ARNE QUINZE "LUPINES"
JUNE 20 - OCTOBER, 2024
MENEGHETTI SCULPTURE GARDEN
curated by Reiner Opoku
About the Exhibition
Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery, a Relais & Chateaux property, nestled in southern Istria in the midst of vineyards and olive groves, announces the opening of its new sculpture garden with a series of monumental sculptures by Arne Quinze. Set across 120,000 square meters of the recently opened winery and wine complex as well as the hotel grounds, the open-air exhibition, curated by Reiner Opoku, offers an enchanting fusion of contemporary sculpture and rural nature, bringing new colors and light to the property. The inaugural show titled Lupines, inspired by the typical flower of southern Istria symbolizing imagination and the cycle of life, will be on view from June 20 – October 2024. The new sculpture garden marks the first of many more exhibitions and cultural programming at the property in a continuous endeavor to present contemporary art in the region.
Surrounded by vast natural landscapes, cultural monuments, and UNESCO world heritage sites, the park provides an immersive experience that harmoniously blends the natural beauty of the hotel’s surrounding vineyards with the artistic vision of Arne Quinze. The Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery, a family-owned estate and unique destination on the Adriatic coast, combines nature, art, gastronomy, and hospitality. Surrounded by an abundance of natural wonders, vineyards, olive groves, and the crystal blue Adriatic Sea, the estate evokes the ambiance of its rich history, emulating the Istrian lifestyle, architecture, and local spirit.
With the unveiling of this new sculpture garden, the Meneghetti Wine Hotel & Winery offers
its guests and the local community an unparalleled encounter of art and hospitality in a picturesque setting.
Arne Quinze has created an exclusive selection of visually striking pieces for the new Meneghetti Sculpture Garden. Known for his lively interpretation of nature and all of its mesmerizing cycles, Quinze brings a buoyant air of a transforming garden to Istria. With his use of material, color and organic shapes, the sculptures create a new sense of nature and inspire contemplation at the historic villa. The captivating two to five-meter-tall installations take visitors on a journey of beauty and tranquility in the abundance of lush greenery and spacious countryside adjacent to the hotel.
The park showcases Quinze’s ability to transform masses of aluminum into a series of unique sculptures balancing ideas of beauty and equilibrium.
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Images: Dave Bruel courtesy of the artist