Gianni Piacentino is an Italian artist that deserved the recognition of Fondazione Prada for all the artworks created since 1965.
Until Jauary this year, Fondazione Prada presented an anthological exhibition devoted to Gianni Piacentino curated by Germano Celant, the solo show is hosted on the two levels of the Podium – the building at the center of the Fondazione’s architectural compound – and comprises more than 90 works, retracing Piacentino’s artistic path in anti-chronological order, starting from his most recent works from 2015 and working its way backwards to those from 1965.
Piacentino’s research began in an artistic and cultural background characterized by an increasing detachment from the subjectivism which had animated Action Painting and Informalism, as well as by the development of a new visual language mixing the attention to pop and consumer imagery and the appreciation for both geometrical and primary forms.
Piacentino turned to the world of velocity and transportation including cars, motorcycles and planes, all products of pop culture which, while not part of the realm of pure art, are expressions of industrial aesthetics.
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Germano says: “It is in this historical climate of oscillation between art and design, handicrafts and industry, the useful and the useless, the one-off piece and the mass-produced object, that we can place the contribution of Piacentino, whose otherness and uniqueness lie precisely in the dialectic between the two poles, Pop and Minimal.”
“My work always contains the importance of the technical and mathematical control of the result. I don’t allow myself to give way to repressed feelings and emotional drives”, states the artist. His artistic and aesthetic adventure represents an absolute escape from the imperfection.
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