On May 26, the Italian Cultural Institute of Bratislava inaugurated the first exhibition in Slovakia dedicated to the Italian artist Lucia Marcucci. The exhibition, held at the Žilina City Art Gallery, was organized by the Italian Cultural Institute of Bratislava and the “Centro d’Arte Spaziotempo” of Florence, with the collaboration of the aforementioned Gallery.
Lucia Marcucci (Florence, 1933) is one of the main exponents of the Gruppo 70, an artistic and literary movement that emerged in the 1960s. The purpose of Gruppo 70 was to reevaluate words at a time when the development of mass media was taking place.
Lucia Marcucci’s works are characterized by the combination of slogans from the media and images that determine a powerful evocative effect. Her approach rewrites reality through a social denunciation that ranges from the role of women, in sharp opposition to a patriarchal society, to the demand for freedom and peace, highlighting the contradictions of wars.
Marcucci has taken part in various international exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1972, 1978, 2009 and 2011) and the Rome Quadriennale (1986).
She also took part in exhibitions curated by leading names in the field of art such as Renato Barilli, Gillo Dorfles and Achille Bonito Oliva.
The Uffizi Gallery has acquired her “Self-portrait (Perfection)”, which was included in the Collection of Self-Portraits of the Uffizi. Other important museums host some of Marcucci’s work in their collections, including the MART Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Trento and Rovereto, the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, Imago Mundi, Luciano Benetton Collection in Treviso and the Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art in Prato.
For the Dior fashion house, Lucia Marcucci created the piece ‘Vetrata di poesia visiva’ (Visual Poetry Window), a large installation that transformed the environment of the prêt-à-porter show into a majestic stage with coloured images and lights, recalling the sacred dimension of the polychrome stained glass windows of Gothic cathedrals.
The contemporary windows, designed by Lucia Marcucci, were made up of modern pop images that were put into dialogue with masterpieces of art history , from Giotto to Piero della Francesca, from Georges de La Tour to Claude Monet, creating associations that put the artist at the centre of the debate on the new feminism and communication in the context of the digital revolution. Images of Marcucci’s works also appeared on the dresses worn by some of the models.
The exhibition in Žilina will be held from 26 May 26 to 2 July and is one of the most important initiatives of the 15th edition of the Dolce Vitaj Festival, the Italian festival in Slovakia that has been presenting cultural excellence, Made in Italy and the Italian lifestyle every year since 2007.
Another exhibition dedicated to Lucia Marcucci, entitled “The secrets of language”, will soon open in France, at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Nice.