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Palazzo Reale in Milan opens an exhibition of works by Nanda Vigo
Nanda Vigo, Palazzo Reale, Milano, 2019 opere Galactica 2 e Trigger of the space. Photo: Marco Poma. Courtesy Archivio Nanda Vigo.

MILAN.- From 23 July to 29 September 2019, on the first floor of Palazzo Reale in Milan, it opens to the public the show Nanda Vigo. Light Project, curated by Marco Meneguzzo.

Promoted by Comune di Milano | Cultura, Palazzo Reale, and the Archivio Nanda Vigo, the show is part of a series with which Palazzo Reale for the fourth consecutive year explores, in its summer programme, contemporary art, scrutinising and evaluating the work of masters of Italian art from the post-war period until today. It also investigates the relationship that they have had with the city of Milan where they live, create, and develop their art, as in the specific case of Nanda Vigo. Nanda Vigo. Light Project is the first anthological retrospective show devoted by an Italian institute to this Milanese artist and architect who has influenced the Italian and European art scene of the past fifty years; through the exhibition of some eighty works – including projects, sculptures, and installations – the show recounts the exceptional career in art research of a figure of absolute importance on the European panorama, from her beginnings at the end of the 1950s up to the most recent experiences.

A protagonist of the 1960s Milanese cultural climate, Nanda Vigo (Milan 1936) began to make her Cronotopi in 1962, in harmony with the spirit of ZERO, the transnational group of artists from Germany, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Italy, of which she was a part.

A participant of the avant-gardes and groups of the early 1960s, Nanda Vigo developed a personal research based on light, transparency, and immateriality, which she thought should constitute the work and the environment inhabited by human beings, and of which the “cronotopi” are the artistic concretisation. A metal chassis encloses industrial glass, at time illuminated by neon, through which the light penetrates and manifests itself to the eye, a metaphor for lightness, mutation, and the spiritual immateriality of art and its perception. They soon took on the form of genuine environments (some of them made in collaboration with Lucio Fontana), often made of inclined glass cut in such a way as to reflect a new vision of reality, while she continued her work of planning design and architecture (she is famous for her collaboration with Giò Ponti for the Casa sotto la foglia, Malo, 1965, and the Museo Remo Brindisi at Lido di Spina, 1967).

The 1980s were characterised by her attachment to the concepts of Post-modernism, while her later output returned to the seductive chill of neon, of radiant and diffused light, and of simple and dynamic forms.

In the show are exhibited works and projects ranging over the whole arc of the artist’s output: the fulcrum of the exhibition is a fascinating Cronotopic environment that fills the whole Sala degli Specchi. In particular, this environment expresses the quintessence of Nanda Vigo’s understanding of art: an existential situation that permits transcendental experiences, going beyond the materiality of everyday life in order to physically perceive – as far as is possible – a higher reality, a universal syntony through contemplation, dematerialisation, and communion with “everything”.

For the show is going to be published a study of the work by Nanda Vigo, edited by Marco Meneguzzo and published by Silvana Editore, and collecting together the most complete critical anthology about the artist so far undertaken.

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