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Mario Nigro

Palazzo Municipale/Centro Espositivo della Rocca Paolina

Since the retrospective of his work in Milan in 1994, greater interest has been focused on the work of Mario Nigro, who began making abstract paintings in 1953 and later became active in the arte concrete movement. This recent exhibition, which was installed in two separate venues, was predominately focused on his “Tempo Totale” (Total time) pieces, which he executed between 1965 and 1975.

Any investigation of an earlier, important series by Nigro entitled “Spazio Totale” (Total space, 1953–55), which marked a preoccupation with spatial issues, almost inevitably leads one to an investigation of “Tempo Totale,” in which grids create a feeling of space by juxtaposing “alternating and opposing” or “simultaneous and displaced progressions”—to use Nigro’s own words—creating a rhythm evocative of temporal shifts. In these pieces the surface of the canvas has been divided into a succession of

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