The exhibition Caravaggio. The Contemporary offers visitors the opportunity to admire the Burial of Saint Lucy in the flesh. This painting is the oldest Sicilian work by Michelangelo Merisi (AKA Caravaggio) and is currently on loan from its usual home in the church of Santa Lucia alla Badia in Syracuse.

The exhibition will feature a masterpiece that has been ‘split in two’. In fact, visitors will step into an imaginary hall of mirrors, in which an original artwork is displayed alongside a very faithful replica created by the Factum Arte and Factum Foundation using revolutionary technology. The replica's faithfulness to the original is able to "deceive even the most expert eye" states Vittorio Sgarbi. The real Burial of St. Lucy will be on display at the Mart until 4 December, before returning to Syracuse to celebrate the city's patron saint on 13 December. The exhibition will continue in Rovereto until 14 February 2021.

The seventeenth-century masterpiece is exhibited among a selection of contemporary works and photographs, encouraging new conversations and emphasising Caravaggio's spiritual relevance.
The exhibition offers a comparison between this masterpiece and a selection of works by the master of Italian Informalism: Alberto Burri. In a constant dialogue between images, symbols and similarities, it is completed by a large painting entitled I naufraghi by Cagnaccio di San Pietro, works by the artist Nicola Verlato and photographer Massimo Siragusa, and a few shots that focus on the life and death of Pier Paolo Pasolini.
In addition to a few core themes accentuated by comparisons with Burri, Pasolini, Cagnaccio di San Pietro and Verlato, the exhibition will also display two opening and closing pieces, one by Hermann Nitsch, taken from the Mart's own Collection, and one by Margherita Manzelli.
Finally, a work by Andrea Facco inspired by Caravaggio's Beheading of St. John the Baptist will be exhibited in the foyer of the Mart, in front of the ticket office.

Caravaggio. The Contemporary continues with two in-depth focus exhibitions dedicated to artists whose works recall, are inspired by or evoke a certain Caravaggesque aesthetic: Nicola Samorì and Luciano Ventrone.

From an idea by Vittorio Sgarbi