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Gianni Dessì

MACRO - Museo D'Arte Contemporanea Roma

For Gianni Dessì, painting “is not a dead language that consoles and comforts, but one that requires the repositioning of the viewer.” And in this exhibition, an overview of his work from 1980 to the present, the artist allowed us to remain in the eye of the storm, a place of quiet, surrounded by the dance of material and color, which reveal themselves with explosive energy. Rule and disorder coexist in these works. Dessì seems to confront chaos without anxiety, but also without the illusion of controlling it; on the contrary, as he has stated, he relies on painting itself as a vantage point in the face of chaos in order “to take it on, to contemplate it.”

From the beginning, Dessì has been unafraid of excess, indiscriminately appropriating heterogeneous materials—among them wax, rubber, silicone, and iron—to assert a pulsating physical vitality. The center remains his constant point of

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