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Rows of hundreds of colorful umbrellas planted between the rows, closed and tied with large colored ribbons in anticipation of a new season, which represent an idea of ​​post-pandemic rebirth evoking the recovery of Italy after the end of the Second World War and the strong and symbolic images of large crowded beaches in a beautiful country that was recovering a thriving economy and a well-being that it had lost and perhaps never had. Here is “La Plage” (“The beach”), the landart installation by the great Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou, in the Pusterla vineyard, the largest urban vineyard in Europe in the heart of Brescia, one of the cities most affected by the emergency Covid, “guarded” by the historic Franciacorta Monte Rossa cellar, and where it is possible to admire it from 21 June to 21 October.
The four hectares of vineyards of the Pusterla vineyard, whose origins date back to 1037, cultivated by the royal monastery of Santa Giulia on the slopes of the Castle of Brescia (“Place of the Heart” Fai), now owned by Monte Rossa, are preparing to welcome the creativity of Tayou, in collaboration with the Bellearti association, among the rows of Invernenga, the autochthonous white grape grown in pergola with original strains of almost a century, which become a beach visible from Via Pusterla and from the top of Cidneo. “Art, like wine, is synonymous with joy and sharing. Opportunities to get excited that I love to create, both with my wines and by welcoming original projects like this one – underlines Emanuele Rabotti, producer of the short film “Cabochon” awarded at Cannes and at the helm of the cellar that houses contemporary works of art such as the statue of the bottle ridden by a knight by Armando Riva in the historic vineyard – I like to think of “La Plage” by Tayou, one of the best known African artists in the world with numerous international and biennial art exhibitions, as the forerunner of our mission 2023, when Brescia together with Bergamo will be Italian Capitals of Culture ”.
“The whole world – explains the artist – has been carrying on for more than a year a mysterious and sinister torture, an invisible drama that spares no one, of which Brescia has become a symbol. A flowering of umbrellas planted in the vineyard, like a color dream, invites us to the table of happiness. Project and symbol of rebirth: the memory I hope to keep forever of Italy, almost a pixel in the gigantic photograph of my Italian-style joie de vivre ”.


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Marco Ribaudo

Marco Ribaudo

For the love of food and wine! Marco Ribaudo, Certified Sommelier, with 25 years in the food and beverage industry now invites you to join him in his latest adventure, the opening of la Cucina del Vino to share his culture and passion for creating unforgettable memories around the table.

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