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11

feb
2009

In Exhibitions

MOSCOW, BRUSSELS, ROME / THREE SOLO SHOWS

On 11, feb 2009 | In Exhibitions

Moscow, Brussels, Rome, February-March 2009: Antonio Pio Saracino debuts a collection of his work in a project entitled “Myths and Rhythms for the New Millennium.” The three shows will take place in Moscow, Brussels and Rome and will be on display February through March 2007. The show opens in Moscow Feb. 3 at the historic M’ARS Center for Contemporary Art in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Culture of Moscow. This exhibition will feature the installation Empire’s Fall and a series of artwork. Brussels’ art&design GMT+7 gallery will present Saracino’s architectural and design projects together with artwork and Installations, opening Feb. 7. EmmeOtto gallery on Via Margutta in Rome presents a site specific installation along with the series cycle Myths. The Rome show opens Feb. 12.

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The exhibitions are presented with a catalog in English and Italian with texts by Antonio Geusa, Giovanna Massoni, Renato Miracco and Jonathan Turner.

Italian architect and designer Antonio Pio Saracino explains the vision he has for this project. “Whenever there is a revolution of knowledge, or fast change, in architecture, art and design barriers break down,” says Saracino.“This happened in the Early Renaissance in Italy; it happened many times in the 19th and 20th centuries in the countless researches of avant-garde,” he adds. “These three-solo shows present the interdisciplinary research between art, architecture and design in my work. The creative edge between these fields is interconnected.”

CURATORS’ COMMENTS ON ANTONIO PIO SARACINO

Curator of the International Design Biennale in Saint-Etienne (France) GIOVANNA MASSONI writes: ”Art, architecture and design are places of expression, not disciplinary categories. Antonio is a man of his time: a time of fluid thinking, of contamination, an era of rapid changes in which new models are configured for the evolution of thought. He is interested not only in space and the rules that organize it, but more generally in humans. Planning and designing around the body involves understanding the needs, dreams deep within it.”

Italian art critic and best expert in Russian video art ANTONIO GEUSA describes: “Saracino’s creations can only belong to a territory which is as wide as the global village. His is not an imaginary land. On the other hand, its roots grow deep in the racial memory of the Western world. There are no anachronisms in them. The contamination of their myths by digital technology validates them as our contemporaries.”

Awarded best art critic working in Italy 2006-2007 JONATHAN TURNER writes: “Today in art, architecture and design, the idea of technology is multi- sensory, inter-connected, almost Baroque,” …Our reading of reality has changed accordingly. It is no longer balanced in the way we measure the physical space. The fresh aesthetic goes with this new sense of perception.” …”Saracino looks at the way that myths become bridges, able to inspire us to reach out and conquer the more adventurous and mysterious parts of our irrational human nature.”

Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in New York and Curator of the Metropolitan Museum RENATO MIRACCO writes: “Saracino, with truly unique insight explores the point of contact between spirituality and technology, between mythical qualities, beauty and new imagery capable of encapsulating the “new world” at a single glance. His approach, which may at first seem cold but which is profoundly honest instead, represents his own way of looking. His is a vision without hysterical screams, sarcastic smiles or pointless provocations. It is a sharp gaze combining calmness, resolution and subtle poetry: a gaze which can also generate an informative feeling of discomfort in the viewer.’ …’ Man has replaced divinity with technology. The gateway to reach this contemporary idea of perfection makes use of a new mythology – that of technology. “