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Bizhan Bassiri

17.05.2018 - 17.06.2018


Within the sphere of activities promoted by VOLUME! Foundation in collaboration with the Riso Museum of Palermo and Monacontemporary Fine Art, the exhibition Veglia by Bizhan Bassiri, curated by Bruno Corà, will be open to the public on Thursday 17th May 2018 at 6pm.

The event finds a new configuration in Rome in the space of VOLUME! Foundation, after its debut in January in the spaces of the Regional Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Palermo.

With the sculptures Veglia a new generation of works invests the imaginary in environments in which the Italo-Persian artist had already worked years ago, bringing new suggestions of a narration that is part of the "Manifesto del Pensiero Magmatico" (1986) already marked out by Bassiri since 1984 with the “Pensiero Magmatico".

After distinguished himself as the only artist invited to represent Iran at the 57th Venice International Biennial of Art in 2017, Bassiri returns to show his significant creation in Rome, the city where he started his original artistic path.

In the different drama of Veglia some new figures of Bassiri's poetic repertoire will be seen; from the solemn Sarcofago that is the result of a metamorphosis derived from millenary geological processes to the plastic iconography of a Battle; to the vertical presence of a golden Erma, to the Bastone, emblems these last of the vigilant presence of the artist's thought and of his affirmative willingness.

A practicable volcanic base area integrates the sound of visitors' footsteps with the group of sculptures.

The new enunciation of these highly evocative artworks created by a recognized protagonist of the 80s generation of Italian and International art allows us to appreciate once again the ideal vigor and intensity of the poetic pronouncement.

The exhibition will be followed by a publication with theoretical-poetic texts by the artist and an essay by Bruno Corà that, supported by a repertoire of images, will document a really significant phase of Bassiri's work.