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Antropocene - Mauro Pipani



On October, 13 it will open at Sala Santa Rita in Rome the fifth edition of Autunno Contemporaneo, a series of site specific installations that this year reflect on the anthropological dimension of the holy and sacredness opening fashinating spaces for reflection and debate in a very special year: the year of the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

Anthropocene is a project created by Mauro Pipani and curated by Raffaele Quattrone in collaboration with Lucia Biolchini. Anthropocene is a neologism created in the 80s by biologist Eugene Stoermer to indicate, scientifically speaking, the impact of human activity on the planet. However, it becomes public when in 2000 the Nobel Prize for chemistry Paul Crutzen used it to indicate how since the industrial revolution of the 18th century until today human behavior has been influencing the Earth's environment understood as the physical, chemical and biological set in which life takes place and evolves creating a new geological era. In other words Anthropocene is the era in which the human species "takes on the role of geo-historical power and man is able to alter the ecological cycles of all natural species putting into question existence and evolution." A revolution if we think about the historical relationship between the sacred and profane that is, between powerful and relatively free of power, that is related to the original myth of Prometheus, linked to the human condition and a free knowledge, freed from the constraints of the myth. Mauro Pipani has worked on this issue by showing a first installation curated by Annamaria Bernucci on the occasion of the last edition of Biennale del Disegno in Rimini. Anthropocene is a deep and intense theme that Pipani manages and makes slight, imperceptible, delicate. A delicacy and lightness, however, that is not synonymous with superficiality but transmits memories and narratives opening to the inner, spiritual, incorporeal world, a source of regenerations and transformations. Mental archeology as in the artworks of Doris Salcedo who despite having a social background are open to introspective trips. Meditative places as in the paintings by Sterling Ruby who although influenced by sociological implications as power struggles, vandalism and social demarcations lose their original meaning acquiring a structured, neat, minimalist strength. Tracks that take us back to the existing providing a new awareness. To try and maybe find a fixed point in a changing world.


Anthropocene has been set up at Museo della Città di Rimini Ala Nuova per il contemporaneo on the occasion of Biennale del Disegno (April, 23 – July, 10). The full version of the project showed for the first time at Sala Santa Rita will be exhibited in March 2017 at Palazzo Monte di Pieta in Forli.


Mauro Pipani (1953) lives and works in Cesena (Italy). He started his career in 1972 with the collective "La Comune" a group of young artists directed by Dario Fo. He has showed his artworks in many solo and group exhibitions with critical texts by Gian Ruggero Manzoni, Rosanna Ricci, Enzo Dallara, Erica Calvi, Maria Virginia Cardi, Marco Meneguzzo, Maria Rita Bentini, Alberto Zanchetta, Adriano Baccilieri, Edoardo Di Mauro Giancarlo Papi, Sabina Ghinassi, Claudio Spadoni, Marisa Zattini, Annamaria Bernucci, Raffaele Quattrone and Renato Barilli.


Autunno Contemporaneo is prometed by Assessorato alla Crescita culturale di Roma Capitale – Dipartimento Attività Culturali e Turismo, Ufficio Programmazione e Gestione Spazi Culturali in cooperation with Zètema Progetto Cultura. Edition 2016 includes the site specific installations: Antropocene by Mauro Pipani, curated by Raffaele Quattrone from 14 to 29 October, La bellezza e la ruggine by Alessio Deli, curated by Lorenzo Canova from 13 to 26 Novembre, La notte s'avvicina by Fabrizio Cicero curated by Lori Adragna from 2 to 17 December.


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