Between East and West, between silence and words, waiting to start something or to be surprised by the wonder of an unexpected encounter. The West-Diwan Room lives on the border between the outside of the nature that surrounds and inspires the architecture and the inside of an architecture designed to host events of absolute value, conferences and exclusive moments of confrontation and conviviality.
Its space houses together time past and time present. The name of the room pays homage to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s late compositions, which encounters Persian poetry and mysticism. On the wall, Gianfranco Gentile’s “Forse si salveranno le meduse” (“Perhaps the jellyfish will save themselves”) recalls the famous Th odore G ricault’s “Raft of the Medusa” in the provocative form of parody, in order to relate the shipwreck of the human capability to feel empathy for other species and to sense the fate that is common to every living being.
With its over 40-years history, the stunning Steinway & Sons piano leads a symphony that does not forget the role of soloists, but rather emphasizes it. The white stucco with golden veins, the Venetian floor, the marble, parchment and cypress wood furniture are just some of the original elements that inspire a polyphony of materials and suggestions.
To adorn the atrium, the Caltagirone custom-made heads in combination with the stuccoes and the table in Rosso Levanto marble designed by the architect Botturi. The Mirror and cabinet of the early ‘900 and the Bohemia crystals lamp create suggestive flashes of reflections and lights, multiplying the expressive force of the symphony of the 20 (venti, which means also winds in italian) that gather around the table, each with its unique and authentic voice.
Water suggests a metaphorical immersion in the most precious time, the time of listening. Hours and seasons of life follow one another according to their most authentic value – being a dimension of encounter which is absolutely different from the speechless frenzy of routine – the dimension of Freedom, which, from its romantic representation by Eug ne Delacroix, comes to question us here and now.
Thus, the line taken from Montale’s “Falsetto” (“in the water you find and renew yourself ”) and carved into the pool over which the statues of the Seasons stand guard, inspires a different attitude and ethical posture to those who, just a few meters away, are about to listen to the words of a conference, a presentation, a company meeting.
Arcadia. Historical region of ancient Greece, idealised landscape of pastoral poetry, where man and nature live in harmony, source of inspiration for the poets who gathered around the eternal values of classicism at the end of the 17th century.
Convivial space in perfect balance between inside and outside – between the meditative atmosphere of the rooms and the suggestive view that from Largo della Metafisica wander to the West – the Arcadia Orangerie takes its inspiration from a place suspended between history and myth, collecting its legacy. It does so through the surprising and disorienting contamination of works capable of bringing exquisitely contemporary pop culture figures into classic scenarios and stylistic elements – the Japanese Captain Harlok and Kenshiro, the female figures of Mucha’s Art Nouveau posters.
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