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Michelangelo Galliani: Shapes of time. Text by Maria Chiara Wang for the Sagitta exhibition.

From March 21 Studio la Linea Verticale presents Sagitta. Ordinary-Man-Straordinary, the first solo exhibition in Bologna by artist Michelangelo Galliani. The exhibition is accompanied by the catalog ed. Blurb with texts by Marcello Bertolla, Michelangelo Galliani, Alessandro Mescoli, Maria Chiara Wang. In collaboration with Cris Contini Contemporary and Associazione Ricognizioni sull'Arte. More...

 

SHAPES OF TIME

By Maria Chiara Wang


In an art-historical context that, in waves, has subverted the definitions and status of the various art languages over the last century, sculpture too has been - and is - subject to new interpretations. In reference to it, we have come to speak of "expanded field" (Rosalind Krauss, 1978) and of "three-dimensional conformation" (Antonella Greco) in order to embrace the wide and varied production that, to date, includes figuration and abstraction, works realised with different techniques and materials, from the more usual ones (marble, bronze, wood, metal) to the more innovative ones (recycled materials, electronic and digital devices, ...), locations in heterogeneous contexts (galleries, museums, public places) and hybridisations with other forms of expression. 


Dettaglio: Michelangelo Galliani, Sagitta, 2024, marmo nero marquinia, piombo, 160x55x55 cm.
Dettaglio: Michelangelo Galliani, Sagitta, 2024, marmo nero marquinia, piombo, 160x55x55 cm.

In the panorama just described, Michelangelo Galliani's sculpture represents a balanced synthesis of tradition and actuality, the former inherent in the method, the latter in the structure and content. The artist sculpts the material by hand, giving it form in the extended time of the classical process. It is precisely time that turns out to be an essential component of the creative process since the work happens during its making: in the variables inherent in the manual realisation of the work there is an unpredictability that the machine does not possess, a potential for transformation. And it is here that the soul of sculpture and its essence reside. In Galliani the representation of the human figure - in the contrast that arises between the solemnity of classical forms, innovative compositions and subjects taken from the contemporary world - acts as a bridge between past and present.


On the occasion of the exhibition SAGITTA, ORDINARIO - UOMO - STRAORDINARIO, at Studio la Linea Verticale in Bologna, Michelangelo Galliani also becomes a sculptor of space: the artist redefines the exhibition spaces through an installation choice that includes a rich selection of works placed both on the floor, on the wall and on supports. Thus, Sebastiano (2024) in black Marquinia marble and lead - the fulcrum of the exhibition, so much so as to determine its title in synecdoche - and the sculpture Cartolina da Istanbul (2023) in black Marquinia marble, stainless steel and lead are counterbalanced by the tapestry Paesaggi notturni (2023) in lead, bronze and brass, the wall tondi in statuary marble and brass of the Icons series (2019) and the fragments of a face in straw-coloured onyx lying on a lead background of Eda (2024). 


Michelangelo Galliani, Cartolina da Istanbul, 2023-24, marmo nero marquinia, piombo e acciaio inox, 307x120 cm. Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, Seravezza Lucca. Sagitta, ordinario-uomo-straordinario, studio la linea verticale, bologna.
Michelangelo Galliani, Cartolina da Istanbul, 2023-24, marmo nero marquinia, piombo e acciaio inox, 307x120 cm. Chiesa di Santa Maria del Carmine, Seravezza Lucca.
 

Title: Sagitta. Ordinario-Uomo-Straordinario

Artist: Michelangelo Galliani

Curated by: Maria Chiara Wang

And: Alessandro Mescoli

Date: 21.03-11.05.2024

Vernissage: 21.03 h 18-20

Where: Studio la Linea Verticale, via dell’Oro 4b, Bologna

Ordinary opening: dal Tue. Al Sat. 15.30-19

Texts by: Marcello Bertolla, Michelangelo Galliani, Alessandro Mescoli, Maria Chiara Wang

In collaboration with: Cris Contini Contemporary, London

Catalogue: Blurb, composizione e identità visiva di Marcello Bertolla

Video, regia e foto di: Mauro Terzi

Press office and social media: CSArt, agenzia di Chiara Serri - Reggio Emilia, Sandra Sanson, Giorgia Cantelli, Studio la Linea Verticale.

Technology equipment: Nicola Cavazza

A project by: Ricognizioni sull’Arte - Alessandro Mescoli, Massimiliano Piccinini, Federica Sala, Sergio Bianchi, Laura Solieri, Andrea Barillaro, Davide Guerzoni, Giorgia Cantelli e Marcello Bertolla.


Michelangelo Galliani Sagitta Ordinario Uomo Straordinario, Studio la Linea Verticale arte cointemporanea Bologna, patrocinio Regione emilia Romagna, testo di Maria Chiara Wang, Cris Contini Contemporary London, per la Rassegna Dell'Umana Dimensione, a cura di Ricognizioni sullì'Arte.


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