19 Mar

come un maglione

at Galleria Vannucci

Via della Provvidenza 6, Pistoia


Opening: 17 February 2018, 17:00 to 19:00 hrs.

The exhibition will be on view through March 17, 2018.

For Vittorio Corsini the investigation on the “habitat” is always very present and it is conveyed in the aesthetic reflection about the symbolic and nearly apotropaic power of his fetishes, in the critical examination of the relation between identity and stability, in the attention to all the aspects of the contemporary condition which emphasize the knowledge of space and time as an occasion for a renewed awareness with life. In his most recent work he develops a different poetic path that frees itself from all the constraints which separate sculpture from drawing, painting from installation art and they connect the form (the crucial result of what the artist creates; the form of the existence of art, not connected to visibility and tangibility) with life, illuminated by the experience of art.

The Italian word abitare, “to dwell”, (just like habitat), comes from the Latin word habitare, which derives from habere (“to have”). Philologically, the verb is a frequentative verb that indicates a repetition of the meaning of avere (“to have”), tenere (“to hold”), possedere (“to own”). The dwelling, the house, is then the mark and the symptom of possession, of a social and economic status. The action involved in “to own” and “to dwell” becomes an instrument of measurement and, inevitably, of discrimination: who doesn’t own anything, doesn’t dwell, therefore, doesn’t hold any citizenship. In Corsini’s work, the terms of this legitimacy’s cut are questioned. Instead of the rejecting possessions, meant as the exclusive availability of a good, he develops an extended habitat conception. The non-migratory and privative principle gets disrupted: the dwelling opens, literally, in a mental, imaginative, understanding version made with unexpected margins.

  a cura di Pietro Gaglianò

Galleria Vannucci – Pistoia

Via della Provvidenza 6, Pistoia
Gallery hours: Tue-Sat 9/12.30 16/19.30 and by appointment.
T +39 057 320 066

23 Ago

House of Pinocchio

at C&H gallery

Tweede Kostverlorenkade 50, 1053 SB Amsterdam


Opening: 3 September 2016, 17:00 to 19:00 hrs.

The exhibition will be on view through October 8, 2016.

With House of Pinocchio, Vittorio Corsini presents his latest sculptures, in which he reflects on architecture as a place where individuals define and fulfill themselves. His work seems to always be suspended between the promise and impossibility of inhabiting a space. This contradiction is apparent in his visual language; he combines fragile materials with durable ones, and plays with the opposition between outside and inside.

Corsini combines one huge aluminum piece, hanging from the ceiling, with several smaller sculptures of glass and marble in this show. All works are in one way or another ‘open’ houses: their walls are either totally see-through or literally folded down. By revealing the interior space of these buildings, Corsini reflects upon the illusionary distinction between inside and outside. Any visual obstacles are taken away, allowing the eye to flow freely through the house. For all their perceived openness, however, these rooms can never be occupied. The unfolded walls of the hanging sculpture leave nothing but emptiness, while the space within the glass houses can’t be entered because a slab of marble closes up their only open side.

Corsini prefers to work with glass because its transparency and fragility reflect the precarious condition of dwelling itself. Glass has, in fact, always been a material loved for the care and attention it requires. The interior evoked within Corsini’s glass walls becomes the site of a perceptual projection, rather than an actual experience. The same can be said of his hanging sculpture, as the aluminum walls diminish the building to an accumulation of surfaces. Corsini reduces the interior space to its perimeters, to the abstract boundaries, to outlines that are at once tangible and fragile.


C&H gallery – Amsterdam

Tweede Kostverlorenkade 50, 1053 SB Amsterdam
Gallery hours: Wed-Sat 13-18 and by appointment.
T +31 20 753 09 64,