NESSUM DORMA

RENATO COSTA

Under the title Nessum Dorma the Galería Miguel Marcos inaugurates the first monographic exhibition of the Brazilian artist Renato Costa in the city of Barcelona.

 

Renato Costa (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 1974) began his profession in the workshop of his father the painter Manuel Costa. In 2005 he moved to Madrid and studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the UCM.

 

His work is defined by intensely expressing emotions through its technical and thematic characteristics. The key issues are the relationship between past and present, not only personal but also collective. Claims figuration, subjectivity and open emotions, converging these skills in a more conceptual art.

 

The title of the exhibition, Nessum Dorma (No one sleeps) was taken from one of the best-known arias for tenor that is in the third act of the Opera "Turandot" - with Music by Giacomo Puccini and libretto in Italian Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni.

 

The uncomfortable tension expressed in the works of the exhibition, arises from the interface between the story of the cruel princess Turandot and the primate Calaf "the Ignato", with the spirit of a current reality marked by the resurgence, increasingly explicit and overwhelming, of archaic and retrograde values, in a liquid society where speed is the current reality, as an instrument of salvation, of a humanity that skates on thin ice. (1)

 

Eros, as Levinas (2) says, "is different from possession and power; It isn´t a battle or a merger, and neither is knowledge".

 

Eros is "a relationship with otherness, with mystery, that is, with the future, with what is absent from the world that contains everything that it means ...". "The pathos of love consists in the insurmountable duality of beings". The attempts to overcome this duality, to dominate the unruly and to dominate what has no restraint, to foresee the unknowable and to chain the errant are the death sentence of love. Eros does not survive duality. In what love refers to, possession, power, fusion and disenchantment are the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

 

(1) As Ralph Waldo Emerson pointed out, when one skates on thin ice, salvation is speed.

(2) Emmanuel Levinas. Le temps et làutre, París, Presses Universitaires de France, 1991, pp. 81 y 78 (Spanish trans.: Time and the other, Barcelona, Paidós, 1993).