Body and Soul 2017

Body and Soul

“I’m all for you, body and soul”

Body and soul, mind and brain, two classical dichotomies of the history of thought, poetry, and music that in the current way of feeling have no reason to exist. Neuroscience tells us in a thousand ways that our thinking comes from our bodies, our brains first.
Ramon y Cajal, who called the neurons las misteriosas mariposas del alma, sensed and poetically formulated the idea that the elusive secrets of mental life had substance, biological substance, and changeable as butterflies.
The brain and its cells are therefore not seen as an abstract calculating machine from the body, but as one with it, continuously informed of what happens in and of the body and that, in response to these signals, adapts the behavior and adapts itself.

The visceral brain, the limbic brain, which controls emotions, is an important interface between the internal, mental, and body world and external world stimuli.
The functioning of the visceral brain can in turn be modulated by ritual behavior (the mantras or the prayers of different religions) or by self-treatment techniques, such as those of meditation, centered on the conscious control of the rhythms of the body, first of all, the breath.
The control of the breath, the attention to the breath, integral parts of most meditation techniques, modify in turn the rhythm of the heart.
The interpersonal physical relationship then contributes to enhancing the body’s recovery to the relationship with that part of the brain that gives us emotion.


The exhibition Offrimi il Cuore

The event Body and Soul begins with the multimedia exhibition Offrimi il Cuore by Antonello Fresu, hosted in the Church of San Carpoforo from 3 to 15 March: there we will have an interpretation of how the artistic musical gesture can be influenced by the perception of bodily intimacy, in this case, the very heartbeat of our heart, the generator of the most essential of biological rhythms in turn so deeply influenced by mental life and neural mechanisms that govern emotions.

To inaugurate the exhibition on 3th March, the poet Aldo Nove*


To close it, on March 15, the performance of the musician Paolo Fresu*


The exhibition BreraBicocca 2017: Body and Soul

The exhibition Body and Soul, held at the University of Milan-Bicocca (opening March 21st, 2017 closing April 21st, 2017), will show the best works of the students of the Brera Academy urged by Offrimi il Cuore and lectures of the University professors on the psychobiology of the relationship between body and soul.

Below the works exhibited:

The Award Ceremony of BreraBicocca 2016

As usual, at the opening of the exhibition, on March 21st there will be the award ceremony of the best students who exhibited at the exhibition of Brerabicocca2016, Action and Perception, in addition to the award for the second time of the Brerabicocca Prize to a celebrated Master of contemporary figurative arts.
The image combines three concepts. The butterflies of the soul, the neurons, as Ramon y Cajal called them, and the interface between the visceral brain and the viscera par excellence, the heart, to recall the exhibition Offer me the Heart.
The concept is inspired, in part, by a multimedia work by Antonio Battro.

BreraBicocca Award 2017 – Masters

This year the Brerabicocca Award dedicated to the masters is awarded to Grazia Varisco for the constant commitment to research and experimentation in the field of visual arts.

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Grazia Varisco was born in Milan on October 5, 1937.

From 1956 to 1960 she attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Brera, a pupil of Achille Funi.

In 1960 she joined the T Group with Giovanni Anceschi, Davide Boriani, Gianni Colombo, and Gabriele Devecchi, participating in all the events of the group, at the art exhibitions planned and those of the Nouvelle Tendance.

Since the mid-1960s, Grazia Varisco has been experimenting independently, creating the series of Variable Light Patterns (1964) and Frangible Patterns (1968-71).

From 1969 to 1973 she traveled frequently to the United States, where she had numerous meetings with artists and scholars.

In the 70s she devoted himself to graphics, design, and the relationship between programming and randomness.

From 1981 to 2007 she teaches at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan.

She participates in important national and international exhibitions including: Biennale di Venezia – Italy, 1964 and 1986; Quadriennale di Roma – Italy, 1965, 1973, and 1999; Trigon di Graz – Austria, 1977; Electra al Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris – France, 1983; Toyama Now Triennial at the Museum of Modern Art in Toyama – Japan, 1990.

In 2007, on the recommendation of the Academy of San Luca, she receives from President Giorgio Napolitano the Premio nazionale Presidente della Repubblica for sculpture.

Her works appear in museums and public and private collections in Italy and abroad, including: GNAM – Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna di Roma – Italy; Mambo di Bologna – Italy; Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Gallarate (VA) – Italy; Museo di Villa Croce di Genova – Italy; Museo del ‘900 di Milano – Italia; Museo di Ciudad Bolivar – Colombia; Museo di Würzburg – Germania; Moma – Museum of Modern Art di New York – USA.

BreraBicocca Award 2016 – Students

The winners exhibited at the exhibition Perception and Action of Brerabicocca 2016 and are:

  • Virginia Dal Magro: Brera Bicocca Award – Banca Generali
    “Autoritratto a memoria” 2016 100×70 cm, mixed technique on paper.


  • Dario Taverna: Studio Fabio Mauri – Associazione per l’Arte l’Esperimento del Mondo Award
    “Voyeur” 2016 light box di 31,7×21,7×16,5 cm, mixed technique.


  • Luana Corrias: Big Size Art Award
    “Protesi” 2016 180×110 cm, mixed technique on jute.


  • Michela Usanza: Audience Award
    “N°2” 2016 90×140 cm, acrylic on canva.


Extra materials

Program of the Inauguration


Videos of the event


BreraBicocca2017 Award to Grazia Varisco



The BreraBicocca Project is in collaboration with the Association BigSizeArt, Banca Generali and Fondazione Cariplo.