A true hotelier will consider all his clients […], once he has welcomed them into his chambers, as his dear children […] and will protect their slumber with motherly care and infinite love.
Art does more than just touch on the exposed nerves of the world or awaken the atrophied brain of society, it also takes care of places, revitalising them, changing them, albeit temporarily, with a power that, although sometimes elusive, aims to visually shape spaces, to make them different, to mutate them, and create unexpected and dangerous perspectives. Every environment, every room that houses a work of art—to paraphrase Cicero, who said a room without works of art is like a body without a soul—is in fact the locus of important metamorphoses, of true and imaginative openness towards a public that can experience new or renewed atmospheres, made up of aesthetic dimensions that are capable of touching existence. This is what takes place today in Pietrasanta with this first narrative of art curated by the Kyro Art Gallery, whose name, Suite d’Autore, takes you through a rethink of the six luxurious suites in the elegant, sophisticated Duomo hotel. It is a place of appetising aperitifs that looks straight out over the marvellous 14th-century cathedral, with an energy of the works that breathe life into an exhibition experience in which locus and logos meet, entwine, and converge in a visual embroidery that no longer knows which hand has been used to weave its threads.
Already noteworthy for a name that brings to mind the great masters of the Renaissance (Michelangelo Buonarroti), for two extraordinary poets (Giosuè Carducci, born in Valdicastello, and Gabriele D’Annunzio, who composed La Pioggia nel Pineto in the villa La Versiliana), a Pope (Leo X, born Giovanni de’ Medici, son of Lorenzo the Magnificent), and now for the heroic Guiscardo da Pietrasanta (founder of the Cuore della Versilia), and again for a lord who, according to Machiavelli, had an adventurous life (Castruccio Castracani degli Antelminelli, to be precise), the six suites of the Duomo are now inhabited by the works of Giuseppe Ciracì, Ilaria Gasparroni, Luca Gilli, Marco Nizzoli, Eleonora Rossi, Raffaele Rossi, the Simoncini.Tangi duo and Narda Zapata, that draw a compelling tale of art. It is an itinerary in which looking, contemplating, questioning techniques or materials and reflecting on works that in turn intuitively reflect the animus sui compos, are associated with the pleasure of resting and passing time in a porous, welcoming, city of marble that should be listened to because it is the reflection of many stories.
Displayed in the Castracani suite are photographs of Monte Altissimo by Gilli, in the Carducci suite are four works by Simoncini.Tangi, in the Buonarroti paintings (that seem cracked by the sun) by Raffaele Rossi, in the Leo suite surprising collages by Nizzoli, in that of D’Annunzio diaphanous portraits by Eleonora Rossi and in the Guiscardo elegant atmospheres by Ciracì. In the reception area that is generously comfortable for its guests is a parade of works by Giuseppe Ciracì, a brilliant sculpture by Ilaria Gasparroni and precious misterios by Narda Zapata, which solicit intimate conversation, inviting everyone into the folds (and unfolds) of unanchored fantasies, of dreams we have dreamed and cannot dream.