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Melencolia II
2002 - bronze, marble

This piece is the result of a collaboration between two artists who met at Celle by chance. Although their typical work is radically different, Parmiggiani and Morris share a particular sensitivity toward space and the relevance of art from antiquity to today, and it was on this fertile terrain that they began their creative convergence. Both artists had, in the past, made reference to aspects of Albrecht Dürer's Melencolia; at Celle they decided to recreate several elements derived from the famous engraving and place them at the center of a small valley densely covered with bamboo. The sun filtering through the leaves creates plays of light on the surface of the white marble wheel, polyhedron, sphere, and column (the column carved in the now unattainable cipollino marble) and on the bronze bell. This renders the objects almost diaphanous and creates a spellbinding composition.

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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Claudio Parmiggiani

Claudio Parmiggiani was born in Luzzara (Reggio Emilia) in 1945. Today he lives and works near Parma.

Among his many recent one-man shows we recall here: Modern Art Museums of Darmstadt and Prague (1992-93);  Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (1995); one-man show in the Italian Pavilion, XLVI Biennale di Venezia, Venice (1995); Musée des Beaux- Arts, Dijon (1996); Musée des Beaux-Arts, Nantes (1997); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1997); Fattoria di Celle, Pistoia (1997); Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Turin (1998); Hotel des Arts, Toulon (1999); Galleria nazonale dell'Islanda, Listasfni Island (2000); Studio National des arts contemporains, Le Fresnoy, Turcoing (2001); Musée Fabre, Montpellier (2002); Galleria d'arte moderna, Bologna (2003); Chiesa dei SS. Carlo e Agata, Reggio Emilia (2003); Museo d'arte, Tel Aviv (2003); Biblioteca Civica e palazzo dei Musei, Modena (2005); Chapelle des Brigittines, Brussels (2006); Teatro Farnese, Parma (2006); Galleria de' Foscherari, Bologna (2006); Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana (2006); Department des Sculptures et Antiquitès,Musèe du Louvre, Paris (2007); Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia (2007-2008); Collège des Barnardins, Paris (2008); Studio Claudia Gian Ferrari, Milan (2009); Palazzo del Governatore & Chiesa di San Marcellino, Parma (2010-2011). 

Moreover we recall here that Parmiggiani has created several works at Celle - among these, in 1997, the temporary exhibition De-locazione at the Casapeppe exhibition space: ten rooms "drawn" with dust and ashes, shown through 1999.
Other important permanent projects in Tuscany include the new Dialysis Center in Pistoia (2005) and the Parco della Padule, Carrara (2002) ( Recently the artist has curated - for the City of Reggio Emilia - the series "Invitation to Luciano Fabro, ASol LeWitt, Eliseo Mattiacci, Robert Morris, Ricghard Serra" (

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