April 9, 2021 · 1.3 min read

La Riconciliazione opens in Venice to fill the voids left by the pandemic

The site-specific artwork speaks about the importance of the relationship between Venice and its local community. The old and young residents symbolically reunite to embrace the city's origins and fill the lagoon shop's empty windows.

La Riconciliazione (the Reconciliation) by RCA alumni Adalberto Lonardi, is now open at @buso.ve in Calle de le Botteghe 3449/c, San Marco which aims to bring a ray of hope and re-appropriate the voids left after the pandemic.

The hug is the gesture that perhaps we miss the most—the embrace with our families, with the friend, with the stranger. The affection and intimacy we place in embracing our past and future to reconcile with them. The young and the old of the city of Venice find themselves in a diptych that celebrates the harmony of the symbols of the city that is regaining its roots to fight the void left by the pandemic.

Thanks to the use of digital software capable of reproducing hand-painting techniques, the two panels represent the 'do mori' (Two Moors), a materialization of the past and the future, reconciling with the two emblems of Venice and the Republic of the Serenissima: the winged lion and the water. The first as a symbol of rebirth of the city's majesty and power but also of inner spiritual strength. The second, inspired by the doge's marriage to the waters of the lagoon, as a metaphor of reconciliation with nature that enriches and at the same time afflicts the foundations of the city.

Mystical and universal, the two paintings of The Reconciliation bring harmony and relief to the streets of Venice by representing the impossible that becomes reality.

Colorful representation an old man hugging a golden winged lion framedLa Riconciliazione – The old and the winged lion