CARLO VIANO. forme volumi trame
Opening February 2nd at 5 pm
The National Mountain Museum is pleased to announce the exhibition Carlo Viano forme volumi trame, which presents for the first time a selection of works produced over the last twenty years.
An architect by training and profession, Carlo Viano (San Colombano Belmonte, 1949) was, from 1977 until the beginning of the new millennium, one of the leading professionals in Turin’s cultural system. In addition to directing the restoration and re-functionalization of historic buildings for culture and the creation of important exhibitions, he was also responsible for the exhibition design, following a conceptual approach aimed at enhancing the communicative and aesthetic values of the structures, materials and works on display.
During the course of his career, in parallel with his profession, Viano has also explored his creative dimension in depth in the field of painting, combining it with his passion for mountaineering.
Inspired by his fascination for alpine cartography and the scientific surveys carried out in the second half of the 19th century by Eugene Viollet-Le-Duc, he has developed a highly personal style of research in which references to architectural methods blend with landscape portraiture.
However, the specificity of his work lies in the method: Viano “photographs” the mountain and the mineral material it is made of, representing it using a hyper-realistic technique.
The photographic datum is the starting point and reliable guide for an exploration of form, through which Viano creates a process of detailed knowledge of the landscape.
The paintings come to life on watercolour paper, a medium on which Viano reproduces the grammar of graph paper, which becomes a technical element that is both instrumental and structural for the representations of mountains, glaciers and mineral matter.
Carlo Viano thus proposes a depiction of the mountain that is classical in origin but absolutely contemporary.
A mountain under “special surveillance”, today more than ever the object of scrupulous measurements and constant observations.