During the months of the first lockdown (from March to June 2020), Synchronos, the management company of MUSMA, offered the artists of its collections an invitation to take a shot of their studio, a room in their apartment and / or an object set in it, which could represent that particular historical moment.
The Sala della Grafica, a quiet and intimate room in the heart of Palazzo Pomarici, houses eighteen photographs, an installation and a sound track.
Saverio Todaro, Jasmine Pignatelli, Valerio Rocco Orlando, Sandra Hauser, Leonardo Sonnoli, Agnese Purgatorio, Roberto Paci Dalò, Emmanuele De Ruvo, Afterall, Alberto Timossi, Audrey Coïaniz, Saul Saguatti, Francesco Arena, Luca Centola, Davide Sebastian, Giovanni Gaggia, Matteo Basilè, Aurelio Amendola, La luna al guinzaglio, Andrea Felli: twenty different perspectives, of surprising impact, on the months of isolation forced by the pandemic.
The title and the concept behind DiStanze derive both from the physical distancing we were forced to by the lockdown and from the original idea of a Museum space, born and developed from the "rooms of wonders" - the Wunderkammer - and from private collections. The historical nucleus of MUSMA works was formed thanks to the donations of gallery owners, collectors and artists to the Zetema Foundation, the promoter of the Museum. In addition, Palazzo Pomarici, the historic building in the heart of the Sassi that houses it, is also called the "Palace of one hundred rooms”.
The theme of the iconographic apparatus of the “MUSMA Wunderkammer” therefore starts from a play on words: “DiStanza” as “distance” and “stanza” in italian means “rooms”. Each room has its own role, its own characteristics and its own specific attributes: so they are divided in DiStanze paesaggio, DiStanze di interni, DiStanze manifesto e a DiStanza sonora .
"The images - writes Simona Spinella, curator of the exhibition - are unique pieces of a rare time, fragments of a very specific time: isolation. Each work makes the cycle an image of creation and expectation and the twenty artists involved are the guardians of moments of solitary and isolated beauty ".