Lodola's pop nativity scene at the Uffizi Gallery
Giuseppe is Lucio Dalla, Maria is Gigliola Cinquetti, among the shepherds there are Pavarotti, Rino Gaetano, Renzo Arbore and Freddie Mercury
Eike Schmidt's choice has all the flavor of the magic of Christmas: the director has chosen to host in the halls of the Gallery a large pop nativity scene signed by Marco Lodola with backlit figures and entitled Nativity. Luminous Nativity. The Nativity will be visible throughout the holiday period from the Lungarni, from Ponte Vecchio and from the museum's square: the various parts of which it is composed will be housed both
on the first and second floor of the Gallery.
The exhibition has as its central theme light music, in particular the Italian one, and proposes, in the role of the protagonists, many of the singers who over the decades have participated in the Sanremo festival over the decades. From the windows of the Verone on the second floor of the museum (Arno side) you can admire the figures of the crib.
Arno side) you can admire the colorful figures of Lucio Dalla and Gigliola
Cinquetti, with the silhouettes of an orchestra behind them, respectively, the roles of Joseph and Mary. The Verone will also welcome the ox, the donkey and a star to symbolize the baby Jesus. This group will be visible from the Ponte Vecchio, while a third one, formed by a a third group, formed by a small army of shepherds and wise men, will be seen from the Uffizi square. From this viewpoint you can admire many Italian and foreign music stars.
among them, just to name a few, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie,
Louis Armstrong, but above all our own artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Rino Gaetano
Gaetano, Mina, Renzo Arbore, Rita Pavone, Max Pezzali, Caterina Caselli.
In a superior position, on the second floor of the Gallery, in correspondence of the
panoramic window facing the Ponte Vecchio, there will be a large comet star.
Lodola represented "a luminous rebirth, a sense of hope, the confidence in a
change. Like the figures of the crib, we are the workers of a suspended time, orchestrators without an audience. A suspended time, orchestral players without an audience, a theater without a script, a stage set waiting for its star. The connection with the Sanremo Festival has added a pop flavor, with the a pop flavor, with the familiar characters that have passed over the years on that stage over the years. The great comet star, also known as the 'star of the I thought of it as a sea of faces in which everyone can imagine their own.
The nativity scene was conceived for the Rai headquarters in Rome, but never exhibited to the public. The Director, who was aware of Lodola's project, strongly wanted it for his Museum, demonstrating once again his great openness and availability for all forms of art.