Gian Ferrari Hall
curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi
MAXXI is reproposing the presentation of Revenge, the work with which Nico Vascellari, one of the protagonists of the younger generations in Italian art, won the 2007 edition of the Prize for Young Italian Art. The work, presented at the Venice Biennale that year, contains all the typical motifs of the artist’s oeuvre, such as its relational, environmental and performative nature and the use of expressive media that range from the most advanced technology to the poorest of materials.
Revenge is composed of a high wall in painted and burnt wood, in which are set amplifiers of varying sizes that transmit pure sound at high volumes. In its first version, the loudspeakers transmitted the voice of the artist distorted into an almost demoniacal sound. Ten years later the artist is presenting a revised version with a soundtrack derived from the processing of sounds produced during a choral performance.
Nico Vascellari is offering visitors an immersive experience that allow them to challenge the basic concepts of above and below and inside and outside, cues for the far more complex ones of reality and fiction and an opportunity to explore the unwritten but silently established rules of ambits such as art or music to which the artist belongs.
ph. Meri Gallo and Vito Pelegatto