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Simon Berger: The Doors of Perception

The exhibition “The Doors of Perception” by Swiss artist Simon Berger in the Sala delle Pietre of the Civic Museum of Sansepolcro


In this exhibition, Simon Berger embraces the city’s artistic heritage as the starting point for a commentary that develops from Aldous Huxley’s autobiographical book published in 1954, in which the author describes Piero della Francesca’s Resurrection as “the greatest painting in the world”, thus saving it from the bombings of World War II. Later, in his autobiographical account, the English writer examines the Renaissance artist’s work with reference to the drapery, thus opening up the semantics of contemplation to new modes of vision. With The Doors of Perception, the Swiss artist undertakes to investigate precisely these mechanisms of the observing mind, that solitary universe in which the infinite vagueness of imagination and conception come together.
Through an immersive installation of box-shaped glass canvases, the labyrinthine structures of the human intellect are replicated, playing with the illusion of sight and the seduction of the senses.
In his works, Simon Berger transforms the very act of destruction into a possibility, outlining a new paradigm of anti-creation that resonates through the cracks and creases he carves with a hammer. His lacerated portraits lead the eye into the tangle of transparent wounds that he calls ‘morphogenesis’. A pioneer of this technique, through destruction, the artist allows beauty to emerge.
The hammer is no longer simply a tool but becomes an amplifier of effect. The reciprocity of this dialogue between past and present is sealed by Simon Berger’s donation of the work ‘Eyes of Perception’, which thus becomes part of the collection of the Museo Civico di Sansepolcro.



Every day, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM – 7:00 PM


Full price / € 12.00
Reduced price / € 9.00
Special reduced price / € 6.00 for children aged 11 to 18


The reduced price ticket is available for groups of at least 10 people, young individuals aged 19 to 25, special agreements in place with the Museum, and Sansepolcro residents.
The free ticket is available for children under 10 years old, disabled individuals and their accompanying person, accredited journalists, one companion for each group, two companions for each school group, ICOM members, tourist guides (with a valid professional license), military personnel, schools in Sansepolcro, active users registered at the “Dionisio Roberti” Municipal Library.


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From July 2nd to September 30th, 2023


Museo Civico
Via Niccolò Aggiunti, 65