Enzo Cucchi

Paolo Curti / Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co.

After an absence of three years, Enzo Cucchi returned to Milan with an exhibition, “Prima neve” (First Snow), dominated by a single, large, plaster sculpture located in the first room of this modestly sized gallery. Il comandante della luce in perlustrazione (The Commander of Light on Patrol; all works 2004) recalls those vertical sculptures in Gothic cathedrals that were elongated to compensate for being viewed from below, and it greeted the visitor with a strongly ambiguous charge. The nude male figure alludes to the features of Christ—head bowed, long beard and hair, sunken eyes—and brings to mind the deposition from the cross. His arms cover his genitals and, even more incongruously, one of them, wrapped behind his back, gives the image an almost derisive appearance, allowing religious allusion to coexist with its parodic reversal. This mocked Christ is presented to us as a two-faced

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