Piccolo spazio tra due poltrone e una sedia
6 strati di moquette
220 x 280 x 10 cm
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The work is composed of many layers of carpeting in red velvet, cut out to match the silhouette of the space between the furniture in the living room of the artist’s home.
“Piccolo spazio tra due poltrone e una sedia” approaches the theme of empty space and the potential it implies: “In emptiness I see the ‘fulfillment’ of the work – the artist has written – because in the question, which is suspension and awaiting, the ethical thrust necessary for art is contained”.
The use of carpeting as a material capable of “absorbing” the sign of an experience, allows the work to remain suspended between science and subjectivity, between the analytical restitution of a space and the personal narrative of a place.
Alberto Garutti (Galbiate, 1948), an artist and a lecturer. His research about an open dialogue between contemporary art, public and public space, gave him the opportunity to create artworks for cities and museums all over the world.
Among his most famous works: “To those born today” in Bergamo (1998), Gent on the occasion of the Over the Edges exhibition at the S.M.A.K. Museum (2000), Istanbul (2001), Moscow in collaboration with the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, as part of the Impossible Community show (2011) and Plovdiv (2018); “Little Museion” in Bolzano (2001); “Dedicated to the inhabitants of the houses” for the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa (2002); a site specific artwork for Fondazione Zegna in Trivero (2009); the work commissioned by Hines Italia for Porta Nuova district in Milan (2012); “Every step I have taken in my life has led me here, now”.
Garutti has held many solo shows in private spaces, and he has shown his work in many galleries in both Italy and abroad, including Paul Maenz Gallery in Cologne, Galleria Minini in Brescia, Magazzino d’Arte Moderna in Rome, Studio Guenzani, Galleria Marconi in Milan, Studio la Città in Verona, Buchmann Galerie in Lugano and Berlin.
His work has been displayed in numerous group exhibitions held in museums and public spaces, especially of interest are as well as Wir sind die anderen curated by Jan Hoet at M.A.R.T.A. museum in Herford (2001); Luna Park Arte Fantastica at Villa Manin, Codroipo (2005); ITALICS, Arte italiana fra tradizione e rivoluzione 1968-2008 held at Palazzo Grassi in Venice, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2008) – both curated by Francesco Bonami; Terre vulnerabili at the Hangar Bicocca (2011); Soleil Politique curated by Pierre Bal-Blanc at Museion in Bolzano (2014); Brera in Contemporaneo at Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan (2015); The Pagad at Galleria Massimo de Carlo in Milan (2016).
During his career Garutti has been invited to major international events and institutions such as the Venice Biennale in 1990, 2010 and 2014; the 2001 Istanbul Biennial; the 2000 and 2005 editions of Arte all’Arte and the Memory Marathon held at Serpentine Gallery of London in 2012.