19.10.2015. Art & Culture
Closely linked to Naples ever since his first one-man show at the Lucio Amelio gallery in 1972, French artist Daniel Buren has just unveiled the second of two installations created to celebrate the Madre contemporary art gallery’s tenth anniversary this year. Entitled ‘Axer / Désaxer. Lavoro in situ, 2015, Madre, Napoli – #2’, the new work deploys mirrors framed by the artist’s trademark 87mm-wide stripes in vibrant shades of yellow and orange, which shift the visual axis of the museum’s entrance atrium in order to “create a mobile perceptive and cognitive space in which… inside and outside, the gallery and the community it serves, intermingle and become one”. It will remain on display until 4 July 2016. Buren’s previous installation for Madre, ‘Come un gioco di bambini’, covered here by the Sirenuse Journal, runs concurrently with the new work until 29 February 2016.
Also recently unveiled at Madre is ‘Desiderata (in media res)’, the first ever Italian retrospective of the work of British artist Mark Leckey, who won the prestigious Turner Prize in 2008. Leckey works in a variety of mediums, from video to sculpture, installation and performance art, mediating between high and low culture to raise questions of personal identity, authenticity, physical and virtual realities, the increasingly permeable border between humanity and technology. The exhibition will run until 18 January 2016; in the meantime, for anyone planning to visit, this profile published earlier this year in The Guardian provides some fascinating background on a man who was defining himself as an artist before he had made a single work.
Madre Napoli, Via Settembrini 79. Open Mon, Wed-Sat 10am-7.30pm, Sun 10am-8pm. Closed Tue.