Gian Maria Tosatti, Italian Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale

23 Apr 2022 – 27 Nov 2022

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History of Night and Destiny of Comets
Commissioner of the Italian Pavilion Onofrio Cutaia
Curator Eugenio Viola
An artwork by Gian Maria Tosatti


History of Night and Destiny of Comets is the title of the exhibition project of the Italian Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia (23 April – 27 November 2022), promoted by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity – Ministry of Culture. Curated by Eugenio Viola, the exhibition presents the work of a single artist for the first time in the history of the Italian Pavilion: Gian Maria Tosatti. The curator chose a project that would act as a powerful statement of contemporaneity, capable of restoring a bold reading of the present and giving Italy a unique voice.

“Storia della Notte e Destino delle Comete [History of Night and Destiny of Comets] is an environmental installation by Gian Maria Tosatti that combines a variety of languages: from literary references to visual art, from theatre to performance. Consisting of a prologue and two acts, it confronts the difficult balance between man and nature, between the dreams and mistakes of the past and the prospects future.

The first part, History of Night, traces the rise and fall of the Italian industrial dream from the mid-sixties to the present day. One thinks of the vast warehouses between Ragusa and Cremona, the single paradoxically homogeneous panorama of a hypothetical journey into the Italian provinces that today reflects the frustration of a class worker at the end of their tether the line.

This scenario sets the stage for the epiphany of the last act, the Destiny of Comets, that is, of humanity which has crossed the earth in a rapid and luminous trajectory, without, finally, being guaranteed to inhabit this planet forever. Here, the imagination is overturned in a true visionary and cathartic epiphany.”

Eugenio Viola

Curator of the Italian Pavilion

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