Autoritratto come Salvo is a polyphonic compendium of works that offer an overview of the complex figure of Salvo. Born at Leonforte in the province of Enna, the artist moved to Turin in 1956, where he began to conduct more conceptual research, thanks to his direct contact with personalities active within the Arte Povera movement, as well as artists like Sol LeWitt, Robert Barry and Joseph Kosuth. 1973 marked Salvo’s return to painting, a practice he had explored in the very first years of his education. At the start of the 1970s, this could be seen as an unconventional choice, moving against the artistic currents of the time. The central concerns of his work, such as the relationship with tradition and the past, the re-examination of art history, and a partially self-absorbed focus on his own person, were expressed in a more solidly during the second phase of his career, which lasted until his death in 2015.
The exhibition project, which playfully takes its cue from one of Salvo’s best known works, Autoritratto come Raffaello, offers an extensive overview of his production in the context of a large picture gallery. The arrangement on the walls follows an irregular temporal pace, inserting works by artists Jonathan Monk, Nicolas Party and Nicola Pecoraro, while the sound performer and musician Ramona Ponzini will offer her own personal interpretation of the show.