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Stefano Arienti. Antipolvere

Displayed in the main hall of Palazzo Santa Margherita, the exhibition covers 25 years of the career of one of the best known and most widely recognised Italian artists on an international level, investigating the originality of his way of understanding the practice of drawing in particular, as well as his approach to styles, media and models.

Saturday 25 March at 6pm marks the opening of the exhibition Antipolvere, a solo show at the Galleria Civica di Modena by Stefano Arienti.

Displayed in the main hall of Palazzo Santa Margherita, the exhibition covers 25 years of the career of one of the best known and most widely recognised Italian artists on an international level, investigating the originality of his way of understanding the practice of drawing in particular, as well as his approach to styles, media and models.

Works both on paper and on unusual supports like the large-scale drawings on tarpaulins, commissioned by public institutions and private foundations alike – as well as by companies like Ermenegildo Zegna and Kartell – testify to a relentless research path in which the images are subjected to an endless process of study and variation: photocopied, traced, outlined with perforations, woven or rendered in gold.

The title of the exhibition, Antipolvere, refers not only to the material – the dust sheets used on building sites and adopted in several of the works on show – but also to a way of looking to the past without judging it as ‘dusty’, reappraising it and renewing our view of it constantly without any sense of awe or detachment. This attitude concerns the concept of the image as a whole; as the artist states: “we live in a kind of dictatorship of objects and therefore of images, and it might seem that they merely need to be consumed; instead we can quite easily get inside them, produce new ones and bring them to life differently, making them independent from the past but also from ourselves.”

Among the works selected, two previously unseen ones produced in 2017 with which Stefano Arienti offers a personal yet contemporary interpretation of the Italian artistic tradition. The first is a work conceived for the Museo Civico of Asola, the artist’s hometown, and previewed here in Modena: a diptych inspired by the organ panels painted by Romanino for the town’s cathedral. The second is a work dedicated specifically to Modena and produced thanks to the collaboration of the Galleria Estense: Arienti wanted to address the altarpiece by El Greco, one of the masterpieces stored in the Modenese museum, thus paying homage to the modernity of the late-Renaissance master.

In the exhibition, among the other works, there are also projects in which members of the public become protagonists of the artistic process, like in the great signature books, or when they are invited to interact with the works, as is the case of ‘I nomi di Ciserano’ (an environment made up of black- dyed carpets and hand-decorated cushions) and the photocopy books, genuine working tools that become artist’s volumes available to visitors.

A collection of various cycles of images will also be projected in a customised environment in an original manner by the artist, while in the cloister of Palazzo Santa Margherita, a large canvas will be on display, produced in 2012 for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, never before shown in Italy.

The exhibition itinerary comes to a close with a video documentary produced by the Galleria Civica di Modena, in which the artist recounts his own poetics through the works on show. An extract focusing on the work inspired by the El Greco’s altarpiece will be visible online on the Galleria Estense website (www.gallerie-estensi.beniculturali.it).

On this occasion, the artist’s book Fuori registro will be published, published by Corraini Edizioni, Mantua.

 

Exhibition Stefano Arienti. Antipolvere

Curated by Daniele De Luigi and Serena Goldoni

Venue Palazzo Santa Margherita (Main Hall), Corso Canalgrande 103, Modena

When 25 March – 16 July 2017

Opening 25 March 6pm

Organisation and Production Galleria Civica di Modena, Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena

Opening Hours Wednesdays – Fridays 10.30am – 1pm and 4pm – 7.30pm; Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 10.30am – 7.30pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Entrance free
Press Office Pomilio Blumm
Irene Guzman tel. +39 349 1250956, email irene.guzman@comune.modena.it information Galleria Civica di Modena, corso Canalgrande 103, 41121 Modena

tel. +39 059 2032911/2032940 – fax +39 059 2032932 www.galleriacivicadimodena.it Museo Associato AMACI.

Event type Mostra
When Mar 25, 2017 to
Jul 16, 2017
Venue Palazzo Santa Margherita
Opening 25 March, 6pm
Curated by Daniele De Luigi e Serena Goldoni
Organization and production

Galleria Civica di Modena and Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena in collaboration with the Associazione Lemniscata e fuse*

Press preview 23 March, 11.00am
Time

Wednesday – Friday 10.30am – 1pm / 4pm – 7.30pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holidays 10.30am – 7,30pm; closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Price free
Info

Galleria Civica di Modena,
Corso Canalgrande 103, 41121 Modena
tel. +39 059 2032911/2032940 - fax +39 059 2032932
www.galleriacivicadimodena.it

Press

Irene Guzman
tel. +39 349 1250956 | irene.guzman@comune.modena.it
Images and press releases may be downloaded from the Press Room on the Galleria Civica di Modena website.

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