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View of “Ettore Spalletti,” 2019. Background: Dittico, oro 9 (Diptych, Gold 9), 2019. From left: Vado di sole (I Go For the Sun), 2018; Ma, sì, azzurro (But, Yes, Blue), 2018.

View of “Ettore Spalletti,” 2019. Background: Dittico, oro 9 (Diptych, Gold 9), 2019. From left: Vado di sole (I Go For the Sun), 2018; Ma, sì, azzurro (But, Yes, Blue), 2018.

Ettore Spalletti

Nouveau Musée National de Monaco | Villa Paloma

Ettore Spalletti’s exhibition at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco opened at the institution’s Villa Paloma space only a few months before the artist’s death this past October. As a consequence, the show, titled “Ombre d’azur, transparence” (Azure Shadow, Transparency), took on the significance of a spiritual testament—one both radical and poetic. Featuring some thirty paintings, sculptures, and works on paper made between 1981 and 2019, the presentation traced a path that unfolded according to sensory connections rather than to chronology. Paying homage to color and light, to clarity and purity, the exhibition conjured an experience of luminous, emotional immersion.

In the early 1970s, Spalletti developed his signature technique for creating his tactile and vibrant monochromes: He would apply a preparatory impasto of plaster and glue to various surfaces, then add successive layers of

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