Marcello Maloberti

Studio SALES di Norberto Ruggeri

Marcello Maloberti’s installations are veritable mise-en-scènes, meant to amplify specific emotions. References to theater are obvious; indeed, this Milan-based artist often casts his works the way a director casts a play, with gallery and museum spaces as his stages. This was also the case in the artist’s most recent performance piece in Rome. There were actors, a scene, and spectators. Access was limited to just a few people at a time, who were restricted to the area around the entrance to the large room. These artist-imposed restraints had a precise function: namely, to guarantee a certain distance between viewers and performance.

The capacious skylight in the principal gallery space illuminated a group of men and women of different ages, precisely arranged by the artist. There were about thirty-five people in all, tightly grouped one next to the other, creating a roundish knot from

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