“Monuments of The Memory, The Golden Room”
Courtesy the Artist and Michela Negrini, [dip] contemporary art (CH) at Wat Prayurawongsawas Waraviharn
Paolo Canevari participates to the Bangkok art Biennale with a new work, conceived at the occasion of the Biennale, in collaboration with Michela Negrini [dip] contemporary art (CH) . The Biennale, is a very stimulating situation, as well as the venue for the installation. The temple is in itself a sacred place and inside it Paolo Canevari has created a white room, another sacred place, a sort of chapel in which are installed three works of great dimension that resemble - shape and size -to altarpieces. The three paintings are monochromes, completely covered in gold. Gold has symbolic importance in both Buddhist and Christian cultures. The concept of the works is based on the importance of the symbolism inherent in the iconic material itself and in the form that becomes content without the need for images or any interpretative reference linked to a concept of narrative. With these works, Canevari tries to get directly to the soul of people, without needing explanations through descriptive images, creating a metaphysical and spiritual reading of the work. Paolo Canevari
Paolo Canevari’s work stems from thoughts and reflections on the transient nature of art and on the
significance of artistic sculptures in modern society. While wondering on the value and origin of the most intimate aspects of memory, the artist develops his own personal language where symbols, pop culture, historical knowledge and politics are intertwined in a new interpretation of daily life.
From the very beginning, and amongst other mediums, the artist has selected as his materials of choice
the simplest and most primitive elements, which all artists have confronted: paper and the color black.
Through this corpus of artworks it is evident how the ties with artistic tradition and human history are inextricable and enduring. The use of different raw materials (rubber, zinc, wooden) combined with poetic concepts, creates a profound dialectic between idea and form, heavinessand lightness, solidity and docility, tangibility and ephemerality. In Canevari’s artworks, monuments and symbols
of our society are forever bound in this radical opposition of forces. The recovery of iconic architectural forms inspired by classical art history is a prerogative of the Italian artist, and express the richness of the past while at the same time embodying its cultural and artistic burden which presents a mnemonic horizon without boundaries. Paolo Canevari describes it as “the intimidating and obscure presence of the greatness of classical art.”
Born in Rome in 1963, Paolo Canevari lives and works between Rome and New York.
Born in an elevator and raised in a family where his grandfather was a painter mosaicist and his uncle a
sculptor, Canevari is one of the most internationally renowned artists of his generation. He has
participated in numerous museum exhibitions, public commissions and publications throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia. In 2007 he participated at the 52nd Biennial in Venice curated by Robert Storr.
His work is collected by major museums throughout the World: Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato; Museum of Modern art MoMA, New York; Foundation Louis Vuitton pour la Creation, Paris; Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami; Macro, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rome; MART Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto; Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg; Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica Calcografia Nazionale, Rome; GNAM Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna, Rome; Perna Foundation, Capri; Olnick Spanu Art Program Garrison, New York.