Fabio Mauri and The Classical in Art

Fabio Mauri and The Classical in Art

Fundación Proa

Fabio Mauri, Il Muro Occidentale o del Pianto (The Western or the Wailing Wall),1993. 400 x 400 x 60 cm. Installation view, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e contemporánea, Bergamo, 2005. Photo: Matteo Bonaldi.

September 5, 2014

Fabio Mauri / 
The Classical in Art

September 6–November, 2014

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On September 6, the exhibitions Fabio Mauri and The Classical in Art will open at Fundación Proa. Both shows are curated by Giacinto Di Pietrantonio.

Fabio Mauri
This exhibition, which features over 60 works, provides the first anthological overview of Fabio Mauri’s art to be seen in South America. The works selected delve into the different uses of artistic language. They encompass the media of installation, video, performance, drawing, and painting. In conjunction with the exhibition, video documentation and other works will be screened in Proa’s auditorium.

Fabio Mauri is the author of a unique and committed body of original work that cannot be categorized as part of any single movement. This exhibition brings together works that affirm the unclassifiable nature of his art as well as the wealth of aesthetic languages and resources he has used to explore political and social issues.

What is Fascism?, Jewish Female, Ideology and Nature, performances, and the striking The Western or the Wailing Wall give shape to a thoughtful and devastating vision. This exhibition evidences Mauri’s sharp criticism of totalitarian ideologies, the living traces of the Holocaust, and the widespread sense of mistrust and rejection in response to the consolidation of European systems.

As curator Giacinto Di Pietrantonio states: “Mauri’s art circulates in a linguistic terrain tainted by ideology. He attempts to disassemble the mechanisms of manipulation innate to any ideology.” As Mauri himself put it in the title of one of his books, “language is war.”

Further information here

The Classical in Art
This exhibition attempts to evidence the ongoing influence of the classical tradition in the contemporary. It encompasses a wide range of works from different historical periods by an impressive group of artists: Vanessa Beecroft, Kiki Smith, Charles Avery, Valerio Carrubba, Sam Durant, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and others from the Italian tradition like Jacopo Negretti, also known as Palma il Giovane, and Vittore di Matteo, known as Vittore Belliniano. 

The curator analyzes the appropriation and examination of images by means of plaster copies of classical sculptures used to study art in the early 20th century. The exhibition features striking sculptures and addresses how they dialogue with paintings that attest as well to the copy and the tradition of artists’ studios.

In a collaborative effort between Fundación Proa, the Accademia Carrara, and the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, the exhibition—which features over 60 works—includes pieces from the Museo de Calcos de Buenos Aires.

Further information here.

Fundacion Proa is sponsored by Tenaris – Organización Techint on a permanent basis.

For additional information, images or interview requests, please contact:
prensa [​at​] proa.org or T +54 911 4104 1043/4

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