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Enzo Cucchi

Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci

In the catalogue essay for this exhibition, Amnon Barzel suggests a comparison between Enzo Cucchi and halo Calvino. It is certainly not the central point of his text, nor the only interpretive route to be taken, and yet this comparison can become a key to the entire show, particularly if one bolsters Barzel’s intuition with a reading of Calvino’s posthumously published Lezioni americane. Sei proposte per il prossimo millennio (American lessons. Six memos for the next millenium, 1988). In one lecture particularly, which is presented as an homage to the concept of lightness in art, Calvino discusses Lucretius’ De rerum natura, calling it “the first great work in which consciousness of the world turns into the dissolution of the world’s solidity.” Cucchi, too, knows Lucretius, writing of him, “I have the feeling that he resides within things: when he speaks of a stone, he resides within the

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