Massimo Kauffmann

Studio Guenzani

This show had one strange characteristic: the works exhibited by the artist were treated as visual metaphors, and those metaphors were charged with negativity. Massimo Kauffmann had various artisans (a leatherworker, a dressmaker, a shoemaker) create a series of perfectly finished leather mannequins with a sumptuous air. He designed the chests of those anthropomorphic structures to be shaped like purses that could be opened, each with a handle. In the cavities, he placed a large number of metal weights. He has used metal weights in his earlier pieces to convey the idea of measurement and proportion. However, here they were used to signify what is weighty, in the broadest symbolic sense, what is burdensome and brings suffering. Thus these personages were burdened with a weight that is part of their very nature, that gives them substance and in a certain sense defines them.

The mannequins,

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