Tobia Scarpa – Dall’ arte della misura silenziosamente

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    Via de’ Musei, 4
    Bologna (IT)
Exhibition Tobia Scarpa – Dall’arte della misura silenziosamente

Tobia Scarpa – Dall’arte della misura silenziosamente
An uncritical interpretation of the artwork “Melencolia I” by Albrecht Dürer

For ART CITY Segnala 2020 on the occasion of Arte Fiera, Paradisoterrestre presents an exhibition by Tobia Scarpa, designer who in his long professional activity has been dealing with architecture, restoration, set-ups, industrial design, graphics, teaching.

At the start of his career, the Venetian architect designed for Dino Gavina pieces that later became iconic on the international design scene: Pigreco chair (1960), Bastiano sofa (1960) and Vanessa bed (1962). Always alongside the Bolognese entrepreneur, at the beginning of the Sixties he took part in the creation of the Flos company, for which he subsequently designed numerous lamps including Fantasma (1961), Foglio (1966) and Biagio (1968). Sixty years later, the collaboration is renewed with an artistic project: starting from an interpretation of Melencolia I, enigmatic masterpiece by Albrecht Dürer, Tobia Scarpa creates three limited edition artworks for Paradisoterrestre.

Realized by the German artist in 1514, the engraving has been the protagonist of countless investigations and the subject of a very extensive literature. With its enigmatic elements, it has not only attracted scholars in search of a possible and coherent interpretation, but also obsessed many artists up to the most recent contemporaneity, so that we can speak of a “persistence” of Dürer’s Melencolia I in the collective imagination.

Tobia Scarpa chose to break down the representation, extrapolating two of the key elements present in the work, related to the geometric-mathematical field: the polyhedron and the magic square.

A suggestion handed down from one generation to another, that one of the architect for the mysterious Dürer’s solid. His father Carlo Scarpa had at the time already shown so much interest in the polyhedron to devote himself to a research on the enigmatic figure. The hidden side of the solid, remained concealed for five centuries in Dürer’s engraving, is finally freed in the viewer’s space with the two sculptures, Festuca Lapis in marble and Scudo Magico in iron and brass, realized by Tobia Scarpa for Paradisoterrestre.

In the third exhibited artwork Geometrie Nascoste, a print in a limited edition of 100, the architect focuses on the magic square, researching and identifying symmetries in the numerical configurations of Dürer and Benjamin Franklin.

The exhibition set up is curated by Pierre Gonalons, creative director of Paradisoterrestre gallery.


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