curated by Rita Selvaggio
The exact last words pronounced by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe before breathing his last serve as the title for the coming exhibition at Casa Masaccio | Centro for l’Arte Contemporanea, which will open on 30 October 2021.
The concept of light has been a fundamental element of the history of art, as well as an indispensable means for the vision and transmission of colours in space, and ever since the 1960s has become an integral part of the expressive language of art. The journey made by light has very remote sources. It has passed through myth and metaphysics, theology and art, before being secularised in our everyday lives, trapped in our control and our practical activity. Becoming material of our objects and object of our work, it asks for a different perception of the world, a different bearing of the body, a much more fluid boundary between inside and outside.
The exhibition brings together a group of artists from different countries and belonging to different generations – Alberto Garutti (Galbiate, Lecco, IT, 1948), Alfredo Jaar (Santiago de Chile, CL, 1956), Ann Veronica Janssens (Folkestone, UK, 1956), Joseph Kosuth (Toledo, USA, 1945), Daniele Milvio (Genova, IT, 1988), Kaspar Müller (Schaffhausen, CH, 1983), Michel Verjux (Chalon-sur-Saône, FR, 1956) – whose works presented at Casa Masaccio focus on phenomena of perception and on the idea that light itself can be both subject and material of art.
Corso Italia, 83, San Giovanni Valdarno
Photo: Ann Veronica Janssens, Untitled (Light Painting), 2004 - detail