Maurizio Savini: Forbidden World
Cornell in Rome Fall 2017 Lecture Series
Maurizio Savini was born in Rome, where he studied history of art at the Sapienza University of Rome. He has been an active artist since the 90s. His first exhibition took place in Dusseldorf. The same year, he was responsible for the stage setting for the lyric opera Parsifal by R. Wagner, directed by Peter Stein, music direction by Claudio Abbado with the Berliner Philarmoniker in Salzburg and at the International Festival of Edinburg. In 2002, he worked on the setting for the ballet la fin du jour, which was performed in theaters in Bologna and Florence.
Savini has had solo exhibitions internationally in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and New York City. In 2008, he presented an exhibition at the Museum of Saint Etienne and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Lyon, France. He was a participant in the Quadriennale D’Arte di Roma with a new series of sculptures. He has actively taken part in cultural projects including the realization of pediatric hospitals in Paris and Vladikavkaz, Russia. In 2009, he created permanent sculptures for the Museum for Contemporary Art of Rome and the Luiss University in Rome. In 2011, he was invited to participate in the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Art in the special category sponsored by Fondazione Roma. In the same year, he had a solo exhibition at Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery in Turin, Italy. In 2012, he produced the performance Domestic Forest in Castello di Rivara. In 2016, he had a solo exhibition titled Forbidden World at Partners and Mucciaccia gallery in Singapore.
This talk will include a presentation of the artist's work followed by a discussion of the use of materials in contemporary art and new perspectives in the use of museum spaces dedicated to contemporary art.