Virgilio's Dream

Virgilio's Dream

Italian artist Roberto Ruspoli has interpreted the spirit of Molteni&C’s 2023 Collection with his wall painting Virgilio's Dream, forming a backdrop for the company’s new products.

It represents the imaginary room of the young Virgil, where his first poetic visions are formed. It is a setting in which nature re-emerges from the falling plaster and cracked walls, penetrating the architectural elements, while a playful Zephyr delights in blending it all together.

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“I like being able to interact with contemporary design, creating something that somehow goes beyond time,” says Ruspoli. “I have tried to bring back the element of the fresco, which has always existed since ancient Rome. There are many classical elements in this installation.”

Mateo Table | New Collection 2023 – design Vincent Van Duysen Mateo Table | New Collection 2023 – design Vincent Van Duysen

Ruspoli is an internationally renowned painter and sculptor whose works are developed through formal, instinct-driven processes that provide them with a timeless stylistic hallmark. Figures rendered in subtle lines explore the world of archetypes. His creative genesis derives from many aspects: the space, the objects that punctuate it and the colours that animate it. It is a process of listening and mimesis that gives a voice to the soul of a place with an instinctive, physical creation.

“I like working on wall surfaces because I feel like I am transcending the object,” he says. “It gives me a huge sense of freedom. I like to work on something that is not an object and becomes a poem in itself.”

Roberto Ruspoli

Roberto Ruspoli | PH Philippe Garcia Roberto Ruspoli | PH Philippe Garcia

Roberto Ruspoli was born in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1972. Upon completing his studies in Rome, he moved to New York, where he studied painting at the School of Visual Arts. Here, he organised his first exhibitions and collaborated with some of the main players in the American cultural scene, which had a strong influence on his style.

In 1995 he started an artistic alliance with gallery owner Plinio De Martiis, founder of the historic La Tartaruga gallery in Rome. In 1999, he took part in the play O Dido by Pina Bausch, a co-production between Rome’s Teatro Argentina and Wuppertal’s Tanzteater, of which Bausch was the artistic director. In 2015, his works were exhibited at Galerie Francesco Vangelli de’ Cresci in Paris, and in 2018 he collaborated with architect Fabrizio Casiraghi on the AD Intérieurs exhibition. Today he continues his artistic research through exploring different expressive languages.

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