Curated by: Bruno Corà
Location: La Nuova Pesa – Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea, Rome [Italy]
Date: 5-15 April 2011
Bizhan Bassiri is only presenting three works in this exhibition at the Nuova Pesa; those three, however, epitomize his artistic discourse and carry it towards possible evolutions, without altering his underlying poetics. The meteorites – like the one polished to a mirror finish at the entrance to this solo exhibition – represent yet another force that bears both destruction and birth. These archetypical, primordial sculptures exist as apparitions of a “form” (which in many cases resembles a mythic animal, as in La Bestia from 2009), which denotes the condition of art in the world. Bassiri’s forms exist as an image placed in a space before consciousness, entirely detached from historical time. It is this relationship of the image with the space that Bassiri explores here with the large glass case on display, whose interior walls reflect back and forth to multiply the image within, endlessly repeating the apparition of a work of art.
The evening of the inauguration also featured a reading by Simona Marchini of “Magmatic Thought”, with music by Stefano Taglietti, and an encounter of the artist with Bruno Corà and Franca Falletti.