The artist and death: The 2016 Passi e Trapassi festival

From November 3rd to 13th, Passi e Trapassi returns to Belluno. Could art give back to death, at least in part, the word that today seems lost? This year, the cultural festival on the themes of death and dying, curated by the Comune of Belluno, questions art, taking the meaningful title of “The artist and death.” Here are all of the events! 

This year’s addition to its fifth edition, Passi e Trapassi questions art.

From moments of funerals, to music, to literature, to great painting, artists, over the course of centuries, have confronted the theme of death to recount it, accompany it, describe it and try to defeat it.

What has been and what could be the strength of art in this uneven battle?

Could art give back to death, at least in part, the word that today seems lost?

Artists, academics and doctors will be called to give their input on these questions, to encourage moments of reflection and sharing on one of the most inevitable but silent themes of our time.

Here is the program of the festival organized by the Comune of Belluno. 

Thursday November 3rd

LUX PERPETUA

A photographic research on life, via tombstone effigies present in various monumental cemeteries around the world

Una ricerca fotografica sulla vita, attraverso le effigi tombali presenti in vari cimiteri monumentali sparsi nel mondo
Photography of Roberto Muraro – Opening Ceremony
>>> Palazzo Crepadona, 6:00 pm

The exhibit, curated by Circolo Fotografico Bellunese “Mario De Biasi”, will remain open until Sunday December 4th with the following hours:
From Monday to Saturday: 10:00am – 12:30pm; 3:00pm – 6:30pm
Sundays and November 11th: open all day 10:00am – 7:00pm

TRAUERMUSIK

Concert of the Giovanile Bellunese Orchestra
>>>Palazzo Crepadona, Cubo di Botta, 6:00pm

Music by: J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, F. Mendelssohn and C. Gounod.
Director Matteo Andri
To be followed by a inaugural toast

Friday November 4th

ANTONIO CANOVA

The great funeral monuments from Clement XIV to Maria Cristina of Austria
Lecture with Prof. Giuseppe Pavanello, University of Trieste
>>> Bianchi room, viale Fantuzzi 11, 8:30pm

In the artistic activity of the great sculpture of the neoclassical period, the branch connected to funeral monuments was laid in the early years, when Canova was commissioned to build the memorial of Clement XIV.

Saturday November 5th

ARTISTS, TRAVELERS, ENTREPRENEURS AND PATRIOTS… THE BELLUNESE OF 100 (AND MORE) YEARS AGO

History and stories of men and women that should not be forgotten
Guided walking tour led by dott. Michele Buoso of C.T.G. Belluno
>>> Prade Cemetery, 10:30am and 11:30am

Biographies, works and anecdotes of some leading figures of civil, cultural and social society of Belluno, recounted in front of their sepulchers.
Maximum 50 participants per tour, by reservation only: cultura@comune.belluno.it – tel. 0437 913191

THE ARTIST AND DEATH

The creative techniques for exorcising death, from macabra dance to comics
Lecture by the humorist Roberto Totaro
>>> Bianchi Room, viale Fantuzzi 11, 6:00pm

W. A. MOZART: REQUIEM KV 626
Performed by Santa Giustina Choral School, Francesco Sandi Men’s Chorus of Feltre and Trentina Symphonic Orchestra
Director P. Tiboris; soloists: E. Lappalainen (soprano), C. De Pian (mezzosoprano), M. Mezzaro (tenor), P. Freddi (basso).
>>> Teatro Comunale, 8:45pm

This score unites moments of extraordinary melodramatic theatricality with rigorously classic-styled pieces. Among these the “Lacrimosa” will definitely stand out, where the composer succeeds, via the usage of quick rising and falling eighth notes of the violins surrounded by a large-scale choral writing, in creating enchanting effects of weeping and difficult struggle.

Paid event

Sunday November 6th

THE “BLACK LADY” IN PLACES AND ARTIFICATS OF THE PARISH OF ZOLDO

Excursion for the discovery of the fascinating Addolorata Cemetery, of the altar of the souls of Andrea Brustolon and a little known funereal catafalque.
Curated by FAI Giovani – Belluno, with the participation of Dott.ssa Anna Maria Spiazzi
>>> meet at Forno di Zoldo, village of Campo, Addolorata Cemetery
10:00am

“Passi & Trapassi” moves for a few hours to the Parish of Zoldo to discover the places and artifacts associated with the theme of Death.
Beginning at the 18th century church and Addolorata Cemetery, which is today abandoned, the tour then goes to the Parish of San Floriano where special attention will be paid to the illustration of the Altar of the Souls, a magnificent work by Andrea Brustolon.
It will be possible to eat lunch at Fornesighe, where, thanks to a photographic presentation, you will have the chance to discover the little known catafalque, an 18th century artifact once used for funeral rights, full of allegorical representations of death, today maintained by the crypt of the Parish.
The day will conclude with a visit to the Museum of Iron and Nails of the Oven of Zoldo.

Reservations can be made by email to faigiovani.belluno@fondoambiente.it or at the FAI point “Cose Belle” at Piazza dei Martiri 6 (Galleria San Marco)
Contribution for participation: €5 for FAI members, €8 for non-members.
Please indicate if you wish to participate in lunch (additional cost €12) when making a reservation.

Travel using your own car or means of transport.

Monday November 7th

THE SILENCE OF THE ASSASSIN

Lecture by Andrea Molesini
Andrea Molesini, accompanied by the journalist Pierluigi Svaluto Moreolo, will present his latest novel entitled “La solitudine dell’assassino”.
>>> Libreria Mondadori Bookstore, via Mezzaterra 15, 6:00pm

An ideal opportunity to dive into the theme of the festival, dedicated this year, to the relationship between the artist and death.

