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Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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(1901 – 1986), Italy

Fausto Melotti Biography

Fausto Melotti (b. 1901, Rovereto, Italy; d. 1986, Milan, Italy) was an Italian painter and sculptor who is known for his slender brass sculptures and small ceramics. Melotti's early education in Florence introduced him to the art of the Renaissance which would have a profound influence throughout his life. In the interwar years, Melotti became a leading member of the group of Milanese abstract artists which included his lifelong friend Lucio Fontana. Inspired by his engineering and music studies, Melotti's abstract sculptures had an immaterial, rhythmic and intellectual effect on its viewers; a mixture of nature, geometry and music delicately expressed in brass or plaster. After witnessing the destruction of the Second World War, Melotti felt it necessary to introduce the human figure into his work. The small ceramic stage sets, or 'teatrini', produced at this time were more narrative and theatrical than his earlier work; their fatalistic melancholy would endure in his creations. Like the city squares of de Chirico's 'metaphysical paintings', Melotti's little theatres urge the viewer to bring to life narrative fragments into a coherent performance. By the late 1960's Melotti's transformation of commonplace materials such as plaster and painted fabric linked him to the Arte Povera generation of artists.

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Melotti was educated in Florence and went on to complete a degree in electronic engineering in Milan. In 1928 Melotti studied sculpture at Brera Academy, Milan, where he met Lucio Fontana. Melotti's first exhibition was held at the Galleria del Milione, Milan, in 1935. In 1951 Melotti was awarded the Grand Prix at the Milan Triennale. Solo exhibitions were held at the Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund (1971), the Marlborough Gallery, Zurich (1973), the Palazzo Reale, Milan (1979) and the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome (1983). After his death in 1986 his work was exhibited worldwide, including the Kodama Gallery, Osaka (1990) and Paolo Baldacci Gallery, New York (1994). Most recently the Museum of Contemporary Art at Grand Hornu, Belgium, organised a major retrospective (2004). In 2013, the exhibition Klee-Melotti was held at the Museo d'Arte Lugano. Shortly after his death in 1986, Melotti was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale.

Fausto Melotti Featured Artworks

Disegno nello Spazio by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiDisegno nello Spazio, 1981Brass
76 x 59 x 14 cm
Mazzoleni Enquire about this work
Le scale di Giacobbe (Jacob’s Ladder) by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiLe scale di Giacobbe (Jacob’s Ladder), 1973/1985Brass
90 x 38 x 17.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth Enquire about this work
Rondò delle idee galanti by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiRondò delle idee galanti, 1981Brass and fabric (painted)
51 x 40 x 40 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Enquire about this work
Alberello (Little Tree) by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiAlberello (Little Tree), 1965Brass
47.5 x 15.5 x 11 cm
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Giraffa (Giraffe) by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiGiraffa (Giraffe), c. 1955Glazed polychrome ceramics
47 x 26 x 13.5 cm
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Scultura n. 14 (Sculpture nr. 14) by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiScultura n. 14 (Sculpture nr. 14), 1935Stainless steel
100 x 35 x 28 cm
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La sposa di Arlecchino (Harlequin’s Wife) by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiLa sposa di Arlecchino (Harlequin’s Wife), 1979Brass, plaster, fabric, painted paper
63 x 153 x 55 cm
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Fausto Melotti Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Equilibrium. An idea for Italian sculpture at Mazzoleni, London
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8 February–5 April 2019 Group Exhibition Equilibrium. An idea for Italian sculpture Mazzoleni, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Fausto Melotti, The Deserted City at Hauser & Wirth, New York
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13 September–27 October 2018 Fausto Melotti The Deserted City Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Invisible Cities: Architecture of Line at Waddington Custot, London
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7 March–4 May 2018 Group Exhibition Invisible Cities: Architecture of Line Waddington Custot, London

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