“It Rests by Changing”

Galleria Raffaella Cortese | Via Stradella 7

The title of this group show, conceived and curated by Simone Menegoi, comes from a fragment by the pre-Socratic philosopher Heracleitus: μεταβαλλον αναπα εται. We don’t know the original referent, but some people think it must have been “the world”; others, “the soul.” In this case, “it” connotes the structure of sculpture, the medium’s openness to infinite evolutions even in its apparently static material form. The four artists whose works were included—Rolf Julius, Jiří Kovanda, Roman Signer, and Franz Erhard Walther—all attempt to overcome the traditional idea of sculpture, reevaluating its relationship to factors such as time, movement, and action. The first work that viewers saw upon entering the gallery was Walther’s Stirnstück, Nr. 1, 1. Werksatz (Forehead, No. 1, First Series of Works), 1963, a rectangular cushion of bordeaux velvet, divided into segments to be hung on the wall.

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