Isole Borromee Isole Borromee
The visit is included in the entrance ticket to the Rocca di Angera

18 May 2020 - 1 November 2020

Fantastic Utopias

To imagine an alternative reality
is the first step towards reaching it

Curated by Ilaria Bonacossa

In collaboration with Galleria Continua

 
Artists: Jonathas De Andrade, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Carlos Garaicoa, Antony Gormley, Shilpa Gupta, Ilya e Emilia Kabakov, Zhanna Kadyrova, Sabrina Mezzaqui, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Ornaghi e Prestinari, Kiki Smith, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Ai Wei Wei, Chen Zhen.

 

In the spaces of Ala Scaligera, the artworks of 15 international artists give rise in their diversity to unexpected and perhaps even magical images and objects, both seductive and frightening at the same time, able to take us to alternative universes far removed from verosimilitude.

 
In this exhibition, curated by Ilaria Bonacossa in collaboration with Galleria Continua, the protagonist is the fantastic. Relegated to the world of childhood ever since the 19th century, it has become the means to break with conventions and imagine what seems impossible and unknown.

 
Mostra-Vitaliano-VI-AON-Main-Sponsor

Artists
(preview)

Today will end: this is the warning, written with words formed from electrical wire filled with tiny light bulbs, that welcomes us at the entrance to the Fantastic Utopias exhibition.

The initiative has been organised in the restored spaces of the Ala Scaligera at the Rocca di Angera, within the sphere of the artistic project promoted by Princes Vitaliano and Marina Borromeo Arese. Prepared for opening on 20 April, the itinerary of the contemporary art exhibition remains “suspended” in all its glory inside the castle in Angera in expectation of visitors being able to admire all its beauty live.

The work with lights positioned at the entrance is by Indian artist Shilpa Gupta and speaks of time and the relationship we each have with our memories and emotions, an extremely topical theme in the social context in which we are now living. Ilaria Bonacossa, curator of the exhibition in collaboration with Galleria Continua, comments as follows: “Its inevitable truth seems to prompt each of us to become aware of our actions, to live the present moment as if it were the last, but at the same time it suggests an absolute temporal dimension in which the today of each of us is used up, becoming meaningless in the flow of history”.

Rocca-Angera-Mostra-Fantastic-Utopias-today-will-end-Shilpa-Gupta
Today will end, Shilpa Gupta

The protagonists of the exhibition are unexpected and perhaps magical images and objects, which are both seductive and frightening, capable of taking us to alternative universes far removed from reality.

 

And this also happens thanks to the awe-inspiring spaces of the Rocca di Angera, into which the works have been cleverly inserted with the precise intention of creating a “fantastic” effect. As in the case of the work by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in a frescoed room that is reached via a corridor: from here we glimpse hanging a monumental flying fish with large spread wings, flying towards a window from antiquity looking out over Lago Maggiore and its islands. The symbolic flight towards the lake is an exhortation not to give up our dreams and desires.

Ai-Weiwei-Feiyu
Feiyu, Ai Weiwei (credits Andrea Rossetti)
Zhanna-Kadirova-Second-Hand
Second Hand, Zhanna Kadirova (credits Andrea Rossetti)

Going up a floor, we enter a room where we are surprised to find worksite scaffolding.
Are there works in progress?
Are they restoring the Rocca?
The small set of scaffolding that occupies the front wall almost becomes a room, an architectural space occupied by phantasm figures, clothes without bodies that evoke the presence and the absence of the human being at the same time. It is the work Second Hand by Ukrainian artist Zhanna Kadirova: in this artistic expression, the resistance of the materials evokes that of her fellow countrymen to the violent changes of post-Soviet society. Her work emits the vital energy of a generation that believes in the future and in change.

This preview offers just a few examples of how the works of the fifteen international artists give rise to unexpected objects filled with meaning and of how they have found the perfect setting against the majestic backdrop of the Rocca di Angera.

Useful info

The visit is included in the entrance ticket to the Rocca di Angera.

Exhibition opening time:
• every day from 12am to 5.30pm – last enter | closure 6pm

Mostra-Vitaliano-VI-AON-Main-Sponsor

ROCCA DI ANGERA
The offer of Terre Borromeo

Tour operator & agencies

All useful information for operators: location rental, exclusive experiences, download useful materials and documents.

Events & Weddings

Its multi-faceted spirit and aristocrat allure make this fortress the perfect setting for a special day.

Educational offer

The educational proposal for kindergartens, primary and secondary schools extended to all locations in the Terre Borromeo.

Terre Borromeo

A story of love, protection and respect that has lasted for six centuries.

Who we are

Helpful Tips

Hours

  • Isola Bella

  • Isola Madre

  • ROCCA DI ANGERA

  • PARCO PALLAVICINO

Buy and Book
  • Buy tickets, guided tours and much more safely and quickly directly online.

