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An Artwork for Celle
2001 - cast iron, stainless steel

Inside a small room on the second floor of the fattoria, the artist installed a work which places a heart, literally, at the center of the installation. Cast in iron, the organ is life-size and is held up in the center of the room by the points of four shiny stainless steel lances that seem to emerge from the side walls, ceiling and floor. This room is the only one in the corridor where the artist has asked to remove the shutters so that his work can be in dialogue with the outside space. Thus, the heart is perfectly framed by the window, and is set against the background of the Tuscan landscape.

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) (www.labiennaledicarrara.it). 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" (www.municipio.re.it).

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