Gallery Images


Carlo Zauli and Torbjørn Kvasbø, curated by Flaminio Gualdoni

Exhibit Images


Carlo Zauli and Torbjørn Kvasbø, curated by Flaminio Gualdoni

  • 2 Stack Red
  • Stack Turquoise
  • 5 Stack Yellow
  • 1 Stack Black
  • 4 Stack White
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  • Carlo Zauli 26
  • Carlo Zauli 05
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  • Carlo Zauli 19
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  • Carlo Zauli 01
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Exhibition Details


Carlo Zauli and Torbjørn Kvasbø, curated by Flaminio Gualdoni

Artists Torbjørn Kvasbø - Carlo Zauli

From 15 December 2016 to 10 February 2017


An exhibition dedicated to the great artist from Faenza, Carlo Zauli (1926-2002), and the Norwegian Torbjørn Kvasbø (born1953) opens at Officine Saffi on December 14th.

Staged in collaboration with Museo Carlo Zauli and under the patronage of the General Royal Consulate of Norway, the intersection between Carlo Zauli's historic works and the wholly contemporary pieces by Torbjørn Kvasbø can be placed into relation with one of the most intense collections of poetry of the last few decades, Geometria del disordine by Maria Luisa Spaziani.

"Zauli and Kvasbø are from different generations and different geographical areas, but they reveal certain similarities in their approach. Both start from a critically important aspect, the negation of pre-ordained form and the idea of the work not as the realization of a constructional process, but rather as the affirmation of the questions intrinsic to the process itself". (Flaminio Gualdoni)

The focus for Carlo Zauli is the simple "lump" of clay, to which he gives shape enhancing its mysterious internal tensions. This was the genesis of works as Zolle (Clods), Aratura (Plowing) or Vasi Sconvolti (Distorted Vases). They prove the deep bond between the artist and the clay, and his search to capture: “the sign of and in the clay, of and in the nature which can transmit that vital and constructive sense that is always present around and in us".

Torbjørn Kvasbø celebrates this bond with clay by starting with the archetype of the form-container and examining its role in human history. His quest renews and rivivify this material in a colourful series called Stack, on show at the exhibition. This works have as reference the classic form of the vase destructured and given to a new plastic reference, through the multiplication of tubular segments assembled in a spiral. "A form which at the same time is a body in its own right, a three-dimensional torso with its own gestures and feelings". The work shows awareness of an innate resistance in the material, over which Kvasbø knows he has no control, and that through the sign it becomes interpreter of the inner emotional states of the artist.

"In both artists however, the break and the fracture, the laceration and the compression, the torsion and the collision, are not perpetrated as an ideological stance with respect to the horizon of an avant-garde approach which, today merely a repetitive mannerism, has a negative effect on value. These actions are rather extreme, intimately tortured acts, loving actions of the deepest liberation and comprehension, moments dedicated to the quest for a more radically decisive layer in the intellectual generation of form".

Officine Saffi | via Aurelio Saffi, 7 | Milano

Opening reception: Wednesday, 14 December 2016, 6.30pm
Opening hours: from Monday to Friday, 10.00am – 6.30pm. Saturday 11.00am – 6.00pm. Sunday by appointment.
Admission free

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