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VITTORIO CORSINI. Amongst voices, papers, brambles and nocturnes


On Saturday 17th March 2012 at 6pm in the Galleria Civica di Modena, in the Palazzina dei Giardini exhibition space, the solo show "Tra voci, carte, rovi e notturni" by Vittorio Corsini (a special project designed specifically for the historic ducal hothouse) will be inaugurated. Promoted and organised in collaboration with the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio of Modena and curated by Marco Pierini, the exhibition presents almost exclusively new works with one exception – although dated 1990 it has never been displayed before now – all revolving around the theme of territory.


Installations, sculptures and an animated video are all featured in this exhibition dedicated entirely to the landscape, meant not as a pre-constituted and unchangeable paradigm to be reproduced and perpetuated, but rather as a fluid element in which daily life takes place, relationships are established, and transformations follow one after the other.


Corsini’s research has always focused on the concept and the ways of living, the dynamics concerning life in both domestic and public spaces and the relationships that are established between individuals inside these places. In this Modenese show, his research comes to light through his use of various different media and languages as well as the use of heterogeneous materials – glass, metal, paper, ink, sawdust, neon lights – through which the artist weaves a web in search of what the cartographic representation of the landscape is unable to tell us. The recorded voice of Paolo Nori reading a specially written story provides the setting for a work on paper which spreads over much of the wall surface of one of the wings of the Palazzina, featuring a hand-drawing of the landscape of the Modenese hills, within which a human presence is indicated by the names and nicknames of its inhabitants.


The territory returns once more in “Geografia”, rendered here in the form of curving lines traced using black & white sawdust on the floor, forming a kind of carpet which – like the landscape of which it offers a simplified image – changes every time we move through it, despite remaining constantly recognisable. The stroke that ‘writes’ the landscape is also the subject of the small sculpture of a mountain covered in rivulets of black ink, as well as the animated video: a slow panoramic shot of a territory showing a series of minor, entirely natural events.


While “Risaia” (1990) – the glass and metal work installed beneath the cupola of the Palazzina – comes to terms once more with a historic idea of nature, ‘Eros 10.5’ and ‘Eros 10.7’ offer a more updated reading of it in which Eros appears in the colourful delivery of an exclamation – no longer of a single syllable – synaesthetically entrusted to the neon lettering inserted within a steel thicket and similarly metallic reeds.


The last room houses a number of monochromes in which every mark linked to the landscape is eliminated, while the light cast from the right suggests a deeply nocturnal dimension.


The catalogue, published by Silvana Editoriale, is in both English and Italian, and features a text by the curator, Marco Pierini, a new short story by Paolo Nori and an essay by Franco Farinelli, professor of geography at the University of Bologna.

The exhibition, on show until 10th June, is open from Wednesday to Friday from 10.30am until 1pm and from 4pm until 7.30pm. on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays it is open non-stop from 10.30am until 7.30pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Entrance free.


Biographical notes

Vittorio Corsini was born in Cecina (Livorno) in 1956. He lives and works in Florence. His main solo shows include that at the Galleria L’Attico, Rome, (1991); the Galleria Cardi, Milan (1994); the Galleria Artra, Milan and the ACP Galerie, Salzburg (1997); the Esso Gallery, New York; ex San Niccolò Hospital, Conolly Pavillion, Siena, and Palazzo Bricherasio, Turin (1998); the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna (1999); the Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena and the Galleria Artra, Milan (2002); the Villa Romana, Florence (2004); the Galleria Claudio Poleschi, Lucca (2007); the Oratorio di Santa Maria della Vita, Bologna (2008); the MACRO, Rome, and the Galleria CorsoVeneziaotto, Milan, (2010); the MACRO, Rome and the Galleria Giacomo Guidi, Rome (2011).

He teaches sculpture on the two-year specialisation course at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts.


Event type Mostra
When Mar 17, 2012 to
Jun 10, 2012
Venue Palazzina dei Giardini
Opening 17th March at 6pm
Curated by Marco Pierini

Wednesday-Friday 10.30am-1pm; 4pm-7.30pm
Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 10.30am-7.30pm
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Price free

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