Due, 2013 - 2017

Basel 2017
Massimo De Carlo, Frith Street Gallery, Magazzino
The work Due stems from the work that Massimo Bartolini presented in the Italian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. The work consists of a low ramp in an open space, made up of a bronze cast of rubble: an enigmatic sculpture and trompe l’oeil that invites the viewer into a new perspective of space. ‘In these times, I feel like being above a cusp, between two seasons: the earlier one of inconsiderate monumental optimism and the latter one, of a sober restraint that leads to a reflexive reduction. Constructing a monument made of rubble is like celebrating an end, which in turn is the beginning of a possible bridge between these two seasons, and reveals the paradox of their coexistence.’ – Massimo Bartolini, 2013