Renaissance in Polaroids at the Poldi Pezzoli

Renaissance in Polaroids at the Poldi Pezzoli
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Toss a Polaroid camera among the masters of the Renaissance. And an experimental talent as gifted as Paolo Gioli behind the lens. The results of such an encounter can be seen in a great exhibition for Milano Photofestival at the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, a treasure chest of Italian and European art gathered by a great collector from the 1800s. After starting as a painter in the ‘60s, Gioli got into lithography, silk-screening, photography and cinema, fascinated by the possibilities of mixing mechanical images with the manual skill of the painter. In the 18 works on display, there is an exploration of the grand theme of the face, reworking the masterpieces of the great home-museum of Milan with the versatility, the colour and the effects of the Polaroid. Pollaiolo, Cranach, Mantegna, Dürer, Caravaggio, Raphael, Donatello and Piero della Francesca are just some of the artists to whom Gioli pays homage, revealing the historical and linguistic stratifications present within contemporary technological imagery. The subjects of the paintings double and mirror themselves in a fantastical imaginary dialogue, through a series of inventive techniques, such as the transfer of photos on drawing paper, an operation of which the artist is considered a true master.
Francesca Grego - © 2018 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano