BRUNA ESPOSITO | allegro non troppo
STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI is proud to present allegro non troppo, the first solo gallery exhibition dedicated to Bruna Esposito, one of today’s most significant Italian artists. She has just been invited to the 2nd Ostend Biennale in Belgium, curated by Joanna De Vos and the Belgian artist Jan Fabre.
The exhibition offers two bodies of work in which the artist considers subjects and themes dear to her. A site-specific piece with multi-coloured hammocks reveals an innovative dialogue of colourful assemblages, material ruses, seemingly carefree soubrettes. Amid madly overlapping netting, tissue paper from old brands of orange, pine needles, ads for ‘discount’ products, bitumen and tar, Bruna Esposito immerses us in—and reveals—the dynamics of everyday life, in a mood or colour that is ‘allegro non troppo’.
A versatile, uncompromising artist, this reworking of normal, ordinary materials is a feature of Bruna Esposito’s work, one which poetically invites both meaning and meaninglessness.
Major recognition for Esposito’s work includes the Golden Lion awarded to her and four other Italian female artists for the non-existent national pavilion, dAPPERTutto, curated by Harald Szeemann at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999. Her work recently was presented in Ecuador at the XIII Biennale in Cuenca, curated by Dan Cameron.
From May 2017 her work will be part of the next exhibition curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, The Place to Be, at MAXXI Museum of Rome.
The artist’s work is presented as a solo show for the very first time at STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI, Rome, one of the galleries she is most closely associated with.
Read and download the exhibition’s press release.
BRUNA ESPOSITO was born in Rome in 1960, where she lives and works. In 1979 she graduated from the IV Liceo Artistico in Rome, where she studied with Carmengloria Morales. In 1980 she attended the Faculty of Architecture at La Sapienza University, Rome, and later studied aerial dance in New York with Batya Zamir.
In 1984 she was selected to take part in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Studio Program. In the late 1980s she moved to West Berlin, where she was awarded two scholarships by IBA Berlin in 1987 and 1988, for the project and feasibility study for Two public biotoilets.
She has worked with artists, poets and musicians including Paola d’Agnese, Federico Fusi, David Hammons, Enzo De Leonibus, Stefano Maria Longobardi, Kristine Lovejoy, Progetto Neola, Annie Ratti, Andries van Rossem, Barbel Rothaar, Stalker-Osservatorio Nomade and Penelope Wehrli.
Her work draws on numerous material and sensorial elements, such as our sense of smell and hearing, and tends to be made using simple materials and techniques. Her practice includes drawing, photography and collage, as well as sculpture, video, installations, live performance, artistic actions and site-specific projects.
Awards and recognition for her work: In 1999 she was awarded a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale, for the Italian Pavilion dAPPERTutto, created with other Italian female artists, as well as the Italian Studio Program PS1 Award in New York. In 2000 she was awarded the Premio per la giovane arte italiana, (the Young Italian Artist Prize) by the Centro nazionale per le Arti Contemporanee (National Centre for Contemporary Art) in Rome.
In 2011 she was shortlisted for the Italian Chamber of Deputies Award for the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy at the Palazzo Montecitorio in Rome.
International biennials include: XIII Havana Biennial, Cuba (2019); XIII International Biennial of Cuenca, Ecuador (2016); Prospect 1, New Orleans, USA (2008); Rome Quadriennale (1996 – 2008); Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (2004); Istanbul Biennial (2003); Venice Biennale (1999 – 2005); Sonsbeek9 in Arnhem, the Netherlands (2001); and Documenta X in Kassel (1997).
Solo exhibitions: ¿Qué puede el humo hacerle al hierro?, MUNTREF, Buenos Aires (2020); Perle Rare, Fondazione San Fedele, Milan (2019); inconveniente, Fondazione Raccolta Cardinale Lercaro, Bologna (2018); Allegro non troppo, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Roma (2017); Bruna Esposito. e così sia…, MAXXI, Roma (2017); davvero, FL Gallery, Milan (2016); inconveniente, FL Gallery, Milan (2014); Out of the Blue, Olnick Spanu Art Program, Garrison, USA (2013); Alla turca, FL Gallery, Milan (2006); Tulipano Nero, Z33 Hasselt, Belgium (2004); Passiflora, Museolaboratorio Ex Manifattura Tabacchi, Città Sant’Angelo (2003); Madre Patria, Castel Sant’Elmo, Naples (2002); Bruna Esposito, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea del Castello di Rivoli (2002).
Selected group exhibitions: Classic Reloaded. Mediterranea, Bardo National Museum, Tunis, Villa Audi Mosaic Museum, Beirut, and Villa des Arts in Rabat (2018-19); Intuition, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (2017); The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely, Mu.Zee, Ostend, Belgium (2017); L’altro sguardo. Fotografe italiane 1965-2015, Triennale di Milano, Milan (2016); ArtClub#5, I Giovedì della Villa, Académie de France at Rome, Villa Medici, Rome (2016); Start up. Quattro agenzie per la produzione del possibile, Fondazione Baruchello, Rome (2016); Lallazioni. Bruna Esposito e Annie Ratti, Auditorium Parco della musica, Rome (2015); Au rendez-vous des amis, Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini Collezione Burri, Città di Castello (2015).
For a more complete artist profile, see the artist page.
more exhibitions by BRUNA ESPOSITO with STUDIO STEFANIA MISCETTI.