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Counterpoints #01 Marco Fusinato / Vettor Pisani



Counterpoints #01 Marco Fusinato / Vettor Pisani

Contemporary Art Exhibition curated by Eugenio Viola

‘Counterpoint’ is a term that defines the art of combining note against note in one or more melodies more or less independent of each other. By extension, the term counterpoint can be used to define any artistic work capable of returning a story focused on themes, motifs or contrasting tones, opposite, yet complementary.

Counterpoints is a multi-year project, developed through a series of exhibitions that aims to juxtapose, by affinity or divergence and beyond any generational logic, the research of some of the most intriguing Italian and Australian artists, whose work is related to contingencies very distant from those that belong to their respective contexts. The intent is to highlight, beyond a supposed distance, physical but above all cultural, art’s capability to create unexpected short-circuits, welding distances and eliminating differences.

The exhibition Counterpoints #01 displays in dialogue works by Australian artist Marco Fusinato and Italian artist Vettor Pisani.

fusinatoMarco Fusinato (Melbourne 1964, where he lives and works), has been exhibited in many exhibitions worldwide, including the 21st Sydney Biennale, 2018; the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, 2015; ‘Soundings: A Contemporary Score’, the first ever exhibition of sound at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2013; the 30th Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo 2012; the 1st Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India, 2012; the 12th Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art; Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, CA2M, Madrid, 2010; Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and the Museum of Malmö, Sweden, 2009; MCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2008; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, 2006; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, 2006; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney 2005; Auckland Art Gallery, 2005; Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2005. Fusinato also performs regularly underground and experimental music, releasing many music-related artefacts on numerous international labels. He explores the idea of noise as music, using the electric guitar and mass amplification to improvise intricate, wide-ranging and physically affecting frequencies. Marco Fusinato is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.

Vettor Pisani (Bari 1934 – Rome 2011). In 1970, Pisani moved to pisaniRome, where he had his first solo exhibition at the gallery La Salita, titled ‘Masculine, Feminine and Androgynous: Incest and Cannibalism in Marcel Duchamp’. The exhibition already included many of the themes that the artist would pursue throughout his career. That year he won the prestigious Pino Pascali Prize and had another solo exhibition at the Castello Svevo in Bari, where he presented his celebrated work Lo Scorrevole (Zip-line) for the first time. The following year, the artist took part in his first Paris Biennale and began a collaboration with Michelangelo Pistoletto – Plagio (Plagiarism) - that was exhibited at Gian Enzo Sperone Gallery in Turin, the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt, and Galleria Marlborough in Rome. In 1972, Harald Szeemann invited him to participate in Documenta 5. 1972 was also the first year he took part in the Venice Biennale, where he would return in 1976, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1993, and 1995. It also marked the start of a long series of solo and group exhibitions at international institutions (Guggenheim Museum, New York; Hayward Gallery, London; Kunstverein and Lenbachhaus, Munich; Grand Palais, Paris; Museum Folkwang, Essen; Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice; MoMA PS1, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai). In 2013, Madre Museum in Naples organized his most comprehensive exhibition (Heroic / Anti- Heroic: a retrospective) and published a complete monograph about his work.

Eugenio Viola, PhD, is an Italian Curator and Art Critic. He is the current Senior Curator at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA). Since 2009 he has held curatorial positions at MADRE, the Contemporary Art Museum of Naples. From 2013 he has been responsible for the research and development of the museum’s collection and co-curated the first Italian large-scale exhibitions of Boris Mikhailov and Francis Alÿs as well as a complex Daniel Buren project. He is a scholar in theories and practices related to performance and Body Art and has published and lectured extensively on these subjects in Italy and abroad.

Special thanks to: Fondazione Morra, Naples, Italy / Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.

Opening of the exhibition: 2 November 2018 at 6.00 pm.

Free entry. Limited seats.

Booking essential:  


Date: Da Friday, November 02, 2018 a Monday, January 14, 2019

Time: At 6:00 am

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Sydney

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Melbourne

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Sydney


Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Sydney