Fabrizio Dusi – DON’T KILL – at Casa della memoria – 31/05 to 31/08

Fabrizio Dusi DON’T KILL

a cura di Chiara Gatti e Sharon Hecker
CASA DELLA MEMORIA 31 maggio – 31 agosto 2017

Casa della Memoria presenta un importante progetto sitespecific firmato dall’artista Fabrizio Dusi. Sotto un titolo che cita il quinto comandamento del decalogo, “Non uccidere”, è raccolto un nucleo di lavori studiati ad hoc dall’autore per lo spazio e posti in relazione con lo spirito del luogo, votato alla conservazione di una memoria storica condivisa, dedicato alle vittime di ogni strage, di ogni forma di terrorismo, a tutte le forme di emarginazione, esclusione, violenza.
Il cubo di mattoni progettato dallo studio Baukuh – scelto quest’anno fra i finalisti in lizza per il prestigioso Premio di architettura “Mies van der Rohe” – sarà illuminato da scritte al neon che recitano frasi ispirate alle parole di Primo Levi, tratte dal suo celebre libro Se questo è un uomo, accanto a parole ispirate da poesie di vari autori e ad altre tratte da una video-intervista a Liliana Segre.
Le grandi vetrate della Casa della Memoria, che si affacciano sull’Isola, ospiteranno installazioni luminose visibili da tutto il quartiere, mentre gli interni saranno punteggiati di altre parole realizzate in ceramica e neon allestite sulle pareti perimetrali, come la scritta monumentale, lunga 14 metri, “considerate se questo è un uomo… che muore per un si o per un no” issata sopra l’ingresso, in ceramica nera con due innesti in neon rosso. Il “si” e il “no”.
L’arte contemporanea trasformerà così la Casa della Memoria in una gigantesca scatola fluorescente per creare, attraverso frasi entrate nella storia, spazi ambientali di alto valore simbolico ed espressivo.
Per l’inaugurazione è previsto un intervento musicale a cura di AU+ e Camilla Barbarito e un reading con brani tratti da Levi eseguito dall’attrice Francesca Cavallin.
Il catalogo verrà presentato a fine giugno, con foto delle opere allestite e testi di Chiara Gatti, Sharon Hecker e Massimiliano Sabbion.
Fabrizio Dusi Scultore, ceramista e pittore, è nato a Sondrio nel 1974 e ha studiato ceramica presso la scuola Cova di Milano, diplomandosi nel 2003. Nel 2005 inaugura un laboratorio artistico a Milano, dove attualmente lavora, dividendosi fra la ceramica e la pittura, sperimentando sempre nuove tecniche e mixando nuovi materiali, da legno al plexiglas al neon. Sue opere sono state esposte a BAG, Bocconi Art Gallery, ad Artefiera Bologna, alla Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna di Roma e nella mostra personale Classic Family allestita nell’ex chiesa barocca di San Ignazio ad Arezzo.

FABRIZIO DUSI – DON’T KILL

Martina Droth reviews “Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form” in The Burlington Magazine

Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Saint Louis (to 13th May),1 is the second major showing of Medardo Rosso’s work to be held in the city. In 2003, Medardo Rosso: Second Impressions travelled from Harvard Art Museums to the Saint Louis Art
Museum and the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas. That exhibition was informed by detailed technical research and made a virtue of Rosso’s notoriously repetitious oeuvre.2 Much of what we have come to know and understand about Rosso was established by that show: after 1906 he made no new sculptures, but instead reworked existing ones; he cast, rather than modelled, his waxes; and the evidence of production, such as casting seams,
visible on so many of his sculptures, were left there intentionally. Other Rosso exhibitions have been held in the United States since then, notably one at the Center for Italian Modern Art, New York, in 2014–15, which sought to place the artist into an American historiography. The present exhibition – conceived by Sharon Hecker and Tamara H. Schenkenberg – builds on these earlier projects, but seeks to reach a deeper understanding of why and to what effect Rosso made his sculptures the way he did.

Read the full article here

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation featured in Style Magazine.

MEDARDO ROSSO, GLI AMERICANI RISCOPRONO UN GRANDE SCULTORE ITALIANO

“Un artista fuori dagli schemi, considerato uno dei padri della scultura moderna, a cui persino Rodin deve qualcosa. Una mostra alla Fondazione Pulitzer di St Louis, negli Usa, permette di conoscere come mai prima d’ora le sue opere, plasmate e fuse per vivere di luce e d’ombra”

The exibition is featured in Style Magazine (Corriere della Sera), read more here

NEW EXHIBITION: Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form

Nov 11, 2016–May 13, 2017

Pulitzer Arts Foundation

3716 Washington Boulevard

St. Louis, MO 63108

Watch a video from HEC-TV of Medardo Rosso at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation here!

The Italian artist Medardo Rosso (1858–1928) was instrumental in expanding the definition of sculpture for the mod ern era. Not only did he focus on everyday, contemporary subjects, but he also experimented with light in order to render sculpture ephemeral and seemingly insubstantial. His heads and figures—frequently portrayed as tired, meditative, laughing, or melancholy—appear to be caught in fugitive visual, physical, or emotional states. As fleeting “impressions” of modern life, they stand in marked contrast to the monumental, idealized depictions typical of traditional sculpture before and during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form is the first comprehensive US museum exhibition of the artist’s work in over fifty years, featuring around 100 works that include sculptures, drawings, and photographs.

A critically important if relatively underrepresented figure in the history of art, Rosso employed innovative methods of modeling in order to animate the surfaces of his works, in ways perhaps even more radical than his contemporary—and admirer—Auguste Rodin. Adopting unorthodox foundry techniques, he frequently returned to the same subjects in his work, casting them in plaster, bronze, and especially in wax, and sometimes leaving behind evidence of the casting process that is traditionally removed. Through these various interventions, he created sculptures that were sensitive to the effects of subtle illumination—a quality that will be given new meaning by the mutable natural light in the Pulitzer’s galleries.

Medardo Rosso: Experiments in Light and Form also highlights Rosso’s lesser-known experiments in other mediums. For example, he used photography to elicit a sense of transience, manipulating artificial illumination in the studio and experimenting with darkroom processes to capture his sculptures under various lighting conditions. The photographs in the exhibition, which include images that have been collaged, painted on, or cropped, and some photographs of photographs, demonstrate the continuous experimentation that he also applied to his sculpture.

Rosso’s drawings include intimate glimpses of figures engaged in everyday activities or in public urban settings, as well as views of rooftops, city squares, and abstracted landscapes. Taken together, these works on paper and photographs further illuminate to the artist’s efforts to understand, engineer, and employ light throughout his career.

http://pulitzerarts.org/exhibition/medardo-rosso