Bizhan Bassiri

Galleria Pieroni

A lava stone suspended above our heads symbolically opens the exhibition. Symbolically, not only because it suggests a lump of undifferentiated matter from which the vertical black sculptures are wrought, but because, like destiny, it is a sword that hangs over us—the unpredictable fate upon which we all depend. The title, “Cervello” (Brain; all works 1990), supplies yet another layer of symbolic meaning. It refers to neither mind nor reason, but specifically to the physical organ and primary origin of every thought and sensation.

Bizhan Bassiri was born in Teheran, but has lived and worked in Italy for sixteen years. His work takes shape and spirit from the encounter between these two cultures—the memory of an epic tradition that reverberates in the titles of the works he calls Spada (Sword), Lama (Blade), Asta (Staff), or Passeggeri (Passengers)—and also from an investigation into the

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