9 April 2015
FAI celebrates the extraordinary art of Alfredo Ravasco, an innovative master of the Milanese goldsmith craft in the 20th century, with an exhibition at Villa Necchi Campiglio, in Milan. Curated by Paola Venturelli, the exhibition offers over 90 pieces, spread throughout the rooms of the villa, including one of the most precious centerpieces, as well as jewelry, decorative objects, and sacred art, a large part of which has never been viewed and is owned privately. The particular strength of the orginal figurative artist is how he combined precious materials like malachite, agate, onyx, laspilazzuli and coral, with zoomorphic figures like octupi or fish, chiseled with extreme refinement. Reclining on hard, stone bases or entwined with blocks of lapislazzuli, fish and octupi, thanks to the virtuousity of the work, almost evoke revulsion, much like the real thing, fully entering the category of (precious) disgust, theorized by the philosophist Mario Perniola in his work entitled ‘Disgusti’ (Costa&Nolan, 1998).