Collezione Maramotti presents Enoc Perez, Brigitte Schindler, Carlo Mollino: “Mollino/Insides” | 4 October 2020 – 16 May 2021

Enoc Perez, Brigitte Schindler, Carlo Mollino: Mollino/Insides

4 October 2020 – 16 May 2021

Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy

From top to bottom right: Carlo Mollino, “Untitled”, 1962-73. Courtesy of Collezione Maramotti; Enoc Perez, “Giovanni Francesco Napione 2 strett”, 2018; Brigitte Schindler, “Japanese ceremony”, 2019

Drawing inspiration from the Fotografia Europea 2020 theme “Fantasies: Narratives, Rules, Inventions,” Collezione Maramotti, in collaboration with Museo Casa Mollino, is presenting Mollino/Insides, an exhibition that brings together paintings by Enoc Perez and photographs by Brigitte Schindler and Carlo Mollino. The show will begin with glimpses of Mollino’s last, mysterious residence in Via Napione, Turin – now a museum – as transformed by Perez’s brush and Schindler’s lens, and end with Mollino’s own photographs of models, which blur into the enigmatic essence of the imaginary they inhabit. Since the late 1990s, NYC-based Puerto Rican artist Enoc Perez has been investigating iconic buildings of the twentieth century and the role they have taken on in the popular imagination, as social metaphors of fascination and beauty. But at the same time, what seems to float up out of his paint is the ghostly substance of images: symbols that time has transfigured and transported into a vaguer, even dream-like dimension. Collezione Maramotti already holds several works by this artist, including a diptych of Casa Malaparte made for a temporary exhibition in 2008 and now on permanent display. In September 2019, Perez visited Casa Museo Mollino and took pictures of its interiors, using them as the basis for several new large-scale paintings made specifically for this exhibition.

The same flat has served as inspiration for Brigitte Schindler, whose photographic adventure of the past three years has yielded evocative images and startling visions of its interiors, full of significant details. Schindler’s photographs – exhibited here for the first time – capture the suspended mystery of these spaces, the subtle connections between the objects that Mollino carefully chose and arranged. Through a sophisticated balance of mirrors, reflections, metamorphoses and revelations, her visions lead the careful observer along an aesthetic and conceptual path to discover the complex world of Carlo Mollino, a multifaceted twentieth-century figure famous for his work in architecture, photography, design, and more.

Mollino (1905-1973) practiced photography throughout his life, starting in childhood. In his hands it became a tool for creating a different, alternative reality. The female body was a recurring theme from his earliest portraits, inspired by Surrealism, to his Polaroids of nudes from the 1960s. Mollino chose and prepared the settings, objects, clothing, and accessories with scrupulous care, placing his models in a unique, meticulously designed space that exalts their beauty and underscores the iconography. With a visionary, experimental gaze, he composed sophisticated, complex images that are the female counterpart to his existence, an “army of butterflies” meant to complete him and accompany him even into the next world.

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Sono Avvocato Giuslavorista con 10 anni di esperienza nei più affermati studi legali Milanesi a cui è seguita una lunga esperienza in Confindustria in cui ho potuto sviluppare le mie capacità relazionali ed empatiche nelle relazioni industriali e istituzionali.

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