'Divina Natura' at The Field Museum

by elle eichinger | June 24, 2013 | Homepage Latest The Latest

All across the country this year, cities are paying homage to the Year of Italian Culture with events, installations, and more. The Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago has a jam-packed local lineup of events for 2013, one of which takes place on the lawn of The Field Museum tonight at 9:30 pm.

“Divina Natura” is a one-night-only light and sound installation by acclaimed Italian artist Marco Nereo Rotelli, projected against the north and west façades of The Field Museum in vivid splendor. The piece inherently merges the past and present: using modern technology, Rotelli presents a work inspired by the “Inferno,” part of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, a classic that was penned in the 14th century.

The event incorporates all types of art, though. As Rotelli’s illuminated text, images, numbers, and symbols dance across the exterior of the museum, music by soprano Karolina Dvoraka and a soundtrack by Adrian Leverkuhn and Thomas Masters will accompany. Local poets will also do readings—in various languages—of original works inspired by passages from Dante’s epic poem. The event is free and open to the public. 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-9410

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