"Of these lights the night will be served": Adrian Paci in Florence.

Florence hosts the great international artist Adrian Paci's new project, "Of these lights the night will be served." Appointment at the Museo del Novecento and the Murate.

From November 11, 2017 to February 11, 2018, Adrian Paci ’s solo exhibition entitled “Di queste luci si servirà la notte” will take place at the Florentine venues of Museo Novecento and Le Murate. Contemporary Art Projects and in the municipalities of Pelago and Montelupo Fiorentino, also co-producers, and will be curated by Valentina Gensini.

On display is an articulated body of work that has at its center the themes of migration, identity and flux, dissected with intensity and poetry by the artist, who cares deeply about these subjects. Tracing personal stories and calling to mind facts and transformations of recent history, Paci places migration and mobility at the center as an ontological condition of man, as relevant as ever in today’s age in which the very concepts of home and identity (cultural, political and social) are continually questioned. Existence is interpreted as a continuous quest, a perpetual movement, and water, in this sense, is used by the artist as a metaphor par excellence for the idea of flow and flux.

Explains the curator, “Adrian Paci’s project starts from afar are two years we have been working together, establishing a privileged relationship with the city and the river. This year Paci came back to produce an unprecedented performance and video: the poetic nocturnal passage of a boat on the river, sinuous like a jellyfish with ten luminescent tentacles (special optical fibers), investigated the archeology of the river, with the flow that hides and reveals, betrays and re-signifies. This is the starting point of the installation produced by Murate. Contemporary Art Projects and Museo Novecento for this project, the focus of the exhibition.”

At the Museo Novecento Paci will exhibit three new works, two of which will be on display in the Sala Grande, will see the large skeleton of a boat accompanied by the video reworking of the action from which the exhibition takes its name, a performance that featured a small boat equipped with luminous tentacles lowered into the water, submerged to plow through the Arno River revealing the depth of the river through an artistic action inspired by archaeological practice. Alongside these works will be a selection of works including videos, paintings and photographs that will occupy the spaces of the museum and in some cases dialogue with works from the permanent collection. At the Murate, the exhibition will be developed between the Sala Colonne and the spaces of the former hard prison where, in addition to Paci’s works, the pictorial and installation works of three young artists living in Tuscany selected directly by the artist will be visible. These lights will be used by the night will also involve, as satellite locations, the towns of Montelupo Fiorentino and Pelago where two video installations will be exhibited.

Adrian Palaci(Shkodra, 1969) is an international artist known for his paintings, installations, videos, photographs and who trained at theAcademy of Fine Arts in Tirana, then moved to Milan where he still lives. He has had solo exhibitions in numerous international institutions including: MAXXI Museum in Rome (2015); MAC, Musée d’Art Contemporain in Montréal (2014); Pavilion of Contemporary Art - PAC in Milan (2014); Jeu de Paume in Paris (2013); Mamco, Musée d’art moderne et contemporain in Geneva (2013); National Gallery of Kosovo in Pristina (2012); Kunsthaus Zurich in Zurich (2010); Bloomberg Space in London (2010); The Center for Contemporary Art - CCA in Tel Aviv (2009); MoMA PS1 in New York (2006); Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2005) and Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston (2005).

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"Of these lights the night will be served": Adrian Paci in Florence.

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