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Alberto Biasi. Between reality and imagination


From the 7th of May to the 18th of July 2019, in occasion of the 58 International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Ferro Fini Palace hosts the exhibit ALBERTO BIASI. TRA REALTA’ E IMMAGINAZIONE.
Promoted by the Veneto Regional Council in close collaboration with the Alberto Biasi Archive and Alberto Peruzzo Foundation, the exhibition pays tribute to one of the protagonists of Italian Art in the second half of the 20th century, Alberto Biasi, retracing his sixty year career through the presentation of a valuable selection of works significantly representative of the different phases of his research.

In the elegant halls of the Ferro Fini Palace a selection of historical works and great recent works belonging to four different production cycles will be exhibited: Torsioni – works developed on classic geometrical shapes, made with bifacial plastic strips with almost always contrasting colours, combined to create changing perceptive effects depending on the viewer’s point of view; Ottico Cinetici – works that already find in the definition the meaning of Biasi’s poetics: the search, through the ancient science of optics, for a perceptive and emotional dynamism; Politipi – works realized between the second half of the Sixties and the end of the Nineties, characterized by the overlapping of several floors and the multiple interlacing of strips; Unique Tele – recent works whose peculiarity lies in the workmanship: these works are painted on the back of the canvas and thanks to its torsion the drawing below becomes visible.

These cycles that take part in the most important core of the Biasi production were faced in different phases of his artistic research being constantly renewed.
The exhibition by Alberto Biasi captures some of the characteristic themes of the current edition of the Venice Biennale, such as the continuous comparison between the work of art and the environment, the lack of rigidity of the work that indeed opens out to mold its borders beyond the “wall” of the frame. The artwork thus opens up to a sensitivity that bridges the western world and the fluidity of the eastern one, which stimulates the viewer to overcome any temptation to passive and to place himself in a dynamic relationship with the work, in comparison and in continuous dialogue with it, always establishing new connections and rediscovering an appealing complexity against any superficial simplification.
At the base of Biasi’s research is the constant investigation carried out on the effects and optical illusions, on the creation of movement starting from the static nature of the support, faced through the use of traditional materials, such as painting, and not so traditional ones, such as PVC, which led the artist to create works of different types.

ALBERTO BIASI. TRA REALTA’ E IMMAGINAZIONE will be accompanied by a bilingual catalog (Italian and English) with a critical text by Serge Lemoine, published by Industrie Grafiche Peruzzo. 
The publication will feature a large iconographic corpus and a collection of critical texts, enriched with unpublished historical material found during the recent research carried out in conjunction with the transfer of the Alberto Biasi Archive to the new location.


At the same time, another exhibition on Alberto Biasi, curated by Marco Meneguzzo, entitled ALBERTO BIASI, can be visited at the Scuola Grande della Misericordia, The Matter of the Vision 1959 – 2019.


Alberto Biasi (Padua, 1937) is one of the major protagonists in the history of Italian post-war art. His figure in one of the most consistent and authoritative at an international level in the field of what in Italy has been called “programmed art”, or even “kinetic art”, and elsewhere “optical art”. From 1959, the year that marks the debut of the artistic research of the young Biasi, to date, his activity has moved constantly in the name of perceptive inquiry, through cycles of works, each of which has poetically and scientifically faced some problems related to vision: from the first Trame to the famous Torsioni, from the Light Prisms to the Ottico-Dinamici. In 1988 he held one of his art anthologies at the Eremitani Museum in Padua. In 2000 Biasi elaborated a synthesis of previous researches and created Assemblaggi, mainly monochromatic diptychs and triptychs, with an impressive plastic and coloristic effect. In 2006 he exhibited in the Hermitage Halls of St. Petersburg. In addition to the twelve exhibitions of the Enne Group, Biasi has set up more than one hundred personal exhibitions in prestigious venues such as the Ducale Palace in Urbino, the Wigner Institute of Erice, the Museum of the Cathedral of Barcelo0na, the National Museum of Villa Pisani and the National Gallery of Prague. He has also participated in more than five hundred collective exhibitions, including ITALIAN ZERO & avantgrade ‘60s at the MAMM Museum in Moscow, the XXXII and the XLII Venice Biennale, the XI San Paolo Biennale, the X, XI and XIV Quadriennale of Rome and the more notes Biennals of graphics, obtaining numerous and important awards.

The Alberto Biasi Archive was born at the end of the first decade of 2000s by the will of the Biasi family. The Archive was established in order to start a research and cataloguing work of the works realized by the Master and of the historical documentation (such as invitations, posters, catalogues, photographs and letters) collected and preserved over the years. The archived works are classified in some categories according to the typologies: among these the main ones are the Twists, the Ottico-Cinetici, the Politipo and the Uniche Tele. The Archive also has a valuable nucleus of historical works dating back to the years of activity of the Group N, the ‘60s and ‘70s and of documents dating back to that period.

7th May – 18th July 2019
Ferro Fini Palace,
San Marco 2322 – 30124 Venice
Monday-Friday:  10 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday closed
Free admission

Artworks’s captions
Alberto Biasi, Rilievo ottico-dinamico, 1962, tempera su cartone e lamiera forata, cm 50 x 50 x 3
Alberto Biasi, Va dove ti porta l’occhio, 1991, rilievo in pvc su tavola, diametro cm 100
Alberto Biasi, Dinamica dell’ombrello giapponese, 1991, rilievo in pvc su tavola, diametro cm 100
Alberto Biasi, Oggetto: gocce, 1971, rilievo in pvc su tavola, cm 87 x 55 x 6
Alberto Biasi, Vedo oltre… …un po’ optical …un po’ cangiante, 2013, intaglio e acrilico su tela, cm 120 x 120