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WILD HARMONY – Andrea Zini and Gianfranco Meggiato
April 4 - June 1
ART & SPACE Gallery is happy to introduce Italian contemporary art in Munich:
photography by Andrea Zini (Florence) and sculpture by Gianfranco Meggiato (Venice).
The exhibition is kindly hosted by Wolfgang Greiner, General Manager of the Mandarin
Oriental, and organized by Emma Mailova, director of the ART & SPACE Gallery.
The main idea of the exhibition “Wild Harmony” is to show wild and human nature expressed in two different technics – photography and sculpture. Both artists – Andrea Zini and Gianfranco Meggiato – are observing and reflecting on wild life and human living. One can conceive through their artworks how freedom and beauty dominate over any other sides of both worlds – human and animal.
Gianfranco Meggiato was born in Venice in 1963 where he has attended the Venetian “Istituto Statale d’Arte” art college studying stone, bronze, wood and pottery sculpture.
“Meggiato’s imagination leads him to set up convoluted and macrocosmic situations, where layer upon mysterious layer masks a psychological interiority, creating a series of imaginary anatomies, or tangles of fibrous and vital organic material. The continual interweaving of these structures suggests the theoretical formulations of an artist-scientist, who embarks on an exploratory adventure with reason as his guide, in a non-place which he reproduces in terms of pure rhythm, where the laws of nature appear to be subverted. The decorative and volumetric skill which the artist brings to bear on this material reveals a brilliantly inventive imagination, able to exploit every detail of the sculpted form to create contrast between the smooth surfaces and the intricate irregularities, which have the look of solidified eruptions of primordial magma. Within these structures the air itself becomes a protagonist, a structural element which defines the dynamic shape that the volatile bronze will assume. This script made up of ambiguous signs does not ask to be deciphered, but rather demands a visual and mental openness towards a message which is wholly anomalous, the product of a free and subversive spirit.”
A fragment from the Vittorio Sgarbi
Since 1998 Gianfranco Meggiato has participated without interruption in a long series of exhibitions, shows and fairs in Italy and abroad. In recent years, he has been invited to take part to the 54th and the 55th Venice Biennale, where he has exhibited among national participants. Meggiato has exhibited at Correr Museum in St Mark’s Square in Venice, at National Museum of Musical Instruments in Rome, at Senate Palace in Milan and in Duomo Square in Pietrasanta. In 2012, during Art-Bre exhibition in Cap Martin, he created and presented to Albert II, Prince of Monaco, Sphere Enigma now placed in the Monaco Harbor. In 2014 he exhibited in a solo show at the Center of Contemporary Art in Lucca and in the collective Disquiet Novecento: Vedova, Vasarely, Christo, Cattelan, Hirst and the genesis of the third millennia. The work of Meggiato are presented in numerous exhibitions and fairs in USA, Canada, UK, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Holland, France, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Monaco, Ukraine, Russia, India, China, UAE, Kuwait, South Korea, Singapore, Taipei and Australia.
Andrea Zini - Florentine, he has been taking photos and developing them in the dark room since the age of eight.
Over the years, he has specialized in Wildlife photography. His wonderfully taken pictures are moments of the life of animals in the savannah. Andrea Zini, in collaboration with the American Print agency Jon Cone, has worked out absolutely particular quality of large-scale photo production.
Individually Monochrome print is being printed over the unique Japanese Paper, which resists fading up to 100 years.
Eyes of the animals are painted by hand.
Zini’s treatment of composition and details makes the animal’s intelligent expression clearly stand out, so that his pictures are true works of art.
In 2011, he was entrusted with advertising campaigns by well-known, Italian fashion houses, always trying to find an alliance between the fashion and the animal worlds.
In 2011, he was one of the finalists of the prestigious master award by Victor Hasselblad.
Andrea Zini’s works have been exhibited in Los Angeles, London and New York.
During 2012, he has worked on the “Africa’s Eyes” project about wild life in the savannah.
Andrea Zini’s works are in private collections of Stefano Ricci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Beretta, Fratini, Benelli among others.