09 June 2023 / 07 January 2024

The first major exhibition that the city of Brescia dedicates to Fabrizio Plessi: featuring digital installations, video projections and monumental digital walls aimed at creating an immersive and immersive journey of high technology, light, sound and moving images, specifically dedicated to the city's vestiges and heritage. This pioneering project is part of the exhibition format Archaeological Stages inaugurated with the monographs on Francesco Vezzoli (2021) and Emilio Isgrò (2022).

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The exhibition

Produced by: Municipality of Brescia, Fondazione Brescia Musei, Alleanza Cultura

Curated by: Ilaria Bignotti

Il progetto proposto nell’area archeologica del Capitolium e nel Museo di Santa Giulia consiste in un percorso immersivo e coinvolgente, di grande valenza scientifica e culturale, ad alto impatto visuale e di altissima perfezione tecnologica, ed è formato da installazioni digitali, videoproiezioni e digital walls monumentali: un viaggio che mette in evidenza le vestigia e il patrimonio della nostra Città, riscrivendoli con l’alfabeto tecnologico e multimediale di Plessi, con la luce, il suono e le immagini in movimento. La mostra, che si inserisce nel format Palcoscenici archeologici, si compone di un’esposizione diffusa e site-specific nel complesso museale di San Salvatore e Santa Giulia, nel Capitolium ed in una raccolta delle tavole di progetto nelle Sale dell’Affresco e in ingresso.

Il progetto si iscrive e corona la ricerca che l’artista sta conducendo in questi anni, definita dallo stesso Plessi “L’Età dell’Oro” e tradotta, nel settembre del 2020, nella monumentale installazione digitale sulle finestre del Museo Correr in Piazza San Marco, sostenuta da Dior e formata da grandi cascate d’oro che dialogano emozionalmente con i mosaici della basilica di San Marco.

The Artist

The fundamentals of Fabrizio Plessi’s artistic research

Fabrizio Plessi is the pioneer of video art and video installations in Italy and is considered an international protagonist of research on new electronic and digital technologies and new media art: from 1968 to the present, he has developed coherent and rigorous cycles where central is the dialogue between the potential of electronic and digital technologies with the heritage of material and immaterial culture, in an attempt to investigate the persistence of the values of the past in the present time and as a legacy for the future.

The history of humanity, the vestiges and traces it has left over time, the forms by which power, glory, beauty, victory, death, salvation, hope have been represented and transmitted, the analysis of the image-icon and the problem of the relationship between the work and the environment, the debate on the concept of monument, modernism, post-humanism, are at the center of Fabrizio Plessi’s investigation, who on several occasions has pointed out how much his design is aimed at “bringing together the elements linked to the artistic tradition with the technological iridescence.” His artistic and academic career accounts for this perspective: a lecturer in Humanization of Technologies for ten years and in Electronic Scenography at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne, his work has been exhibited in the most important international museums, from the Centre Pompidou to the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and is present in the most important art events, from Documenta in Kassel to the Venice Biennale.

In the last three years Plessi has developed a crucial investigation where the colors of gold and black are elected as vectors of an ideal conclusion of the alchemical and digital process of the elements of Water, Earth, Fire and Air and the Foundations of human history, in an iridescent staging of the transformation and regeneration of art as a manifestation of human culture and identity: an investigation that is nourished, also, by a deep reflection on Vanitas and the human tragedy of the last period, caused by the pandemic and wars.