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23 JUNE - 30 SEPTEMBER 2012

Maurizio Nannucci (born in Florence in 1939) is one of the leading figures of the international artistic scene of the last few decades. Up until the middle of the 1960s, he focuses on a profound reflection on the relationships between Art, language and society. After experimenting with concrete poetry and electronic music, he starts a personal research assembling different materials and methods of production such as neon lights, photography, sound installations, editions and artist’s books.

Nannucci is one of the first to experiment with the combination of neon light and “Alfabetofonetico” writing (1967), to create an analysis of the communication phenomena, as well as to establish a new perception of the spatial context in which the work is exhibited. Within the framework of the conceptual search of the time, his endeavor aims at unifying the formal/aesthetic perspective of the artwork and an analytical viewpoint through the introduction of a socio political trend of thoughts. The “Dattilogrammi” (1964/65), the neon writings of “Anthology” (1967/2012), the “Exempla” publications (1968), the photography sections of the “Sessanta verdi naturali” (1973) and the “Giardini Botanici” (1967/2012), the audio archive of the “Fonoteca” (1977) are born from his first approaches and his experimental attitude.

In parallel, between 1975 and 1985, he supports the activities of the non-profit collective Zona -founded by artists in Florence, Italy- since 1998, he also encourages the “Base/Progetti per l’arte” space. Additionally, his research on a new manner to apply cognitive mechanisms drives him to conduct an intense editorial activity. Aside from the production of a corpus of one hundred publications, he invents and promotes “Zona Archives” (1967/2012), one of the largest collections of documents regarding contemporary art. His wishes to research “a new aesthetic order for contemporaneity” lead him to leave the boundaries of the “white cube” and displaying his neon installations within the city. In the early nineties, Maurizio Nannucci works on large public exhibitions together with some of the leading figures of architecture such as Renzo Piano, Massimiliano Fuksas, Mario Botta, Nicholas Grimshaw, and Stephan Braunfels.

Among other works: “Blue Klein/Rosa Fontana” (1988) at the Lyon Musée d’Art Moderne, “Nice/Nice” (1992) for the Villa Arson in Nice, “Provisoire & Definitif” (1995) for the Frac Nord Pas de Calais, “Polifonia” (2002) for the Rome Auditorium, “Bauzer Ring” (2003) at the German parliament library in Berlin, “All art has been contemporary” (2005) at the Altes Museum on the Berlin Museum Island, “Index” (2005) at the Enssib in Villeurbanne, in 2008, the lights text on the Hubbrücke bridge in Magdebourg and “Listen to your eyes” (2010) for the Cnap in Metz.

Maurizio Nannucci has participated several times in the Venice Biennale, at the Documenta Kassel and in the São Paulo, Sydney, Istanbul and Valencia Biennials.

http://www.maurizionannucci.it/

Maurizio Nannucci : more information

Maurizio Nannucci, "There is another way..." "There is another way...", 2012. Installation, neon. 1200 x 600 x 5 cm. © DR. Maurizio Nannucci.
 
Maurizio Nannucci, "There is another way...", 2012
"There is another way...", 2012. Installation, neon. 1200 x 600 x 5 cm. © DR. Maurizio Nannucci.

 

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