This show of more than one hundred works, distributed over five venues in Florence and Prato, Italy, documented the extraordinarily multi-faceted interdisciplinary activity of Giuseppe Chiari. In the early 1960s, he was active in various fields, among them music, the visual arts, writing, and performance. The exhibition’s title, “PentaChiari,” in addition to referring to the five galleries involved, picks up on Chiari’s background in music with a nod to the five lines of the musical staff, overlooking that his intention as a composer was to completely dismantle any conventional approach to composition or to the execution of sound. As early as 1962, fascinated by jazz improvisation and the aleatory compositions of John Cage, he began composing scores made up of signs and words more than sequences of notes. This upending of methodology, coinciding with his early support for the
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