closed Franco Rasma - Mehr Licht

Curated by: Federico Piccari

The show

Fondazione 107 is proud to present "Mehr Licht !", a solo exhibition by  Franco Rasma (Borgomanero, CN, 1943), a unique voice in the contemporary Italian scene. A tribute focused on both the pictorial (cultured, visionary) and sculptural (visceral, post-industrial) productions of the Maestro, and presented through a display that refers to the exhibits of anthropology museums.

On March 22, 1832, shortly before his death, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's last words on his deathbed were "Mehr Licht!", "More light!". Although in all likelihood the great man of letters was asking for the window to be opened wide, the intellectual community debated at length about that exclamation, considered symbolic and prophetic. And from the eighties Mehr Licht! is the only title for the exhibitions dedicated to Rasma: the manifesto of an obsession, a dense short circuit of ghosts in which only the repeated repetition can placate the soul of the artist. Get lost to find yourself and again get lost, a 360-degree circle already set up for the return to the starting point.

Mehr Licht! More light, yes, because Rasma's paintings materialize in front of the viewer through elusive elements, light and shadow divide up the space of the support of the table, giving life to impalpable images and atmospheres, close to the evanescent memory of the dream. Worlds that border on the real and originate from distant universes, synthesized in minimal representations that provide for the exclusive use of the two colors of shadows, white light, in fact.

Tanto Rasma is as dry in painting as it is visceral in sculpture, characterized by the recurrence of cement: a heavy material, which does not reflect light but incorporates it, attracting it towards itself. Thus the heads sculpted by the artist present forms of houses on the external surfaces, or of towering flowers resembling candelabras that illuminate the dark, or even branches and scissors, a barrier that removes the viewer by recalling the image of a cage from which it is possible to escape. It is, after all, the existential condition of the artist himself, with whom he lives by seeking and accepting a fragile balance, ready to shatter at any moment but open to the possibilities of regeneration offered by art.

In Rasma practices of circularity and repetition (which we find in the repetition, over the years, the paintings made years earlier) represent a perpetual litany, recited in the company of met ghosts in the path of life: they are the ones to help him to live and overcome fears and insecurities , striking an imaginary rosary together.

An oneiric, almost metaphysical attitude guides the entire research of the artist. In the paintings, the scales that never lead to safe places, but to doors dominated by the dark and difficult to cross are proof of this. Trees blown by the wind that deform into unusual silhouettes, sometimes human. Cats and dogs that split in the center of the scene, with tails that outline the symbol of infinity. Hieratic or propitiatory figures? While waiting for a plausible answer, Rasma resumes the image of the father, whose profile is leitmotif in the whole career, a point of balance in which the artist finds his pictorial research satisfied.

What we have tried to tell you is the secret world of Franco Rasma: of an intact and unique artist, of a man who spends his days waiting for certainties.

Works on display

Timetable and tickets


Via Andrea Sansovino, 234
10151 Torino


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