FROM 20th JANUARY TO 7th MAY 2017
The new temporary exhibition “Seals: Signs and Identity curated by Anna Fornari, will run alongside the biennial display and be arranged into two sections: a historical-archaeological area with 20 wearable seals and seal-objects from the La Spezia Civic Museum seal collection, dating from the fourth millennium BC to the 1940s, and a creative-artistic one with 50 creations that include installations devised and created by Anna Fornari herself.
The exhibition pays homage to the fascinating world of seals providing further information on the meaning of "signs" as representative of symbolic evolutions that have, over the millenniums, shaped the structure of social relations. By combining Anna Fornari's jewellery with specimens from the Seal Museum's Capellini-Banfi collection, the exhibition binds and unites history, modern art and universal communication systems starting from learning about the birth of the seal matrix and its evolution as the maximum tool for affirming its owner's identity. The most ancient mechanisms of matrix and imprint, that game of empty and full relief work, light and dark, mirror and image, are re-processed in creations defined by the lack of a pre-established right and wrong side. It was this double value of identifying and identification that led to the idea of retrieving the meaning of the seal.