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sul filo di Dante Alighieri

Donato Di Zio, Gillo Dorfles

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Exhibition catalogue: Donato di Zio, Florence, Museo “Casa di Dante”, 26 February-30 September 2016

edited by di Gillo Dorfles

Paperback with flaps
230 × 270 mm, 64 pp.
colour and b&w illustrations

isbn 978-88-7461-299-4 Italian 

Only four years after his last solo show, Donato Di Zio presents an almost “literary” exhibition to the Florentine public. In the wake of the celebrations honouring the 750th anniversary of Il Poeta’s birth, Di Zio – who continues to make his mark on the art world – intelligently stages Dante’s journey through the Underworld. Accordingly, selections of passages from the Divine Comedy are translated into vibrant and loquacious images. Reproduced in the catalogue, in addition to never-before-seen works, are the artist’s early attempts (ideally related to the more recent production), that reveal how his style has changed over time: from macroscopic to microscopic, yet quite clear and recognizable in time. The catalogue, with its drawings, etchings, and engravings, offers the reader a suggestive visual path made even more evocative by its accompanying critical texts.

Donato Di Zio

Di Zio was born in 1970 in Moscufo (Pescara), where he initially developed the frameworks of his instruction, starting with his first years of study in the capital’s art high school. His budding interest in art, along with his steadfast dedication to his studies and to an elaborate learning method of “getting to the bottom of the essence of things,” are already manifested in his early works which highlight a disconnect from a strictly academic language. Attracted by the fantastical suggestions of Joan Miró, the spatial concepts of Lucio Fontana, the animated metallic sculptures of Alexander Calder, and especially the allure of his teacher Bruno Munari, Di Zio began exhibiting his artwork, the result of an introspective investigation, very early on. A distinctive trait of Di Zio’s work is his ability to evoke a suggestive viewpoint of movement and circularity within the constrained borders of a small surface area. His production has received, and continues to receive, encouragement and recognition, from Nobel Prize winner Rita Levi Montalcini and the art critic Gillo Dorfles, the latter of whom curated the catalogues of his most recent exhibitions.