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Opening of the solo exhibition "Supernova", by Enrico Magnani



Opening of the solo exhibition

Opening of the solo exhibition "Supernova"
by Enrico Magnani
Thursday, September 7th at 7pm

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The exhibition will feature works of art created specifically for the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago by the artist. A reception will follow. The artist will be in attendance.

From a technical point of view, this pictorial cycle introduces a remarkable novelty. It is created by using the properties of air and water, in addition to pigment. At no stage of its creation has the painted surface been touched by the artist using his hands, brushes or other instruments. Throws of color, sprays, water jets, and air produced the shapes and colors from which the artworks are created.

The works of art included in "Supernova" summarize and reconcile the duality of science and mysticism present in Magnani's artistic production. The artist aims to bring attention to the phenomenon and consequences of the huge nuclear explosions that characterize the end of a star's life: the Supernova. All the material released by the explosion is at the origin of the formation of new stars. The supernova thus poses as a symbol of death and rebirth, and the cyclic nature of the universe. In these spectacular cosmic events, elements heavier than iron are formed, thanks to which, life as we know it, is possible. That is why we can say that Supernova contains in itself a meaning that goes well beyond astronomy. From the chaos of the explosion aggregates of more and more ordered matter will slowly take form, giving birth to life and ultimately to man: the arrival point of creation and the material universe. In these works, the perfection of the geometric lines of the triangle, the circle, and the cross dialogue with the chaos of the explosions of color, creating a balance between order and disorder. These geometries are part of the cultural and spiritual heritage of humankind, of that essence that, recalling Plato, transcends matter existing only in the world of ideas. Remembering that everything is in everything, Supernova unites macrocosm to microcosm, universe to man, science to mysticism. A hymn to life, its complexity, and its magic.

magnaniEnrico Magnani is an Italian artist born in 1972. Enrico Magnani is an Italian artist active on the international art scene. His first exhibition opened in 1997 in Milan. Until 2006, he worked as a figurative painter and after a transition period, his work has become exclusively abstract. In the last few years, his original abstract artworks have brought him international attention. His works have been presented in museums, foundations, private galleries, and public institutions in Europe and the US. In 2010 his book "Interview with Myself" was published, in which the artist explains the choices that led him to abandon the world of scientific research to devote himself entirely to art, the abandonment of figurative painting, and the newly found message which he aims to communicate in his abstract works. The documentary film "Enrico Magnani - Mystical Treasures" was made and broadcast on national television in January of 2017. In February of 2017, more than one hundred of his artworks from the last ten years of his abstract period were featured in "The Gold of the Earth," an exhibition at the Cloisters of San Domenico in Reggio Emilia, marking his greatest retrospective of all times.

The exhibition will be on site through October 6th.  

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Data: Gio 7 Set 2017

Orario: Dalle 19:00 alle 21:00

Ingresso : Libero


Italian Cultural Institute - 500 N Michigan, #1450