Panzano Arte

An art trail in Tuscany with Nathalie Decoster

Panzano Arte is proud to present the first edition of its art trail in the heart of the Italian Chianti region. It features sculptures by French artist Nathalie Decoster from June 22nd
to September 18th 2019.

“The magical village of Panzano between Florence and Sienna nestles amidst the rolling hills of the Chianti. This beautiful village is the starting point for a path that winds its way between rows of cypress and vineyards. What could possibly be better for an artist than to contribute to this breathtaking landscape with a selection of works that are both contemporary and humanist?” Nathalie Decoster.

World-renowned sculptor Nathalie Decoster explores the human condition through her art, creating a universal language all of her own.

The philosophy at the heart of her work is grounded in our relationship with time and nature. She makes us aware of the value of time. The time we give and the time we receive, the time that makes the moments of our life. The title of her iconic sculpture Temps qui passe is a perfect illustration of her positive vision of the passing of time, a path that allows us to attain wisdom and serenity.

The human figure is omnipresent in her work. It is her faithful messenger that represents each one of us. Moving within geometric shapes, it provides the access code to enter a world of serenity.

Panzano Arte’s purpose is to present art that bears witness to a modern form of humanism. Works that aim to deepen our understanding of cultural and spiritual questions. Works that talk about freedom, free-thinking and human rights. Since the Renaissance, the village of Panzano enjoys an international reputation as a bastion of artistic, spiritual and environmental values. Nathalie Decoster, whose modern and free approach is steeped in humanism, was an obvious choice as Panzano Arte’s first guest artist.

Panzano Arte has created an art trail with 30 monumental sculptures and 3 very large format photos by Nathalie Decoster, in a scenography orchestrated by curator Mila Sturm. The trail starts in the heart of Panzano village and continues through beautiful surrounding countryside, taking visitors to 4 participating vineyards: Fontodi, Renzo Marinai, Tenuta Casenuove and La Massa.

The exhibition runs until September 18th 2019 and is an excellent reason to discover the charms of Panzano.

It is also an opportunity to meet the project’s ambassador Dario Cecchini. He was the subject of a recent episode of Netflix’s “Chef’s Table” and is internationally known for his artistic outlook and the excellence of his food.

Coinciding with the event and adding to the overall experience is the annual Panzano wine festival that draws thousands of wine-lovers from all over the world. It takes place this year from September 12th-15th 2019.

Thanks to Panzano Arte, an extraordinary art trail has taken root in Tuscany and is ready to welcome Nathalie Decoster for its first edition. As the artist so aptly observed: “Art is in the soul of the people of Panzano”.

Editorial

by curator Mila Sturm

The evening that Dario Cecchini came to ask me to help him curate Panzano Arte, I had a premonitory dream.

My dream wasn’t quite accurate chronologically: Lorenzo the Magnificent had come to Panzano in Chianti in the company of Dante Alighieri and art critic Luciano Pistoi. All three were walking down a path discovering the 21st century sculptures that were dotted around the stunning village of Panzano.

What my dream did encapsulate perfectly though, is the very essence of Panzano Arte: To present art that highlights a modern form of humanism. Works that aim to deepen our understanding of cultural and spiritual questions. Works that talk about freedom, free-thinking and human rights.

These ideas all follow in the footsteps of the values of the Renaissance. They also echo the famous exhibitions of the Eighties by eminent art critic and gallerist Luciano Pistoi in the neighbouring village of Volpaia. These exhibitions had already established a rich creative dialogue between contemporary art and the Tuscan countryside.

Nathalie Decoster is the obvious choice as the first guest artist of Panzano Arte. The modern day humanism of her work embodies all the values that are dear to Panzano Arte. Her chosen themes – as summed up in the emblematic sculpture of a stylised walking man inside a circle – address the question of the human condition and its fragility, the passing of time and the desire to reach a state of serenity.

There is also her personality: Nathalie Decoster is a nomadic artist, whose career has developed with the projects she selects with the utmost care on the basis of their meaning and impact.

Nathalie Decoster takes a keen interest in others. She is always seeking to share experiences. Dialogue is indeed a vital part of her approach. The idea of thinking things through together, of moving forwards, of venturing into unknown territories. She is a free spirit and has a lot in common with the humanists of the Renaissance.

And finally, I admit that the idea of inviting a woman to be the standard bearer of this first edition was an added bonus.

I’d like to thank Nathalie from the bottom of my heart for having accepted this invitation to the first edition of Panzano Arte. We couldn’t have dreamt of a better artist to represent the event.