How to get

  • Terre Borromeo is easily accessible! They are only an hour and a half from Milan and easily reachable from the main airports. Find out how to reach them by car, train and how to book the ferry that will take you to the islands.
Terre Borromeo Maps
Our Partners
Instagram Feed
🌿
La melagrana è un frutto molto presente nelle raffigurazioni pittoriche, sia sacre che profane. Miti e leggende ne cantano i diversi significati e proprietà: prosperità, fertilità, resurrezione.
.
Tra i più importanti dipinti di pittura tardogotica lombarda di soggetto profano, la Sala delle Cerimonie della Rocca di Angera ospita un grande lacerto, proveniente dal Palazzo Borromeo di Milano, con la “Raccolta delle melagrane” in cui è possibile riconoscere l’impronta dello stile di Michelino da Besozzo, attivo per la famiglia Borromeo nel 1445.
.
.
.
🌿
Pomegranate is a fruit very present in pictorial depictions, both sacred and profane. Myths and legends sing its different meanings and properties: prosperity, fertility, resurrection.
.
Some of the most important of the Lombard late Gothic paintings of profane subjects are housed in the Sala delle Cerimonie [Ceremonies Room] of the Rocca di Angera, including the "Collection of pomegranates". Originally from Palazzo Borromeo in Milan, it is possible to recognize the style  of Michelino da Besozzo, active for the Borromeo family in 1445.

#terreborromeo #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #borromeoexperience #melagrana #pomegranate #roccadiangera #artlovers
Siamo entusiasti che Verbania possa essere Capitale della Cultura Italiana 2022.

Un territorio con una grande ricchezza culturale al quale siamo naturalmente legati da secoli.

@verbania2022

#Verbania2022
#LaCulturaRiflette
#VerbaniaRiflette
#VerbaniaCapitaledellaCultura22
💓
Originario del bacino del Mediterraneo, il ciclamino fu studiato anche da Plinio il Vecchio  che consigliava di piantarlo nel giardino di casa contro la cattiva sorte.
.
Una volta persi i petali, si distende verso il terreno per spargere i semi dai quali nasceranno le nuove piante.
È forse per questo che viene anche considerato simbolo di fertilità.
.
Qual è il vostro colore preferito?
.
.
.
💓
Originally from the Mediterranean basin, cyclamen was studied by Pliny the Elder who advised planting it in the garden of the house to ward off bad luck.
.
Once its petals are gone, it stretches out on to the ground to spread the seeds from which new plants will be born.
This is perhaps why it is also considered a symbol of fertility.
.
Which is your favourite colour?

#terreborromeo #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #borromeoexperience #ciclamino #cyclamen
#botanica #natureaddicted
✨
È qui la festa?
.
Possiamo continuare a immaginare quali meravigliose cerimonie e feste abbiano avuto luogo qui, nella Sala da Ballo di Palazzo Borromeo sull'Isola Bella.
.
Reali da ogni parte d’Europa sono rimasti senza fiato davanti a questo Salone in stile neoclassico opera dell’architetto e poeta Giuseppe Zanoja, tra colonne e lesene che si alternano a specchi e nicchie con statue di marmo.
.
.
.
✨
 Is the party here?
.
We can continue to imagine the wonderful ceremonies and celebrations that took place here, in the ballroom of Palazzo Borromeo on Isola Bella.
.
Royalty from all over Europe were speechless at the sight of this Neoclassical style hall. Designed by the architect and poet Giuseppe Zanoja, it features columns and pilasters that alternate with mirrors, niches and marble statues.

#terreborromeo #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #borromeoexperience #artlovers #viaggioinitalia #NextDestination #TheBestDestinations #TravelInspiration
💫
"Non è nelle stelle che è conservato il nostro destino, ma in noi stessi."
William Shakespeare
.
Aspettando insieme il nuovo anno, Terre Borromeo vi augura un 2021 di buoni propositi.
Che possa essere davvero un nuovo inizio.
.
.
.
💫
"It is not in the stars that our destiny is preserved, but in ourselves."
William Shakespeare
.
As we wait together for the New Year, Terre Borromeo wishes you a 2021 of great fortune. 
May it truly bring new beginnings.

#terreborromeo #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #borromeoexperience #stresa #2021 #happynewyear
❄️
Questi pacchi sono fatti per non essere aperti.
🍊
I giardinieri dell'Isola Bella e dell'Isola Madre hanno impacchettato i nostri agrumi che resteranno chiusi fino a quando le temperature non torneranno miti.
.
.
.
❄️
These packages are made not to be opened.
🍊
Gardeners on Isola Bella and Isola Madre have packed our citrus fruits and they will remain closed until temperatures get warmer again.

#terreborromeo #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #borromeoexperience #stresa #isolabella #arancio #orangetrees
🦚
Non ci stanchiamo mai dell'arte, dei fiori, dei musi buffi degli animali.
La bellezza è stata una risorsa fondamentale per affrontare le incognite del 2020.
💖
Questo Natale vi auguriamo di continuare a scoprire la meraviglia delle piccole cose.
.
.
.
🦚
We never get tired of art, flowers or the funny faces of animals.
Beauty has been a key resource in addressing the unknowns of 2020.
💖
This Christmas we hope you continue to discover the wonder of the little things.

#terreborromeo #lakemaggiore #lagomaggiore #borromeoexperience #christmasiscoming #natale2020