The museum and the oratory of Santa Maria della Vita host the exhibition Pellegrini, viaggiatori, viandanti by Sergio Zanni from May 18 to June 26, 2016. Sixteen terracotta sculptures, some of which are large, and seven mixed-media drawings: an exhibit that shows exemplarily the intellectual and modern path of Sergio Zanni, a sculptor who always considers the theme of the passage, transit, travel as a theme of reflection and inspiration.
The exhibition takes place in the rooms of the ancient city hospital that for hundreds of years has welcomed pilgrims, travelers and patients. The exhibit is also intended as a tribute to the Jubilee of Mercy still ongoing.
The terracotta sculptures by Zanni are a continuation of the work that so many other sculptors through the centuries have made for the Sanctuary and the Oratory, such as the "Compianto" by Niccolò dell’Arca and the statues on the facade by Tullo Golfarelli as well as Algardi, Luigi Acquisti and Alfonso Lombardi from Ferrara.
The wayfarers represented by lone and aimless travelers, nomad artists and impenetrable characters represent the difficult battle for survival, the dominant theme in the work by Zanni, but his works, far from distressing, invite you to smile due to a search always conducted on the fil rouge of the irony and tenaciously pervaded with poetry.
The exhibition Pellegrini, viaggiatori, viandanti is organized by Azienda USL di Bologna in cooperation with Fondazione Carisbo and Genus Bononiae and is curated by Graziano Campanini and Francesca Pisani.