La Cappella del Barolo ( The Barolo Chapel) by Sol LeWitt and David Tremlett, one of the first and most outstanding projects for the recovery and enhancement of the environmental context of the Langhe with interventions of contemporary international art, is now twenty years old. Built in 1914 as a shelter from storms and hailstorms for those who worked in the surrounding vineyards and never consecrated, the Chapel of SS. Madonna delle Grazie was purchased by the Ceretto family in 1970 together with 6 hectares of the prestigious Brunate vineyard, in the heart of the Barolo DOCG.
Reduced to ruins after years of neglect, it has been transformed into one of the most famous buildings in the area, the Cappella del Barolo, thanks to the Ceretto family who in 1999 entrusted a modernist reinterpretation to the genius of the artists Sol LeWitt and David Tremlett. The creative spark suddenly arose in front of a glass of Barolo and the majesty of the landscape. The artists immediately loved the idea of restoring the crumbling building through a spontaneous division of the work interventions: on the outside, geometric shapes in acid and strong colours were designed by the American master of conceptual art, Sol LeWitt; on the inside, large backgrounds in soft colours, were applied with the palm of his hand by the Englishman David Tremlett, who also designed the water reflections of the marble floor.
“I don’t think of it as a church, or as a building, painting, or sculpture. I conceive it as an object, a work of art, in which colours should be used.”
Sol LeWitt – September 1999 Il giornale dell’arte
“Our wish was to light a fire on the hill.”
David Tremlett – 10/09/1999 La Stampa
To mark the anniversary, many events are scheduled in the autumn, including a Walk organized with Torino Spiritualità and dedicated to the colors of the Chapel with a lecture by Riccardo Falcinelli (Saturday, September 14 – firstname.lastname@example.org) and the exhibition “Keeping Time” conceived by the Ceretto family togehter with the heirs of the two artists and curated by Guy Robertson (director of Mahler – LeWitt Foundation) and Tony Tremlett, son of David Tremlett (opening Saturday, September 21). For the first time, the setting of the Brunate vineyards will host an art exhibition that will be set up in the spaces of the former Ceretto distillery around the Cappella del Barolo. The anniversary is also an opportunity to tell the story thanks to a book, published by Corraini, which collects unpublished documents and retraces the history and evolution of the project that led to the fruitful bond between art and the Langhe.
Opening: Saturday, 21 September 2019
Vigneto Brunate, località La Morra
Cappella del Barolo – Brunate di La Morra CN, Italia
GPS Coordinates 44°37’41.312”N 7°56’41.824”E;
The inauguration is open to the public. Access only by shuttle from Piazza Vittorio Emanuele in La Morra.
The exhibition will be open until October 13, Fridays – Sundays from 3 pm to 6 pm,