Mauro Staccioli
biography

Mauro Staccioli was born in 1937 in Volterra, and earned a degree at the Art School in 1954. His beginnings as an artist are strictly linked to his teaching experience and his intellectual and political activism.

 

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biography

Mauro Staccioli was born in 1937 in Volterra, and earned a degree at the Art School in 1954. His beginnings as an artist are strictly linked to his teaching experience and his intellectual and political activism.

After an early stage in which he experimented with painting and engraving, at the end of the 60s he embraced sculpture, focusing on the relationship between art and society, and developing his original idea of a sculpture that is intrinsically related with the place - both in its physical and social connotations - in which and for which it was created. In 1972 Staccioli came to the idea of organizing a series of “sculptures-interventions” in the city of Volterra. The resulting exhibition, entitled Sculture in città, marked an artistic turning-point, making available to the urban space what had, until then, been confined to the closed spaces of galleries and museums. Staccioli researched, and produced, a "sign-sculpture" that originates from the close observation of a space, and interacts with it, emphasizing its peculiarities and altering its usual perception, thereby arousing questions and providing possible answers. He took part to the Venice Biennials of 1976 and 1978. In that year he created his famous Muro, a 8 meter-high concrete wall obstructing the view of the entrance to the Italian Pavilion - a critical, provocative statement. Right from his debut, the artist had developed a language characterized by an essential geometry and by the use of simple materials such as concrete and iron, which implicitly alluded to the use that was made of them for urban architecture in those years.

Since the 1980s Staccioli's work began to attract critical attention abroad. In those years, the artist's language lost the harshness and aggressiveness that were among his distinguishing features, and reflected the harshness and violence of the political climate. He came up with new sculptural forms, which led to new works that challenged the static balance, generating estrangement effects in the spectators.

In the 90s the artist carried on with his experiments on new forms - this time rings that underlined aspects of the landscape, or circles poised in an unstable balance, or spheres that appear, almost metaphysically, in the Orzieri plane in Sardinia (1995).
Staccioli is an associate member of the Belgian Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-arts and is a member of the Accademia Nazionale di San Luca.
He lives and works in Milan and Volterra.

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exhibitions

2016

Lissone (MB), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea

Roma, Galleria Marchetti

 

2014

Bruxelles, Château de Seneffe

 

2012

Firenze, Galleria Il Ponte

Parma, Galleria Niccoli

Roma, Associazione Mara Coccia

Milano, Arte Studio Invernizzi

 

2011

Catanzaro, Parco Archeologico di Scolacium e Marca

Milano, Progettoarte-elm

 

2010

Padova, Fioretto Arte Contemporanea

 

2007

Bruxelles, Galleria Artiscope

 

2006

La Jolla, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

Bergamo, Galleria Fumagalli

 

2004
Firenze, Galleria Il Ponte

 

2003

Los Angeles, Istituto Italiano di Cultura

La Louvière, Musée Ianchelevici

Padova, Galleria Fioretto

 

2002

Barcelona, Galeria Greca

Manresa, Fundaciò La Caixa Manresa

Egmond Aan Zee, Galerie Conny Van Kasteel

 

2001

Portonovo (AN), Parco Hotel Emilia

 

2000

Seoul, Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Los Angeles, Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Mogliano Veneto (TV), Il Brolo

Milano, A Arte Studio Invernizzi

Bruxelles, Istituto Italiano di Cultura

 

1999

Pergine Valsugana (TN), Castello di Pergine

 

1997

Roma, A.A.M. Architettura Arte Moderna

Pesaro, Centro per le Arti Visive

 

1996

Vignate (MI), Palazzo Municipale e sedi varie

San Giovanni Valdarno (AR), Casa Masaccio e Corso Italia 

München, Elisenstrasse

Bruxelles, Fondation Européenne pour la Sculpture, Parc Tournay-Solvay

Bruxelles, Galerie Artiscope

Roma, Museo Laboratorio Università La Sapienza

La Jolla, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

 

1995

Venezia, Galleria Traghetto

Genova, Galleria La Polena

Bolzano, Museion Museo d’Arte Moderna

Milano, A Arte Studio Invernizzi

Porto Frailis -Arbatax, Tortolì

 

1994
Seoul, Gallery Nine

 

1993

Lienz, Galleria Gaudenz Pedit

Ancona, Galleria Il Falconiere

 

1992

Milano, Fondazione Mudima

Milano, Galleria Erha

 

1991

Padova, Galleria Fioretto

Roma, Galleria Mara Coccia

 

1990

Seoul, Kwachon Museum of Contemporary Art

Santa Monica, Shoshana Wayne Gallery

 

1989

Siena, Università degli Studi, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia

Genova, Galleria La Polena

 

1987

Milano, Rotonda della Besana

Woodside, Djerassi Foundation

La Jolla, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

 

1986

Milano, Mercato del Sale

 

1984

Amherst, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University Gallery

San Diego, La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art

Como, Pantha Arte

 

1983

Milano, Mercato del Sale

Trieste, Studio Nadia Bassanese

 

1981

Milano, Studio Santandrea

Macerata, Pinacoteca comunale

Roma, Galleria Ferro di Cavallo

Omegna (VB), Galleria Spriano

Milano, Mercato del Sale

 

1980

Trieste, Scuola Caprin

Martina Franca (TA), Studio Carrieri

 

1978

Roma, Librogalleria Ferro di Cavallo

Bari, La Coop. Esperienze culturali

 

1977

Vigevano (PV), Castello Visconteo

Suzzara (MN), Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea

Milano, Studio Sant’Andrea

Milano, Studio Marconi

Milano, Galleria Bocchi

 

1976

Pavia, Galleria Fabbrica

 

1975

Lodi, Studio Il Gelso

Milano, Studio Santandrea

Milano, Galleria Bocchi

 

1974

Milano, Galleria di Porta Ticinese

Milano, Libreria Internazionale Einaudi, Piazzetta della Galleria Manzoni

 

1975

Parma, Galleria Bocchi

Lecco, Studio Stefanoni

 

1973

Milano, Studio Santandrea

 

1972 

Firenze, Studio Inquadrature 33

Milano, Galleria Toninelli

Volterra (PI), sedi varie

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