The exhibition Rebus Vitæ that animates the Versiliana edition stages the theater of life according to the vision of the Emilian sculptor Michelangelo Galliani, which outlines a new and unprecedented chapter of his creativity. It consists of 5 unpublished works in Carrara marble that the artist created in 2018 and presents for the first time to the public during the rich calendar of cultural events of the Marina di Pietrasanta exhibition.
The concept from which the author takes up takes the sense of personal experience and becomes a general metaphor, leaving the task to dissolve the puzzle that is formed by the union of the sculptures, each read with a particular meaning that, however, in the context it establishes a collective theme. Born from the collaboration between the Versiliana Foundation directed by Massimiliano Simone and the Contini Contemporary Gallery in London, which exclusively manages the work of Michelangelo Galliani, the initiative brings to the center of the stage of Italian sculpture one of its most representative masters, engaged by twenty years in an accurate survey on the renewal of sculptural language. Also because of this reason, the exhibition is presented by Flavio Arensi, the Milanese scholar, director of the exhibition spaces of the city of Legnano, who for years has been interested in sculpture through a series of historical exhibitions, such as those dedicated to the genius of Auguste Rodin .
For Galliani, sculpture is a body to body with matter, from which the linguistic motifs are derived for a story that has as its focus the investigation on man. For this personal exhibition, which establishes a new creative motif, the artist mixes suggestions born from the study of art history to new works of intimate and personal character, in a game made of allusions and silences able to bring the observer to the interior of a mysterious journey, just like that of the rebus. The puzzle is a classic enigmatic game consisting of a cartoon that the solver must interpret in order to obtain a decisive sentence. The etymology of the name "rebus" is uncertain, but it is commonly traced back to the Latin ablative of res (= thing), to suggest that the sentence is expressed with things, ie with the objects present in the vignette. The word "rebus" is also a metaphor of an intricate and difficult to interpret situation.