Animali da fiore – Pinacoteca San Francesco – San Marino
Promossa da: Istituti Culturali della Repubblica di San Marino
On Thursday, December 14th, at 5:30 PM, at the Pinacoteca San Francesco in San Marino, the exhibition “Animali da fiore” by Enrico Minguzzi (Cotignola, Ravenna, 1981), curated by Paolo Rondelli, will be inaugurated. The exhibition, promoted by the Cultural Institutes of the Republic of San Marino, showcases the artist’s recent artistic production with 10 unpublished paintings and a site-specific installation composed of 34 elements.
The title “Animali da fiore” is an antinomy that suggests an impossible classification. In Minguzzi’s paintings, all created in the last year, specimens are depicted as a result of an imaginative projection of a meeting between forms of animal and plant origin. In the ten paintings on display, Minguzzi’s painting evolves in the search for life: summing up and then removing, digging, highlighting layers, and vivid nuances even in mineral colors that often evoke visions of polychromatic rocks.
At the center of the exhibition hall is “Arcipelago,” a collection of 34 micro-works created on Petri dishes, placed on as many column supports, resembling a nursery of nymphs generated on biological culture plates. Some of these are actual small-format paintings created using the same methods as those on canvas, while others can be interpreted as micro-narrations of the initial phase of the painting process.
As curator Paolo Rondelli writes, “Minguzzi’s ‘Animali da fiore’ are bearers of life, generators of new biological forms, of new expressions. They are spectacular forms of life that take shape on laboratory slides, chromatic tissues in culture that begin to pulsate in a primordial swamp and progressively shine because the brilliance of gold always accompanies them, but discreetly, almost with the fear of revealing themselves at the first frontal glance.”
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog that includes images of the setup.
Enrico Minguzzi (Cotignola, Ravenna, 1981), after graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, moved to Milan where, in 2008, he held his first solo exhibition, “Liqueforme,” at the Studio d’Arte Cannaviello. Since then, his works have been exhibited in solo and group shows, including: “Ultimi paesaggi” at the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Imola (2019), “Pittori fantastici nella Valle del Poal” at PAC in Ferrara (2020), and “Senza Figura” at the Monitor gallery, curated by Nicola Samorì (2021). He has also participated in exhibitions such as “Fluoritura” at the Nuova Galleria Morone (2021), “La piena dell’occhio” at the Ex Convent of San Francesco in Bagnacavallo, curated by Saverio Verini (2022), and “Flos” at Altro Mondo Contemporary Art in Manila, Philippines (2023). His site-specific projects include residences at Areacreativa42 (2019) and Museo Civico Luigi Varoli (2020), where the new cycle of “natura morta” originated. After receiving awards and special mentions, including the DAMS Award curated by Renato Barilli and the National Arts Award, he won the third prize of the VAF Foundation Artistic Prize in 2022, and his works became part of the VAF Stiftung Collection. In 2023, he was awarded the Fondazione Coppola Prize for the Art Verona Icon Award. Since 2014, alongside his artistic work, he has been a founding member of the MAGMA collective, where he develops projects that combine visual arts, musical research, and territorial investigation.
Animali da fiore
Curated by Paolo Rondelli
Dates: December 15, 2023 – March 17, 2024
Venue: Pinacoteca San Francesco, Via Basilicius 31, City of San Marino
Promoted by: Cultural Institutes of the Republic of San Marino
Exhibition admission: free
Opening hours: 9 AM – 5 PM (closed on December 25, 2023, and January 1, 2024)
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