Gianni Politi – Tra queste sale (Malandrino)

On October 11th, 2014, Gianni Politi‘s new exhibit Tra queste sale (Malandrino) will open at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna of Rome on the occasion of the 10th Day of Contemporary Art.

Gianni Politi (1986) is a Roman artist who has chosen painting as his main medium. After having experimented with the act of painting as a moment of reflection on his childhood, his research has shifted towards a wider interpretation of the practice, with a series of small, medium and large works on canvas-backed paper. These abstract paintings, based on process, are a series of mental narrative landscapes developed over by-products of earlier works. The studio, its disorder and the remnants of everyday activity enter the perimeter of the canvas, becoming finished work.

The Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna of Rome, a temple of art history and a place of great inspiration for artists of all generations, represents a situation of challenge and growth for an artist who is 27 years old, and has decided to come to grips with a classic genre like that of painting. Opening the rooms on 19th-century painting to the works of an emerging talent, in turn, becomes an act of courage on the part of the directors of a place dense with history and memories.

To put the research of Gianni Politi into better focus, however, it is necessary to understand the tradition and to establish a dialogue with it; in his projects we find constant interaction with the classic currents of international painting, though his art is also deeply connected to the world of emotions and a clearly contemporary aesthetic.

From the interest in painting tout court, today his work also explores other less conventional forms of representation, as in this series of canvas-backed paper works belonging to the most recent cycle, and the sculptures produced for this occasion. The set of painted papers mounted on canvas, reordered in an attempt to create an inner imaginary, is simply the temporal manifestation of his artistic practice. In the process of creation this time is inevitably transformed into space, and what was formerly a leftover now returns to the status of a work.

Politi’s intervention is concentrated in some of the most important rooms of the museum (10-09-08-06-05-04), where his painting enters into relation with art from 1800 to 1885, including works on themes of mythology, history and reality. To make this immediate face-off between different types of painting possible, the GNAM has permitted Politi’s paintings to take the place of a number of works presently out on loan or being restored.

Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna – Viale delle Belle Arti 131 – 00196 Rome
Opening Saturday 11 October 2014, 11.00am Until 15 February 2015