Eliseo Mattiacci

1940 · Italy

Artist biography

Eliseo Mattiacci was born in Cagli (PU) in 1940. He graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Pesaro in 1959.

In 1961 he took part in the first exhibition, a collective of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome dedicated to young artists, where he won the first prize with Uomo meccanica . In 1964 he moved to Rome and in 1967 he held his first personal exhibition at the gallery of the Tartaruga in Rome, where Mattiacci invaded the space with a 150-meter long nickel-plated, enameled nickel-plated jointed iron pipe, transported through the city streets from the artist along with a procession of people. Il Tubo was presented in the same year in several collective exhibitions including the Biennial of Young Artists in Paris and the exhibition Mattiacci - Pascali at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome.

In 1968 he exhibited in Rome inside and outside the L'Attico gallery works created with everyday objects and manipulated industrial materials that cause unusual tactile experiences and visually enhance the force of gravity, weight and magnetism, such as the Workable cylinders that are made available for public use, or the Bilico work created using poor materials, such as metal plates, stones and asphalt, which are compressed or subjected to continuous physical tension.

From the early seventies, Mattiacci's artistic research focused on action, communication, with a strong existential and anthropological interest. He realizes works that aim at the representation of the artist's body and the involvement of the public in the creative act itself, as on the occasion of the exhibition at the Kunstmuseum of Lucerne with Intensely Watching the Growth Process (1970) , a square of land where the grass grows around the outline of the artist; or the action at the Galleria Schema in Florence, entitled Replace with a Part of the Artist (1972); or still the installation Being - Breathing(1976) at the La Salita gallery in Rome, where the viewer is called to impress the word "be" on a lead plate. In 1972 the XXXVI Biennale di Venezia dedicated a personal room to him and in 1976 he won the Bolaffi prize.

Starting from the eighties, the work of Eliseo Mattiacci developed around the theme of energy in a cosmic perspective, materializing in what Bruno Corà defined "spatial works - cosmic - astronomical".

The Contemporary Art Pavilion in Milan dedicated the solo show to him in 1981 with Vito Acconci and in 1985 he created the installation La Torre dei filosofi in the Monteluro countryside (Pesaro). In 1988 he was invited again, with a personal room, to the LXIII Venice Biennale. The same year he created the permanent installation of the Sun for Mocenigo (Treviso) and the Galleria Civica of Modena dedicated an extensive anthological exhibition to him by Fabrizio D'Amico.

In 1989, in Cagli, his native town, Mattiacci chooses to set up the Pensieri spatiali exhibition in the spaces of the Martiniana Tower , collecting works by various artists (including Kounellis, Zorio, Paolini and Nagasawa) that will constitute the first nucleus of the permanent collection. of the Contemporary Sculpture Center, later inaugurated in 1997. In 1991, at the invitation of the International Art Meetings in Rome, he created two works for the Capodimonte Museum in Naples. In 1993 he held an anthology at the Prada MilanoArte space and in 1995 the Hakone Open Air Museum in Tokyo gave him a special prize for sculpture Where ideas circulate , while in 1996 he looked at Sculpture.wins the competition for the arrangement of the garden of the Museum of Montefalco (Perugia). In the same year he held an exhibition at the Museion - Museum of Modern Art in Bolzano and a large staff dedicated to him inaugurated the Center for Visual Arts in Pesaro in the former nineteenth-century fishmongers.

Among the personal exhibitions inaugurated in public spaces in the 2000s we mention: My idea of ​​the cosmos, edited by PG Castagnoli and C. Strinati, Mercati di Traiano, Rome (2001); Eliseo Mattiacci. Mummified culture , GAM Gallery of Modern Art, Turin (2005); Eliseo Mattiacci , edited by F. D'Amico and F. Bucci, MART - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Rovereto and Trento, Rovereto (2006); Convent Memorial. Eliseo Mattiacci. Seven bodies of energy in the forest, edited by L. Pratesi, Convent of the Servants of Mary, Monteciccardo (PG) (2012); Eliseo Mattiacci. Vertical Dynamics , edited by L. Pratesi, Pescheria Foundation - Visual Arts Center, Pesaro (2013);Eliseo Mattiacci. Sculpture materials and forms , CAMeC Museum - Modern and Contemporary Art Center, La Spezia (2014) and Eliseo Mattiacci , MART - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Rovereto (2016).

Eliseo Mattiacci

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