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Excelle
2009 - corten

In 2009 Tirelli was invited to Casapeppe to show his paintings in a temporary exhibition that he titled Intorno al silenzio (Around Silence); the very strong plastic quality of some of his images inspired him to translate these shapes into sculpture.
The artist chose a clearing in one of the more striking areas of the south-western zone of the park, a site surrounded by Lebanese cedars and plane trees. Even before visitors can see all four totemic elements constituting the installation, their attention is attracted by the reddish color of the corten steel as it is glimpsed through the trees. The pieces are arranged as if on a stage and two of them are characterized by soft, curving geometric lines that respond to the more jagged profiles of the other two which recall forms typically found in Mesopotamian architecture.

Marco Tirelli

Marco Tirelli was born in 1956 in Rome where he still lives and works. In the same city he studied set-design with  Toti Scialoja at the Accademia di Belle Arti and soon after became a founder of the "Nuova Scuola Romana" (New Roman School movement), together with Gianni Dessì, Nunzio, Bruno Ceccobelli and Piero Pizzi Cannella. His early group shows included "Italiana. Nuova immagine" in Ravenna (1980) and inclusion in the Venice Biennale (1981).  Three years later he held his first solo show at the Galleria L'Attico, Rome. In the mid-80s he moved his studio into the spaces of the former Cerere pasta factory, in the San Lorenzo area of Rome which, soon after, became a reference point for the contemporary art scene. In 1985 his work was seen in the group show  "Anniottanta" at the GAM in Bologna; in a solo show at the Galleria Civica in Modena; at a two-man show (with Sol LeWitt) at the American Academy in Rome; as well as at the Sydney Biennial.  In 1990 a room in the Venice Biennale was wholly devoted to his work. He was awarded the Premio Michetti in 1997. A large solo show of Tirelli's work was hosted at the GAM in Bologna in 2003.
For the Fattoria di Celle, in 2009, he created his first sculptures, made in iron and titled "Excelle". Their installation coincided with his temporary exhibition of painting at Casapeppe titled "Intorno al visibile".

Publications
Marco Tirelli Excelle Intorno al silenzio
2009

texts by Giuliano Gori, Marco Tirelli, Ludovico Pratesi
Pistoia, Gli Ori

Language: italian and englis

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