IN TURIN AN INTERESTING SHOW TO CELEBRATE THE 80TH BIRTHDAY OF THE MAESTRO
He has been using all kinds of materials and techniques
HE CELEBRATES HIS BIRTHDAY
WITH AN EXHIBITION DEDICATED TO
HIS METAL WORKS
All artists do experiments. Some of them do that for either long or short periods of time. Others – a very few of them – do that throughout their lives. Armando Marrocco has been doing it for 60 years. Nobody could go through the most troubled decades of art history and have the courage to manage ideas, people, techniques and materials as constantly as he did.
Take materials. Throughout his long life, Armando Marrocco has been using everything: iron, marble, paper, plastic, canvas, plaster, gold, light, fire, water, sound, wood, stone, words. He even used ants. And himself, too. There is no mid-twentieth-century artistic idea Marrocco has not experimented with in a most original way. He has been – and still is – a sculptor, a painter, a photographer, a designer, a poet, a performer, a musician, an architect. In short, he has been – and still is – a real artist. A master of art.
And now, on the occasion of his 80th birthday, Armando Marrocco has decided to give a party. An important anniversary will be celebrated with an equally important exhibition; the show is curated by Toti Carpentieri and will open exactly on the day of Marrocco’s birthday. The artist has chosen to held the party/exhibition in an unusual gallery he has grown very fond of: Spaziobianco in Turin. It is with this gallery that the artist arranged five exhibitions in five years and showcased some of the most significant works of his artistic career. Some of them, such as the beautiful, scenographic Giardino Ludens, had not been shown to the public for a half-century.
HIS ARTISTIC RESEARCH
RESTS ON THE ATTEMPT
TO CREATE A UTOPIAN CITY
To celebrate his 80th birthday, Armando Marrocco has decided to exhibit works made of iron, bronze, anticorodal, and corten steel. The exhibition is named after a work made of corten steel and called La città immaginaria (“the imaginary city”), which somehow epitomizes Marrocco’s artistic research, relying on the attempt, endeavour and ambition to create a utopia. The utopian city is one of the most important themes in Marrocco’s work. Already in 1976, the artist painted a work called Città immaginaria, which he presented at Il Milione gallery in Milan, in 1980. The work was smaller and rested on a sand dune. An extraordinary, large-size work called La città palafitta (“the stilt town”), created from 1976 to 1988, was placed in the Olympic Park in Seoul. The La città Immaginaria work that will be on display at the Spaziobianco gallery dates from 2011; it is an imposing, four-metre high structure made up of six parts, and it is as elegant, poetic, solid and strong as the artist who did it.