Elisabetta Benassi creates densely emotive installations, photographs, performances and videos. Her work is rich in literary, cinematographic, psychoanalytical, and political references. Her videos in particular suggest two self-conscious and conflicting visions of the world: one that is rational and technological, which contrasts another, more amorphous, dream-like and emotional. The protagonists of Benassi’s work tend to be androgynous, anxiously formulaic doubles or twins: symbolic figures that animate a reality at once shocking and visionary.
Elisabetta Benassi has recently presented solo exhibitions at Fondazione Merz, Turin (2009), Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2009), MAN – Museo d’Arte Provincia di Nuoro (2007), Magazzino d’Arte Moderna, Rome (2006) and Random Gallery (Air de Paris and Praz- Delavallade), Paris (2005). Her work has also been shown as part of the 56th Venice Biennale, 15th Quadriennale d’arte di Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (2008), the Milan Triennial (2007), Manifesta 4, Frankfurt (2002) and the 2nd Berlin Biennal (2001).
Elisabetta Benassi: Lady and Gentlemen
The Adolfo Pini Foundation presents Lady and Gentleman. The exhibition of Elisabetta Benassi, curated...
14 Sep 2021 - 22 Jan 2022
Fondazione Adolfo Pini
Elisabetta Benassi: Smog a Los Angeles
CRAC Alsace presents Smog a Los Angeles, Elisabetta Benassi‘s first solo exhibition in a public...
27 Oct 2013 - 15 Aug 2014
Elisabetta Benassi: Voglio fare subito una mostra
Fondazione Merz presents Voglio fare subito una mostra, the exhibition project by artist Elisabetta Benassi...
15 May 2013 - 08 Sep 2013
Liberi tutti! Art and Society in Italy. 1989 – 2001
Liberi tutti! Art and Society in Italy. 1989 – 2001 represents the first effort to analyze through...
09 Jul 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
Museo Ettore Fico
Par tibi, Roma, nihil
In an area that has been closed to the public for decades (Domus Severiana, Palatine Stadium, Lower Peristyle...
23 Jun 2016 - 18 Sep 2016
Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill
Elisabetta Benassi: Letargo
After 6 year absence from Magazzino in Rome, Elisabetta Benassi returns into the gallery spaces with...
15 Dec 2016 - 15 Mar 2017
Elisabetta Benassi: It starts with the firing
The artworks on show, specifically conceived for this exhibition, are inspired by the controversy arose...
07 May 2017 - 17 Sep 2017
Looking for Utopia
Under the curatorship of Bianca Cerrina Feroni and Melania Rossi, the collective exhibition gathers...
10 May 2019 - 08 Jul 2019
Elisabetta Benassi: Empire
The exhibition is the second stage of the project “Empire” by Elisabetta Benassi, winner...
20 Jun 2019 - 01 Sep 2019
Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Altemps
Galleries in Rome
Galleries in Paris