Delle città come dei sogni

black charcoal on wall, postcards, 2023

‘Delle città come dei sogni’ (Of cities like dreams ) is an interdisciplinary project which, through a hybrid path between drawing and installation, intends to reinterpret in a contemporary key one of the key themes of Italo Calvino's production on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of the great Italian writer.
Cities are a set of many things, writes Calvino: of memory, of desires, of signs of a language, words, memories. Fascinated and full of curiosity, Catalli follows these suggestions by creating a dreamlike exhibition itinerary, nevertheless capable of deeply investigating our time and its weaknesses. Between the infinitely small and the immensely large, interiors and exteriors, magical intuitions, the artist moves and re-imagines situations, scenarios and adventures, not without bringing into play punctual reflections on our contemporaneity, in which the very concept of city is put to the test by a succession of calamities and states of emergency. Among the works on display, "The clouds - the sky above the city" and "Diary - the silence", declinations of invisible cities: a collection of images created by hand and then printed on postcards that the public can dedicate and then send. A journey that will be mapped making Calderara di Reno the center of a newborn global city.

Curated by Adiacenze, in collaboration with Casa della Cultura Italo Calvino - Calderara


Daniele Catalli is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice embraces a wide range of media, including drawing, installation, publishing, animation and performance.