The exhibition narrates the landscape of the island of Lanzarote in the context of the archipelago of the Canary Islands and, in particular, the story of a local artist, César Manrique (1919-1992), whose life and work were dedicated to a unique and profound reflection on the relationship between human settlement and the nature of this place which was very vulnerable to exploitation through tourism.
Through his experience and creations – the Jardín de Cactus, in particular – he promoted and drew attention to the landscape of the island, which is distinguished by a material culture and farming practices rooted in an extremely difficult volcanic context that now transmit universal aesthetic and ethical values.
The documentary exhibition of the 2017 Carlo Scarpa Prize was curated by Patrizia Boschiero, Luigi Latini, and Juan Manuel Palerm Salazar, the exhibition design and graphics are by Anna Costa, and photography by Andrea Rizza Goldstein; a screening of the Foundation’s documentary film directed by Ziyah Gafic will also be held in Palazzo Bomben; the exhibition includes a collection of bibliographic materials on the Jardín de Cactus and its context, which will remain available for consultation at the Foundation’s documentation centre (along with materials on all the places awarded the Carlo Scarpa prize).
Public inauguration of the exhibition
Friday 19 May, 18.00
Treviso, Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, auditorium and exhibition spaces with a concert of music from the Canary Islands, featuring Benito Cabrera and quartet (bass, timple, percussion, and guitar).