa con il commento dell'autore. 

 Partenza da Cella Monte: passeggiata dalla durata di circa 2 ore (andata e ritorno)

Si consiglia di iniziare il percorso dalla Regione Sardegna, dove c’è un comodo parcheggio per poi proseguire a piedi verso il centro del paese. Sulla sinistra c’è un’area verde ove spicca la chiesetta romanica di San Quirico. Dall'ampia vetrata si vede all'interno la  Madonna con Bambino e mela (1). Si continui verso il centro fino alla Pazza Vallino. Sulla facciata del Palazzo Municipale è collocato un paesaggio con vigneti: Colori sulla Pietra da Cantoni (2).

Riprendendo la strada in discesa, si giunge alla piazza dove è collocato un portichetto con la "casetta dell'acqua"; prendere Via Diaz, a destra e poi di nuovo a destra in Via Matilde Francia. Al fondo svoltare a sinistra verso Via Marconi fino al termine e poi a destra, verso la strada di campagna detta  “Giarinna” che scende verso la vallata. Si arriva sulla strada asfaltata e da lì proseguire fino alla Cascina Varocara  e  poi oltre l’incrocio con la strada provinciale. Sulla via che porta a Frazione Coppi, deviando a destra, procedere verso la Cascina Valtegna (circa 500 m a/r) dove è collocato un “tondo” che rappresenta una Donna alla finestra (3).

Tornando alla salita che porta a Frazione Coppi si giunge a un incrocio, con una fontanella e due panchine. Sul muretto è posto un Cartello indicatore (4) che segnala la strada verso il “Belvedere”. Seguire l'indicazione fino alla chiesetta campestre di Sant'Anna che ha collocata una Pietà  (5) sul timpano . Da qui si possono osservare i mirabili panorami del Patrimonio UNESCO "Langhe, Roero, Monferrato". Cella Monte è uno dei nove comuni facenti parte della “Core-zone” del Monferrato degli Infernot, sesta componente del sito seriale. Da qui si vede in lontananza anche il Sacro Monte di Crea, altro Sito UNESCO 

Tornare indietro fino all'incrocio con il cartello indicatore. e svoltare a destra. Pochi metri dopo, a sinistra, sul muro di una abitazione, c'è un’altra opera: la Fuga in Egitto della Sacra Famiglia (6),    

Tornando nuovamente indietro al crocevia, svoltare a destra nella via principale di Coppi.  Sulla casa ricoperta dalla vite americana  è installata un’altra opera raffigurante un “Panorama monferrino (7),  che corrisponde alla vista che si gode dalla finestra dello studio dell’artista.

Continuare sulla Via dei Coppi e sulla parete della Chiesa dedicata a San Giuseppe (8) è collocata un’opera espressamente realizzata per celebrare il patrono della frazione. 

Proseguire fino all civico 28 dove è collocato L’uomo e l'albero (9), al civico 29  la raffigurazione di una Finestra (10) e al civico 30 una Casa sulla collina (11).

Il percorso della mostra si conclude con il civico 35, un Bed and Breakfast; qui si potrà ammirare un'opera raffigurante  Le vigne e l'angelo (12). 

E’ possibile intraprendere a ritroso il percorso dalla Frazione Coppi fino a Cella Monte, dal dipinto numero 12 al n. 1. Oppure fare un percorso “breve” solo a frazione Coppi (4/12), per una durata circa venti minuti. Oltre alla Regione Sardegna a Cella Monte è possibile trovare parcheggio nella piazzetta a Frazione Coppi, vicino al fabbricato rosso, sede della Pro Loco (civico 33)      

 

 

ENGLISH VERSION

GIORNO NOTTE - DAY NIGHT

“Permanent itinerary/exhibition of modern art on ancient stones”

Walking between Cella Monte and its hamlet Coppi with the paintings by Gianni Colonna

An open-air and permanent exhibition of modern art, where the reproductions of the artist Gianni Colonna are on display on the ancient stones used for buildings. A full immersion in the wonderful landscapes of Cella Monte and its hamlet Coppi, where a lot of houses and little churches were built with the “Pietra da Cantoni”, sandstone made of sediments of millions of years. The student of the famous painter Felice Casorati chose to live and express his creativity here for some years, often inspired by the sweet hills. His love for these places is shown  in twelve paintings located on houses and churches.

All the works by Gianni Colonna have the same title: Giorno Notte (Day Night). On the map they are identified by a progressive number. Near each of them there is a plate with the author’s comment.

-          Departure from Cella Monte: two hours' walk (and return)

The starting point is in “Regione Sardegna”, (Via Cei), where there is a parking lot. Walk towards the center of the village. On the left there is a green area, with the little Romanesque church of Saint Quirico. From the large window you can see the “Madonna with Child and apple(1). Continue to Piazza Vallino: here, on the wall of the Town Hall, the painting shows a landscape with vineyards: “Colours on the Pietra da Cantoni(2).

Take the downhill road and reach a square with a small porch; turn right (Via Diaz) and then right again (Via Matilde Francia). Turn left (Via Marconi) until the end and then right towards a country road called “Giarinna” that leads down to the valley. Take the paved road and continue to the “Cascina Varocara” and then to the intersection with the main road. Proceed towards “Frazione Coppi” and then turn right towards “Cascina Valtegna” where there is the painting “Woman at the window(3).

