Pirelli HangarBicocca presents "NOw/here" by Gian Maria Tosatti

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Sunday, May 19, 2024

Pirelli HangarBicocca presents "NOw/here" by Gian Maria Tosatti
Gian Maria Tosatti, Portrait #004, 2022 (detail). Courtesy the artist.

MILAN.- From 23 February to 30 July 2023, Pirelli HangarBicocca presents "NOw/here," the solo exhibition by Gian Maria Tosatti (Rome, 1980; lives and works in Naples), one of the most interesting Italian artists in recent years. Two impressive painting cycles: with these new textured, abstract, large-format works, the artist who represented Italy in 2022 at the 59th Venice Biennale, offers the public a "sentimental retrospective," revealing his painting practice for the first time.

The exhibition "NOw/here," curated by Vicente Todolí, consists of two cycles of paintings presented for the first time at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Portraits (2022) and NOw/here (2023). These large-scale works are set up in close relationship with the architecture of Pirelli HangarBicocca, creating moments of interaction and contrasting situations. Portraits comprises four gold and rust paintings on iron panels, assembled and installed on tube and clamp structures. The processes of corrosion and oxidation of metal, which physically restore a sense of the passing of time, become painterly "matter." By using gold, the artist draws on the Western painting tradition, from Byzantine mosaics and the gold backgrounds of 13th- and 14th-century panel painting, to the more recent experimental practices of Italian artists of the 1970s, such as Jannis Kounellis, Gino De Dominicis, and Luciano Fabro. With Portraits, Tosatti dematerializes the two-dimensionality of the surface to create a symbolic elsewhere world, producing, as he explains, "a surface that separates the realm of things from that of the soul." On the other hand, the NOw/here series takes the form of ten large fields of graphite and white charcoal on canvas suspended from the ceiling. Thanks to the nuances obtained with the material—used as a large-scale painting technique—, Tosatti moves from the real to the imaginative dimension. The result is a series of depictions of horizons studded with enigmatic white spheres that, like glowing dots, evoke the idea of light, a recurring metaphor in his practice.

This new body of work condenses several recurring concepts of Gian Maria Tosatti's research over the past two decades and embodies a dialogue with the Zeitgeist (Spirit of the time), resonating with the feelings, characteristic of the artist’s generation. For Tosatti, the exhibition becomes an opportunity to address aspects of current events as well as the human condition at such a difficult moment in time, in a society poised between catastrophe and evolution. These works are also conceived as "mirrors," open questions that directly confront the visitor. In the words of the artist: “Right from the title, whose pronunciation differs depending on the perspective chosen by the reader, the exhibition is an invitation to delve into an environment that seems to pose an open, simple, intimate question to those who cross its threshold: ‘how do you feel?”

Through their material qualities, the paintings reconnect with the very moment when reality reveals itself, as evoked by the exhibition title "NOw/here," whose elements can be read individually, as "now" and "here," or sequentially, as in "nowhere." This project is a coherent continuation of the artist's poetic journey, showing extensive references to many of his past works, from Testamento – devozioni X (2011), to the more recent Episode of Odesa (2020) and History of Night and Destiny of Comets (2022). In "NOw/here" Tosatti seems to confront History, interpreting it not as a chain of events, but as a feeling, while trying to capture the moment to which we belong.

The lighting of the exhibition “Now/here” has been conceived by Pasquale Mari, a renowned light designer and director of photography who works in cinema, theatre and art.

Tosatti's work focuses on the notions of collectivity and memory, in their historical, political, and spiritual significance. Carrying out in-depth, complex research, and freely drawing on the language of the visual arts, performance, and architecture, the artist creates sculptural works and large site-specific installations, often conceived for entire buildings or urban areas, intended to last for long periods of time. In addition, his practice engages communities connected to the places where his interventions take shape. This is true of Sette Stagioni dello Spirito (2013-2016), a titanic seven-stage project, which involved several highly symbolic buildings in the city of Naples that had previously been abandoned or, more recently, of My Heart is a Void, the Void is a Mirror, a work in progress that began in 2018 and has been developed in multiple countries.

