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unexpected guest! sculpture exhibition at "il borro"

1 August - 30 November 2017

Ferruccio Ferragamo's love and dedication to the arts is no secret: the gallery Vino& Arte at Il Borro has displayed his private collection of engravings just above the estate's cellar for over a decade now. Over the years, his passion has branched out to new artistic horizons: the exhibition has recently welcomed a new room housing fty watercolors by Florentine artist Paquito Foster. This series depicts a number of landscapes featuring Il Borro from various angles, its vineyards and homesteads meticulously yet evocatively captured over the seasons.

Now the spaces of the medieval borgo will be hosting a temporary exhibition dedicated to contemporary art and the sculptures of ve local artists: Claudio Nicoli, Marco Cipolli, Paolo Staccioli, Andrea Roggi and Marco Borgianni.

Though different from each other, they are brought together by their in-depth research on natural materials. Through hard work and exquisite skill, earth, iron and re take on new life as artistic expression. This transformative method is at the very core of all of Il Borro's activities, where tradition and modern skills give rise to a state-of-the-art agricultural and winemaking production that goes hand in hand with nature and its rhythms.

The exhibition consists in a selection of seventeen works of art that visitors can admire one by one as they explore the estate, leading from the scenic entrance to the evocative overlook onto the medieval borgo and then into the cellars, the heart and reason for being of Il Borro. Not only do these majestic sculptural presences perfectly t into the Tuscan landscape, but their powerful beauty reminds our guests of the great artistic history of our region, cradle of the Renaissance, a period of major inuence even for the artists displayed here.

Roggi and Borgianni's impressive oeuvres thus introduce a modern take on Renaissance art within this “picture-perfect” countryside. Paolo Staccioli's ceramics are carefully guarded like precious vintage wines inside Il Borro's cellar and send us back to the Etruscans, the ancient civilization that is said to have fathered Tuscany's winemaking tradition. Marco Cipolli's globular gures are both reassuring and disturbing in their shapes and decorations.

Their strong and incisive traits, alongside the attened color palette, remind us of another important 20th-century artist, Amedeo Modigliani. Welcoming the exhibition's visitors at the very beginning of the itinerary, Claudio Nicoli's knights thrust towards the sky. These modern equestrian monuments show the way towards unexplored views of the Tuscan countryside where dancers, bronze olive trees and yellow cats are only a few among the “Unexpected Guests” in this exhibition that will be open to visitors of Il Borro from August 1 to November 30.



MAP OF THE SCULPTURE AT IL BORRO ESTATE

OUTSIDE MAIN RECEPTION | Claudio Nicoli

Horse and Rider | bronze, h cm 180 Pair of Horses | bronze, h cm 120

INSIDE MAIN RECEPTION | Marco Cipolli

San Gimignano Tower | lay and mixed technique, h cm 210 Two Queens | lay and mixed technique, h cm 90 Minaret | lay and mixed technique, h cm 110

INSIDE WINE CELLAR | Paolo Staccioli

Bust of a Warrior | bronze and lustrated ceramic, h cm 62 Traveler | lustrated ceramic, h cm 62 Warrior | lustrated ceramic, h cm 72 Venus | lustrated ceramic, h cm 71 Pulcinella and the swimmer | lustrated ceramic, h cm 54 Warrior | lustrated ceramic, h cm 173

VINCAFE’ LA CORTE | Andrea Roggi

Leonardo and our earth | bronze, h cm 200 Knoweldge | bronze, h cm 300 The Tree of Life | bronze, h cm 110 Knowledge is the gold of life | bronze, h cm 250

INFINITY POOL | Marco Borgianni

Dancer | bronze, h cm 220 Large nude | bronze, h cm 70



The temporary exhibition UNEXPECTED GUEST, is an extention of the Il Borro "Wine&Art" Gallery opens every day at 11.00 am and 3.00 pm, on reservation. For further information and booking, please contact Il Borro winetour@ilborro.it - +39.055.977053.

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