Gilberto Zorio

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Sensory processes and experiences

Gilberto Zorio, Giunchi con arco voltaico (Reeds with Voltaic Arch), 1969 - Courtesy Sonnabend Gallery
Sensory processes and experiences

The poetics of Arte Povera emerged in the mid-1960s as a radical and revolutionary use of non-conventional materials to create installations of great vitality and to provoke authentic and intense experiences in viewers.

Gilberto Zorio’s works are unending fields of physical and mental energy. Since 1966, he has directed his investigations towards physical processes such as chemical or physical reactions that make each work continually changeable.

Gilberto Zorio, Senza titolo, 1968 - courtesy Lia Rumma

In this way, he has renewed the language of sculpture, freeing it from the rigidity and heaviness with which it has been traditionally associated.

Castello di Rivoli presents a major retrospective devoted to the work of Gilberto Zorio (b.  1944, Italy), a contemporary art pioneer and a key member of Arte Povera. The exhibition curated by Marcella Beccaria and developed in dialogue with the artist himself, includes new installations together with historical works, spanning over 50 years of the artist’s career.

Gilberto Zorio, Letto (Bed), 1966 - courtesy Galleria de’Foscherari - photo Paolo Panzera

Time is often an important component in his works – only the natural passage of hours and days makes their transformations fully tangible. Beccaria writes: “In line with the processuality that distinguishes Zorio’s practice, on the basis of which more than one work is made at the same time and already existing works can be reformulated, the exhibition offers the experience of a synchronic time, where past and present coexist, and of a changing space, in which the artist’s alchemical approach offers unexpected and compelling visions.”

This comprehensive presentation features some of Zorio’s most important works from his early days, including historical installations guarded by the artist in his own private collection, and a group of drawings, with some never realized projects. These rare pieces are presented to the public alongside other works from various collections and those from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Gilberto Zorio, Canoa aggettante (Jutting Canoe), 2016 - courtesy Galleria de'Foscherari

New site-specific installations conceived by Zorio for the third floor of the Castello are exhibited for the first time. Different conditions of light and shadow orchestrated by the artist present two sensuous scenarios of perception.

Castello di Rivoli director, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, stated “This exhibition continues Castello di Rivoli’s commitment to Arte Povera and its importance in building the Museum’s identity. Gilberto Zorio is one of the artists who, since the inaugural exhibition Ouverture in 1984, has given new life to the Castello’s historical rooms, contributing to the making of a museum that is unique in the world.”

Gilberto Zorio
Curator: Marcella Beccaria
Until 18.02.2018

Castello di Rivoli

Rivoli, Torino, Italy

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