EntreNous: Pier Paolo Calzolari - Marco Maria Giuseppe Scifo

Pier paolo Calzolari & Marco Maria Giuseppe Scifo



Z2O Sara Zanin is pleased to present EntreNous, an exhibition by PIER PAOLO CALZOLARI and MARCO MARIA GIUSEPPE SCIFO.

The exhibition inaugurates a series of shows with two artists of different generations, within the same gallery space. It encourages the careful examination of the practical, poetical and stylistic consonances and dissonances, in order to highlight not only the similarities but also the uniqueness of each piece. The works displayed will serve to construct a physical and mental place within the gallery, a version of reality filtered by thought and defined by a bond between work, time and ambience, which forms a relationship with the viewer.

Untitled (2010) by Pier Paolo Calzolari, is part of a series of “material sculptures” that carry with them the stories of their creation. The sculpture is conceived as a living organism, a choir of heterogeneous elements strongly evoking both a dialogue and a transformation of the space. The artist uses a wide range of simple materials, both alive (lead, iron, wood, copper, ice and majolica) and dead (burnt wood): these organic and inorganic elements, which come from separate environments, form the uniqueness of the artist’s research which“articulates the spectrum of poetic references as a vocabulary of  real language, able to transcend time of history, experience and expression”. (Denys Zacharopoulos).The artwork represents a confused reality in which the work has been extended to an infinite present, removed from the flow of the story. By suspending time, Calzolari takes the viewer to another dimension, where the objects are superimposed with a delicate and silent poetry.

Marco Scifo focuses on human presence-sparked by several previous studies regarding the amount of physical space occupied by the body-which becomes an instrument of measure of space.In Pneuma the focal point of this research is the movement from the macro to the micro relationship between the body and the mind: the breathing pattern creates the work’s rhythm. The decision to represent the concept of thought as an action tied to the body-such as breathing-which by its very nature represents the antithesis of the universe of the mind transcending any connection with the matter, residesin the absolute necessity of contamination between the body and the mind.
In the exhibition space the work is composed of two elements: the full size portrait of Plato made ​​of black rubber and a pump, which inflates the philosopher's head repeatedly. In Pneuma time and its cyclical nature are reflected in the metaphor of the historical remnants, as an icon of time that traverses history and continues into the recent past, creating a connection between the past and present.The relationship between thought and life occupies the length of a single breath.


Pier Paolo Calzolari (Bologna, IT, 1943) lives and works in Fossombrone, Italy. His works has been presented in numerous solo exhibitions:  Galleria Internazionale d’Arte Moderna Ca ’ Pesaro, Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght , Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Galleria Civica di Modena, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Villa delle Rose, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain. From 1967, he has participated in several exhibition: “Where are we going? Opere scelte dalla Collezione François Pinault,” Palazzo Grassi – François Pinault Foundation, “Notations/Forms of Contingency: New York and Turin 1960/1970s,” Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, “Zero to Infinity: Arte Povera 1962-1972,” Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Tate Modern, London, “Arte Povera,” Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Toyota, “The Italian Metamorphosis, 1943-‐1972,” Triennale, Milan, Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, “The Knot Arte Povera, P.S.1, P.S.1, New York, “Prospect ’68,” Städtische Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, “Op Losse Schroeven: Situaties en cryptostructuren,” Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, “Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form/Works, Concepts, Processes, Situations, Information,” Kunsthalle Bern, Bern (CH); and he takes part in a several arts festival: 52. Biennale di Venezia, XLIV Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, section: Ambiente Berlino, XIL Esposizione Internazionale d’Arte, Venezia, VII Biennale di Parigi: manifestation biennale et international de jeunes artists, Paris, XII Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Documenta IX, Documenta V, Kassel.

Marco Maria Giuseppe Scifo born in Augusta, Italy,1977, lives and works in Milan, Italy. Projects and exhibition: "Habitat" (text by Antonello Tolve), Z2O Galleria | Sara Zanin, Rome, Italy, (2013); "Laboratorio habitat", Cultural Ass. beBOCS, Catania, Italy (2012); "Project Space", Molins Interiors, Barcellona, Spain (2012); “Running Glance” (curated by Antonello Tolve), Z2O Galleria Sara Zanin, Rome, Italy (2011); “Eye Run”, (curated by Antonello Tolve), Gallerie du Centre Culturel Français de Milan - Palazzo delle Stelline, Milan, Italy (2010); “Apicoltura”, Gallerie du Tableau, Marsiglia, France (2007); Galleria Unorossodue, Milan, Italy (2005). Group Exhibition: “Digital Life. Human Connections", MACRO Testaccio, Rome, Italy (2013); “Antologia di un progetto", Galleria Biagiotti, Florence, Italy (2013); “13 ° Premio Cairo" (curated by Luca Beatrice), Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, Italy (2012); “Il Quinto Atto” (curated by Helga Marsala), Galleria Biagiotti, Florence, Italy (2011 - 12); “ShowTime” (curated by Antonello Tolve), Galleria ZAK, Monteriggioni SI, Italy (2011); “Temporaneamente Nuovi - Torano Giorno e Notte XIII” (curated by Maria Mancini), Torano Ca, Italy (2011); “54 ° Esposizione Internazionale d’arte di Venezia Illuminazioni – Padiglione Italia – Accademie” (curated by Vittorio Sgarbi), Arsenale – Tese di San Cristoforo, Venice, Italy (2011); “Festival Ex Polis – Le città fuori dalla città” (curated by M. M. Linzi e Massimo Mazzone), Triennale Milano, Milan, Italy (2011); “Open 13”Esposizione Internazionale di Scultura (curated by Paolo De Grandis), Venice, San Servolo island, Italy (2010); “Seconda edizione del Concorso Internazionale per Giovani Scultori” Foundation Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, Italy (2008); “Pericoloso Sporgersi” (curated by Stefania Meazza and Catherine Macchi) l'Atelier Soardi, Nizza, France (2008); Museo Gennaro Pérez, Cordoba, Argentina (2008). “Parking” Galleria Unorossodue, Milan, Italy (2005); “Da lontano era un’isola” C/O Careof and Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy (2004).