As one of our new digital initiatives, we are launching our current exhibition The Golden Age, by Gianfranco Zappettini online on Artsy. We hope that you will enjoy this new online experience brought to you by a renowned artist whose work embodies optimism, light, and affirmation of life.
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 exhibition focuses 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.’
The solo exhibition of new paintings will continue until further notice at Mazzoleni gallery in London (now temporarily closed).