Visions from “Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art” Exhibition

Centro di Cultura Contemporanea Strozzina, Florence (Oct. 5th, 2012 to Jan. 27th, 2013; Artists: Francis Bacon, Nathalie Djurberg, Adrian Ghenie, Chiharu Shiota, Annegret Soltau, Arcangelo Sassolino)

Maybe in the last months my inspirations come almost completely from issues and questions about existentialism and moral human condition, considering also the global crisis period, or maybe having met Francis Bacon had a deep impact, long time ago while being an art student, on reasons of my art need, this exhibition fell on the right time, therefore a visit was peremptory.

Some details from Francis Bacon works, in particular his paint technique:

Francis Bacon  Technique

Francis Bacon - Untitled (Three Figures) 1981

Francis Bacon - Seated Figure 1974

Reflection Self-portrait with Francis Bacon painting

The exhibition section about materials used by Francis Bacon for his works is pretty special. One cannot really understand an artist, both from past times and contemporary, without having an idea about his lifestyle, his friends, his sources of inspiration, and through this exhibition you can get a general knowledge about the photographs, the microsurgery books, the magazines Francis Bacon used.

Nathalie Djurberg
The Swedish artist uses plasticine figures which act into stop motion technique movies to let pour out human relation dynamics, often well buried into people’s mind. Visitors can watch her movies from within narrow spaces, like a cave or a small wood house for children, involving also a real physical change of perspective for adults.

Nathalie Djurberg - Das Waldhäuschen_Flux1

Nathalie Djurberg - Das Waldhäuschen_Flux2

Nathalie Djurberg -Jag sysslar givetvis med trolleri_Flux1 Nathalie Djurberg -Jag sysslar givetvis med trolleri_Flux2

Nathalie Djurberg -Jag sysslar givetvis med trolleri_Flux3 Nathalie Djurberg -Jag sysslar givetvis med trolleri_Flux4

Adrian Ghenie
Visual subtraction of fundamental historical characters and transfiguration of pop themes from last century are magically spread and mixed into large canvas. Definitely my favorite artist within the exhibition.

Adrian Ghenie - Particolar from a Pie Fight Study

Adrian Ghenie - Self Portrait as a Monkey

Annegret Soltau
Collage of sewed photographs, performance with black filaments connecting people, the constriction of the thread onto the body.

Annegret Soltau_Selbst

Annegret Soltau - Selbst Annegret Soltau - Photosewings

Chiharu Shiota
The Japanese artist realizes site-specific installations using black thin wool threads which trap things like a spider’s web. Silence, fixed time and limited space of the installation crystallize into the visitor’s path, from a sense of littleness for the human being along the way to the sense of lost time when leaving the installation room.

Chiharu Shiota - Detail from installation into CCC Strozzina, Florence

Chiharu Shiota - Installation in Florence

Francis Bacon and  Chiharu Shiota_Contamination

Arcangelo Sassolino
The extreme tension between physically possible and unpredictable material breaking are explored into his installation, specifically set up for Strozzina Center. Visitors can face directly the piston drive, its movement and the produced sound, until the final tension release.

Arcangelo Sassolino - Detail of installation in Florence

Arcangelo Sassolino - Detail of specific installation in Florence Arcangelo Sassolino - Pressure

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