PANE & ORO
The exhibition offers a reflection on a dimension that has always accompanied and distinguished man: gift, communion, hospitality.
The artist exhibits a "train" of solidarity that ideologically cuts the cloister diagonally. Shelves as wagons on which they "travel" heads, hats, bodies huddled with "sleepers", hands and tiles. All characteristic symbols of Paladino's language and of his story on the meaning of the whole existence and on a collectivity called to be a participatory moment.
Pane e Oro
The great painting created by the artist in 1995 gives the exhibition its title. Perfectly inserted for materiality and colors inside the cloister portico, the canvas is a flash of mystery where light comes from candelabras and "bread meteors" that emulate a comet fall. To light the painting, two red shoes that cross the scene in the upper wall, as if to signal the presence of a traveler in search of shelter and refreshment.
In the south porch of the cloister, under the sixteenth-century frescoes that tell the story of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, a long table engraved with the artist's symbols: archaic features, olive branches, faces, crosses, and horses' heads. All around twelve golden bowls and twelve loaves, as the number of the apostles and as - in the Neapolitan Grimace - the defending soldiers of the Community. The table as a symbol of hospitality and meeting and that, starting from September 2018, will be at the service of the social table that the Foundation, together with the chef Massimo Bottura, will address to the less well-off. The canteen, weekly, proposes to collaborate with great chefs at the service of the community.