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Piazza Goldoni 2 / Lungarno Corsini 16, Florence, Italy

Press release Alessandro Bagnai Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition of Mario Schifano (Homs, Libya, 1934 - Rome, Italy, 1998), depending on "Horizon" exhibition series curated by Lorand Hegyi, which aims to bring all ' public attention some great figures in the history of the last decades, they can still be a reference point for the art of the new generations. The first exhibition of this cycle (April-June 2012) was dedicated to one of the founders of Zero Group, the German Günther Uecker (Wendorf, Germany, 1939). On that occasion, in addition to the screening of a documentary film on the history of the artist Michael Kluth, Uecker had exposed some historical works and had also made a series of new works specifically for the gallery. The exhibition dedicated to Schifano, who died in 1998, was projected by Alessandro Bagnai to pay tribute to a painter to which, more in the spirit of the collector that the gallery owner, has always felt a passionate attraction. The gallery does not intend to present the complex universe of this famous artist, nor traces the history exhaustively. Nice big exhibitions have tried to do it and still others will have to try to represent the complex and rich humanity of his figure. The choice of works is born then, first of all, from the collection of the gallery and, although only a selection, representing various historical moments of the artist. Not only the first sixty years considered important, but also the next 70s, 80s and 90s, then wanting to emphasize the extraordinary ability to Schifano to be a painter, always reborn, with the click of genius, in a different way; it can not be so easily pigeonholed, classified and enclosed in only one of its many periods. For the occasion will be published in the second volume of "Horizon" which will contain an essay by Lorand Hegyi, currently director of the Museum of Saint-Etienne, France.

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