11 June 2021 / 16 January 2022

"Archaeological Stages. Curatorial Interventions by Francesco Vezzoli" is the original site-specific exhibition project that follows the project thread of exhibitions conceived by the Fondazione Brescia Musei, combining its own major historical and archaeological heritage with the most interesting voices of contemporary art.

The Exhibition

Francesco Vezzoli (Brescia, 1971), one of the Italian authors who is best known and most appreciated on the international panorama, becomes the protagonist in the double guise of artist and curator of an exhibition itinerary in which eight of his works are installed in the evocative archaeological spaces of the of the Unesco site of Brescia.

The exhibition, conceived and curated by Filippo Bisagni, physically takes visitors in chronological order through a thousand years of the history of art and architecture. Along the route you can admire Nike Metafisica and seven other works of art by the artist, including two absolutely unpublished:  Achille! and La Colonne Avec Fin.

The initiative is part of the programme of celebrations for the return to the city of Brescia of the Vittoria Alata.

The project participated in and won the competition run by the Italian Council (7th Edition, 2019), a programme of promotion of contemporary Italian art worldwide by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Ministry of Culture, thanks to which the work Nike Metafisica (2019) by Francesco Vezzoli will take its place in the collections of the Municipality of Brescia managed by the Fondazione Brescia Musei.

Who is Francesco Vezzoli?

Francesco Vezzoli was born in 1971 in Brescia. He studied at Central St. Martin’s School of Art in London, and currently lives and works in Milan. Today he is one of the most successful contemporary Italian artists in the world. His work may be described as a series of powerful allegories concerning contemporary culture with a rich subtext of elaborate references, realized through video installations, petit point embroideries, photography, live performance, experiments with the use of various media and – more recently – classical sculpture or that of ancient inspiration.