Pietro Fortuna at MACRO Testaccio, Rome

Exhibition view: Pietro Fortuna, S.I.L.O.S, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2017

 

Three years after his previous solo show in Rome at the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, MACRO Testaccio is hosting Pietro Fortuna’s S.I.L.O.S, curated by Pietro Gaglianò.

This career overview of the artist – who lives between Rome and Brussels – offers an anthological interpretation of the key issues and approaches in his work. Rather than a chronological review, the exhibition is a vantage point that showcases how for Pietro Fortuna process and conception have always prevailed over outcome. The cycle of works on show – around thirty in all, created specially for this exhibition in 2017 under the title S.I.L.O.S – summarizes a sense of making as a practice and theoretical core; as a claim for autonomy and for the possibility (indeed the right) of art to be unproductive.

According to the artist, “Art is a prophecy, not a prediction.” Everything that happens around one of his works occurs without a project, that is to say without any feeling of expectation surrounding its future fulfilment or manifestation as a form in the process of becoming; his works are shorn of the finalism so characteristic of contemporary production, cultural or otherwise. Writing about Fortuna’s work in 1995, Rocco Ronchi noted that, “these forms of making owe the sense of quietude, perfection and uselessness they instil in the beholder to their surprising independence from time.”

Fortuna’s humanism is quite distinct from the individualism generated by the dialectics of question and necessary answer.  The rationale behind his approach may be found in the fact that his making coincides with time and space, as part of a ceremony that is closer to life and to how life is presented. Ronchi adds, “Here and elsewhere, his making is a gesture performed that asks nothing of time even as it leverages time.”

Exhibition view: Pietro Fortuna, S.I.L.O.S, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2017

 

Exhibition view: Pietro Fortuna, S.I.L.O.S, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2017

 

Exhibition view: Pietro Fortuna, S.I.L.O.S, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2017

 

Exhibition view: Pietro Fortuna, S.I.L.O.S, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2017

 

Exhibition view: Pietro Fortuna, S.I.L.O.S, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2017

 

Exhibition view: Pietro Fortuna, S.I.L.O.S, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2017

 

Exhibition view: Pietro Fortuna, S.I.L.O.S, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2017

 

Exhibition view: Pietro Fortuna, S.I.L.O.S, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2017

 

Exhibition view: Pietro Fortuna, S.I.L.O.S, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2017

 

Exhibition view: Pietro Fortuna, S.I.L.O.S, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2017

 

Exhibition view: Pietro Fortuna, S.I.L.O.S, MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2017

 

MACRO Testaccio – Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4 Rome, Italy
11 April – 7 June 2017