On the occasion of the 56th Salone Internazionale del Mobile (4-9th April, 2017), the major international event in the industry and the principal Milanese showcase, the Baglioni Hotel Carlton is paying tribute to Milan and its great cultural and artistic tradition, refreshing its own design in refined and spectacular style.
The hotel, located between Via Senato and Via della Spiga, in the Navigli (canal) district where spinning mills also once stood, will shine with the stunning light of a contemporary art installation designed by the Master of Luminography himself, Gaspare Di Caro. Born in Nice to Italian parents originally from Comiso, a town in the beautiful province of Ragusa (South Italy), he has been called the “Painter of Light”. His works have been seen and admired around the world, from Spain to France and Italy, from the United States to South America and Cuba. His creations include the marvellous illuminations of Christ the Redeemer in Rio De Janeiro, the Cathedral of Havana, created to celebrate the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, the Trevi Fountain in Rome and, most recently, the cathedral in Santiago de Cuba. He has recently been called to illuminate the Promenade des Anglais in Nice after the massacre of July 14, 2016, and St John’s Cathedral in Malta with a performance inspired by Caravaggio.
The artist will use the Baglioni Hotel Carlton project to create a fresco of light on the building facade that reflects the features of the interior and exterior, inspired by the fabrics and carpets that are such a remarkable feature of the hotel, and is a contemporary evocation of the age of enlightenment of 18th century Milan. This is an ecological project, with no environmental impact or light pollution thanks to the techniques involved with architectural accuracy projecting hand-drawn images, site-specific, so that the features and locations have been coloured as if by a painter’s brush. Di Caro therefore refashions and enhances the prestigious status of the Baglioni Hotel Carlton with a brilliant, sophisticated and eco-friendly quality, giving its urban presence a new dimension that is at the cutting edge of Milanese visual arts, fashion and design.
The light installation at the Carlton Hotel Baglioni is produced by Art for Communication and has been curated by Lorenzo Canova, historian, art critic and exhibition curator in Italian and international museums and public spaces.