His works and site-specific installations have been presented internationally: Tarlabaşi district, Istanbul (2021); Kuyalnik lake, Odesa (2020); A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town (2019); Palazzo Biscari, Catania (2018); Museo Madre, Naples (2016); Castel Sant'Elmo, Naples; Museo Archeologico, Salerno; CCS Bard - Hessel Museum, New York (2014). In 2022, Tosatti represented Italy at the 59th Venice Biennale. His works have also been included in major exhibitions such as Manifesta 12, Palermo (2018), or in group shows such as the exhibitions at the Italian Cultural Institute, New York (2019); Galleria Nazionale, Rome, Petah Tikva Museum of Art, Israel (2017); Fondazione Rivoli 2, Milan (2015); Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan; Museo Osvaldo Licini, Ascoli Piceno (2014); Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona (2013); Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York (2011). Tosatti was awarded the Frescobaldi Prize (2020), the New York Prize (2017), the Ettore Fico Foundation Prize (2016) and the Terna Prize (2008). Gian Maria Tosatti is also a writer and journalist: he collaborates with several newspapers and has published a number of essays, including "Esperienza e realtà" (2021) and "New Men’s Land: Storia e Destino della Jungle di Calais" (2017). He is the artistic director of the Rome Quadriennale for the three-year period 2021-2024.

The exhibition program
"NOw/here" is part of the art program conceived by Artistic Director Vicente Todolí in collaboration with the curatorial department: Roberta Tenconi, Chief Curator; Lucia Aspesi, Curator; Fiammetta Griccioli, Curator. In addition to Tosatti's solo show, the 2023 program includes, in the Navate space, exhibitions by Bruce Nauman (through 26 February 2023); Ann Veronica Janssens (6 April to 30 July 2023); and James Lee Byars (12 October 2023 to 18 February 2024). In the Shed space, an exhibition by Thao Nguyen Phan (14 September 2023 to 14 January 2024).

Today's News

February 23, 2023

Joan Mitchell Foundation contends Vuitton ads infringe on painter's copyright

We regret the fossil error. It wasn't the first.

Yoko Ono at 90

Masterwork by Rubens to star in Sotheby's Modern Evening Sale this May

Bozar opens an exhibition with works by Swedish artists who are inspired by the spiritual and the occult

Meadows Museum press preview for "In the Shadow of Dictatorship: Creating the Museum of Spanish Abstract Art"

Looted artifacts, returned to Yemen, will go to the Smithsonian, for now

Exhibition in honour of late north-east artist Sally Madge

Gillian Jason Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Julia Bennett and Mizuki Nishiyama

Pirelli HangarBicocca presents "NOw/here" by Gian Maria Tosatti

"Our Own Work, Our Own Way: Ascendant Women Artists in the Johnson Collection" at CMA

The Dayton Art Institute announces Mariah Postlewait as Kettering Curator of Photography and Special Projects

Tim Whiten awarded the 2022 Gershon Iskowitz Prize

Jack Shainman Gallery open their first solo exhibition of works by Rose B. Simpson

'Parade' producers condemn neo-Nazi protest at show about antisemitism

Review: Rude t-shirts and rude awakenings in 'A Bright New Boise'

Iris DeMent is worried about the world. So she made another album.

Gustavo Dudamel, superstar maestro, meets New York

"Shona McAndrew: Rose-Tinted Glasses" opens today at CHART Gallery

Berggruen Gallery opens an exhibition of new paintings by American artist Christopher Brown

Betts Project opens the second solo exhibition at the gallery by British architect Sam Jacob

The Met Opera's new season: What we want to see

Laurie Metcalf to return to Broadway in a horror story, 'Grey House'

How To Overcome the Same-Day Delivery Challenge Through Inventory Management

Dental SEO Australia: The Ultimate Solution for Dentists to Boost their Online Presence

Discover the Latest Subdivisions in Christchurch with Sections for Sale

Massive Bonuses to Enjoy on Vegas7 Games

Top 5 Milky Way Fish Games to Play Online

To Make Your Life Easier, Try Some Fantastic Kitchen Accessories.

6 Innovative Ways to Cultivate Artistic Skills in Children

The Ten Don'ts of Online Reputation Management for Business

Your Guide to the Short North Gallery Hop in Columbus, Ohio

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, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit
Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful