Renowned Italian sculptor, painter and printmaker Mimmo Paladino has become perhaps the first to turn a private jet into a work of art with the installation of a painted Piaggio P.180 Avanti II aircraft at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. Dubbed the “Cacciatore di Stelle” (Star Hunter). Paladino decorated the turboprop with ancestral symbols, constellations and geometrical designs in homage to the skies in which it travels.
The “Cacciatore di Stelle” is part of the “anthological and personal” exhibition of Paladino’s work hosted by the Palazzo Reale, the seat of government of the Italian city of Milan for many centuries and today is an important cultural centre, including more than 50 of his artworks from the ‘70s to the present day. Alberto Galassi, CEO of Piaggio Aero Industries notes, “We are very proud that Master Mimmo Paladino has now been inspired by a Piaggio Aero P.180 aircraft and that he would turn it into a unique work of art. The P.180 Avanti has been chosen because it can be considered a work of art itself, as an expression of Italian genius in design and engineering, that’s why this creation is an unprecedented event .”
Mimmo Paladino’s art has been interpreted and displayed using the distinctive Piaggio P.180 Avanti II aircraft. This is the first time in the world an aircraft has been painted by a contemporary artist.
The metamorphosis of the P.180 Avanti into” Cacciatore di Stelle ” (Star Hunter) recalls both the past and the future, through its decoration with ancestral symbols and possible new ways of communicating: constellations of signs, encompass geometrical spaces to create a celestial map.
The whole exposition dedicated to Paladino will take place along a 500 meters path, which makes it the longest display dedicated to a contemporary artist.