Vincenzo Agnetti

Galleria Lia Rumma

“There is just one obligation: logic. Logic commits suicide through coherence.” This is a statement by Vincenzo Agnetti, a concise, explosive declaration of poetics that might have been the ideal commentary to accompany this show. Since his death in 1981, Agnetti’s name has continued to reverberate as one of the most interesting in the circles of Italian conceptual art.

The exhibition consisted of some significant pieces created between 1967 and 1973, such as Il libro dimenticato a memoria (Book forgotten by heart, 1968), Tempo-azione (Time action, 1972), La macchina drogata (Drugged machine, 1967), and Principia (Principles, 1967). Agnetti’s voice echoed everywhere. In In allegato vi trasmetto un audiotape della durata di 30 minuti (Enclosed I send you an audiotape lasting 30 minutes, 1973) the artist recites a simple numerical sequence as if it were a radio play: the inflections and speed

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