GAETANO PESCE. in memory of a friend
Gaetano Pece Tavolo in feltro, 2019, feltro imbevuto di resina, legno, 240 x 100 x H 73 per gentile concessione Studio Gaetano Pesce New york
11 December 2021
10:00 – 17:30

A widespread exhibition with large sculptures in the city and a major anthological exhibition at Villa Croce.

Outdoor sculptures in Piazza Fontane Marose, Piazza Matteotti, Piazza De Ferrari, Villa Croce park.

Set up by Genoa City Council in cooperation with New York's Studio Pesce, the exhibition is dedicated by the artist himself to the figure of Germano Celant, a contemporary art and culture personality who recently passed away.

The Villa Croce Museum proposes, with the great exhibition Gaetano Pesce. In memory of a friend, a tribute to the work and research of one of the internationally celebrated masters of contemporary design and architecture. At the same time he wants to remember a friend, a great figure in the world of contemporary culture who recently passed away, Germano Celant, who remains a fundamental figure in the history of art.

An artist, architect, sculptor and designer. Born in La Spezia, but now permanently based in New York, where he has lived since 1980, Pesce has always stood out as a creative and eclectic author, an expression of the most innovative and radical wing of Italian Design since the 1960s.

The artist's main driving force is his continuous experimentation, which involves both forms, with his material objects that take on innovative and unpredictable aspects, and materials, which are often soft, light and transformable to the touch, because they are alive and in motion: such as resins , polyurethane, elastome and silicone.
The resulting works are unique pieces, with their own individuality that distinguishes them from one another because, according to Pesce, "Democracy must guarantee and protect diversity not equality".

Variation and multidisciplinarity are the fundamental elements of his way of proceeding and making art, an art that wants to be "active" in order to bring about a positive change in contemporary society.

The exhibition weaves together historical and revisited works on the two floors of the villa, such as the iconic Up5&6 armchair that stands out in the space that welcomes visitors on the ground floor, with its anthropomorphic shapes magnified by the goddess of fertility which, at the same time, denounce the
condition of women, still victims of violence; or Moloch from 1972, a macro version of the famous L1 table lamp, created in 1937 by the designer Jacob Jacobsen, with more recent works such as the Skins (Industrial Skin) made of resin as thin as a layer of epidermis, hanging from the ceiling of the large decorated room on the first floor, the Vases, which seem to melt like melted coloured wax, the tables and chairs, some like the Pratt chair series started in the 1980s, and the lamps, Pulcinella and Donna applique in papier maché covered with polyurethane resin.

The project does not end in the closed spaces of the museum but explodes outdoors, with three outsized sculptures dotting the city centre. Starting from Piazza Fontane Marose with the betrayed Majesty, we reach Piazza De

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