Mitoraj nella chiesa di Sant'Agostino a Pietrasanta: un controverso caso di arte contemporanea nell'antico
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: 73-74, 2021
Mitoraj in the church of Sant’Agostino, Pietrasanta: a controversial case of contemporary art in ancient
The subject of this essay is the placement of a sculpture by Igor Mitoraj, a bronze lunette representing the Annunciation, on the façade of the Gothic church of Sant’Agostino in Pietrasanta, Lucca. The report of the intervention, carried out in 2013 against many criticisms and oppositions, thanks to the support by the Superintendency for Cultural Heritage of Lucca, is an opportunity for a thorough examination of the problem of inserting contemporary art in the context of historical architectural monuments. The text frames, first, the main methodological issues posed by the relationship between the old and the new; secondly, it discusses some parallels with similar interventions, dealing with the addition of modern sculpture works in ancient churches, such as the addition of new altars for liturgical adaptation of presbyters, and the creation of new bronze portals in façades. Finally, the analysis of the specific case is carried out, by applying to it the appropriate concepts of the theory of restoration.