Maurizio Nannucci: Where to Start From

maxxiauthor Maurizio Nannucci, publisher Mousse, 1° edition, 272 pp., size 16.5 x 23.5 cm, 2015

Published to accompany the exhibition “Where to Start From” at MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo in Rome, this book covers Maurizio Nannucci’s whole career, presenting a selection of his major projects: from the historic, pioneering works Dattilogrammi (1964/1965), Alfabetofonetico (1967), M40 (1967), Corner (1968), Colors (1969), the large installation The missing poem is the poem (1969), the sound explorations (since 1966) and the photographic series “Giardini botanici” (1967), Scrivere sull’acqua (1973), and Sessanta verdi naturali (1973) to the three new installations realized for the exhibition, including More than meets the eye, a large-scale work specifically conceived for MAXXI’s façade. Since the 1960s, Maurizio Nannucci, a point of reference for many generations of artists, architects, musicians, critics and curators, has examined the relationship between art, language, and image. His work, which has always been characterized by a dialogue between various disciplines, explores the relationship between light, color, sound and both real and imagined space, which becomes particularly evident in his large neon texts. “The neon sign installed at MAXXI can be seen as a statement, a declaration of Maurizio Nannucci’s poetic approach”, writes exhibition curator Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, “and at the same time the beginning of the exhibition, the ‘Where to start from’ for penetrating the space in which—as the artist put it—“the image goes beyond the limits of representation, becomes a mental image, a virtual image, an image from a dream or a daydream, which can be conjured up by a word, a sound, a scent”.

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