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eliseo mattiacci fluidita 1999

Eliseo Mattiacci
Fluidità, 1999

iron disc, with melted and attached aluminium, ∅ 200 × 2 cm

Mattiacci is one of the protagonists of the most experimental Italian trends. Since the end of the 1960s he has not hesitated to replace the commonly understood work with the event carried out in real time or the installation with the most unusual materials (such as his famous Tubo di 150 metri, 1967) , with a particular predilection for metals. Only since the beginning of the 1980s has the work reaffirmed its centrality as an object, even if it escapes the traditional connotations of sculpture. Mattiacci in fact creates simple shapes with a strong symbolic connotation, with explicit reference to the cosmos. Large circular iron shields freely placed in space, spheres, beams that have become so many emblems: the sculpture tends to transcend its own physical structure to become an indication of a further, infinite dimension. Fluidità is also affected by this tension. On the large surface of an iron disk, the flows of molten aluminum congeal in dense patches of different colors and give the work the appearance of a mysterious celestial body.

from: Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro. La Collezione permanente, exhibition catalogue, edited by G. Verzotti, A. Vettese, Milano, Skira, 2007, p. 176.