THE MISSING LINK by MICHELE GABRIELE
The Adolfo Pini Foundation is proud to present a site-specific project by Michele Gabriele, curated by /77.
The co-operation between such two different realities as the Foundation and the artist-run-project /77, which nevertheless share the same commitment to the promotion of young artists, was made possible by Adrian Paci, who has recently joined the Foundation’s board.
Michele Gabriele operates inside of the glass cabinets situated in between the halls of the house-museum, creating three sculptures made up of organic materials as well as common, every-day objects, which get rid of their specific functions, leading to new sceneries: a mix of elements which tends to create a new environment, no longer bound to any specific place or time. Michele Gabriele actually chooses to use time as a material in the crafting of the artwork. A sculpture is showcased inside of each of the three glass cabinets, pick-and-mixing different aesthetics, from early XX century’s poorly made taxidermies to contemporary medical gear, creating a new sci-fi imagery.
The strong historical features which connote the environment of the house-museum has lead Michele Gabriele to reflect upon the time-factor in his own research, re-elaborating elements and ideas of his past production to think over the future possibilities of his work.
Michele Gabriele was born in Fondi (LT) in 1983. Lives and works in Milan.
Latest selected shows (2015/2016): “Body Holes” By New Scenario, 9° Berlin Biennale; “Aujourd’hui je dis oui” Galeria da Boavista, (Lisbon); “On Screen and Off” by Domenico De Chirico, Bid, (Milan); “No Need to Hunt, Just Wait for the Roadkill”, Store, (Dresden); “Good time and Nocturnal news #3”, Overgarden, (Copenhagen); “#vaporfolk #hollyvoodoo #digitalnaive”, Lust, (Wien); “Time Dreaming Itself”, Barriera, (Turin).
/77 is an artist run project founded by Giulia Ratti, Alessandro Moroni, Nicole Colombo and Luca Loreti. The group aims at creating collaborations and projects involving young artists.
Our main interest is that of stimulating a collective debate around the work of art and each artist’s own research also outside of the exhibition’s context.
We want to understand and meet the needs of young artists, giving them the chance to develop such projects as to deeply improve and strenghten their research.
/77 proposes itself as the best environment in which to show, document, design your own work, as well as a place where to talk and discuss about it.
Our focus is on experimentation and research. Through our work we are creating a network of artists, artworks as well as institutions in order to keep the debate on contemporary art and current issues alive.
Founded in 1991 by the will of Adolfo Pini (1920-1986) and named after him, the Foundation is based in Milan in the elegant, late XIX century building situated in corso Garibaldi 2.
Besides Adolfo Pini, scientist and lecturer in physiology, here lived and worked Renzo Bongiovanni Radice (1899-1970), painter and Adolfo’s maternal uncle and key figure in his cultural education and in feeding his interests for the arts.
By Adolfo’s will the Foundation is dedicated to his uncle’s memory and aims at promoting and giving value to his production and artworks through studies and exhibitions, as well as supporting young artists active in any field with scholarships, educational opportunities and other ventures.
The Foundation is also committed to the promotion of Adolfo Pini’s figure, who was, besides his scientific endeavours, a writer, a poet, a composer and an art enthusiast, thus being a great example of the perfect synthesis between scientific and humanistic culture.
Among the initiatives held by the Foundation we can find the Readers’ Club, curated by Laura Lepri, “Storie Milanesi”, curated by Rosanna Pavoni and a new cycle of projects dedicated to contemporary art curated by Adrian Paci.