THE NARRATED FABLE

Words for chatting, pictures for understanding
Presentation of the book “L’albero della vita” by Maria Angela Gelati, thanatologist and curator of the Parmigiano cultural festival “Il rumore del lutto”.
Meet the author. Introduced by the dott.ssa Laura Liberale
>>> Bianchi room, viale Fantuzzi 11, 8:30pm

The fable is an instrument; the adult is its interpreter. The pages of “L’albero della vita” are like a LA, a note, to begin a discussion that will then go beyond the narrated story, to enter in our lives, open us up to listening, to understanding, so that the concept of death can be reintegrated in our daily life.

Tuesday November 8th

MACABRA PARADES IN THE ART OF MASI SIMONETTI

A voyage to discover the painter of Zoppè di Cadore by way of the masterpieces conserved in the salon of the Public Library
Lecture by la dott.ssa Marta Azzalini
>>> Biblioteca Civica, Sala di Lettura, (Public Library, Reading Room) 6:00pm

Works that recount a world made up of carnivalesque parades of masks, life and death via a sharp and clear graphic mark: a stinging reading of human comedy that is acted out daily.
Curated by the Public Library of Belluno

TRE PASSI PICTURES

Incarnation, Piety, the Witness, in art and photography
Lecture by Professor Nicoletta Comar
>>> Bianchi Room, viale Fantuzzi 11, 8:30pm

Passing away is a moment when it’s impossible to speak, of “I have no words.” In three days between death and resurrection, when the god incarnate is dead, not yet risen, the tragedy was carriedy out: only silence is possible. And piety needs a witness, because only this way does death give meaning to the living, believers or not. The theme will be explored through commentary on the works of Bonsignori, Bellini, Tiziano, Lotto, Rosso Fiorentino, Pontormo, Bacon, Arbus and contemporary photos.

Wednesday November 9th

BUZZATI AND THE AFTERLIFE: THE DESCENT INTO THE UNDERWORLDS IN “POEMA A FUMETTI”

Lecture using pictures and words by the artist Alfonso Lentini
>>> Sala Bianchi, viale Fantuzzi 11, 6:00pm
Curated byAssociazione Culturale Villa Buzzati San Pellegrino – Il Granaio

The mystery, the passing of time, the nostalgia of life and of desire, are a few of the themes around which Dino Buzzati explored his laic reflection on death. To analyze his relationship with the afterlife, there will be a guided reading of “Poema a Fumetti”, a work in which Buzzati, realizing the classic myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and adopting a hybrid language that marries pictures and worlds, recounting a very particular “descent into the underworlds”

Thursday November 10th

ACABAR, THE END YOU DIDN’T SEE COMING

A journey through writings of authors and poets, wandering among cultures, epochs and spaces, without chronological order.
Lecture by dott. Nanni (Giovanni) Dorigo
>>> Biblioteca Civica, Sala di Lettura, (Public Library, Reading Room), 6:00pm

The description of various passages that will bring: the beginning, the wait, the moment, the after and the elaboration of that which, temporarily, remains
Curated by Biblioteca Civica di Belluno

HOW THE ARAB PHOENIX IS REBORN IN NEW LIFE

The psycho-drama as an experience for the reworking of mourning.
Workshop of Jungian analytic psycho-drama with dr.ssa Giulia Gallinari, psychotherapist
>>> Sala Bianchi, viale Fantuzzi 11, 8:30pm

The workshop will confront the theme of death as a process of deep transformation of the human being: leaving alone the parts of oneself that suppress growth and change, in order to sprout new parts that allow for personal and spiritual evolution

Comfortable clothing required
Maximum 20 participants by reservation only: cell. 347 1148341
Participation is free (suggested contribution of 5 euros)

Friday November 11th

ART: BATTLING DEATH WHEN GOD IS DEAD

Art therapy in death and mourning
Lecture by prof. Francesco Campione, Università di Bologna
>>> Sala Bianchi, viale Fantuzzi 11, 8:30pm

From when the word “God” became always more unpronouncable, man has tried to put himself in the place of the “Creator” in a destructive way that the dominence of a man over another man and in a constructive mode in art. In that moment the therapy of the ill that oppress human life took two forms that compete for the scene: the life of power and the life of imagination

Saturday November 12th

2 MESSENGERS FOR 7 INEXPLICABLE EVENTS

Songs by Dino Buzzati read by the actress Antonella Morassutti
accompanied by the voice and guitar of Jessica Da Re and Fabio Reolon
Organized by the Associazione Culturale Villa Buzzati San Pellegrino – Il Granaio
and by the Associazione Voice Care Music & Art
>>> Cimitero di Prade, 3:00pm

SAN MARTINO CONCERT

The Messiah of G. F. Handel for soloists, chorus and orchestra, performed by the Dolomiti Symphony Orchestra and the musician B. Marcello
Director D. Cassetta; director of chorus A.Toffolo
>>> Basilica Cattedrale di S.Martino, 9:00pm

A selection of songs that focus on the fragility of man, the pain, the death and the search for an absolute meaning regarding these universal themes.

Sunday November 13th

SANTERIA

Pictures in memory of a colored cemetery
Installation, performance and guided tours curated by the artist Brunella Tegas; musical accompaniment by Vito Spada
>>> Rifugio antiaereo, località Lambioi, from 11:00am to 1:00pm and from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

For logistical reasons, entrance will be limited to groups of 20 people every 15 minutes. Reservation not necessary.

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