BIASA ArtSpace, in collaboration with Art Printing House 2RC Edizioni d’Arte, present the exhibition, Enzo Cucchi, Eight Graphic Works from June 8 – July 10, 2010, in Bali. The show will feature works by acclaimed Italian artist Enzo Cucchi, in conjunction with the exhibition “The Doublefold Dream of Art – 2RC between the artist and the artificer“, Jakarta Galeri Nasional Indonesia (June 4 – 24, 2010), Bandung, Selasar Sunaryo Art Space (May 29 – June 22, 2010) and Yogyakarta, Sangkring Art Space (June 11 – 20, 2010).
Painter, draughtsman and sculptor, Enzo Cucchi was born in Morro d’Alba in 1949. At first a conceptual artist, Cucchi soon adopted a figurative expression and established a highly symbolic iconography, generating alternative spaces through unpredictable materials and forms, such as waves, flames, skulls and roosters. The artist, as an archetypical archeologist, searches into popular traditions to elaborate a corpus of signs that leave an ineluctable trace (Angela Vettese 2006). Cucchi started his artistic carreer in the seventies as a member of the Italian movement “Transavanguardia”, together with Francesco Clemente, Nicola De Maria, Sandro Chia and Mimmo Paladino. The movement was undisputedly recognized by the International scene, thanks to art critic and curator Achille Bonito Oliva who sealed the movement within the Conceptual and Post Modern trends that characterized the Western Post World War II Avant-gardes.
BIASA ArtSpace will feature works of various dimensions, a series of horizontal maps traced by the artist through an anthropomorphic vocabulary of elements, that all seem to float within the compositions. The exhibition is both a visual and print-making experience, that illustrates the collaborative research undertaken by the art printing house 2RC Edizioni d’Arte, owned by Walter and Eleonora Rossi (Rome, Italy). The couple always engaged in creating an artistic laboratory to develop new graphic techniques that could enable the artists to conceive and realise graphic art in a revolutionary way. The creation of large etching paper presses of extraordinary power, designed by Valter Rossi himself, together with a highly specialized equipment, allowed the realization of large format etchings of absolute graphic autonomy, successively attracting numerous great masters of the Western abstract and informal 20th century avanguardes such as Francis Bacon, Alberto Burri, Enzo Cucchi, Sam Francis, Lucio Fontana, Henry Moore, and many others.
This exhibition aroused from the mutual desire of both BIASA ArtSpace and 2RC Edizioni d’Arte to start a collaborative project aimed at later exhibiting unpublished graphic works realised by Asian and Southeast Asian artists.
During the opening BIASA ArtSpace will present its recent bilingual publication Seni Kontemporer (Art Contemporary) featuring the essay: Seni Setelah Tahun Dua Ribu Art (Beyond the Year Two Thousand) by Prof. Achille Bonito Oliva, following the presentation of the book at the residence of the Ambassador of Italy in Jakarta on June 6th.
Jl. Raya Seminyak No. 34
Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
June 8th, at 6 pm
About The Artist
Enzo Cucchi was born in Morro d’Alba, (Ancona), on November 14, 1949. The artist lives and works between Rome and Ancona. His first interests were dedicated to painting and poetry. After receiving a number of prizes, the artist moved to Rome in the mid-Seventies, where he met Sandro Chia and Francesco Clemente, with whom he started to collaborate. The original character of his work was widely recognized in relation to the artistic currents of the time. Cucchi in fact experimented on traditional art practices and iconographies, realizing installations that were freely placed within the exhibition stage to support the painted, sculpted or drawn image.
Cucchi was soon represented by a number of Italian and International galleries such as Emilio Mazzoli, Modena (from 1979), and Gian Enzo Sperone in Rome and New York (from 1981 to 1985). He often exhibited with Sandro Chia, Francesco Clemente, Nicola De Maria and Mimmo Paladino, the protagonists of the new Italian movement, that the critic Achille Bonito Oliva sealed as Transavanguardia, organizing several shows in Europe within prestigious museums and private institutions such as the Basil Kunsthalle (1980); the Guggenheim Museum and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1982); the Tate Gallery, London (1983); and the Würth Museum in Künzelsau (1998). Furthermore, the group participated into important biennales such as 39th Venice Biennale and the 11th Paris Biennale (1980); the Westkunst in Cologne (1981); the 4th Sidney Biennale, Documenta 7 in Kassel, and the Zeitgeist in Berlin (1982).
Enzo Cucchi was broadly recognized, both in Italy and abroad, as one of the major representatives of the new tendency epitomized by the recuperation of figurative art. The artist has been extensively exhibited by important International galleries such as Mary Boone-Michael Werner, New York; Bernd Klüser, Munich; Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo; Pièce Unique, Paris. Among his personal shows in prestigious museums are worth to cite: Kunsthaus di Zurig (1982 and 1988); Caja de Pensiones, Madrid (1985); the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1986); the Lenbachhaus, Munich (1987); the Wiener Secession,Vienna (1988); the Luigi Pecci Museum, Prato (1989); the Fundaciò Joan Mirò, Barcelona and the Carrè d’Art, Nîmes (1991). The artist is also commissioned to realize permament sculptures for open public spaces, such as the Bruglinger Park, Basil (1984); the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Copenhagen (1985); or the fountains at the Pecci Museum in Prato (1988); and at the entrance of the York University di Toronto (1993).
Later, the artist also realized altar pieces for churches, illustrations for books, and scenographies for theater and opera (i.e. the Bottega Fantastica for the Rossini Opera Festival 1982, in Pesaro). The artist constantly expanded his research by experimenting on different techniques, such as ceramics, mosaics (i.e. the Museum of Art di Tel Aviv) and bronze, demonstrating a versatile attitude in exploring and searching different disciplines, including architecture, design and fashion.
In 2007 the Venice Museo Correr celebrated his extensive carreer by organizing a retrospective exhibition that opened simultaneously to the 52nd Venice Biennale.