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OPENING RECEPTION

Saturday 23, 2024, 11am-1pm

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PUNTO SULL'ARTE
Viale Sant'Antonio 59/61
Varese, Italy

EXHIBITION DATES

March 23-Aprile 27, 2024

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Tuesday - Saturday:
9:30 am-5 pm
Sunday, March 24:
11 am-1 pm | 2-5pm.

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SENZA BUSSARE | Matteo Massagrande

PUNTO SULL’ARTE is honored to host SENZA BUSSARE, a new solo exhibition by Matteo Massagrande.

The solo show will present 18 recent artworks. The opening reception, in the presence of the artist, will be held on Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Gallery in Viale Sant’Antonio 59/61 in Varese.

After exhibiting alongside the works of Van Gogh and in the prestigious Fralin Museum of Art (USA), MATTEO MASSAGRANDE returns to PUNTO SULL’ARTE. SENZA BUSSARE marks a great comeback for the artist who, since 2017, had not held solo exhibitions in private spaces in Italy. In recent years, the artist has been involved in important prestigious museum exhibitions both in Italy and abroad.  These include “Canto dolente d’amore (last day of Van Gogh)” at the Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza,  In 2018 “In my room: artists paint the interior 1950-NOW”, at The Fralin Museum of Art, Charlottesville USA. “Around Van Gogh” at the Centro San Gaetano in Padua in 2021

The title of the exhibition is inspired by a verse by the Hungarian poet Jòzsef Attila, «You can enter without knocking once I have fallen in love with you», indicating how one enters the rooms painted by Massagrande in absolute freedom, without constraint, with the complete ability to marvel at a detail, a colour, an object. Alongside the most beloved objects, the interiors touched by the sun’s first rays, the verandas like eyes over the blue of the sea, a body of works tells of Greece, its lights and smells, the patches of green around the houses, the vine in front of the entrance. An almost magical landscape, reproduced superbly, thanks to long and refined colouristic research, which with time has become almost a philosophical challenge.

For Massagrande that which gives life to a painting is a particular state of mind, almost a shiver, not the emotion of the moment. «I have never wanted to “stop the moment”, as in nineteenth-century Parisian painting, which focused on the moment and represented immobility, instead I would like movement to become eternal. Mine are emphasized moments, in the paintings I weave praise of everyday life, of normality”», we read in the show’s critical text.

«Every day we eat bread, and every day it seems new again, so crunchy and fragrant, we never get used to it, yet we always taste it: this is what I want for my paintings, where everyday life is neither ironic or monotonous, and there is the beauty of the known. As a child I observed the closed rooms, you could say I spied on them: not anymore, they must lead to something else, otherwise the painting becomes a still life of chairs and furniture».

Culture is when one notices the simple things, Massagrande loves to say, and the simple complication of his canvases invites us to understand that at the end, what lives in those empty and luminous rooms, where one can enter without knocking, is none other than our souls.

 

MATTEO MASSAGRANDE was born in 1959 in Padua. He is one of the greatest representatives of the new Italian figuration. He is a painter, engraver and a great connoisseur of the history of ancient and contemporary art. He started exhibiting in 1973 taking part in group and solo exhibitions and contests all around Italy and obtaining many rewards since the very beginning. He exhibited in more than one hundred solo shows in Italy and abroad. Some of his etchings have become part of the Gabinetto delle Stampe degli Uffizi in Florence. His works are exhibited in many important museums, churches, private and public collections. He works with prestigious Italian and international galleries. Among the major critics who have written about his work there are: Pèter Fertöszögi, Marco Goldin, Roderik Conway Morris, Ermanno Olmi, Enzo Siciliano, Edward Lucie-Smith e Mario Rigoni Stern. Solo exhibitions include: Di Volta in Volta at PUNTO SULL’ARTE Gallery in 2017, Canto dolente d’amore (The last day of Van Gogh) at Basilica Palladiana in Vicenza for the important Van Gogh exhibition Tra il grano e il cielo (2017), the exhibition In my room: artists paint the interior 1950-NOW, at The Fralin Museum of Art, Università della Virginia, Charlottesville in the United States (2018) and Attorno a Van Gogh at Centre of San Gaetano in Padua (2021). In 2023 his works were exhibited in the highly awaited group show <20 15×15 / 20×20 of the PUNTO SULL’ARTE Gallery. He regularly participates in art fairs in Italy and abroad, including the participation in ArtMiami, Fine Art Asia and Expo Chicago. He lives and works between Padua and Hajòs (Hungary).

 

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