Lorenzo Vitturi participates with his own works to VIAVAI, the cultural project shown in the now empty storefronts on via della Spiga.
VIA Visiting Installation Art is a cultural project encouraging rebirth and recovery, conceived by entrepreneur Lorenzo Lombardi and photographer Valentina Angeloni. The project has been realized with the collaboration of store owners on Via della Spiga. The idea is to use the storefronts now empty due to the pandemic as exhibition spaces for art works and installations, so to transform the void into an opportunity for creativity while also communicating a message of artistic vitality.
The Viavài exhibition is kindly hosted and produced by the owners of the stores located on the final stretch of Via della Spiga, between Via Borgospesso and Via Manzoni. The owners of these spaces share the common desire to see a new cultural revival in the neighborhood while waiting for the “coming and going” of passers-by, both Italian and international, which once animated the street and its surroundings, to resume.
Transforming the road into an extended exhibition space, Viavài is a fluid exhibition format, both because the artworks are displayed in different shop windows and because it is constantly evolving. The shops are able to join or leave the project depending on the availability of their spaces, and they can also integrate or replace the artistic interventions over time, in coordination with VIA’s curatorial proposals. Presenting a four-way conversation between Nathalie Du Pasquier, Gianluca Malgeri with Arina Endo, Lorenzo Vitturi and Regine Schumann, Viavài brings together works that are very different in style and materials, but are united by their intrinsic ability to relate to the spaces they are in, as well as by the frontal view, which is naturally imposed by a store window.
The Venetian artist Lorenzo Vitturi presents a selection of four textile sculptures, part of his latest monographic show Jugalbandi, presented in the fall at Gallery T293 in Rome. They are the result of a two years’ work with the artisans at the Jaipur Rugs Foundation in Rajasthan.
The sculptures represent abstract collages of different fragments, the inspiration sources found on site by the artist: colors and landscapes, and especially the shapes of the objects discovered in the weavers’ homes. In this large tapestry work, visually composed by the artist but made by the craftsmen, for the first time Vitturi entrusts manual production to third parties, but recovers it later by sewing himself Murano glass inserts in the tapestries. Sort of layering of personal stories, the sculptures also become the means for the artist to reconnect to his Venetian past, which he’s recently returned to, after many years in London. From Venice Vitturi draws elements in molten Murano glass and the traditional Cotisso pearls. The works Terra-Cotta, Patio, Door Mat, The Weaver are on display.