ED/MN edited by Maurizio Nannucci
edition and multiples 1967 - 2016

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The volume, an annotated catalogue of all the artist’s editions and multiples from 1967 to the present day, is edited by Maurizio Nannucci and published by Viaindustriae with Colli publishing platform. Nannucci’s editions and multiples, which occupy a central and constant place in his work, are catalogued within the framework of this wide-ranging and prolific publication, involving leading museums, researchers and numerous international artists. The catalogue raisonné of Maurizio Nannucci Editions is organised into sections (multiples, photographs/prints/posters, catalogues, editions, artist’s books, audiovisuals, ephemera contributions) and contains chronological descriptions of his works from 1967 to the present day. Alongside these is an anthology of texts by Carlo Belloli, Christophe Cherix, Stefano Chiodi, Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Gabriele Detterer, Mario Diacono, Maurizio Nannucci, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Pier Luigi Tazzi and Tommaso Trini. The corpus of more than three hundred editions, including artist’s books, multiples, discs, manifestos, prints, photos, ephemera and audiovisuals, documents various moments in Nannucci’s extraordinary oeuvre, which has few parallels in the panorama of international contemporary art. This plurality of media bears witness to his interdisciplinary artistic practice, which overcomes the separations and hierarchies existing between the various forms.


Curated by Maurizio Nannucci and Emanuele Dedonno
Graphic Design: Luigi Amato.
Published by Viaindustriae publishing with Colli publishing platform
Printed by Grafiche C.M.F Foligno, (PG), Italy
Edition of 1000 copies
17 x 25 cm (softcover)
600 pages (color & b/w ill.)
price 30€ BUY NOW


Maurizio Nannucci | THINK / Neon multiples |9.06 – 1.10.2016
THINK / Neon multiples

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The exhibition is focused on multiple neon works by Nannucci, from early Seventies, as “Asred”, “Quasi infinito” and ” Out of the blu “, to the latest “Look” and ” Listen to your eyes “, until  “THINK”, specifically created for this exhibition. It is the first time that the artist gathers and presents the entire collection of his “neon multiples”, mostly published by/for institutions and museums such as the Beyeler Foundation in Basel, the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, the Kunstverein in Cologne and in Frankfurt. The recent retrospective exhibition of Nannucci at Maxxi in Rome has already pointed out that the editions and multiples are a central practice of his work, which starting from concrete poetry and conceptual experience has opened up to a wider reflection, placing itself in dialogue with public and private spaces, leading to develop new research perspectives, new horizons of reflection. For the artist has been important the research around the reproducibility of the work of art, gradually opened to a new and democratic dimension, disseminated and “multiplied”. On this basis and these issues comes a “corpus” of over three hundred editions of artists’ books, multiples, records, posters, prints, photographs, ephemera, audiovisual and neon documenting various periods of his outstanding research, very relevant in the contemporary international art scene. This plurality of media is about an integrated artistic practice and interdisciplinary creativity ranging from multiplication fields and disciplines, overcoming the separations and existing hierarchies between the various media.


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Maurizio Nannucci

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Maurizio Nannucci was born in Florence on April 20, 1939. He studied at Florence’s Fine Art Academy and in Berlin before working for many years with experimental theater groups as a set designer. During the first half of the 1960s, he consolidated the basic elements of what would become his visual language by exploring the rapport between art, language, and image, and by creating the first Dattilogrammi, in which words reclaim their strength as symbols. At the same time he was in contact with Fluxus artists, developed an interest for visual poetry, and collaborated with the studio “S 2F M” (Studio di Fonologia Musicale, Florence) to produce electronic music. Nannucci focused on using the voice and words to produce sound installations. In 1967, during his first solo exhibition at the Centro Arte Viva, Trieste, he presented his first neon light texts, thus emphasizing the temporary quality of writing and not the material quality of objects. In 1968 he founded the publishing house Exempla in Florence and Zona Archives Edizioni, both of which published books and catalogues on artists like Sol Le Witt, John Armleder, James Lee Byars, Robert Filliou, and Ian Hamilton Finlay. Nannucci believes that publications and multiples are themselves manifestations of a type of artistic practice that considers art a mental process, one that can be applied to the mass production of everyday objects in order to unify divergent threads in art. The art object may lose its uniqueness, but it gains presence and new freedom. During the 1990s the artist renewed his interest in the relationship between work, architecture, and urban landscape by collaborating with the architects Auer & Weber, Mario Botta, Massimiliano Fuksas, and Renzo Piano. Some of his permanent installations can be seen at the Auditiorium of the Parco Della Musica and Fiumicino airport, both in Rome, and at the Bibliothek des Deutschen Bundestages, Berlin. Nannucci has been a featured artist at the Venice Biennale several times and has participated in Documenta, Kassel, and the São Paulo, Sydney, Istanbul, and Valencia biennials. His work belongs to museum collections all over the world, including those of The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and the Paul Getty Art Center, Los Angeles.


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Think, installation of the three colour of the neon multiples, edition of 21 copies, 7 for each colour, 35 x 8 x 3 cm, 2016. Numbered and signed in the box

Think, installation of the three colour of the neon multiples, edition of 21 copies, 7 for each colour, 35 x 8 x 3 cm, 2016. Numbered and signed in the box

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