A sensorial, introspective and emotional installation and an exhibition spread - literally - throughout the territory: what to expect from the exhibition on Michele Ciacciofera at the Museum of Modern Art in Gallarate (VA)

The MA*GA of Gallarate (VA) hosts until April 7th the solo exhibition Condensare l'Infinito by Michele Ciacciofera, the Sardinian artist who, using various mediums and following an anthropological approach to artistic creation, explores with his work various themes linked to the islands of his origin, Sardinia and Sicily.

Sensoriality and thought mix in the works of Michele Ciacciofera who is interested first and foremost in the subject and its narration, but also in the sensations that the materials are able to transmit to the user, thus building a total, immersive experience.

Condensing the Infinity at the MA*GA in Gallarate

The exhibition at MA*GA, curated by Alessandro Castiglioni, and created with the support of BUILDING, presents a project that evokes the artist's travels who, from Sardinia, crossing the Alps, arrive in Brittany and finally Scotland, in search of those archetypal forms that are the basis of cults and identities of peoples who, through archaic sculptural practices, aspired to create a dialogue between earth and sky, between the finite human and the absolute infinite.

The archetypes in the work of Michele Ciacciofera

The exhibition at MA*GA reveals Michele Ciacciofera's fascination with megalithic or monolithic forms, such as menhirs and steles, capable of conferring sacredness and recognisability to certain territories, as well as immortal symbols of an important technological and social revolution , cultural and economic such as that which characterized the Neolithic period, or even civilizations such as the Etruscan, Phoenician or Egyptian.

The history of these archetypes seems to want to reconnect the biography, the microcosm of Michele Ciacciofera with the macrocosm of universal narratives: the symbol is precisely the large stones which, following an imaginary geographical line, cross the Mediterranean, continental Europe and Northern Europe: from Sicily, the place where the artist grew up, to Sardinia, his native land, passing along the Alpine and pre-Alpine arc around the MA*GA, to reappear in the Celtic territories of Brittany in France and in the islands across the Channel as Scotland.

An environmental installation at MA*GA

The exhibition is an environmental installation, divided into three partitions, recreating sculptural alignments in the MA*GA exhibition space, as in the regions where menhirs exist.

In its spaces, three-dimensional vertical forms are compared, as in a poetic dialogue, with horizontal installations or even with pictorial or sound works, capable as a whole of recalling both the cult of waters dear to the Mediterranean and the sacred one of stones, in a great hymn to the nature to which Ciacciofera's work is aimed overall.

The visitor is immediately greeted by a series of glass sculptures, created at the CIRVA-Centre International de Recherche sur le Verre et les Arts Plastiques in Marseille, which rework the not only physical dimension of the Menhir, coexisting with spherical shapes referring to the myth of water.

In the second room, small boxes with a votive flavor interact with nine colorful steles, similar to theaters with a complex architecture produced by the artist through the reuse of paper, cardboard and waste materials with a symbolically and deliberately eco-sustainable creative process.

A sound work specially created for the occasion accompanies these steles, creating a synesthetic and immersive environment that invites the spectator to get lost in a place as natural as it is imaginary.

These sounds recorded directly in nature and rhythmically reworked through the use of electronic patterns continue the sound work already presented by the artist for Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel with The Density of the Transparent Wind.

From MA*GA to Milan and Malpensa: a widespread exhibition

The exhibition itinerary at MA*GA ends with a site-specific installation in ceramic and natural moss in dialogue with a pictorial work, in the form of a triptych, which refers to the exhibition hosted by BUILDING TERZO PIANO in Milan and curated by Angelo Crespi, scheduled from 16 January to 17 February 2024.

Here Michele Ciacciofera will exhibit a series of sculptures in polychrome Murano glass already presented at the Petit Palais in Paris (FIAC 2019) and a large-format painting.

The exhibition itinerary is completed with the section set up inside the ViaMilanoLounge rooms at Milan Malpensa T1 airport, where you can admire the Janas Code wall sculptures emblematic of Ciacciofera's production.

Paced by perpendicular lines that evoke the axes of space and time which, intersecting, form the network, these works are created starting from a construction material, to which a new meaning is attributed, but whose original support function is preserved.