Claudia Losi: works from the UniCredit Collection at the Marino Marini Museum
The first anthology dedicated to Claudia Losi with works by the UniCredit Collection
Supporting the young Italian art is a way to strengthen the Italian art system and make it internationally more competitive. UniCredit & Art, a project launched by the Group in 2004, supports the production of new works by Italian artists, promoting their creativity, and acquires works under a scientific committee, adding up to the historical and identity heritage of the Group, with special focus on contemporary languages.
In particular, Claudia Losi was supported by the Group with the acquisition of several works and the funding of research projects. Works by Claudia Losi from the UniCredit collection — the series of "Celacanti" (2006), embroideries and drawings reproduced on fabric upholstery, fantastic landscapes in which stylized profiles of these fossils swim under the eyes of male and female figures in different perspectives — were included in the exhibition, representative of the artist's research from 1995 to the present day, hosted by the Marino Marini Museum in Florence.
Claudia Losi's research often starts from an analysis of space, from the experience you get from walking through it, from the encounter with the natural elements or certain landscapes, from the relationship established with the communities that inhabit it, their history and traditions.
The show spans over six years, following the journey of a whale: Balenaproject — as the project is called — started in 2002 and grew through several encounters and collaborations. While travelling and crossing spaces, the artist cooperated with communities of women, potters, and video makers, to create a "sense of heritage," which now comprises the best part of the Balenaproject: eight documentaries, which describe the real trip of an imaginary object; Mukat (2008), 15 white ceramic items, which reproduce pieces of whale produced by the artist, in cooperation with Emilio Romano, specifically for the show in Florence, and a colourful carpet composed by over 300 small woollen whales, sewn by two communities of women in Guamote and Punguí, an area more than 4000 meters above sea level, in the province of Chimborazo, Ecuador.
From 2002 to the present day, Balenaproject has been travelling around the world to reach Ecuador, finding in each context a community of reference, which added a new piece to the general story. Until July 5, the whale's body — a symbol for the entire project — will remain in the cloister of the Marino Marini Museum, and will become the subject of a performance (date to be determined), designed by the Company Kinkaleri, and of an evening of readings, May 29, with memories and stories by Paulo Rumiz and by actress Roberta Biagiarelli.
After Florence, the next destination of Balenaproject will be the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham.
Open until July 5, 2008, the exhibition — presented by the Marino Marini Museum, by Osservatorio per le Arti Contemporanee Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze, and by the Pitti Discovery Foundation — is organized in cooperation with the Council for Public Education of the City of Florence, Gli Ori Editori, La Marrana Arteambientale, and with the support of Gruppo cooperativo Piacenza '74 Val d'Arda, Il Latini.