ADRIAN TRANQUILLI | in excelsis
thursday october 20th, 2011 – 6.30pm
january 28th, 2012
tuesday to saturday, 4–8pm
or by appointment
Studio Stefania Miscetti opens the season with Adrian Tranquilli solo show, an installation entirely made of new works, which is an additional chapter of the specific visual narration conducted with coherence and rigour by the artist. In fact, he handles with themes and overlapping symbols which are at the root of various cultures.
As in recent personal exhibition All is violent, all is bright at MACRO – Contemporary Art Museum of Rome, visible until November 2011 – on this occasion the artist presents a high visual impact work, focused on the dialogue of the hero (a constant mythical and epic figure from the ancient times until today) which is presented with some symbols strongly entrenched in our collective imagination, like the Latin and Greek cross and the swastika.
There is an echo of Kazimir Malevich 0.10: the last futurist exhibition in In Excelsis solo show, where the artist wonders about the nature of symbols and on their transposed, ambiguous or manipulated meanings.
Dealing with the concept of the sacred, and mostly with the sign system which embodies it, Tranquilli’s works try to open a door to look beyond the crystallized meaning, revealing multiple, stratified and multipurpose senses.
With the obsessive attitude of an anthropologist, Adrian Tranquilli already tries to unhinge the superhero allure in works such as These Imaginary Boys (2004), The Age of Chance (2005), Don’t Forget the Joker (2006), and now he comes back with another series in which he shows us a hero deprived of his invincibility and power, an ideal protagonist of a contemporary culture which is in a deep crisis status.
Read and download the exhibition’s press release.
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.
more exhibitions by ADRIAN TRANQUILLI with STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI.