Divine Page, Lost Language of Rapa Nui
Acrylic on canvas
40" x 60"
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Born in Venice in 1955, Marco Nereo Rotelli lives and works in Milan and Paris. He holds an MBA in Architecture. For years Rotelli researched light and the poetic dimension, which Harald Szeemann has defined “an expansion of the artistic contest”. Rotelli has created a solid relationship between art and other disciplines of knowledge for years. Involving in his research as a consequence, philosophers, musicians, photographers, film directors, but mainly the relationship is between his art and poetry, which has become a constant reference to his work. He has illuminated major monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Musee du Petit Palais in paris, the Beijing Olympics and has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale numerous times.
From his interest in Easter Island, which first came to life in the beginning of 2004 with a study on the Rongo-Rongo alphabet, the ancient and still not deciphered Rapa Nui language, he developed a long series of works, inspired by lost unknown languages as a rediscovery of poetic and still mysterious worlds, as the Bushman one, or the symbols of the Native Americans.
In 2000 he founded the group Art Project, directed by Elena Lombardi and composed by young artists and architects with whom he realizes numerous interventions and urban installation projects.
This involvement has seen him participate to four editions of the Mostra Internazionale d’Arte La Biennale di Venezia, as well as numerous individual and collective exhibitions.
His works of art are in important museums and private collections all over the world. World renowned art critics, as well as poets, writers, philosophers and international cultural celebrities have written about him, increasing an important bibliographic collection on his work.
On Monday, June 24, 2013, Marco Nereo Rotelli illuminated the North and West facades of the Field Museum of Natural History with the poetry of seven of Chicago's most respected poets, with the music of Thomas Masters and the voice of operatic soprano Karolina Dvorakova -Marchetti.
The installation at the Field Museum of Natural History was a journey into "nature" such as it is presented in the verses of Dante Alighieri's INFERNO and PARADISO in order to establish a link with the history of the Museum. The work is dedicated to the metaphorical strength of the animals in Dante's Inferno: the panther, the cheetah, the lion....symbols of damnation and virtue. An illuminating journey among numerology and astrology, animal allegories, symmetry and parallelism, will be so visible as to transform the Field Museum into a spectacular page of poetry able to carry the mind into a timeless space.
Every installation by Marco Nereo Rotelli within urban context, is awe inspiring, almost as a suspension of space and time leading the spectator through a journey made of colors, music and poetic verses when projected resemble itineraries.