Tornabuoni Art Paris announces an exhibition devoted to Emilio Isgrò, pioneer of post-war artistic language, la cancellatura.
The exhibition will explore the artist’s iconic cancellatura gesture through different series, spanning over half a century which takes place concurrently with a vast exhibition in Brescia inhabiting three different institutions in the city, which currently acts as Italy’s capital of culture: from the Museum of Santa Giulia al Capitolium, from the Teatro Romano al Chiostro rinascimentale, to the Viridarium gardens.
Whilst working as a journalist for the “Gazzettino” in Venice, in 1964, Isgrò began questioning text, words and their relationship to the images they represent in the context of a world based on over-information. Thus, the artist produced his first cancellature, or deletions, on encyclopedias and books. For Isgrò deletion isn’t a way to destroy or negate what he deletes, so much as a means of transformation. The finished text opens up to new possibilities and the cancellatura becomes a tool for freedom of expression.
Playing with the concepts of presence and absence, deconstruction and reconstruction, Isgrò gives new meaning to the many supports he uses: literary masterpieces, maps, encyclopedias. Less than a decade after creating his first cancellatura, the artist was invited to participate in the 36th Venice Biennale.
OPENING TIMES: Tue – Sat 10.30am – 6.30pm
Tornabuoni Paris, 16 Av. Matignon, 75008 Paris