Fegefeuer (Purgatory). Samori' takes his subjects from art history: portraits, crucifixions, saints, still lifes, landscapes. His compositions for the most part conform to Baroque chiaroscuro and his figures emerge from the darkness.
The paintings by Nicola Samorì are full of sensuous energy. The 35-year-old artist arranges them like a Baroque master before partially destroying them again by intervening with a brush, palette knife, or scalpel. The Kunsthalle Tübingen invites the public to discover the paintings of this internationally aspiring Italian in his first solo museum exhibition.
Nicola Samorì has learned more from Holbein, Michelangelo, or Caravaggio than from his professors at the Accademia di Bologna. The technical skills of the 35-year-old Italian can be measured against the Old Masters of the Renaissance or the Baroque period. Yet the painter from Romagna also has a leaning towards Italian postwar modernity and Arte Povera. Lucio Fontana, with his slits and perforations, is his model, as are Gino de Dominicis or Michelangelo Pistoletto. What he shares with them is the idea of creating something new out of what already exists by means of artistic transformation.
Samorì takes his subjects from art history: portraits, crucifixions, saints, still lifes, landscapes. His compositions for the most part conform to Baroque chiaroscuro. His figures emerge from the darkness of the pictorial space into the light with dramatic realism. Samorì completes his paintings in the style of the Old Masters with the highest degree of precision, causing the interventions he subjects them to to be all the more painful: he distorts them, smears them with his hand, disfigures them with the palette knife, paints them over, spills paint on them, or like a torturer removes the half-dry skin of the uppermost layer of paint with a scalpel.
For all the destructive violence inherent in these virtuoso manipulations, his paintings are deconstructive compositions that make the historical pictorial legacy available to the contemporary viewer with the highest possible degree of sensuous energy. In recent years, Samorì has attracted a considerable amount of attention on the art market. His works are shown by galleries in Bologna, Trent, Turin, Milan, Berlin, Copenhagen, Cape Town, London, and New York. With this first solo museum exhibition, the Kunsthalle Tübingen is providing a broader public with the opportunity to become acquainted with works by this exceptional and highly talented artist. Besides approximately sixty paintings and five sculptural works by Samorì, an exquisite selection of Baroque works will be on display that inspired the artist, including a large oil painting that was just recently attributed to Jusepe de Ribera.
Nicola Samorì. Fegefeuer / Purgatory, edited and prepared by Daniel J. Schreiber, with texts on the individual works by Davide Pairone and Alberto Zanchetta, 144 pages, 117 color illustrations, hardcover
Sunday, September 23, 2012, 4 p.m.
Artist Talk with Nicola Samorì in Italian and German
9,50 € / 7,50 € including admission
Saturday, November 24, 2012, 7 p.m.
Musical arrangements in the exhibition rooms with Joseph Hasten and the Celloensemble ±12Vc from Tübingen
9,50 € / 7,50 € including admission
Sunday, December 2, 2012, 3 p.m.
At the closing event, curator Daniel J. Schreiber guides a last time through the exhibition.
Image: Buen Retiro, 2010. Öl auf Leinwand, 200 x 150 cm AmC Coppola Collection @ Nicola Samorì, 2012
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