“First we invent the reality, afterwards we create it.” Maurizio Mochetti
On Friday 11th March at 6.30 p.m. the Maurizio Mochetti’s solo exhibition entitled “Divertissement” will open at the OREDARIA gallery (Via Reggio Emilia 24, Rome). The exhibition will be thought like an artist’s amusement organized as a light and playful composition without any will of setting up a retrospective. Kinetic objects, light, dynamism, electromagnetic energies and laser will be the creative material that Mochetti will use to deal with the gallery space. He will consider the gallery as a “place” without limits, a vibrant and intangible space.
The Mochetti’s artistic language is an outcome of a process where the Art is made by the idea rather than the physical act. The artwork inevitably comes from an idea. The strong use of technology in his artistic research is not a sort of technology glorification itself, but rather a new way whereby the creativity can take place. The Mochetti’s works handle all the dimensions, all the senses within an atmosphere of both speed and immobility at the same time.
The gallery space will be characterized by his research in constant evolution where rocket launching ramps, spheres, racing cars, laser light and camouflage will be shown along with the preparatory drawings thereby they will enable the viewers to understand the artist’s pursuit. In this way the project moment and the conceptualism will be underlined. Some old projects hitherto never made will be turned into artworks for the first time whereas others will be rethought under new points of view.
Mochetti will highlight his need for merging and mixing up space and time, past and future. As Germano Celant has written, Mochetti “[...] makes his way of doing art like a synonymous of research, a potential place that necessarily turns into shape of things or energetic elements although it never stops: art like perpetual movement.”
Maurizio Mochetti was born in 1940 in Rome where he lives and works. In 1968 he took part in his first solo show in Rome at the famous Galleria “La Salita”. In 1969 Mochetti won the Pino Pascali Prize in Polignano a Mare (Italy) and, the same year, he won the sculpture prize at the VI Paris Biennale. He took part in the Venice Biennale in 1970, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1988 and 1997.
In 1976 he showed his works in the Biennale of Sydney and in 1991 he took part in the International Biennale of Nagoya (Japan). In 1993 Mochetti took part in the group exhibitions: “Three Artistic Generations in Contemporary Italy” at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and, five years later, he represented the Italy at the XXIV Sao Paulo Art Biennial (Brazil). In 1997 he installed the work “Arco laser” (Laser Arch) in the Sculpture Park of Villa Glori (Rome). In 2000 a solo show of his works entitled “ Elica Infinita” was organized in the beautiful spaces of the Centro Cultural Conde Duque in Madrid.
A selection of his group exhibitions includes: Vitalità del negativo nell’arte italiana: 1960/70 (Rome, 1970): Linee della ricerca artistica in Italia: 1960/1980 (Rome, 1981); Arte italiana 1960-’82 (London, 1982); La otra escultura (Madrid, 1990): Roma anni ‘60 (Rome,1990), The Italian Metamorphosis (New York, 1994); Arte italiana: ultimi quarant’anni (Bologna, 1997); Minimalia. Da Giacomo Balla a.... (Venice, 1997 - Rome, 1998). In 2003 two important retrospectives concerning his works took place: the first at the Palazzo Ducale of Sassuolo (Italy) and the second one, the subsequent year, at the Leonardo da Vinci airport (Rome) entitled “229.792,458 km/sec”. In 2009 a solo exhibition of his works was organized at the Palazzo Collicola in Spoleto (Italy) and, during the same year, he won the international competition “2per100” for a site-specific installation at the new MAXXI Museum in Rome.