Prato, Italy

Paolo Canevari

Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci

In this exhibition curated by Germano Celant, Paolo Canevari’s works were presented without regard for chronology, instead reflecting the circularity of media and themes in his production over two decades. The materials he favors (tires from cars, bikes, tractors, and trucks), his chosen media (sculpture, video, drawing, performance), and the recurring subjects (the ferocity and stupidity of wars, the obtuse allure of weapons, forms of political and religious propaganda) allude persistently to human and environmental destruction and, at the same time, connote art’s capacity to become a tool of ethical responsibility within the contradictions of contemporary reality.

Beginning with his early manipulation of amorphous materials, as in Camere d’aria (Inner Tubes), 1991, for which the artist turned the work’s namesake materials into spiral columns, helmets, totems, and vases, Canevari’s work

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