Marco Bagnoli


White marble from the Apuan Alps and Weathering steel
Installation size: 140 x 181 x 233 cm
Aeroporti di Roma Production/Collection
Courtesy of Atelier Marco Bagnoli, Montelupo Fiorentino

Inspired by a drawing by Leonardo preserved at the Louvre, depicting a naked back which, presumably, holds an invisible arch in tension, Marco Bagnoli’s work calls into question a specific iconographic motif, that on the Archer.
The result is an image of great visual fascination and full of symbolic references: the movement generated by the sculpture suggests an upwards push, alluding to flight; the Archer thus becomes a symbol for a new Humanism, a figure that evokes the artist’s potential as an individual and of the individual as an artist, artifice and player at the same time, leaning towards cosmic destinations that are ideal, physical and ideal, simultaneously.

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the artist

Marco Bagnoli

Born in Empoli in 1949, he lives and works in Montelupo Fiorentino and Florence.

From the early 1970s, Marco Bagnoli’s artistic work has been divided between drawing, painting, sculpture, environmental installation and sound, combining aesthetic and scientific statements, theories of vision and colour, ancient knowledge and experience of producing art in space and over time.

Some of the most prestigious Italian and international museum institutions have dedicated personal exhibitions to the artist, including Castello di Rivoli, Turin; IVAM, Valencia; Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art, Prato; Magasin, Grenoble; Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon; Centre of Contemporary Art, Geneva; De Appel, Amsterdam. They also include his participation in the X Biennale, Paris; Venice Biennale (1982, 1993, 1997); Documenta, Kassel (1982, 1992); Sonsbeek, Arnhem (1986) or, specifically, in Florence, in the Pazzi Chapel, in the Abbey of San Miniato al Monte and in the Boboli Gardens.