Rose di Pietra is a meeting place and exposition space for important avant-garde artists, whose works are present in major Italian and European collections.
Their sculptures, paintings, collages and other works grace the rooms and outdoor areas of the agriturismo. Art installations change frequently as new visiting artists are invited to stay at Rose di Pietra and create new works here, and as existing artists return to add to or refashion the artistic landscape.
Many featured artists are members of Due Sotto L’Ombrello, an artists’ cooperative in nearby Ovada. Guests at Rose di Pietra automatically become members of the cooperative, giving them free access to the exhibitions, inaugurations, concerts, lectures, and other events regularly held there. Thus they join the artistic community that created – and continues to shape – Rose di Pietra.
Nicolò is the genius loci of Rose di Pietra, an ever-present whirlwind of creative energy in his workshop and his greenhouses. Every object he uses has a past – scythes, ploughshares, ancient bicycles, desk drawers, rusty mechanisms from some unfamiliar, noisy machine long since grown silent. Before these were art they were active, tools for digging in the earth, for movement, for doing and making. From such deeply human artifacts he constructs new images, stripping them down to essential forms, searching for deeper continuities, digging out root causes. It is art but also play, as he did as a child when he tirelessly disassembled and reassembled his toys and bicycles. Today he is always ready to leap from his car to rescue an object stranded by the side of the road; his restless eyes scan junkyards, flea markets, old barns, the basements and [sottoscale] of his friends for some battered, broken, precious object to liberate from its bondage. And start finding new forms within.