MANIFESTO

#63

CHANGE OF SPACE

DOMENICO GNOLI

2021.10.28

Text by MUSE Team

A radical reinterpretation of classical representation. Open to public from the 28th of October.

The exhibition is composed of a series of modern hyperrealism pop works that underline the artist’s unique technique, that find its references within various art movements of the history: from the Renaissance age, being part of the tradition of Italian painting developed by Masaccio and Piero Della Francesca, going through the down De Chirico, Severini and Campigli conceptual art. Conceived by Germano Celant in collaboration with the artist’s Archives in Rome and Mallorca, Fondazione Prada decides to host a project that brings together over 100 works produced by the artist between 1949 and 1969 and will be complemented by as many drawings. A chronological and documentary section featuring materials, photographs, and other items will retrace the biography and artistic career of Domenico Gnoli (Rome, 1933 – New York, 1970).

“I always employ simple, given elements, I don’t want either to add or take anything away. I have never even wanted to deform; I isolate and represent. My themes come from the world, around me, familiar situations, everyday life; because I never actively mediate against the object, I experience the magic of its presence.”

– Domenico Gnoli

The exhibition is an internal retrospective journey of the artist that communicates the intimate scene of his time from a futuristic point of view. Gnoli’s new line of research is detached from the context and focused on details of human bodies or objects, which is able to accent the inherent sensuality and energy of apparent austere subjects. His precise painting of physical texture, colors, and substance of organic or inanimate elements, also characterised by scrupulous photographic framing, gives to the view a mental connection with the artwork, as an invitation to fill the rest of the picture.

A combination of reality and imagination puts at the center a sensual and carnal theater. 

The exhibition would be on from the 28th of October until 22nd of February 2022 at Fondazione Prada, Milan.

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