Go back and reach Frazione Coppi at the intersection where there are a little fountain and two benches. On the wall there is a “Road Sign painting(4) showing the way to the “Belvedere”. Go on up to the little church of St. Anne that has a “Piety” on its tympanum (5). From here you can see the wonderful panorama of the UNESCO Heritage “Langhe Roero e Monferrato”.  Cella Monte is one of the nine municipalities of the “core zone” of the “Monferrato degli Infernot”, sixth area of the serial site. From here you can also see the “Sacro Monte di Crea”, (Sacred Mount) another UNESCO site.

Turn back until the intersection with the “Road Sign painting"; turn right and after a few metres there is another painting “Flight to Egypt of the Holy Family” (6)

Go back to the intersection and turn right. On the house covered with the climbing “American vine” there is a “Panorama” (7) that represents the view from the Artist’s studio.

Continue on Via dei Coppi and on the wall of the church you will find a painting expressly made to celebrate the Patron Saint of the hamlet, “Saint Joseph” (8).

Proceed to house number 28 where you will find “The Man and the Tree(9), then to number 29 “The Window(10) and house number 30 “House on the Hill” (11).

The walk ends at house number 35, a Bed and Breakfast, where there is the painting “Vineyards and the Angel” (12).

 The paintings

1.  A captivating Madonna who protects her baby who looks surprised and sees the world, understands the loving gesture of his mum, wants to grasp the apple but he cannot do without his mother’s nourishment. The acceptance of his mother is a sublimation of Love that leads to a moment of tenderness. The opposite perspective compared to a painting by Antonello da Messina is of conceptual importance.

2.  We are impressed by an intense light that illuminates the scene beyond the horizon. The sinuous lines of the gentle hills are unwritten words that whisper the good of peace and silence to the world. This painting shows a very strict definition of the drawing that flows into the mysterious sweetness of the colour. The scene is cut by a path which seems neverending. The bright glow may appear cold, but the continuous alternation of the colours of the vineyards leads us towards a silent vision of nature. The desired result has been achieved: the combination of the much-loved past with the modernity of contemporary age, and that is the way it must be, with a vision that can let you imagine a future leading slowly to Eternity.

3. The window is a limit to the woman's desire for freedom who does not accept any interposition. The oval inside the round frame guides her towards a way out and the moon gives comforting hope in her closed room.

4. The empty space surrounded by grass and a signpost stimulate the wayfarers’ curiosity, inviting them to go on and get to the hilltop. Thevigilant moon watches the scene, ready to take part. We cannot go wrong and the invitation is peremptory: the goal must be reached!

5. The crossroads leads to the ancient small church of Sant’Anna, surrounded by a wide and marvellous landscape. The tympanum shows the scene of a deposition of Christ  where St. Anne, calm and peaceful, covers Christ’s body with a shroud, reminding us of resurrection and eternal life. The fictional representation mitigates the graveness of this moment.

6. The Holy Family flees towards a faraway land, distressed by this departure but with the hope to return. In the distance the village of Vignale Monferrato. The moon overhead is like a bright reference point. Joseph leads the donkey and consoles the Virgin Mary and the Child, confident that one day Salvation will come. It is the inevitable course of events that do not lead to discomfort. The blessed sacrifice of Faith.

7. The painting is powerful, never hesitating, the lights are intense, the buttresses lead us far away. The road is traced and the old big house on the hill is waiting for the observer to arrive. The Monferrato, rich in historical monuments, hints that the horizon is beyond the gentle slopes. The hills, like waves, follow one another. Day and night accompany them along their fascinating  journey.

8. The scene recalls a 17th -century engraving. The Holy Family rests and the eerie cloud seems to be watching the sacred beauty of the faces of Mother Mary, Saint Joseph and the Child. The stylization of the painting brings the Ancient to our times and the book in the hands of the Saint recalls Caravaggio. Saint Joseph does not desert his people and his presence, always discreet, emerges in its brightness as a precious guide and through an act of love shows the way to Salvation.

9. The man is tired, burdened by a hard day’s work. He is leaning against a tree without losing his serene contemplation of the sunset. The moon to him is a sign of hope for a bettere future. The day will come after the night in a perpetual cycle.

10.This window  is wide open on the balcony, with its typical railing of our ancient residences, and it casts its shadow on the floor thus creating a peculiar geometric pattern. A cane is propped against the left side: since ancient times it has been used to help the painter keep his hand steady while painting. With its shadow it forms a triangle, a very important symbol in our religion representing Holy Trinity. The entire scene intends to convey a great sense of Peace. The typical curved line in the background is one of our beloved hills.

11. The long shadow of the house, recalling images by Dechirico, divides the hill into two green colours. It is a violent contrast that becomes softer thanks to the presence of the tiny light source popping out of the small window that illuminates the trellis covered with grapevines. The vital cycle of the Earth comes back, which is never dimmed and continues to repeat itself. The red colour of the house covered by autumnal ivy is something rare in the artistic career of the author. The final result is the combination of the much-loved past with the modernity of contemporary age, and that is the way it must be, with a vision that can let you imagine a future leading slowly to Eternity.

12. It is the triumph of the woman who emerges in her modernity. The light of the sunset wraps her naked figure who observes and reflects on one of the artist’s paintings. It is a transposition of the Caravaggio-style “Angel” who is not playing any more here. The look is lost on a dream territory and contemplates it. All is calm and still. The fertile vineyards revive the landscape in all its beauty.