Antonio Battaglia Gallery in collaboration with Enzo Spadon opens with pleasure the personal exhibition of Gianni Madella (Mantova, 1931). The title of the exhibition The emblematic image is taken from the catalogue’s text by Claudio Cerritelli. This text outlines all Madella’s pictorial poetry and the artist’s work with the historic Galleria Morone 6. Twenty years have gone since Enzo Spadon presented again a number of ‘nonvalidated’ artists he had followed through the years. Among these Gianni Madella played both a singular and a hardly decodable role within his generation context. […] Besides, Madella has always been out of his generation debates. He’s been ironic and negative to stylistic commitments, he’s been far from artistic consensus, but interested into asking the identity of work like elusive image, like a structure able to hide secret discoveries. Madella’s work can undoubtedly be considered a research about what can’t be easily found. His work is about questioning on the ways the matter takes form through a process from present towards the past. It is consequently a change of direction able to avoid the validation of theoretical categories in order to affirm the unshakeable autonomy of his pictorial feeling. Madella doesn’t work within the certainty of the image but explores its endless appearing that gives births to itself and takes form. He is attracted by the presence of forms and colours, simulacra of thoughts that come before every codified story. (Claudio Cerritelli, The emblematic image. About Gianni Madella’s painting, 2019).
A selection of artworks from the 1970s, the Thrones, the Screens, the Masks is exhibited. Black dome (1970) has the shape of a dark toned dome with marks of lights and colours. The dome stands out on a clear background, where abstraction and figuration coexist in the same pictorial surface forming a mysterious image. This is a peculiar aspect of the artist who takes suggestions from ancient to contemporary art to trace marks, shapes and colours of pure and vibrant matter. All these elements make up new, surreal, abstract, indecipherable and timeless worlds where the viewer can find himself. This exhibition is an opportunity to rediscover the artwork of Gianni Madella, a silent artist, after a long exhibition pause that he decided to take and also due to an ideological artistic contrast that cost him a solitary way beyond any possible labels given by critics and market.