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Antonio Marras: Nulla dies sine linea
Life, diaries and notes of a restless man

22 OCT 2016 - 21 JAN 2017

8 Euro
Tuesday - Sunday
10.30 am - 8.30 pm
Palazzo della Triennale
A series of new and previously seen installations, drawings, sketches and paintings illustrate Antonio Marras’s visual trajectory

An anthological exhibition of works of art executed over the last twenty years, illustrating Antonio Marras’s visual trajectory.

The exhibition’s title – Pliny the Elder’s famous phrase with which he referred to the painter Apelles who “never let a day pass without tracing a line” – alludes to how Marras has always combined his work as a stylist with that of the artist.

In the words of curator Francesca Alfano Miglietti, the exhibition is intended as: “a fully-involving experience, a journey into a stimulating, provocative world (stimulating because it is provocative) that is sometimes absolute, sporadically uninhibited”.

Antonio Marras, known as “the most intellectual of Italian stylists”, is renowned above all for creating fusions of the worlds in the creative universe, from cinema to poetry to history and visual art.
This last is in fact the focus of the exhibition. Marras has often featured in exhibitions and he himself has organised shows and events. Winner of the Francesca Alinovi Award and a highlight of one of the last few Venice La Biennale, Marras stands at the centre of a poetic universe comprising different languages, oscillating among digressions from one material to another, from one technique to another, from one expressive form to another.

Francesca Alfano Miglietti writes that: “For Marras, everything can be artistic material: his personal history, his island, his dogs, the horizons, the sea, history, rags, relations and relationships. All the disciplines he has approached, or which have approached him, become materials to use in the same way as collage, photography, found objects, painting, sculpture, installation art, etc. Materials with which he has physical relations, a hand-to-hand
fight, with which he pursues a confrontation that will generate an encounter. A unique, personal encounter. […] his work is all about light… despite the shadows and half-light… a quality of light which arouses endless intellectual curiosity and a rare creative force”.

In addition to a series of new and previously seen installations, for the Triennale exhibition, Marras has reworked over five hundred drawings and paintings he did over the years. He has mounted them in new frames, woven the most diverse fabrics into them and hung them on the walls of the Curva della Triennale. They are both witnesses to and narrators of the life illustrated in the “rooms”, i.e. installations with windows, doors and openings, inhabited by old clothes (none of which he designed) and objects of various kinds and styles.

This fluid exhibition design is a work of art in its own right occupying over 1,200 square metres. It also displays Marras’s meetings and relations, such as those with Maria Lai and Carol Rama, who were the first to encourage Marras to show works he had kept hidden.
The journey ends with a story of a nomadic life. Hundreds, thousands of drawings, sketches, snippets that Marras has created over the years during his innumerable travels: memories of expressions, maps, voices, silences, thoughts, worlds. Notebooks, albums and diaries filled with colours, bearing witness to an endless, unrepressed creative flair.

The exhibition relates Antonio Marras’s visionary world, highlighting the emotion-driven and intellectual signs that marked important stages in his life. This world will also be related in a catalogue (two editions: Italian and English) published by SKIRA, with a critique by Francesca Alfano Miglietti and contributions by poets, musicians, writers, artists, intellectuals and journalists, thereby highlighting just how much Marras considers relations as poetic elements and part of his solitary course.


Curated by
Francesca Alfano Miglietti

Cover photo by Daniela Zedda


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