“Alberto Biasi at San Vitale, the Light and Environs of History”

“Alberto Biasi at San Vitale, the Light and Environs of History”


The Museo Nazionale di Ravenna hosts the exhibition “Alberto Biasi at San Vitale, the Light and Environs of History”, opened on 29 March 2014, an important retrospective dedicated to this Master of Kinetic and Op Art, in the spectacular surroundings of the classical Benedectine complex of the Ravenna basilica.  At the same time the Mausoleum of Theodoric presents a nucleus of works by Biasi in cor-ten steel, an imaginary dialogue between contemporary art and history, in places that are UNESCO World Heritage sites.  The exhibition, curated by Giovanni Granzotto and Antonella Ranaldi, Superintendent of Architectural Heritage and Landscape for the provinces of Ravenna, Ferrara, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini, will be open to the public until September 2014.  The initiative is organized by Il Cigno GG Edizioni in collaboration with Studio d’Arte G.R., and with the support of Gruppo Euromobil.


The exhibition retraces the creative experience of Alberto Biasi from its beginnings at the end of the 50s to his most recent experiments, through around sixty works that are a true anthology of his artistic production.  Slats and overlapping surfaces giving the illusion of movement, light games, 3D optical illusions and interactive compositions give an experimental touch to the traditional monumental area.  The exposition begins with Trame, the first superimposed perforated paper, and continues with Torsioni and Optical-Dynamic Outlines, to arrive at the Polytypes.  In conclusion there is a large section dedicated to his Assemblaggi and his latest works.  The curators have also included an ad hoc reconstruction for the Ravenna venue of some of the Master’s historic ambiences, which can be experienced by physically walking over them, such as Eco-ombre and Light Prisms-tuffo nell’arcobaleno.


Alberto Biasi, founder in 1959 of the Gruppo N and the collective’s driving force right up to its dissolution, is an internationally renowned guiding figure for Kinetic and Op Art.  In the 60s he took part in the Azimuth initiatives, became a member of the “Nuove tendenze” movement, contributed to the foundation of the “Arte Programmata” movement and exhibited his works all over the world, starting with the famous American itinerant exhibition “The Responsive Eye”.  After experimenting with kinetics, Alberto Biasi turned to solitary research and processed original art forms that achieved innovative and ingenious creative cycles.  His works feature in the collections of the most important international museums, including the New York MoMA, GNAM in Rome and the St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum.


Title: “Alberto Biasi at San Vitale, the Light and Environs of History”

Venue: Museo Nazionale di Ravenna

Period: 29 March 2014 – 14 September 2014

Times: Tuesday / Sunday 8.30 a.m. - 7.30 p.m., ticket office closes 7.00 p.m.; Monday closed

The exhibition is included in the combined ticket for the monuments and museums of the Ravenna Superintendence of Architectural Heritage and Landscapes (Museo Nazionale, Ravenna, Mausoleum of Theodoric, Basilica di Sant’Apollinare in Classe).

The catalogue is published by Il Cigno GG Edizioni.


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