Gilberto Zorio belongs to a generation of Italian artists who in the mid 1960s pioneered a radical and distinguished artistic movement which later became known as Arte Povera. Through the use of often modest and humble materials, these artists posed sophisticated and profound questions about the very nature of human existence.
This was Zorio's first solo exhibition in the UK and included new installations made specifically for Milton Keynes Gallery's spaces combined with works that trace the historical points of his practice. Energy, through the use of elemental forces, is essential to Zorio's work and is addressed in many ways, from the near invisibility of oxidisation and its effect on copper to the ferocious heat of metal welding. Zorio's use of different metals such as lead, copper and steel connects his work to a lineage of historical and primordial forms of creative expression.
In Conversation: Gilberto Zorio, Germano Celant and Mark Godfrey
Wednesday 26 November, 7–8.30 pm, free
A unique opportunity to hear Gilberto Zorio discuss his work and practice with Germano Celant and Mark Godfrey. Celant is a curator and art critic and is currently Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Celant is well known for his theory on Arte Povera (introduced at the Bertesca-Masnata Gallery, Genoa, 1967). He has regularly contributed to the magazines Artforum and Interview. Mark Godfrey is a former Lecturer in Art History and Theory at the Slade School of Art, London and is a curator at Tate Modern.
The Gallery has commissioned a Limited Edition Print by Gilberto Zorio. The black and phosphorescent screenprint features a star motif on cream coloured Somerset Tub paper will be available from the Gallery Shop.