From 7 October to 18 November 2023, the Museum of Archaeology of the University of Pavia will host Time, a solo exhibition by Alex Pinna, Artist and Lecturer in Sculpture at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, curated by Vittorio Schieroni, Contemporary Art Critic and Curator, Anna Letizia Magrassi Matricardi, Museum Curator, and also Paolo Campiglio, Lecturer in Contemporary Art History at the University’s Department of Humanities. An initiative under the patronage of the Municipality of Pavia.
Indeed, a selection of Alex Pinna’s sculptures will dialogue with archaeological finds from different periods of history and representative of different civilisations of the Mediterranean basin. In the spaces of the Museum and the Art History Library of the Athenaeum, the exhibition will be articulated through references and analogies, contrasts and harmonious juxtapositions in a tight interaction between the ancient and the contemporary. As a matter of fact, Pinna’s subjects represent with delicate poetry the presence of the human being in the inner, social and environmental context in which he lives in solitude or together with his peers. Stylised figures, leaf-men, boxers, pinocchios are depictions of a being in the world, sometimes fragile and in precarious balance, in which one can easily recognise oneself thanks to the absence of features, characters that take shape through skilful work with materials – bronze, white resin, knotted rope or paper.
“In particular, the technique of bronze casting”, emphasises the Curator, “will be a fascinating theme between the creativity of the past and the present”. Moreover, “the technique of bronze casting,” underlines the Curator, “will be a fascinating theme between the creativity of the past and the present”. “The subtle universe of Alex Pinna,” says Curator Vittorio Schieroni in the critical text dedicated to the exhibition, “is the time of contemporaneity in which we are immersed. A historical period that is enigmatic and uncertain, yet not without impetus and ever new rebirths. Through a curious gaze, constantly pervaded with veiled irony, the artist confronts the observer with himself and his nature, so different, but at the same time so similar to that of every other individual of his time. A time that goes hand in hand with all those that have preceded it in the long journey of humanity, without demarcations or caesuras, the fragment of a living that unites regardless of inevitable differences linked to centuries, places and cultures”.
The exhibition is part of the Art Meetings organised by the Museum of Archaeology, which kicked off in 2018, with the aim of involving a number of artists in a dialogue with the Museum’s evocative spaces and the precious artefacts it holds. The series of meetings, curated by Anna Letizia Magrassi Matricardi and Paolo Campiglio, under the supervision of the Museum’s Director, Maurizio Harari, who will speak at the vernissage together with Vittorio Schieroni and the Artist, is an opportunity for the University and the world of contemporary creativity to meet.
Time will be presented to the public on Saturday 7 October at 4 p.m. in conjunction with the Nineteenth Day of Contemporary Art promoted by AMACI – Associazione dei Musei d’Arte Contemporanea Italiani.
On Wednesday 4 October at 6 p.m., in the hall of the ancient Art Library, recently renovated and reopened to the public, there will be a preview of the artist’s graphic works (drawings and sketches) that will complement the itinerary through the spaces of the Museum of Archaeology.
The exhibition will be open during the opening hours of the Museum on Mondays and Wednesdays 14.00-17.00, Thursdays 09.00-12.00 and the third Saturday of the month 10.00-18.00; the works exhibited in the library will be visible from Monday to Friday 08.30-19.00.
On Saturday 18 November at 4 p.m. there will be the finissage of Alex Pinna’s solo exhibition with the presentation of the catalogue.
The exhibition organisers would like to thank the collector Fabrizio Somaschini and the Agency
Allianz Pavia Vincenzo Tambone – Andrea Sampietro (Corso Cavour 8, Pavia – tel. +39.0382.22332
– firstname.lastname@example.org) for contributing to the realisation of the initiative.
Communication by Vittorio Schieroni Press and Communication (email@example.com).
Media partner ARTSTART – www.artstartweb.art.
Printed by Paolo Enrico Malinverni – Grafica & Stampa (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Museum of Archaeology – University of Pavia, Central Building
Strada Nuova 65, 27100 Pavia
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Access to the exhibition included in the Museum entrance ticket