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Sun and Moon Captured at Celle
1982 - painted wood and iron

In the villa's top floor, visitors must pass by this work from a narrow hallway. The room is entirely filled with a the giant mousetrap wedged between three walls. Visible through the grid of the trap's iron bars, the moon and the sun have been taken prisoner. Lying on the floor, the sun's rays seep under the bars, almost as if liquefied by boredom. The moon, presented as a crescent and resembling a curved scythe blade, climbs onto the sun in an attempt to escape from the top of the trap.

Gianni Ruffi

Born in Pistoia in 1938, Gianni Ruffi lives and works in Serravalle Pistoiese. Among his many recent exhibitions we recall here: Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia (1994, one-man); Pop Art e Oggetto, Artisti italiani degli anni sessanta, Palazzo Crepadona, Belluno and Galleria Civica, Cortina d'Ampezzo (1996); Percorsi Paralleli, Palazzo Pitti,  Florence (1996); Pelagica, una mostra sul mare, La Corte, Florence (1997); Luxo, Pop & Cool, museu do Design, Lisbon (1999); Arte Pop in Italia, Galleria d'arte Piccoli, Parma (1999); 4 da Pistoia 1 da New York, Comune di Agliana (2001); Continuità - arte in Toscana 1945/1967, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2001); Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (2002); Galleria Open Art, Prato (2003); Sonde - dieci anni con gli artisti a Palazzo Fabroni, Pistoia (2004); Pop e dintorni - arte in Italia negli anni sessanta, Galleria Arte  e Arte, Bologna (2004); Ipermercati  dell'arte, S. Maria della Scala, Siena (2004), La scuola di Pistoia, Museo di Arte Contemporanea, Monsumano Terme, Pistoia (2005), Pop Art Italia, Palazzo Santa Margherita and Palazzo dei Giardini, Modena (2005); Galeria Civica de Modena, Modena (2005); Galleria Arte e Arte, Bologna (2006); Chiesa del Suffragio, Carrara (2006); Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris (2007); Galleria Peccolo, Livorno (2009); Galleria Arte e Arte, Bologna (2009).

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