Sculpted Memories. Giorgio Andreotta Calò Transforms Hangar Bicocca

Sculpted Memories. Giorgio Andreotta Calò Transforms Hangar Bicocca
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A sunken wreck off the Eolie Islands, an old story of industry and communications with Pirelli at its centre and the vision of one of Italy’s most interesting artists of recent years: the personal exhibition of Giorgio Andreotta Calò starts here with Città di Milano, getting its name from the steamer ship that sank back in 1919. On display at the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, “an archipelago of works”, both old and new, seen together for the first time. The idea of the sea, with the concept of navigation, immersion and emerging, physical and symbolic stratification, permeate an itinerary built around sculpture and, more generally, the transformation of matter. From Produttivo (2019), which re-elaborates samples of rock taken from beneath Venice and the Sardinian mines of Sulcis, to Meduse, which transforms dock poles into sculptures inspired by marine life, the exhibition space is transformed into a new landscape in which the visitor is invited to look “beyond”, thus building, with the help of a rich repertoire of stimulus, their own personal experience. Then there are the fascinating works of the artist revolving around the history of Pirelli, bringing unknown narratives about Milan to light for the first time - among other highlights, there’s the huge photo print that closes the exhibition like a theatre curtain, offering a dreamlike view of the city from the top floor of the skyscraper that was the headquarters of the company.

Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano