Felice Levini. Orizzonte degli eventi
A selection of about 40 works by the artist, mostly unpublished and some created in the last two years.
The exhibition offers an excursus through the poetics of the artist - from sculptures to paper, from paintings to ceramics - in a path that recounts in a complete and exhaustive way the declinations of his artistic universe.
The artist's reflections revolve around what he defines as designing chaos, an alternative to the now total homologation of politics, life and thought, understanding art not as a tool with the pretence of changing the world, but considering life, humanity and the world as material for art.
The artist himself explains that for him, painting means staging everything that cannot be represented in any other way, daring the impossible in a space, painting, that is more practicable and compatible with his visions and ideas. At the same time, the artist tries to synthesise the forms most congenial to him, the strong, precise, poetic images; the most direct techniques to best represent a dream, a project. Colouring in a dotted manner is a method that, by repeating itself in the difference, in the nuances, allows him to insist on painting with the tip of the brush. As the artist always emphasises, the freedom of art today also passes through its reconstruction.
In Levini's works there is always a process of decomposition to which the artist adds an ironic element, making tragedy and comedy coexist in his imagery. The artist draws on the universe of the everyday, giving his images an alienating and eccentric character. For him, art is an illusion, not intended to deceive the viewer but to lead him to see and think about things from other points of view.
The exhibition opens on the ground floor with a large resin sculpture of a life-size horse, a tribute to de Chirico, resting on a carpet where a chessboard has been reproduced of all the battles in the world from the First World War to the present day.
Also on display are works created during the pandemic, such as a cycle of large-scale paintings on canvas dedicated to the five senses, and a 10-metre-long roll of paper painted in ink, in which the artist translates into images feelings, impressions and visions of the last two years, a sort of diary of the pandemic.
The exhibition is realised with the support of IPMA, Istituto Peritale Medici Associati.
Felice Levini was born in Rome in 1956, where he lives and works. His first appearances in Rome include his participation in 1978 in the Spazio Autogestito in Sant'Agata dei Goti and, with personal exhibitions, in the galleries: La Salita, Pieroni, Planita, Pio Monti and Il Cortile. In Turin he exhibited at Eva Menzio's, in Milan at Studio Cannaviello and in Brescia at Massimo Minini's. Renato Barilli included him in his solo exhibition. Renato Barilli included him in his formation of the Nuovi-Nuovi. He took part in the XII "Biennale des Jeunes" at the Civic Museum of Paris and in the Rassegna del Castello di Volpai (SI) in 1984. This was followed by the XLIV Festival dei Due Mondi di Spoleto, the XII Quadriennale di Roma and the XLIV Biennale di Venezia. His recent solo exhibitions in public spaces include those at the Acquario di Roma, the Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna in Rome, the IIC in Zagreb, the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the Museo Pecci in Milan, the IIC in Copenhagen, the Museo della Ceramica Chini in Borgo San Lorenzo (FI) and the recent permanent installation at the IIC in Stockholm. He was part of the Chambers project of RAM Radioartemobile in Rome and the exhibition L'Albero della Cuccagna by Achille Bonito Oliva (2014-15) for the Stella Maris, Montesilvano (PE).
From October 28 to December 5, 2021
Saturday and Sunday 10.00-19.00
Last admission half an hour before closing time
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