november 09, 2017 - Castello di Rivoli

For the first time in a public museum in Turin, the Castello di Rivoli presents a major retrospective devoted to the work of Gilberto Zorio

For the first time in a public museum in Turin, the #castellodirivoli presents a major retrospective devoted to the work of #gilbertozorio (b. Andorno Micca, 1944), a #contemporaryart pioneer and a key member of #arte Povera. Curated by Marcella Beccaria and developed in dialogue with the artist himself, this exhibition includes new installations together with historical works, spanning over 50 years of the artist’s career. 

This comprehensive and innovative presentation features some of Zorio’s most important works from his early days, including historical installations jealously guarded by the artist in his own private collection, and a precious group of drawings, with some never realized projects.

These rare pieces will be presented to the public alongside other works from various collections and those from the Museum’s permanent collection. New site-specific installations conceived by Zorio for the third floor of the Castello will be exhibited for the first time. Different conditions of light and shadow orchestrated by the artist will present two sensuous scenarios of perception. 

Zorio’s works are unending fields of physical and mental energy. Since 1966, he has directed his investigations towards physical processes such as chemical or physical reactions that make each work continually mutable. In this way, he has renewed the language of sculpture, freeing it from the fixity and heaviness with which it has been traditionally associated. Time is often an important component in his works – only the natural passage of hours and days makes their transformations fully tangible. Beccaria writes: “In line with the processuality that distinguishes Zorio’s practice, on the basis of which more than one work is made at the same time and already existing works can be reformulated, the exhibition offers the experience of a synchronic time, where past and present coexist, and of a changing space, in which the artist’s alchemical approach offers unexpected and compelling visions.”

The poetics of #arte Povera emerged in the mid-1960s as a radical and revolutionary use of non-conventional materials to create installations of great vitality and to provoke authentic and intense experiences in viewers.
States #castellodirivoli director, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, “This exhibition continues Castello di Rivoli’s commitment to #arte Povera and its importance in building the Museum’s identity. #gilbertozorio is one of the artists who, since the inaugural exhibition Ouverture in 1984, has given new life to the Castello’s historical rooms, contributing to the making of a museum that is unique in the world.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a scholarly catalog containing new photographs depicting the imaginative relation between the artist and the Castello galleries, and a rich selection of documentary images from the artist’s archive. The catalog will include new texts by exhibition curator Marcella Beccaria, João Fernandes, Tommaso Trini, a conversation between Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and the artist, an essay by Germano Celant, as well as the widest selection of the artist’s writings ever published. The volume will also include a detailed chronology of solo and group exhibitions and a rich anthology of essays about the work of Zorio, from 1963 to the present.
The catalog will be published in a bilingual edition (Italian/English) by #castellodirivoli with Skira Editore, Milan. 
Gilberto Zorio
Curated by Marcella Beccaria
November 2, 2017 – February 18, 2018
Inauguration: November 1, 2017, 7 pm
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 6 pm
Castello Theater
Iwona Blazwick, Whitechapel Gallery director, in conversation with #gilbertozorio.
Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Marcella Beccaria will introduce.

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