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“From sand, artworks in glass”, Remo Salvadori, Gravità 0°, 1978-2018

curated by BUILDING
in collaboration with Jean Blanchaert

12 Nov 2019 - 11 Dec 2019

In 2017 Remo Salvadori was invited by C.I.R.V.A. (Centre international de recherche sur le verre et les arts plastiques) in Marseille to convert a work of his – Gravità 0°, 1978 – into glass. The flames, the melted glass, the dance created in the glowing light remain a vivid memory for the artist, who leaves this message for us: “it creates space, rather than occupying it”.

Fragmented experiences,
little fires have marked out
a path that reveals itself
as it proceeds.
A path along which the observer travels, observing himself.
The place: four galleries.
The first presents the materials
to be used, found therein.
The second represents
a heated receptacle
of organic elements.
The third offers
a spatial reworking.
In the fourth the entire path cools down
into a ceramic form.
An object is born:
a model. An original specimen.

Gravity 0°

A non gravitational experience
of time and place[1].

Remo Salvadori, 1979

[1] Remo Salvadori, Germano Celant, Fabbri Editori, Milan 1991, pag. 26.

BUILDINGBOX is dedicating the 2019-2020 season to contemporary glass art with the project Dalla sabbia, opere in vetro (From sand, artworks in glass), an exhibition spread over 12 monthly appointments, curated by BUILDING in collaboration with Jean Blanchaert. The second artwork is Gravità 0° by Remo Salvadori.

The title, Dalla sabbia, opere in vetro (From sand, artworks in glass) evokes the fascinating alchemy involved in creating this material from sand, using air and fire, presenting the work of contemporary artists who have chosen to explore the potential offered by this medium. It is the experimental approach that makes these works so exemplary and precious: they are conceived by artists who use various different techniques, some of which are not usually associated with the specific characteristics of glass. This project resonates with BUILDING’s mission of exploring the lesser known aspects and experimental side of the art world, along with more celebrated figures and practices.

Here the focus is on the creative relationship forged between the artist’s vision and the craft of master glassmakers. Easily shaped by skilled hands, glass assumes “fragile” forms that both connect with the artistic traditions of the past and at the same time open up to a formal perspective grounded in contemporary aesthetics. The theme of the project lies in the works themselves, rooted in an age-old history and ancient craft, bearers of a precise chemical combination of different elements developed 4000 years ago by the Phoenicians, and which still holds infinite potential

For 12 months a sequence of works by various artists will be hosted in the independent showcase, visible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, marking the passing of time and eliciting broader reflections on how time tends to dominate space.

Biographical notes

Remo Salvadori was born in Cerreto Guidi in 1947. His explorations of the force of gravity, matter, the solidity and fragility of materials (not an oxymoron or illusion, but a tangible outcome) are expressed in new creations which are open and balanced, regular and irregular, the result of a cognitive process, a composition and a mathematical discipline that he has always practised. The artist forges a connection and a dialog with metals in particular, like elements engraving a musical staff whose language includes the seven notes. While the concepts of metamorphosis and alchemy might evoke traditional canons, in Salvadori’s works the outcome presents an essential harmony of proportion and geometry, a deliberate, intense, metaphyiscal reworking. Remo Salvadori has exhibited in major Italian and European museums and in the last few decades he has taken part in international events like the Venice Biennale (1982, 1986, 1993); Documenta, Kassel (1982, 1992). Solo shows include Insel Hombroich Museum, Germany (2018); BUILDING, Milan (2017); Galleria Christian Stein, Milan (2018, 2007, 2005, 1999, 1995, 1991, 1988);  Musei San Domenico – Chiesa di San Giacomo, Forlì (2016); MAXXI, Rome (2012);  Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, (2005);  Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, (1997);  Studio Trisorio, Naples (1996); Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble (1991); Istituto di Cultura Italiano and the Project Room of the Art Gallery of Ontario (1987) Toronto; Galleria Locus Solus, Genoa (1989, 1987, 1985); Galleria Salvatore Ala, New York and Milan (1982, 1981, 1980); Galleria Pieroni, Rome (1986, 1985, 1981); Galleria Lucrezia De Domizio, Pescara (1979, 1978); Galleria Paola Betti, Milan (1978); Galleria Lucio Amelio, Naples (1978), and Galleria Tucci Marinucci, Turin (1976).

Group shows include: Dalla materia spirituale dell’arte, MAXXI (2019); Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Una fornace a Marsiglia. Cirva (2018); Museo Novecento, Florence, Un nuovo Museo Novecento (2018); Tribute to Margherita Stein, opening show of Magazzino Italian Art, Cold Spring, New York (2017); Ytalia, energia, pensiero, bellezza, Forte Belvedere, Florence (2017); Au rendez-vous des amis, Palazzo Vitelli, Città di Castello (2015); Trame, Triennale di Milano (2014); Tridimensionale, MAXXI, 2012.