Hortus Fountain by Agostino Iacurci from Prato to Prague
Exhibition opening
Agostino Iacurci
8 December 2021
18:00 – 21:00

The Italian Cultural Institute in Prague takes part in the XVII edition of the Day of Contemporary Art organised by AMACI (Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums) with the exhibition of the scupture Hortus by Agostino Iacurci (loan from the Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, Tuscany), selected within the project Cantica 21 (under 35 action).

Cantica21 is a public initiative launched jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Culture aimed at the enhancement of Italian contemporary art, hrough the support for the production of works by emerging or already established artists, to be exhibited at the Italian Cultural Institutes, Embassies and Consulates. A large and widespread exhibition of art, with a special section dedicated to the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, visionary poet, who was able to revolutionize the language and art of his time through his poems.

The sculpture is an indoor fountain made in enameled Impruneta terracotta, included in a structure of seven rings in steel and neon - seven as the skies in Dante's Divine Comedy. Hortus is an artwork that draws inspiration from the fountain appearing in the center of the medieval miniature "The Garden of Love or Hortus with Fountain of Youth" in the codex De Sphaera. It has the shape of an antenna-like object, or a kind of alien obelisk that feeds a reflection on the great myth of Paradise, and its meaning in a world with an exponentially growing human population, where nature is subject to constant looting.

Born in Foggia in 1986, Agostino Iacurci lives and works between Rome and Berlin. He has exhibited in Europe, Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Russia and the United States. In 2019 he won the New York Award and exhibited his work at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn.

Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Praga
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