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Diego Marcon
La Miserabile

20 JUL - 26 AUG 2018

Free entrance
Tuesday - Sunday
10.30 am - 8.30 pm
Palazzo della Triennale
An exhibition that experiments with the evocative power of what is not immediately visible, of what appears to be ambivalent, at the fringes of both image and existence.

La Triennale di Milano presents the first solo museum exhibition by Diego Marcon.

There is something profoundly distressing, but at the same time also comical, in the work of Diego Marcon (b. 1985, Busto Arsizio). Living is wretched and spares no one. This may be why, for his first solo exhibition in an institution, the artist has decided to turn the space of the Impluvium at La Triennale di Milano into a silent, disconcerting room. 

La Miserabile is an existential condition, a state of mind, and a scene that takes shape from a central figurative group: a bedstead on which a sick female figure is resting. All around, a number of people watch over her body, busily performing enigmatic little tasks. The image of the dying girl, which is a recurrent theme in sentimentalist art, is conveyed in the style of children’s illustrations and cartoons, in an atmosphere of numb torpor.

The setting is unadorned, accentuating the emotional power of the work and carving out a space of neuroses and frenzied closure to the outside world, in which those who inhabit Marcon’s world – the wretched, or the miserabili – are indefinitely and inescapably trapped. Isolated in the half light, as though he wished to protect them from prying eyes, these figures appear to the viewer in a place of contemplation, inviting us to dwell on the actions frozen in place. On this occasion, the artist goes beyond the formats of moving images that he used in his most recent projects, and experiments with the evocative power of what is not immediately visible, of what appears to be ambivalent, and probably pathetic, at the fringes of both image and existence.

Diego Marcon was born in 1985 in Busto Arsizio, Italy. In 2006 he received his diploma as a film editor at the Scuola Civica di Cinema, Televisione e Nuovi Media in Milan and in 2012 he graduated in Visual and Performing Arts from IUAV University of Venice. In 2017 he was invited by AMACI to the fifth edition of the Museo Chiama Artista project, he was one of the finalists for the 2018 MAXXI Bulgari Prize, and he was a prize-winner at the fourth edition of the Fondazione Henraux awards. His films have been screened at important Italian and international festivals. He has exhibited in several institutions, including the Whitechapel Gallery, London; the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris; De Vleeshal, Middelburg; Centre International d’Art et du Paysage de l’Île de Vassivière; Artspace, Auckland; OCAT, Shanghai; Matadero, Madrid; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Museo Villa Croce, Genoa; Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea (PAC), Milan; MAXXI, Rome, and Museion, Bolzano. 


Curated by Edoardo Bonaspetti

Gianluca Di Ioia - Courtesy: La Triennale di Milano

Thanks Ermes-Ermes, Vienna, for the support

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