Forme nel Verde is an international exhibition of contemporary sculpture, which takes place every year, from July to October, in the Horti Leonini in San Quirico d’Orcia, one of Italy’s most famous and particular parks. The exhibition was inaugurated in 1971 by Mario Guidotti, who acted on his impulse to ‘de-musealize’ art and bringing it, living and breathing, to people and their everyday lives. For Guidotti it was obvious that concrete sculpture, so emblematic of contemporary art, should be found in a sea of green, tucked between the geometric lines of a typical Italian-style garden. A garden like Horti Leonini, which was created by Diomede Leoni on designs, it seems, by Michelangelo.
Dozens of editions later, the event has adhered to a winning formula, namely “taking the artworks outside”. It has gifted Val d’Orcia with works from some of the most illustrious names in Italian and international sculpture, from Costantino Nivola to Augusto Perez, from Sinisca to Kurt Laurenz Metzler, from Tagliolini to Spender and Ogata.
It treats art, therefore, as an expression and an element of the landscape, with statues that almost seem to nestle in the green of the hedges. Art within art, then, for the garden of the Horti Leonini is a work of art in itself, one of the most important and precious jewels that San Quirico d’Orcia exhibits to the public every year.