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With Vita d’Artista, Flavio Favelli (Florence, 1967) takes center stage from 26 November 2020 to 5 March 2021 of a site-specific exhibition project involving all of the Adolfo Pini Foundation’s spaces.

Starting from the suggestion of Carlo Cassola’s book that, with the same title, addresses the question of art with respect to certain ideals, politics and social commitment, Favelli intervenes in the house that belonged to Adolfo Pini (1920-1986) and before him to the painter Renzo Bongiovanni Radice (1899-1970), in search of a comparison between the past, his legacy and the artist’s work.

Flavio Favelli uses objects of decor or everyday use that refer both to the bourgeois aesthetic of the family environment in which he grew up, and to that of consumption produced by industry and advertising. In his works – collages, sculptures, and environments – the materials are assembled to create superimpositions of meaning that do not distort the objects but amplify their symbolic value. They are objects of a past daily life but still unconsciously present today.

Favelli seeks a close comparison with the environments of great seduction and evocative power of the Foundation. Writings, logos, urban signs and advertising images, in the rooms furnished with valuable furniture and paintings, carpets and Chinese vases, do nothing but clarify and decisively manifest the relationship between the artist’s imagination and a context that is itself intertwined with the world of commerce and the city’s bourgeoisie.

The title Vita d’Artista (Artist’s Life) for this site-specific intervention comes from a reflection on the private dimension of a house of “enlightened bourgeois ideals”: a context as happy as it is ambiguous for a comparison with the past and with that “sense of beauty”, still extremely vital, transmitted by its furnishings. At the same time it is also a way to emphasize the differences that emerge in the relationship with a “beautiful house” and an idea of an aesthetically “beautiful” art and the point of view of an artist who tries to reread, with unpublished works, a place and a time that somehow belongs to us.

Flavio Favelli was born in Florence in 1967, in 1993 he graduated in Oriental History at the University of Bologna and only later embarked on his artistic career. His works have been exhibited in prestigious international institutions, among them: Art Basel Hong Kong Encounters sector curated by Yuko Hasegawa (2013, S); MAXXI, Rome (2012, S; 2010, G); Museo del Novecento, Milan (S, 2012), MACRO, Rome (G, 2012; 2011, S); RISO Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Palermo (G, 2011), American Academy in Rome (2011, G; 2010, S); Tate Modern, London (G, 2010), MCA, Chicago (G, 2009), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (G, 2008; 2007, S; 2002, G); Palazzo Grassi, Venice (G, 2008), Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul (G, 2008), Benaki Museum, Athens (G, 2008), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (S, 2007), La Maison Rouge (S, 2007), MAMBO, Bologna (S, 2007), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Nîmes, (G, 2007); Creative Art Center, Beijing (G, 2006); Musèe d’Art Moderne de Saint- Etienne, Saint- Etienne (G, 2005), Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Los Angeles (S, 2004), Museion – Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bolzano (G, 2003). In 2012 he represented Italy at the 11th Biennale de La Habana and twice, in 2003 and 2013, the artist took part in the Venice Art Biennale. Flavio Favelli has been selected for an artist residency at the Institute of Italian Culture in Istanbul and his solo exhibition will be hosted in the historic complex of the Galata Rum Okulu school in May 2014. He currently lives and works in Savigno (Bologna, I).

Fondazione Adolfo Pini

Corso Garibaldi 2

20121 Milan, Italy


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