After the retrospective exhibition at MAMbo, curated in 2009 by Gianfranco Maraniello, Lia Rumma Gallery is pleased to announce the solo exhibition of the artist Gilberto Zorio in the Milan space of Via Stilicone. The exhibition will develop over the three floors of the gallery, in an alternation of light and dark. Gilberto Zorio works with the space in dealing with “issues” ranging from the experience, confrontation, and the unknown.
In the great hall of the ground floor, the exhibition opens with a Star Tower building of gasbeton blocks star-shaped. The star, since ancient times, is a guiding instrument and symbol of desire. The tips of the Tower will extend and will propagate in the space in a radial pattern, in a clockwise direction. The interior of the tower will be partially visible and you will see the net luminescence caused by the sudden darkness.
Across the room will appear alchemical signs that are not normally visible. The ladles are sedans used to transport hand crucibles containing molten bronze, glowing, ready to be cast in the form of sculpture-valve in the negative forms. They usually play the role of instruments manufacturing the sculpture, but in the case of the exhibition of Zorio turn working to become themselves works of art.
On the first floor, the exhibition continues with another Star Tower, in the space of sunlight, the construction propagates in the outdoor area, along the terrace, while the work Luci 1968 attempt to compete with the glow of the sun, however, ready to illuminate itself and the darkness to come. On the second floor, obscured, there will be pyrex containers, containers of rubber, visible signs and interventions through the use of materials-recurring clots in the work of Zorio.
The luminescence and discharge, sparks Tesla, will be given to the three floors. Light, Darkness and explorations are related issues like the elements that indicate sedans, the star, chemical reactions, the energies. They are energies that are told.
Gilberto Zorio was born in 1944 in Andorno Micca, Biella. Lives and works in Turin. The protagonist of the movement formed in the mid-sixties in Italy, called Arte Povera, Gilberto Zorio from ’67 to now, in addition to exhibitions in private galleries, has exhibited in numerous solo shows at public exhibition spaces such as the Kunstmuseum in Lucerne (’76 ), the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (’79), the Pinacoteca di Ravenna (’82), the Venice Biennale (’78, ’80, ’86, ’95, ’97), the Kunstverein in Stuttgart (’85) , the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (’86), the Tel Aviv Museum and the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (’87), Philadelphia’s Tyler School of Art (’88), the Museu Serralves in Porto (90), the IVAM in Valencia (’91), the Centre for Contemporary Art Pecci, Documenta in Kassel and the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain in Nice (’92) , Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea di Trento (’96), the Dia Center for the Arts in New York (2001), Le Creux de l’Enfer Centre d’Art Contemporain in Thiers and the Institut Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt (2005 ), the Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes (2008), Mambo in Bologna (2009), the CGAC of Santiago de Compostela (2010), the MACRO in Rome (2010).
Selected by Ingrid Melano