Marco Bagnoli

Florence Biennale

The title of this latest installation by Marco Bagnoli, L’anello mancante alla catena che non c’è (The missing link in the chain that isn’t there, 1989), can easily seem like a veritable declaration of poetics. It can also provide the interpretive key to the entire installation, which occupied (or better, interpreted) the powerful, severe space within this wing of a Florentine fortress. The “chain” is perhaps that logical, positivist, evolutionist one that has separated scientific knowledge and esthetic experience, removing them from a single organic philosophical system. And the “link” is perhaps the attempt to reconstitute that lost unity in both symbolical and allegorical form. Thus the forms, elements, and materials that functioned here were linked one to another by immediate symbolic connections and unexpected symmetries.

Bagnoli subjected every visual certainty to the filter of doubt.

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