Already anticipated by some of the artist’s works on display or “scattered” around the first floor, the exhibition covers all the vast space of the Museum’s second and shows large-sized canvases together with sculptures and other smaller sized works conceived by Marco Tirelli (Rome, 1956) especially for the museum.
The paintings portray architectural geometrical abstract elements that refer to states of indeterminateness and transit. Essential forms in which the physical object becomes an excuse to cross the border between light and shadow, thus creating a metaphysical relationship with space: here architecture expands until it disappears in an illusory monochrome that envelops and embraces the viewer, creating an alienating space, a window on perception, a passage way to meditation.
Catalogue Skira with text by Francesco Poli.
Marco Tirelli was born in Rome in 1956, where he lives and works today. He has followed the “Accademia di Belle Arti” (Degree in Fine arts) in Rome and graduated in Set Design with Toti Scialoia. After the first personal exhibition in 1987, in Milan, at the De Ambrogi gallery in Milan, he exposed at the Venice Biennale in 1982, with a personal hall, being invited by Tommaso Trini in the section – Aperto 82-.
Many personal exhibitions in Italy and abroad follow as well as participations to international Biennales, of which the one of San Paolo, the Sydney Biennale and the one of Paris.
The Nineties start with an exhibition at the American Academy in Rome, that puts in dialogue a collection of drawings of Tirelli with the wall drawings of Sol Lewit. In 1990 he participates with a personal hall in the Venice Biennale, invited by Giovanni Carandente, Laura Chrubini and Flaminio Gualdoni. The same year he is at the Civic Gallery of Modena that dedicates an exhibition to Tirelli’s drawings and in 1992 a personal one, curated by Flaminio Gualdoni and Walter Guadagnini. In 2002 an important anthological exhibition is held at the Institut Mathildenhoehe di Darmstadt, called -Das Universum der Geometrie-, presented the following year at the Gallery of Modern Art in Bologna.