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closed ARCHANGEL. My hands touch the ground

Curated by: Emma Zanella

The show

From 24 November 2019 to 19 January 2020, the MA * GA in Gallarate (VA) and Milan Malpensa Airport will host the staff of Arcangelo (Avellino, 1956), a protagonist of the Italian and international art scene since the second half of the eighties, entitled "My hands touch the earth".
The exhibition, curated by Emma Zanella , director of the MA * GA, traces the most significant stages in the career of the Campania author, marked by a succession of thematic cycles which, despite their autonomous genesis and development, are part of a well recognizable creative universe.
On Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November 2019, Arcangelo will work at MA * GA, in close contact with the public who will thus have the opportunity to observe the artist create a work, which will subsequently be presented inside the museum.

“My hands touch the earth, says the title of the exhibition - says Emma Zanella: Which land? His land first of all, that of Archangel; a land that is inside every molecule of his body, a land that demands return, that acts through desire and memory, that generates dreams and images and symbols and colors, that generates his powerful works. But also the land of each of us, the land as a desire for concreteness, truth, perfume and authenticity of feelings, sensations, even emotions. Arcangelo through great pictorial cycles tells of all this: of the sacredness of life, of people, of souls, of faces, of current and ancestral stories at the same time ”.
"He tells about himself - continues Emma Zanella, about his childhood, his people, his land; but also about other lands, near or far, lived or imagined that enter his poetic and expressive universe and stratify it, deepen it, they even model ”.

The exhibition path at MA * GA begins with the "Terra mia" cycle of the eighties, the dazzling beginning of a then young artist who, while confirming his interest in the return to painting, immediately emerged from the formal nomadism of the Transavantgarde and from its often superficial repechage of languages, iconographies, traditions.
This is followed by other cycles such as the "Planets", the "Mysteries", the "Persian carpets" up to the last great compositions born from the suggestion and contamination with African lands.
In the Vip Lounges of Malpensa Airport, Terminal 1 , from 16 December 2019 to 10 March 2020 Arcangelo stages the deep desire for travel that has marked and continues to mark his creative path, continually solicited by ancient cultures, by sacred traditions and profane, from people who bring passion, sentiment, memories, narrative tensions.
The exhibition is organized in stages that lead the passenger into the heart of Arcangelo's poetics, where each pictorial cycle - in the Respighi Vip Lounge, the Kenya Masai cycle, 2008-09; in Sala Pergolesi, Beirut , 2011; in Sala Monteverdi, Segou , 2009-19; in the Visconti Room, Sanniti , 2006; in the Sala Montale, Irpinia flowers and crocus flowers , 2017-2019 -, represents the stratification of a “journey”, dedicated to a feeling, a vision, a land already touched or still to be experienced. The land for the artist is an essential point of reference to go elsewhere, and experience the suggestions and archetypes of places.

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