“I have always spoken of imagination of movement, more than just illusion. […] the shapes that appear to be moving in the majority of my works are in reality not in motion, even if the spectator imagines them to be. As Giulio Carlo Argan once said: I do gestalt art, the movement appears to be a visual phenomenon: each of my artwork is thought to sustain an energy that reveals the sublime capacity of the human eye and spirit to uncover them.”
Tornabuoni Art Paris presents an exhibition dedicated to the Italian artist Alberto Biasi. Organized in close collaboration with the artist’s studio, the show explores the major role the artist played, and continues to play, in the Kinetic art movement.
Gathering emblematic artworks of Biasi experimentations on movements, which he started as early as 1959, the show attests of the artist’s will to question the traditional conception of painting by challenging the “classic” perspective and focusing his attention on retinal experiments and visual e ects of his works on the spectator.
Born in 1937 in Padua, Alberto Biasi cofounded the Gruppo N in 1959 with Ennio Chiggio, Toni Costa, Edoardo Landi and Alfredo Massironi. Alongside them, he conducted his first “optico-dynamic” experiments that brought him to participate in 1960 in exhibitions dedicated to lumino-kinetic art beside Enrico Castellani, Piero Manzoni and artists of the New Artistic Conceptions and Nouve Tendenze movements. A common characteristic of these artists is their willingness to challenge both the definition of art per se and the role of the spectator in the perception of the artwork: one is not only a passive viewer but an active part of the artwork itself. Halfway between scientific experimentation and aesthetic revolution, the works of Alberto Biasi are three-dimensional, vibrant and glistening. Even though some are mobile, others are mere optical illusions using scientific principles of exact science and phenomenology.
Exploring more than fifty years of artistic production, the exhibition will present various works of the artist including some Rilievi ottico-dinamici (Optico-dynamic reliefs) in which lights and lines intertwined and are illusively perceived as being on the same plan, although spaced by a few centimeters in reality. Some Torsioni (Torsions) will also be exhibited, their canvases entirely cut in stripes before being recomposed in various forms and twist, thus giving the illusion of geometric configurations in motion. More contemporary artworks, created after the dissolution of the Gruppo N in 1967, will equally be presented, in which more figurative forms and color are gradually appearing, and which demonstrate the beginning of the artist’s more personal research. These artworks constitute a synthesis of Biasi’s production, whose multiple exploration have contributed to the recognition of Kinetic art all over the world.
Indeed, in addition to twelve exhibitions with the Gruppo N, including “The Responsive Eye” at the MoMA in New York (23 February – 25 April 1965) and numerous solo shows, Biasi’s work has been presented at the Venice Biennale since 1960, the Sao Paulo Art Biennial, the Rome Quadriennale and most recently in the “AZIMUT/H Continuità e nuovo” exhibition at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in 2014. His work is also part of several museum collections, including those of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna in Rome.Courtesy of Tornabuoni Art