Giulia Cenci, ground-ground, 2017, exhibition view, SpazioA, Pistoia
curated by Christiane Rekade
Vernissage: 15/03/2019 7 pm
16/03/ - 16/06/2019
At the beginning of the exhibition season, Kunst Meran unites three solo shows on respective floors of the museum under the title Da lontano era un isola (From afar it was an island).
In 1938 the Italian artist and designer Bruno Munari (1907 - 1998 in Milan) visited the futurist ceramicist Tullio Mazzotti in Albissola in Liguria, “in order to relax and make ceramic works.” During this time, Munari collected some stones by the sea that he subsequently studied at home. He published these studies in a book in 1971: page after page Munari uncovers the worlds hidden in the stones: “the stone that seems like an island, without the clouds and without the sea” or the stone that seems like a mountainside: “on one of the paths one sees (when a cloud covers the sun) a group of Swiss tourists, one of whom is barefoot (hard to believe!)”. They are worlds found in the structures of the stones and that can only be discovered by looking closely (and with the necessary imagination).
The exploration of their own work material, to experiment with it and to invite the public to question their own perception again and again, can be seen as common to the three invited artists. Equally, all works result from close dialogue with the exhibition space: they adapt their surroundings or oppose them; existing objects and installations are correspondingly reformulated or can be newly combined.
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