This exhibition marks the culmination of a project uniting three museums, the Madre in Naples, the MAXXI in Rome and the GAM in Turin: a single title for three exhibitions that explore the variety and depth of the artistic practice of Ettore Spalletti. The exhibition at the Madre presents an articulated excursus of both historical and recent works, retracing the artist’s research from its beginnings in the sixties to the present, uniting painting, sculpture, environmental installations, books, and projects. The exhibition layout eschews a chronological order, instead seeking to bring out the relations between works from different periods.
The central element, finally, is light, its subtle yet continuous variations which impacts on the works and the rooms, fusing the museum with its context. The almost musical alternation of materials – such as alabaster, marble, onyx, gold leaf, metals, precious stones, paper and pure pigment, all featured in the show – configure the exhibition as a journey within the aesthetic, symbolic and expressive potential of the materials themselves, which the artist explores in their purity, as chromatic and perceptual “solids” capable of opening up the horizons of painting.
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