Eliseo Mattiacci is one of the great Italian post-war artists. Now in his late 70s, he has spent the past
50 years using sculpture to question, examine and explore the mysteries of the cosmos and mankind’s
relationship with the universe. Mattiacci has been widely exhibited at La Tartaruga and L’Attico in Rome and Alexander Iolas galleries in Paris, Milan and New York. He has represented Italy twice at the Venice Biennale (1972 and 1988) and in 1993 was awarded the inaugural solo exhibition at the Fondazione Prada, Milan.
Although he exhibited alongside artists like Pino Pascali, Mattiacci rejected the label of Art Povera, a
decision that liberated his creative direction, but inevitably led to this great and profound artist being
less well known than many of his contemporaries. Our stand at Artissima will include sculpture, drawings and photographs illustrating Mattiacci’s long
days journey of metaphysical exploration.
The art of Vivienne Koorland takes its inspiration from two of the most traumatic events of the
20thCentury; the Holocaust and Apartheid. As the Jewish daughter of a Polish immigrant to South Africa who had lost her parents in Auschwitz, and the granddaughter of an Afrikaner, Vivienne was raised with a front row seat to the injustices of Apartheid and the cruelty of regime-driven racism.
Her work is focused on the effects and aftermath of conflict from two World Wars, Apartheid and
Hiroshima, and she will often draw inspiration from the drawings of children who had been caught up in these traumatic events. In other works the canvas will be covered with jumbled words and letters, disturbing our conventional understanding of these hieroglyphics. Even the material she uses, stitched together burlap or linen, photographs and found objects, all contribute to her fractured and compelling work.
Our stand at Artissima will be the first time the work of this distinctive and powerful artist has been
shown in Italy.