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Massimo Bartolini

°1962, Cecina (IT) – lives and works in Cecina (IT)

Massimo Bartolini is considered one of the most important Italian sculptors of his generation. He is internationally renowned for his immersive, experiential art. His work is extremely varied and includes widely differing media as sculpture, performance and photography. By raising a floor or twisting the space for example, he introduces the notion loss of control into his installations in a playful form.

His work is often talked about in terms of metamorphosis and experimentation. Bartolini makes art, which changes space and our experience of it and which acknowledges, in its finished form, the process by which it was made. His sensual work activates a shift of perspective and raises doubts about everything that seems fixed and unchanged. Bartolini also creates spaces that have tactile power by the specific use of light and often of sound too. Into the objective reality he poetically introduces a doorway to an ideal world where there is room for imagination, dreams, memories, passions and nostalgia.

Massimo Bartolini has had several solo exhibitions at international institutions, including S.M.A.K., Ghent; Museo Marino Marini, Florence; IKON Gallery, Birmingham; MAXXI, Rome; Museu Serralves, Porto; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; GAM, Turin; Magazzini d'arte Moderna, Rome; and Museum Abteiberg, Monchengladbach.

His work was also included in numerous group exhibitions, including Proportio at Palazzo Fortuny, Venice; I’ll Be There Forever: The Sense of the Classic at Palazzo Cusani, Milan; and MoMa PS1, New York. He also represented Italy in a group show at Venice Biennale in 2013, participated at the Shanghai Biennial in 2006 and at documenta (13), Kassel in 2012.

His work is also present in many public collections, such as Castello Di Rivoli, Turin; Museion, Bolzano; Here and Now Collection, The McManus, Dundee; Maxxi Arte Collections, Rome; Fundació La Caixa, Barcelona; and Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

Massimo Bartolini is represented by the following galleries;
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Massimo De Carlo, Milano / London

Frith Street Gallery, London

D’Amelio Gallery, New York