Otto Zitko


In an Otto Zitko exhibition, one usually expects a wall drawing that covers the entire interior of the space, and this is precisely what occurred here (with Untitled, 2009) in the artist’s first solo show in Italy. Yet this time there was also something else that made the show even more interesting. In a room separate from the wall intervention (except for traces high up and on the ceiling), the artist exhibited a portfolio of ten lithographs titled Pythia, from 2008. Nine of the lithographs present tangles of marks; one is a female portrait. According to the ancient Greeks, Pythia sat on a tripod above a chasm in the earth from which intoxicating vapors issued forth, sending her into ecstasy and allowing her to predict the future. Her presence in the exhibition sends us back to the completely this-worldly ecstasy that the artist offers to the viewer, allowing him or her to enter into the

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