The gallery presents an exhibition of recent works by Emanuele Becheri, one of the most interesting artists of his generation in Italy.
Emanuele Becheri (Prato, 1973), has always been interested in drawing, which he studied in different languages – experiences of drawing in total darkness, then through photography, video and music, and finally through sculpture and terracotta. The relationship between drawing and sculpture is not a concept but, according to Becheri, a reverberation. There is a resonant relationship – which we feel mainly in terracotta, a tension in the gesture, a vibration of the line, a complicity where certain details in the drawing resonate in the sculpture as certain details in the sculpture resonate in the drawing…
From his abstract, monochrome forms, Emanuele Becheri seeks light, in sculpture, what he also sought in his older works in drawing. It would be deceptive to see in it a reminiscence of the works of old masters. If you ask him about a dialogue he would have with the great masters in his sculpture, Becheri answers with Arturo Martini when asked what tradition means to him: “What does tradition mean to me? This question makes me laugh so much, like a child asking me what my mother means to me. Since no one can change the blood in your veins, that’s tradition.” (Arturo Martini 1938)
And Becheri continues: “In 2016, in the group exhibition The Lasting at the Galleria Nazionale di Roma, I found myself with one of my works (Shining, 2007, luminescent burrs of snails sculpting a black background for the photographic backgrounds) next to Impression de Boulevard and Ecce Puer de Medardo Rosso. That was the first spark. Later, in the exhibition De Scultura, curated by Saretto Cincinelli, at Casa Masaccio (2018), I showed my terracotta for the first time, creating a tête-à-tête with what was beginning to affect me more and more closely, a game of glances, revisions, tracking, the unique and rare possibility of visiting my works several times in rooms strictly wanted and shared with certain masters, imagining to find roots that only the real presence of the sculptures in a common space could conflict and reveal, something similar to the desire for possession, to the transmission of blood.”
An Emanuele Becheri exhibition is on until September 14th at the Museo Novecento in Florence.
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