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VINCItore. All the Music of the Woods. Here in front. Passage of Secrets.
1982 - charcoal and acrylic paint on wall, wood, oil paint

The work occupies a large room on the top floor of the villa as well as a narrow adjoining corridor. Beginning in the corridor, the walls are covered, floor to ceiling, with large charcoal drawings referencing the spirits of the woods. From here, one enters the room where new designs (this time in a fluorescent red) are traced across most of the wall space. These represent the music of the woods, made visual through abstract symbols which recall the flight of birds. The abstract designs interact with two enigmatic forms: a painting where figures and signs are crossed by a snake (referring to an experience Paladino had in the park) and a totemic sculpture. The latter is created by two wooden planks leaning together to form the shape of an "A", has been sculpted and painted to portray man's anxieties. The artist then placed the sculpture in front of the southern-facing window, through which one can see Vinci across the plain.

Mimmo Paladino

Mimmo Paladino was born in Paduli (Benevento) in 1948. He lives and works in Paduli and Milan.
Among his career overviews we recall here the exhibition held at Forte Belvedere, Florence (1993); other recent one-man shows include the National Gallery of Fine Arts, Peking (1994); Palacio Revillagigedo, Gijon (Spain); Scuderie del Palazzo Reale-villa Pignatelli Cortes-Piazza Plebiscito, Naples (1995-1996); Museu de arte moderno, Rio de Janeiro & Museu Pinacoteca, Sao Paulo (1999); Roundhouse, London (1999); membro onorario della Royal Academy, London (1999); permanent piece at la stazione metropolitana Salvator Rosa, Naples (2001); Centro d'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (2002); Centro per l'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (2002-2003); collettiva al Museo di Arte Contemporanea Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2003); Reggia di Caserta, Caserta (2004); a traveling show in Japan seen in the civic museums of Takamatsu, Kuree, Wakayama, Okazaki and Shizuoka (2004-2005); Galleria Civica, Modena (2005); Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Salzburg (2005); Museo Capodimonte, Naples (2005-2006); presentation of his film Quijote at the Biennale del Cinema, Venice (2006); in 2007-2008 together with Brian Eno he carried out a huge site specific sound/visual installation for the Ara Pacis, Rome; centro urbano di Orta San Giulio di Novara (2009); Palazzo Reale, Milan (2011); Villa Manin, Codroipo (2013-2014).

Permanent installations in public spaces include Fonte delle fate, Poggibonsi (Siena, 1998); the Nasher Sculpture Garden, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, 2001; the European Parliament, Bruxelles, 2003; convent of San Domenico, Benevento, 2004.

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