Fondazione Merz


Public program Sacro è, celebrare

a programme of events on the occasion of the exhibition Sacro è (Sacred is)


10, 30, 31 May – 6, 8, 13, 16 June 2024


admission free



The Sacro è exhibition was conceived with the aim of suggesting a celebration of the everyday, intimate and present-day sacred, starting from an intimate need and then finding a counterpart in a collective dimension. Through a series of events that form part of the ‘celebratory’ aspect of the exhibition, the intention is to emphasise the importance of a return to community and humanity that the concept of the sacred carries with it. The term celebration derives from the Latin celebratio -onis, properly meaning ‘gathering of many people, turnout’, and by analogy thereafter ‘solemnity, celebration’. What results is therefore the desire to create a participatory moment of meeting, listening, reflection and union with the community, involving, first and foremost, the individual person intimately, who then identifies with a broader community.

The programme includes a series of events ranging from literature, poetry, music, workshops and rituals. Consistent with the choice of young men and women artists, for the celebratory aspect of the exhibition the gaze also remains contemporary so as to offer a renewed vision of the concept of the sacred today.



Friday 10/5 at 6.30 p.m.
Sacro minore
The sacred of our bodies that meet each other, and fit together, and move apart, down here on earth. A discussion about the everyday sacred: tiny, even minimal with a speech by Franco Arminio.

Saturday 18/5 at 4 p.m.
Screening of the film Teorema by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Wednesday 29/5 at 5 p.m.
Screening of the film Teorema by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Thursday 30/5; 6/6; 13/6 at 5-6.30 p.m.
Reading group The Serpent Ritual by Aby Warburg conducted by Valentina Monateri
During the four meetings conducted by Valentina Monateri, PhD student in Comparative Literature, this book by Aby Warburg, who strongly influenced our view of art history, will be read and analysed. The book contains the lecture that the scholar gave to patients and doctors at the Kreuzlingen nursing home, a speech that was both a testament and a confession. Warburg goes back to the origins of paganism and magic and illuminates the very power of images, their power to wound and heal.
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Friday 31/5
at 7 p.m.: Vi leggo una poesia (I will read you a poem)
Collective poetry reading on the theme of the sacred with Fedoua El Attari
at 9 p.m.: Ritual II Embrace the Darkness
ritual performance by ALOS
A collective experience, a sound and emotional journey making use of live music, vocals and electronic sound experimentation, performance and video art. Imagined as a device/ritual capable of transporting to another time and place, the live performance evokes the presence of the volcano, understood as a polysemantic creature that incorporates energies of fire, air, water and earth.

Saturday 8/6  at 4 p.m.: screening of the film Teorema by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Sunday 9/6, at 10 a.m.-1 p.m, 2-5 p.m.: Taiko drum workshop with Chiara Lee
Since the mythological account of its origin, the Taiko drum has always been associated with the sacred and the relationship between man and the divine. In the Japanese animist tradition, it is transformed by osmosis into a kind of nature spirit, and it is said that its powerful sound can reach the sky where the kami, the divinities, reside. In its ritual function, it is still used in religious festivals throughout Japan, while as an instrument it celebrates listening to the self and the other, in a meditative yet communal dimension. The workshop includes two 3-hour sessions (morning 10 a.m.-1 p.m., afternoon 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.) in which to explore the power of collective sound through the Mitsuuchi style, a dynamic and versatile style characterised by improvisation traditionally played in temples in the Hokuriku region.
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from Tuesday 11/6 to friday 14/6
from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Heavenly Bodies, papier-mâché workshop
The workshop, led by Marco Musarò, aims to create a papier-mâché processional sculpture as the result of a collective work
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Sunday 16/6
at 11:30 a.m: screening of the film Teorema by Pier Paolo Pasolini
5 p.m.: Credo unicamente alle stelle, ritual by Rac Montoro
6 p.m
.: procession to the Chiribiri Gardens of the collective sculpture created during the Heavenly Bodies workshop   
6.30 p.m.: Dj set by Natura Morta