Maurizio Nannucci

Galleria Fumagalli

Since his first appearance in a group show in 1964, Maurizio Nannucci has been investigating the relationship between word and vision. In 1967, he began using neon as a medium for his text-based work. Today Nannucci continues to explore the same territory, which is essentially that of the relationship between signifier and signified. This is what distinguishes his work from that of other pioneering Conceptualists like Joseph Kosuth, whose early work was more involved with the definition of the “thing,” or Bruce Nauman, whose art is often characterized by the emotional trace of the self.

In Nannucci’s recent exhibition “Neon Words,” the viewer encountered seven words in seven different colors and in large letters resembling signage on a building: SHOCK, LOOK, HEAR, EXPLORE, PERCEPTION, MIND, and VISION (the artist generally uses English). These isolated words are nevertheless tied by an idea

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