ADRIAN TRANQUILLI | don’t forget the Joker

Adrian Tranquilli, Don't forget the Joker, 2006, exhibition view

solo exhibition

exhibition opening:
wednesday december 6th, 2006 – 6.30pm

exhibition closing:
january 27th, 2007

opening hours:
tuesday to saturday, 4-8pm
or by appointment

about.

STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI presents a collection of new works by Adrian Tranquilli in the exhibition don’t forget the Joker.

It has been five years since Believe and Evidence – Tranquilli’s one-man exhibitions at Rome’s Palazzo delle Esposizioni and at this gallery – initiated a series of works dedicated to the exploration of the heroic figure and the superhero in particular. The artist tackles the same theme here, but from a different perspective: his analytical point of view has rotated through180 degrees and now concentrates on the antihero.

The concept of the superhero as sole universal representatives of ethical heroism has in recent years been the focal point of both Adrian Tranquilli’s work and of his thorough, committed anthropological analysis of this cultural role model.
Having removed their comic book associations, the artist has revised the nature and meaning of his characters and proposes them as icons and paradigmatic elements which connect on many levels: reality and imagination, antiquity and the future.
Each sculpture arises from life, from social utopias and from the contemporary world’s “sacred” visions. They are related to religion, anthropology and art history, to current affairs and science. Hence Batman, Superman and Spiderman live on an absolute plane, establishing the symbolic event in constructions of great visual impact.

The Joker, that well-known “villain” from the universe of superhero comics, is the leading character in this exhibition:
“I have always thought of the Joker as the perfect, mirror-image transposition of the superhero concept. The superhero represents the comic book transposition of the West’s role model of the male rescuer, the keeper of the good and the just. Superheroes are inevitably ambiguous figures, they are convinced they can judge and punish. Their counterparts, the super-villains, are ambiguous in much the same way. The Joker is the perfect synthesis of this ambiguity. The Joker – a balladeer, juggler, musician and acrobat – actually has a positive image but he’s on “the other side”, the negative side. The boundaries between positive and negative are as ephemeral as the concepts of good and bad themselves; everything is possible and nothing is true.”

The exhibition is a complex site-specific installation where light and shadow contrast and interrelate with large black and white images, re-examining the canons of theatricality and interactivity. Tranquilli thereby creates a meaning which is both playful and tragic. A large sculpture of the Joker introduces us to the scene and seems like a witness to the works dedicated to the superheroes.

Read and download the exhibition’s press release.

artist.

ADRIAN TRANQUILLI was born in Melbourne in 1966. He lives and works in Rome. His major solo exhibitions include:
Days of a Future Past, MANN – Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Naples 2016; Welcome to the Fall, MART – Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto 2014; All is violent, all is bright, MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome 2011; Don’t Forget the Joker, Palazzo Reale, Milan 2010; These Imaginary Boys, Parkhouse, Düsseldorf 2004; Know Yourself, MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome 2003; Believe, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome 2001.

Adrian Tranquilli’s work has been shown as part of major group exhibitions at numerous public and private institutions, including: SPSI – Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institut Art Museum, Shanghai 2015; LAUBA, Zagreb 2015; CoCA – Center of Contemporary Art, Torun 2014; La Maison d’Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains 2014; La Maison Rouge, Fondation Antoine de Galbert, Paris 2009; Sala de Exposiciones Alcalá 31, Madrid 2008; Botkyrka Konsthall, Stockholm 2007; KUNSTHALLE, Wien 2006; GNAM – Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome 2005; Palazzo delle Papesse – Centro Arte Contemporanea, Siena 2003; IASPIS, Stockholm 2002; Dalì Museum, St. Petersburg (Florida, USA) 2001; PAC – Padiglione d’ Arte Contemporanea, Milan 2000; Bienal de La Habana, La Habana 2000; MAK, Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst, Wien 1999.

For a more complete artist profile, see the artist page.

works.

here below some images from ADRIAN TRANQUILLI’s don’t forget the joker

more exhibitions.

more exhibitions by ADRIAN TRANQUILLI with STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI.

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Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Exhibition: Adrian Tranquilli - In excelsis

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in excelsis
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Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Exhibition: BUON DOMANI A BETTER TOMORROW

BUON DOMANI – A BETTER TOMORROW

group show
december 9th, 2010 – january 29th, 2011

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Exhibition: A BAND A PART

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group show
november 24th, 2005 – january 28th, 2006

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Exhibition: ADRIAN TRANQUILLI - BELIEVE

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believe
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evidence
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Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Exhibition: ANABLEPS Group show

ANABLEPS

group show
march 9th – april 28th, 2000

Adrian Tranquilli, Futuro imperfetto, 1998, Superman, The Man of Steel

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futuro imperfetto
november 19th, 1998 – january 30th, 1999

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Project: CANEVARI - TRANQUILLI all'Istituto Austriaco

CANEVARI – TRANQUILLI

CANEVARI e TRANQUILLI all’istituto austriaco
march 18th – april 24th, 1998
austrian goethe institute, rome

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Exhibition: MANFRED ERJAUTZ, MICHAEL KIENZER - Manfred Erjautz, Michael Kienzer

ERJAUTZ – KIENZER – CANEVARI – TRANQUILLI

MANFRED ERJAUTZ, MICHAEL KIENZER, PAOLO CANEVARI, ADRIAN TRANQUILLI
february 19th – march 21st, 1998

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Exhibitions / Projects | Adrian Tranquilli

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sei senza nome
september 20th – october 28th, 1995

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Contemporary Art Rome | Adrian Tranquilli: Prima Puntata

PRIMA PUNTATA
december 21st, 1994
palazzo delle esposizioni, rome

 

more catalogues.

more catalogues by ADRIAN TRANQUILLI with STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Adrian Tranquilli | Heroes

ADRIAN TRANQUILLI
heroes

monograph
drago, rome 2004

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Adrian Tranquilli

ADRIAN TRANQUILLI
ADRIAN TRANQUILLI

catalogue of the exhibition believe
charta, milan 2001

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Anableps

ANABLEPS

catalogue of the exhibition
tipo-lito aurelia 72, rome 2000

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Adrian Tranquilli

ADRIAN TRANQUILLI
ADRIAN TRANQUILLI

exhibition catalogue
castelvecchi, rome 1999

Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Erjautz Kienzer Canevari Tranquilli
Studio Stefania Miscetti | Catalogues | Adrian Tranquilli | Sei senza nome

ADRIAN TRANQUILLI
sei senza nome

exhibition catalogue
tipo-lito aurelia 72, rome 1995