FL Gallery is pleased to present Bienvenidos to Venezuela, the first exhibition of Enzo Cucchi in the gallery space. An internationally renown and prominent representative of the Transavanguardia, Enzo Cucchi will present for this exhibition a core of new works, some of them on canvas, alongside two bronze sculptures.
Bienvenidos in Venezuela is an appointment with many fascinating shades. First of all, it is a return to Milan after many years of absence. Return that brings with it important elements of novelty, because of the new technique used by Cucchi to produce the works in the exhibition.
Bienvenidos in Venezuela is then a travel story, an ancestral archetype of humanity, made up of a journey to the south, looking for a dream, and a return - from that south (Rome for Enzo Cucchi or Venezuela for Federico Luger), to the north that is represented by Milan, the city hosting the exhibition - carries the baggage of emotions and discoveries and dreams. The foundation of this trip is the complicity between the artist and the gallerist, who on this occasion is not only a merchant, but is above all interlocutor, person with whom Enzo shares desires and ambitions. Federico Luger, Venezuelan of birth, opens to the artist a new path with this Bienvenidos in Venezuela. It alludes first of all to the journey of man to man. It is the transposition of this embrace of empathy, sharing and accepting poetically structure of the exhibition, extending the boundaries of sight.
Bienvenidos in Venezuela is ultimately a reflection on multiple levels and it has full right to stay here. In the path of an artist, the idea of novelty is certainly a complex subject that, in the almost ancient and revolutionary approach of Enzo Cucchi, brings with it an almost contradictory element: the new one is also the old one. It is not a linguistic game, but an intrusion into the profound meaning of words and life; because if a work wants to be defined as new, then it must contain all the old man already produced, thought, suffered and digested and, rejecting it, must come from ash, which is solid but as a foundation. For this reason, the new sheets of linen will be joined by sculptures produced twenty years ago, even though they are unpublished too: all the works are profoundly new in the deep sense of the term because they are loaded with their past and yet fresh, young and open. The metaphors of the journey, of the encounter and of the new, together with the visionary, poetic and provocative character of Enzo Cucchi, are therefore the keys to reading the moment of continuity and break together that this exhibition represents.