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The Fallen and the Saved
2000 - fiberglass, steel cables

Inside a small storage building just in front of Cascina Terrarossa, Morris has installed eight fiberglass "urns", of which only one sits on the ground. The others are suspended from the ceiling at various angles and their positions fluctuate due to the wind that enters the open room. Visitors going from the bright entrance into the progressively darkening space must walk among the urns; this experience inside the artwork draws interesting comparisons to Labyrinth. Only from the back of the room can one fully appreciate the play of natural light as it falls from above. The form of these great urns derives from both the great olive oil jars still in use at Celle's oil-pressing facility, and from ancient funerary urns that Morris observed in museums during a trip to Sicily he had taken just before the execution of this piece.

Robert Morris

Robert Morris was born in Kansas City on February 9, 1931. He lives and works in Gardiner, New York.
Among his most recent one-man shows we recall those at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1995); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1995); Deichtorhallen Museum, Hamburg (1995); Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome (1997); Musée d'arte contemporain, Lyon, (1998, 2000; Cabinet des Estampes du Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva (1999); Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, 2001; Joseloff Gallery, University of Hartford, 2002; Centro per l'arte contemporanea "Luigi Pecci", Prato, 2005; Hunter College, Times Square Gallery, New York (2008); IVAM, Valencia (2011).

Among his permanent site specific works we recall here Oostelijk, Flevoland, Olanda; Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington; Belknap Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Johnson Pit n. 30, King County, City of Kent, Seattle; West Bottoms & American Royale, Kansas City, Missouri; Musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux; Cathedral, Maguelone, Montpellier; Parco della Padula, Carrara; Pontevedra, Spagna; Chiostro di San Domenico, Reggio Emilia.

Morris has carried out other important permanent projects in Tuscany such as the gate for the new Dialysis Center, Pistoia (2004); Hegel's Owl for the parco della Padule, Carrara (2002), and the new presbytery furnishing of the Prato cathedral. His video The Birthday Boy was conceived and projected for the temporary exhibition at the Accademia in Florence (2004-2005).

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