Museo Fortuny

Fortuny Museum

GIORGIO VIGNA Different Natures


A site-specific project developed by Giorgio Vigna (Verona, 1955) especially for the Wabi-Sabi in the middle of the third floor of Palazzo Fortuny. Once again, experimentation with the potential of materials – glass, copper and gold as well as waste materials – are at the helm of the artist’s research, in which the natural and artificial, the highly imaginative and the sublime meet and clash in works that are suspended somewhere between the possible and imaginary. The exhibition is divided into eleven moments, eleven different “stations” or moments of meditation in which the material becomes either light or heavy, incandescent in colour, taking on a deceptive consistency or ancestral forms.
Curated by Daniela Ferretti.

DIFFERENT NATURES presents itself as a journey, which is spherical and a-temporal, articulated in ten moments: groups of works which synthesize and exemplify different aspects of the artist’s work, where material becomes at times light, at times heavy, may turn into pure incandescent colour, or adopt deceptive consistency or cestral forms. A contemplative break begins the exhibition’s journey, an invitation to sit on big sculptures, a sonorous void wrapped in metallic segments, unexpected and cathartic. Combinations of contradictory materials manifest themselves in the first passageway, where copper has been made manageable and wrapped in smooth forms, as translucent solid water drops.
Enigmatic glass vases emerge from darkness letting flowers on copper stalks explode, a clear allusion to the blowpipe from which, the glass masters of the Venini’ furnace have always created works from its extremity, material that is seized from the unpredictability of its transformation. A large size paper work created with a personal printing process, “acquatipo”, presents itself as a large window open on a rich and fragmented cosmic life. A totem composed of bracelets made of the most varied metals, real and not, emerges as a stalagmite surfaced by mysterious underground cavities. The path ends with a last contradictory contact, the perfect form of a transparent glass sphere, containing a fragment of rough metallic material, as if it was frozen water that inside includes fire, an incandescent form which evokes the explosion of sea volcanoes.
Giorgio Vigna, born in Verona in 1955, is an artist who expresses himself through multiple ways, from sculpture to jewellery, from drawing to installation, creating forms that are able to combine his imaginative strength with natural elements caught in their primary and primordial aspects. Experiencing the potentiality of materials –glass, copper and gold as well as waste matters- he supports their nature and at the same time investigates their ultimate limits, revealing hidden possibilities up to the point of creating paradox and making them lose their first coordinates. Water, earth, fire, wind, shadow, light, transparency, are hinge elements of his search, in which natural and artificial, magnificence and sublime, meet and clash in works which are suspended between possible and unreal. Macro and microcosm get along and enrich one another, through the collision provoked within the same series of works.
His work is part of public and private collections such as those the Museum of Arts & Design and The Olnick and Spanu Collection of New York, the Indianapolis Museum of Art of Indianapolis, the Museo Internazionale delle Arti Applicate Oggi of Turin and the Museo degli Argenti of Palazzo Pitti in Florence. After important personal exhibitions hosted by international institutions, for example, the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci of Prato (1993), the Museo Correr of Venice (2002), the Designmuseo of Helsinki (2007), and having participated in collective ones, for instance, at Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica of Rome (1986), at Basilica Palladiana of Vicenza (1991 and 1993), at Palazzo Bricherasio of Turin (2002), at Museo Nazionale di Arti Decorative of Buenos Aires (2002), at Museum of Art and Design of New York (2006), at Museum of Art of Toledo (2007), at Kunstgewerbermuseum of Berlin (2007), at Centre Pompidou of Paris (2008), at Museo Sforzesco, at Fondazione Stelline (2008) and at Triennale of Milano (2009) and at Indanapolis Museum of Art (2009).