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Franco Mazzucchelli, Bieca Decorazione (Pure Banal Decoration), 2007, PVC, air, 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 5 7/8".

Franco Mazzucchelli

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Franco Mazzucchelli, Bieca Decorazione (Pure Banal Decoration), 2007, PVC, air, 39 3/8 x 39 3/8 x 5 7/8".

Air is the stuff breath is made of. It is also a prime element in the delightful sculptures and wall works of Franco Mazzucchelli, whose first solo exhibition in Germany, “Pneuma,” offers a snapshot of the Italian artist’s long career devoted to perceptively questioning our physical and financial interactions with sculpture and with the very nature of the art object.

Born in Milan in 1939, Mazzucchelli has been working with plastics, such as polyurethane, polyester resin, and inflatable PVC, since 1964, when he started to make sculptures using these synthetic materials. In the series “A. to A.,” 1964– (the title stands for “Art to Abandon”), he fills hefty tubular forms with air, places them in public spaces, and leaves them there. The sculptures become part of the surrounding environment in the way an official or sanctioned piece of public art would, but only for a brief time:

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