An interest in the body, the connection with the spiritual plane, astrology, and the influence of Indian culture can all be seen in the works of Francesco Clemente (b. 1952). The stanza or room mentioned in the title evokes Renaissance chambers or rooms, where refuge was sought from the outside world. They were spaces that encouraged rest, contemplation, and calm. If the walls of this gallery could talk, they would reveal the hidden secrets of such an intimate room.
This installation by Francesco Clemente was commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao for its inaugural exhibition in 1997. The seventeen panels comprising it were painted with oil and tempera on the remains of a theater curtain; as if it were a fresco, they unfold on the walls and frame the entrances to contiguous spaces. The monumentality of the space and the work emanate grandiosity and envelop the spectator.