10/11/2022 to 08/01/2023
Great contemporary painting return at the Stelline Foundation in Milan with the exhibition “Federico Guida. Arbor”, which takes its name from the Latin root of Albero and shows great unpublished works in which transcendence and humanity, science, religion and history coexist. The exhibition, curated by Mimmo di Marzio, occupies the Gallery II of the Collector's Room from 10 November to 11 December 2022 and the Cloister's Quadriportico from 10 November 2022 to 8 January 2023.
The exhibition presents the most recent production of the artist who goes beyond the pictorial tradition and appropriates the styles and languages ​​of the installation. Guida, in his research, starts from the matter and the meaning of an object loaded with very strong symbolic and not only religious values, such as the cross, for a journey through the meanings that in all cultures (including the initiatory one) represent the ascension path of the man towards the Truth, towards the Absolute. Through his works, Guida investigates the symbolism of the cross as a "family tree" and foundation of the human condition, he seeks the continuous balance between verticality ascending towards the mystery of the divine and the earthly horizontality of everyday life and vanitas.
The formal element of the cross, which recurs in the artworks, is a citation of the medieval shaped crucifixes by Giotto and Cimabue, preserved in Florence, and becomes the pictorial surface for a composition in which symbolism and narration, abstract and figuration intertwine. Each installation, oil paintings on linen applied on wood, takes on a strongly conceptual value that intertwines the concepts ​​of the sacred and the profane. However, the most interesting aspect of his research lies in the symbolic trip that gives rise to the title of the exhibition, Arbor, a path that has strong connections with the entire polysemantic universe that characterized medieval art, in which the religious theme was often pretentious and metaphorical of other messages. More earthly and sometimes esoteric.
Federico Guida, with the project Arbor, - as the curator Mimmo di Marzio reminded us - its brilliantly into a line of research which - between painting, philosophy and sculpture - also sees contemporary art exploring the theme of the sacred in these times which, as the anthropologist professor Ivan Bargna rightly observed, never seeks the "religious" , as much as the transcendent in the form of the numinous, under the sign of the impure, of violence and contamination, of eroticism and suffering, of blood and faeces.
The exposition is accompanied by a catalogue in Italian and English edited by Prearo and curated by Mimmo di Marzio.
The exhibition is organized by Fondazione Stelline in collaboration with The Bank Contemporary Art Collection, an important collection bringing together relevant testimonies and carrying out a precise research on the new painting trends in Italy, with sporadic but significant forays into international painting. The Bank has always paid particular attention to the figurative genre, now once again of great topicality. The exhibition dedicated to Federico Guida is therefore characterized as a new stage in the path aimed at the promotion and enhancement of Italian art. Today, the collection brings together over one hundred contemporary artists and is conceived as an organism that grows, evolves and transforms to make their work known in Italy and in Europe.

Born in 1969 in Milan, where he lives and works, Federico Guida has always painted and drawn, a passion transmitted to him by his grandfather and his father. He attended the Brera Academy and worked in painter Aldo Mondino’s atelier. His painting is focused on the human figure, on ordinary people, far from the pursuit of aesthetic beauty. He boasts a solid technical preparation and a figurative language rich in personal connotations. Guida expresses himself through photography, oil colors, paints, acrylics, plaster and fabric. The naked human bodies, immortalized in twisted and intertwined poses, spur us to meditate on the drama of human existence, softened by the natural softness of the flesh that emerges in the lesson on light learned from Caravaggio. He has recounted the Milanese nights, the lunatic asylums, young and old wrecks, along a personal and unique journey in a continuous stylistic improvement, constantly paying attention to the body and soul of man. He has exhibited in many national and international shows, and his works can be found in private and public collections.

curated by Mimmo di Marzio

10 November - 11 Dicember 2022   
Gallery II, Collector's Room                      
10 November 2022 - 8 January 2023
Cloister's Quadriportico

Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. (close on Monday)
Free entry