The art of Diego Perrone

Diego Perrone (b. Asti 1970) lives between Asti, Milan and Berlin. Using a wide range of techniques and languages, from photography to drawing, to glass sculpture, he creates an interesting dialogue between traditional techniques of production and conceptual art.

Untitled 2011
Biro on paper
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The Thinkers of Holes (2002) is amongst his first works: an attempt to perceive the void through a series of shots representing seven holes of various sizes dug in the soil.
His works are characterized by a fine elaboration of traditional themes and icons, from pop culture to recent history.

The Thinkers of Holes, 2002
Lambda print mounted on aluminum
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In 2005, on the occasion of his solo show at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Perrone presents The casting of the bell, a sculpture realized in fiberglass covered with melted tar, and Totò Naked, a digital animation where a 3D reconstruction of Totò removes his clothes until he is completely naked, inaugurating a vast video production characterized by a continuous shifting of meanings and alienating atmospheres.

His works are characterized by a fine elaboration of traditional themes and icons, from pop culture to recent history.

In 2007, for the CAPC Musèe d’art contemporain in Bordeaux and the MAMbo Museum in Bologna, he exhibits a series of large scale 'objects', amongst which Boccioni's mother in an ambulance, where the face of Umberto Boccioni's mother is superimposed on the reworked image of an emergency simulation taking place within an ambulance.

Untitled 2016
Glass casting
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Perrone has recently presented a solo show at Museion in Bolzano (2013) and at Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce in Genova (2017). He also participated to Manifesta 2000, the Venice Biennale (2003; 2013), the 4th edition of the Berlin Biennale (2006) and the 43rd edition of the Art Biennial in Basel (2012). His works have been shown in major institutions worldwide: the Triennale, Milan (2015); Castello di Rivoli, Turin (2014); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2009); the New Museum, New York (2008); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2008); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2004).

Opening photo: Untitled 2016
Glass casting
Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Massimo De Carlo