Dario Passi “PITTURA DI SEGNI / SEGNI DI PITTURA” at Nomas Foundation, Rome

Dario Passi, Struttura n. 5
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Dario Passi’s exhibition PITTURA DI SEGNI / SEGNI DI PITTURA opens this evening at Nomas Foundation. The exhibition includes a series of large canvases and small papers from the artist’s recent production. His research highlights the variety of signs appearing in his oeuvre, expanding throughout space, on surfaces and floors.

After having abandoned architectural drawing and the architect’s academic constraints, Passi began investigating on the direct and self-reliant value of the sign. His practice intended to reveal a new way of expression beyond figuration and abstraction re-connecting with Cy Twombly and Gastone Novelli’s area of poetic abstraction and sign. His gesture is a symbol of freedom conditioned only by the relationship he engages between thought, image and word.

Partially chaotic yet geometrically well-defined, shapes, lines and tangles are firmly grounded to the two-dimensional canvas or  sheet, but are also bound to the research of a beloved three-dimensionality. Aiming to free themselves from any type of structure, the works float on surfaces, not stiffened by frames or supports. The canvases are fixed directly on the walls or simply placed on the floor, in order to recreate the situation in which they have been generated in the studio.

His great experience as an architect enables him to formulate a new language necessary not for designing real buildings but for evoking a whole new universe. Once the necessity of urban constructing has been eliminated, Passi explores the human mystery, always manifested by a repetition of signs. The visible world is replaced by visionary forms whose reiteration creates a new language.

The large works on canvas, on velvet, on felt or on paper are eleven in total, while the framed or unframed papers are seven, displayed together with a double series of small drawings, each including sixty sheets.

The exhibition is enriched by a video showing the artist at work. A small catalogue devoted to Dario Passi with an introduction by Raffaella Frascarelli, and with essays by Maria Grazia Tolomeo, Ilaria Gianni, Teresa Macrì and Tiziana Musi, including the artist’s comment and a text dedicated to him by Giorgio Muratore will be presented.

Dario Passi’s works are part of the permanent collections of Centre Pompidou (Paris), Deutsches Architekturmuseum (Frankfurt), Frac Center-Val de Loire (Orléans), Macro (Rome) and they are included in several private collections.


Dario Passi, Bianco India
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Dario Passi, Zeitgeist, 2005
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Dario Passi, Paesaggio Aperto, 2016
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Dario Passi
curated by Maria Grazia Tolomeo
1 February – 13 April 2018
Opening 31 January 2018, 6pm

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