In co-operation with the curators Silvie Aigner and Ulli Storm, the gallery Mario Mauroner Contemporary Vienna will show the exhibition
"Fabrizio Plessi - Sogno"
in the Ossiach monastery during the Carinthia Summer Festival. A number of the most important works of the Italian artist will be shown on two levels of the newly renovated monastery.
The Ossiach Monastery is one of the most beautifully located spots of Carinthia. Since 2009 the Carinthian Music Academy is based in the monastery , which widens the focus on music in this area since its establishment through the Carinthian Summer Festival and offers a year round program. Since 2008 also the fine arts are present in the magnificent halls of the monastery, opening hereby possibilities to many additional cultural programs. The grand halls are especially suitable for site-specific installations, which are developed and adapted by the respective artist. This successful combination of architecture, fine arts and music is carried forth with the 2010 exhibition "Fabrizio Plessi - Sogno". Over two levels, starting in the domed foyer, through the hall of Benedictus and all throughout the rooms in the upper floor, Fabrizio Plessi has developed space-embracing objects and installations, which stand in a thematic and special connection to the Ossiach Monastery.
For a closer look at the project, we would like to cordially invite you to a press conference on Wednesday, April 14th, 2010 at 11 am in the gallery Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Vienna (Weihburggasse 26, 1010 Vienna).
Fabrizio Plessi was born 1940 in Reggio Emilia and belongs to the most internationally active and most renowned artists of Italy. Since the early 1970's Fabrizio Plessi is known as the "sculptor of video technology" and combines hereby in his Oeuvre, in a unique way, the stylistic vocabulary and materials of the Arte Povera with the possibilities of modern video technology. The elements of water and fire are some of the main topics of his space-embracing installations. Similarly, the dream topic is an often-found motif in his works. Accordingly, he pinned the 2004 held retrospective in the Martin Gropius Bau "Dream Worlds". Fabrizio Plessi has realized more than 120 video sculptures and video installations worldwide, in public spaces as well as in museums. Preliminary to the installations, Plessi fabricates large formatted drawings in mixed media as well as collages, which on the one hand offer, insight into the individual work steps of the artist and on the other hand, are simply singular works of significant artistic quality. These pieces will be presented on customarily made corten steel tables in the Ossiach Monastery.
La Mostra di Ossiach:
The Exhibition "Sogna" in the Ossiach Monastery will present the following work groups:
"Traum" (2004). this video installation, compromised of a marble plate as a projection space (dream medium)
Provokes the concept of the word "dream", as well as a suspension of the gravity of the material itself.
"Movimenti catodici Barocchi" (1996/2002) - the upside down confessionals, which turn around in slow motion, remind us _ in the over dimensional form and grouping, of a melancholy "dance macabre" (Gérard Goodrow)
"Lläuts" - for the Ossiach monastery specifically designed mallorquin boats can be interpreted as a metaphor for the calm and assured individuals, who also reach their goal. They symbolize the memory and the past of the island, on which Fabrizio Plessi settled now for 15 years.
For more information, as well as for further images, please do not hesitate to contact us and we look forward to welcoming you at our press conference on April 14, 2010 and 11 am.
With our best regards,
Silvie Aigner and Judith Radlegger