Monday, October 14, 2019

Venice: Fondazione Giorgio Cini – Emilio Isgro

Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Emilio Isgro’

On the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, the retrospective exhibition, of the internationally renowned painter and poet, but also, novelist, playwright and stage director, Emilio Isgro’ – Barcellona – Sicily - 1937 - until November 24 - is curated by Germano Celant, in collaboration with the Emilio Isgrò Archive. The show is a broad survey reconstructing Isgro’s creative and aesthetic development, spanning from the 1960s to the present day. The rich selection of works begins with the first erasures of books – 1964 - and continues with poems on emulsified canvases and the Storie rosse - Red Stories - to arrive at the imposing, complex series of texts erased in the historic volumes of the Enciclopedia Treccani – 1970 - and in the more recent ethnic volumes of the Codici ottomani - Ottoman Codices- 2010.
Weltanschauung – 2007 – 12 elements – oil on canvas

Emilio Isgro' and Secretary-General of the Fondazione Cini, Pasquale Galiardi

Dichiaro di non essere San Giorgio – I declare I am not San Giorgio
2012 – oil on canvas

“The theme I addressed for this exhibition in Venice, the city where I made the first erasures in 1964, inevitably focuses on language. That’s why I thought I had to resort to the biblical tradition as interpreted in Moby Dick, Melville’s wonderful novel.   Visitors to the exhibition will enter Melville's erased text - "the belly of the whale", that is also, the belly of media language that smothers with noise its real, desperate silence.”
Emilio Isgro’

Isgro’s experimental and linguistic journey is installed in a new, spectacular way in an all-encompassing architectural setting. The rooms in the Napoleonic Wing of the Fondazione Cini have additional transversal and diagonal partitions to break up and modify the space, almost as if they were lines on a sheet of paper. They in fact serve as paper supports for the results of a new enormous operation of erasure, conducted once again on literary material, Herman Melville's Moby Dick. For the visitor, it is like entering a large book, visually modified by the artist - "the belly of the whale".

Curator Germano Celant

Karl Marx – a sinistra – mangia nel rosso vestito di rosso
Federich Engels – a destra – beve nel rosso vestito di rosso

Codici Ottomani – 2010 – 14 volumes
acrylic on a book in a plexiglass and wooden box

Cancellazione ottmana energica – Energetic Ottoman Erasure
2010-2012 - acrylic on a book in a plexiglass and wooden box
Cancellazione ottomana esitante – Hesitant Ottoman Erasure
2010-2012 - acrylic on a book in a plexiglass and wooden box

La Giara di Archimede – di Gorgia – di Empedocle
The Jars of Archimedes – of Gorgias – of Empedocles
2015 mixed media

Libri Cancellati - Erased Books
Ink on atlas books in a plexiglass and wooden box

Where is - Tokyo? – Paris – Vancouver – Agadir
2016 - acrylic on globes

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