The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, July 25, 2014


Gilberto Zorio, Protagonist of the Arte Povera Phenomenon, Exhibits in Spain
Gilberto Zorio, Stella di cuoio su giavellotti, 2007. Courtesy: Oredania Arti Contemporanee, Roma /Canoa che ruota, 2009. Photo: Mark Ritchie.

By: Miguel von Hafe Pérez

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA.- When accepting the responsibility of managing CGAC’s program in a extremely short period of time, I was certain from the beginning of one thing: bringing Gilberto Zorio to Santiago de Compostela, an artist whom in 1990, at the start of my professional career, had bestowed one of the most mysterious and glowing exhibitions held at the Casa de Serralves in Porto. The images of the pieces then and the sounds invading the aseptic spaces of the art deco building, have stayed with me ever since through unforeseeable manifestations.

It may have been the hand of fate that made it possible for a yearning to coincide with the effective possibility of making it happen. The fact that the MAMbo in Bologna had inaugurated in October a very important exhibition of the artist, featuring works dating from the sixties until present day, revealed itself as a unique opportunity. The exhibition evolved around a non chronological discourse, highlighting the 'organicness' constantly emphasized by the artist, conceiving each of his exhibitions by taking into account the offered space.

This is an absolutely key fact in the creative process of Gilberto Zorio. The aim is not merely to shatter any kind of historic tendency when assessing his work, neither seeking associations nor confrontations between pieces of different periods, but rather to integrate, model and incorporate the architectural space within the exhibition narrative as such. Here, in Santiago de Compostela, the spaces devised by the architect Siza Vieira have posed an additional challenge; the differences in scale and the more or less open separations are now stage for an intense dialogue with the ephemeral architecture incorporated by Zorio into the space, destabilising its proportions, creating new unwieldy paths and blocking fields of vision which the accustomed spectator would normally recognise.

The exhibition is presented as a living organism inhabiting a building, a beat whose epicentre is the colossal Torre Stella Santiago, a sort of heart irradiating all the questions the artist puts forward to the spectator through works of art.

The work of Zorio tends to confront the spectator in this permanent state of bewilderment. Also, the artist takes pleasure in controlling his past in such continuous curiosity, reflecting on the differentiated perception processes the pieces themselves may inspire in different contexts. It therefore assembles a constantly evolving present, much in the same way as some of his works alter through physical and chemical conditions that establish more or less radical and noticeable variations. Hence this is a unique moment for (re)introducing the work of this seminal author in the establishment of the creative landscape of contemporary art. It is a privilege for which I must express my deepest gratitude towards the curator of the exhibition, Gianfranco Maraniello, and especially towards the artist who has devoted himself to this project with tremendous enthusiasm. During the conversations we held, numerous times we mentioned the virtue and excellence of the worker, without whom the world would not go beyond ideas with different degrees of factuality. Seeing him wander about his constructions and pieces whilst the first distorted and amplified chords of the Internationale echo within the museum spaces, I think about the demand for a dream and the utopia as hope for a future we know as uncertain and fluctuating as the certainties and assurances imposed on us. Bewilderment and curiosity, accurate words in a time of disenchantment.

Gilberto Zorio | Arte Povera | Spain |


Today's News

April 16, 2010

London's Victoria and Albert Museum Showcases Grace Kelly's Glamorous Wardrobe

First Comprehensive Survey of Soviet Non-Conformist Art at Haunch of Venizon

NYPD Called About Rooftop Art Confused for Jumpers

Christie's New York April Photography Week Totals $9.2 Million

Sotheby's Second Contemporary Art: Turkish Sale Achieves 2.4 Million Pounds

Tel Aviv Museum of Art Presents Exhibition Including Degas' 74 Known Bronzes

Andrew Shire Gallery Presents "Mind Game", a Group Exhibition

Photographers' Gallery is the Exclusive Launch Venue for New Polaroid Film

Brian Jungen Wins the 2010 Gershon Iskowitz Prize at the AGO

Masters of Photography Sale, Including 275 Items, at artnet Auctions

Vivienne Westwood Fashion Image to Sell at Bonhams Photography Auction

Ringling Museum Names Matthew McLendon Associate Curator of Art

Gilberto Zorio, Protagonist of the Arte Povera Phenomenon, Exhibits in Spain

Sprüth Magers Opens Exhibition by Self-Taught Photographer Jean-Luc Mylayne

Christie's Presents the Spring Sale of 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

Solo Exhibition Featuring the Work of Chakaia Booker at Galerie Pfriem

Theaster Gates Artist Installation To Speculate Darkly Reinterprets Craft and Fosters Community

New Silver Swan "Coins It In" at The Bowes Museum

Hines Commissions Royal Academician Tom Phillips to Create Permanent Public Art Work for Mayfair Building

Picasso and the Avant-Garde in Paris Extended at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site