401contemporary is proud to present A CHE COSA RITORNARE, the first solo exhibition of paintings by Manuele Cerutti at the gallery's spaces at Potsdamer Strasse. A select grouping of Cerutti's work was also part of SOUS SUR FACE (January 2011), the exhibition that celebrated the establishment of 401contemporary in one of Berlin's most spirited artistic centers.
Cerutti's work predominantly deals with the search of man for meaning in life, which is often impregnated with intense hope constructed around the promise of 'progress'. More often than not, man loses himself in this quest as he anxiously eyes only the limited and limiting framework of the future. Instead of blindly trusting what is to come, man would greatly benefit from a connection to the origins, to a time before human existence, to primordial matter.
This reference appears over and over again in Cerutti's Šuvre - in his depiction of stones, wood, water and fire, and in a wider sense the 'objets trouvés' that he, the 'flà¢neur', collects on his many walks in the mountains and around the city and in his portraiture, the second focus of the artist.
MANUELE CERUTTI (*1976, Italy) has participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and was awarded several grants, including the Illy Prize (Artissima/Turin, Present Futuro) in 2004. In 2011 the artist had a solo exhibition at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin. His works are represented in private collections in Europe and America. - The artist lives and works in Turin (Italy).