Gilberto Zorio

Italian, b. 1944

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Gilberto Zorio

Italian, b. 1944

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Gilberto Zorio creates alchemical artworks that capture chemical processes, mechanical transformations, and energy exchanges while alluding to evolution and human existence. Zorio uses a specific visual lexicon of five-sided stars, javelins, and canoes, embracing them for their allusions to movement, energy, and transformation. Consistent with the principles of Arte Povera, he uses traditionally non-artistic materials like scaffolding, foam, and cowhides in his work. Zorio regularly incorporates lamps and incandescent tubes to display fluctuating energies through luminosity. He frequently suspends or balances objects using cantilevers to showcase slow reactions over time and to suggest an overall tension and fragility. The work Microfoni (Microphones) (1968) exemplifies Zorio’s preference for holistic, sensory experiences. The sculpture includes microphones suspended from the ceiling that allow viewers to broadcast themselves, employing sound (specifically vocal reverberations) as the artwork’s primary material.

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Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Biography

Gilberto Zorio creates alchemical artworks that capture chemical processes, mechanical transformations, and energy exchanges while alluding to evolution and human existence. Zorio uses a specific visual lexicon of five-sided stars, javelins, and canoes, embracing them for their allusions to movement, energy, and transformation. Consistent with the principles of Arte Povera, he uses traditionally non-artistic materials like scaffolding, foam, and cowhides in his work. Zorio regularly incorporates lamps and incandescent tubes to display fluctuating energies through luminosity. He frequently suspends or balances objects using cantilevers to showcase slow reactions over time and to suggest an overall tension and fragility. The work Microfoni (Microphones) (1968) exemplifies Zorio’s preference for holistic, sensory experiences. The sculpture includes microphones suspended from the ceiling that allow viewers to broadcast themselves, employing sound (specifically vocal reverberations) as the artwork’s primary material.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
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The Free-Spirited Amalfi Coast Weekend That Launched Arte Povera
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