In celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the Gori Collection's opening to the public, it is impossible to leave out a new work by Robert Morris.
In his previous five site-specific works created for the collection between 1982 and 2000, Robert Morris demonstrated that Celle is a fertile ground for his experimentation. Therefore, it did not surprise Giuliano Gori when, in 2011, Morris proposed a new creation, this time designed for a space next to the Villa. The work consists of an enormous figure three meters tall, resembling in every way a primordial goddess of fertility, like the celebrated Venus of Lespugue. In many of his writings, the artist has often emphasized his attraction to the most ancient expressions of art, citing the cave paintings of primitive peoples. For Morris, art is the singular channel of creativity and expression uninterrupted by time or space.
Robert Morris was born in Kansas City in 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).
Robert Morris. Venus The inauguration, on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the Gori Collection to the public, of Robert Morris’s new permanent work, installed near the Villa.