Fabrizio Plessi. Memoria dell'Aqua

International Pioneer of video art in Düsseldorf

Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art is presenting the work of the international pioneer of video art, Fabrizio Plessi, for the first time at the »Duesseldorf Photo Weekend 2017«. The exhibition »Memoria dell'acqua« presents the video installation »Under Water« that Fabrizio Plessi produced in 2016 for the pavilion of Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice. Video has been his central medium since the mid 70s. Over the past 40 years, Plessi has produced more than 120 video sculptures and expansive video installations with water, combining natural materials such as wood, earth, and iron with the latest technology to create tension in the combinations that are characteristic of his works.

The video installation »Under Water« is impressive with its minimalistic production. Large screens display glowing fragments of a splendid gold and black Byzantine floor mosaic that move in wavelike motion and are accompanied by a sound composition arranged by the British composer Michael Nyman. The mosaic is the symbol of the East and references the history of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi which was the central trading place between Western Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean in the Middle Ages. Under water, the mosaic fragments are constantly changing and shifting under the movements of the flowing natural element, which for Plessi is a symbol of temporality and a metaphor for memory. The past, time, and the awareness of history are poetically brought to light in a constantly changing world. The connections between the mosaic, water and music in a room, create a total composition and an extraordinary sensory experience that sends the viewer on journeys through space and time. The simple, geometric layout of the exhibition space underscores the clear language of the video installation, which in its reduced form is reminiscent of Minimal Art and Arte Povera.

FABRIZIO PLESSI (born 1940 in Reggio Emilia, Italy) lives and works in Venice. Plessi has been repeatedly invited to the Venice Biennale. In 1970, he first took part in the Venice Biennale and in 1987, he also presented his monumental installation Roma at the Documenta 8. Over the last 40 years, he has createdoutstanding...

The video installation »Under Water« is impressive with its minimalistic production. Large screens display glowing fragments of a splendid gold and black Byzantine floor mosaic that move in wavelike motion and are accompanied by a sound composition arranged by the British composer Michael Nyman. The mosaic is the symbol of the East and references the history of the Fondaco dei Tedeschi which was the central trading place between Western Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean in the Middle Ages. Under water, the mosaic fragments are constantly changing and shifting under the movements of the flowing natural element, which for Plessi is a symbol of temporality and a metaphor for memory. The past, time, and the awareness of history are poetically brought to light in a constantly changing world. The connections between the mosaic, water and music in a room, create a total composition and an extraordinary sensory experience that sends the viewer on journeys through space and time. The simple, geometric layout of the exhibition space underscores the clear language of the video installation, which in its reduced form is reminiscent of Minimal Art and Arte Povera.

FABRIZIO PLESSI (born 1940 in Reggio Emilia, Italy) lives and works in Venice. Plessi has been repeatedly invited to the Venice Biennale. In 1970, he first took part in the Venice Biennale and in 1987, he also presented his monumental installation Roma at the Documenta 8. Over the last 40 years, he has created outstanding work that has been shown worldwide in important museums and institutions. Since 1977 these include, among others, the Guggenheim Museum SoHo in New York, the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Fondazione Peggy Guggenheim in Venice, Folkwang Museum in Essen, Museo Guggenheim in Bilbao, Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona, Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Fondazione Mudima in Milan, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen in Recklinghausen, and Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice. Additionally, Fabrizio Plessi designed stage designs for the operas The Fall of Icarus (1989) and Ex Machina (1994), a concert by Luciano Pavarotti in New York's Central Park, and Mauro Bigonzetti's ballet Romeo and Juliet.

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Fabrizio Plessi. Utopia liquida

Fabrizio Plessi. Utopia liquida

  • Artist: Fabrizio Plessi
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: David Galloway, Marco Meneguzzo
    Design: Beck & Eggeling (Antonia Eggeling)
  • German, English, Italy
    Hardcover, 24 x 28 cm
    112 pages, 122 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2017
    ISBN 978-3-94606310-0
  • 28,00 €
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