Exhibitions

London

February 07April 11, 2020

Gianfranco Zappettini: The Golden Age

Curated by: Martin Holman

Mazzoleni London presents The Golden Age, a solo exhibition of paintings by Gianfranco Zappettini and curated by Martin Holman. The exhibition will open to the public on  7 February and continue until 11 April 2020, followed by a second show from 23 April to 4 July 2020 at the Mazzoleni gallery in Turin.

Gianfranco Zappettini, co-founder of the international Analytical Painting movement in the 1970s (which spanned Italy, Germany, France, and the Netherlands), is considered one of the most relevant living abstract Italian painters. The term ‘Analytical Painting’ (Analytische Malerei), was coined by art historian and critic Klaus Honnef in 1974. Zappettini’s works have been exhibited in public museums across Europe (Westfälischer Kunstverein in Münster, 1971; Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Turin, 1977; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1978; Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, 1981) and at “documenta 6” in Kassel in 1977.

The London exhibition will focus on a completely new series of paintings which investigates the symbolic meaning of gold as a metaphysical sense of spiritual perfection, not just as a precious material. Moreover, Zappettini’s extensive personal research on Taosim, Zen and Sufism is intrinsic to this body of work. The colour gold is the theme of the installation and as Zappettini states, ‘While the time of myth is cyclical, there is also correspondence between past and future, between end and beginning, because what has been will necessarily repeat again. A new “Golden Age” will follow the age in which we are living – a final epoch, degenerate and stripped of spirituality: this narrates the myth and this may prefigure art, capable of conserving the most profound values and, like myth, of passing the confines of time.’