Enzo Cucchi, Mirare (Aiming), 2016, bronze, steel cable, 20 7/8 × 10 1/4 × 7 1/2".

Enzo Cucchi


Enzo Cucchi, Mirare (Aiming), 2016, bronze, steel cable, 20 7/8 × 10 1/4 × 7 1/2".

Despite his long involvement in the painting-oriented movement Transavanguardia, Enzo Cucchi has recently focused on sculpture and drawing (for which he has always shown a predilection), using painting primarily as commentary on these two other mediums. This recent show at ZERO confirmed this preference; the most extraordinary works were three sculptures—housed within the gallery’s interior spaces and outside the entrance—and it does not seem an exaggeration to say “extraordinary,” as Cucchi’s poetic inspiration never fails to surprise.

When entering the courtyard space, viewers saw a bronze disk, installed very high up on the corner wall next to the entrance, with a hole at the center; exiting, they saw, instead, a monkey-like face, its mouth agape, its paws on its ears. This figure borders on the comic-grotesque described by Mikhail Bakhtin (Cucchi is clearly designating

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