Marcello Maloberti 09.jun 2021—26.aug 2021

Marcello Maloberti 09.jun 2021—26.aug 2021

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Platea owes its name – which carries a precise programmatic intent – to a generous concession from the artist Marcello Maloberti, born in Lodi, who, in giving a gift to the Association of what should have been the title of one of his new performances, said: "Platea is a tribute to the city. The name of the space emphasizes the importance of the audience, arranged in a large 'platea,' which is the city of Lodi, but also, quoting Harald Szeemann, the 'platea' of humanity. And for me, the audience is my body." From this gesture, the cultural project dedicated to supporting the younger creative generations has developed, through collaborations with established artists, called "tutelary deities," and the involvement of excellent contemporary art galleries. To inaugurate Platea | Palazzo Galeano on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, Marcello Maloberti will present a multifaceted project in collaboration with Galleria Raffaella Cortese. The intervention includes the large photographic installation "Trionfo dell’Aurora" (2018) and a performance. All of this will be preceded by a manifesto – "Martellata dedicated to Platea," which will be displayed in all the shop windows of the city center. Marcello Maloberti, an internationally renowned artist, is the "tutelary deity" of the inaugural exhibition schedule coordinated by Francesca Grossi. The schedule will continue with the contributions of four young artists: Vittoria Viale, Giulio Locatelli, Silvia Berry, Vittoria Mazzonis. Each of them will present an original work, designed specifically for Platea, for one month, with the aim of establishing an unexpected dialogue with all those who pass through the city center. With the beginning of this adventure, Platea | Palazzo Galeano aims to stimulate a new relational ecosystem in the city, based on the sharing of cultural and aesthetic values, inviting the public and citizens to participate through various forms of patronage to strengthen the sense of community and civic responsibility.


Marcello Maloberti (Codogno, Lodi, 1966) is a visual artist based in Milan. He is a professor of Visual Arts at NABA – Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan. His research draws inspiration from aspects of the most marginal and minimal urban realities, with a particular focus on the informality and precariousness of lived experiences. His observation goes beyond the immediacy of everyday life, with a strange and dreamlike neorealist gaze, combined with an archaeological approach to art history. The performances and large, theatrically impactful sound and light installations are realized in both private and public spaces, always favoring interaction with the audience. These interventions function as contracted narratives, atmospheres to live and experience, emotional temperatures to traverse. The performing body is that of the community, capable of generating a dialogue between the performance itself and its audience. In recent years, Maloberti has deepened the art/life relationship using a variety of languages, both visual and auditory – photography, video, performance, installation, objects, and collages – always traversed and enhanced by a strong performativity. Marcello Maloberti has exhibited in numerous public and private institutions in Italy and abroad, including: Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover (2021), Biennale Gherdëina, Ortisei (2020), MACRO, Rome (2020), Haus Wittgenstein, Vienna (2019), MAXXI – National Museum of the 21st Century Arts, Rome (2019), Stazione dell’arte, Ulassai (2019), Haus Wittgenstein–Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Vienna (2019), Center for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci, Prato (2018; 2000), Manifesta12 (2018), collateral events 5X5X5, Palermo (2018), MOCAK – Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow (2017), Pune Biennale, India (2017), Rome Quadriennale (2016), Artissima Torino (2016), MuCem – Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations, Marseille (2016), Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan (2020, 2018, 2014), Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli (TO) (2014), Italy Pavilion 55th Venice Biennale (2013), biennale: 4 – Thessaloniki Biennale (2013), Zegna Foundation, Trivero (BI) (2013), MAC VAL Museum, Vitry-sur-Seine, France (2012), MACRO – Museum of Contemporary Art Rome (2012), Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2012), Milan Triennale (2015; 2012), The 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana (2011), Nuit Blanche, Paris, in collaboration with CAC Brétigny (2011), Generali Foundation, Vienna (2010), Royal Academy of Arts, London (2010), GAMeC − Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bergamo (2009), PERFORMA 09, New York (2009), Rotonda della Besana, Milan (2008), PAN | Palace of Arts Naples (2007), Oberdan Space, Milan (2007), Villa Manin – Center for Contemporary Art, Codroipo (UD) (2005), MUSEION – Museum of Contemporary Art Bolzano, Collection Lambert – Museum of Contemporary Art Avignon, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence (2005), PAC – Pavilion of Contemporary Art, Milan (2003), FURLA Prize, Venice, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice (2002), SESC Pompeia, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2001), GAM – Gallery of Modern Art, Bologna (2000).

Marcello Maloberti, Trionfo dell’Aurora, Courtesy Galleria Raffaella Cortese