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Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’ Ocula Conversation Bani Abidi: ‘What you see in my films is what I know’

A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Fausto Melotti

(1901 - 1986), Italy

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.

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.

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Featured Artworks

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Le scale di Giacobbe (Jacob’s Ladder) by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiLe scale di Giacobbe (Jacob’s Ladder), 1973/1985 Brass
90 x 38 x 17.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Rondò delle idee galanti by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiRondò delle idee galanti, 1981 Brass and fabric (painted)
51 x 40 x 40 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art
Alberello (Little Tree) by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiAlberello (Little Tree), 1965 Brass
47.5 x 15.5 x 11 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Giraffa (Giraffe) by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiGiraffa (Giraffe), c. 1955 Glazed polychrome ceramics
47 x 26 x 13.5 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Scultura n. 14 (Sculpture nr. 14) by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiScultura n. 14 (Sculpture nr. 14), 1935 Stainless steel
100 x 35 x 28 cm
Hauser & Wirth
La sposa di Arlecchino (Harlequin’s Wife) by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiLa sposa di Arlecchino (Harlequin’s Wife), 1979 Brass, plaster, fabric, painted paper
63 x 153 x 55 cm
Hauser & Wirth
Sogno / Dream by Fausto Melotti contemporary artwork
Fausto MelottiSogno / Dream, 1982 Plaster, mixed media, brass rope and terracotta
42 x 59 cm
Waddington Custot

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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