Work is proceeding at a steady pace to get ready for the opening on April 13 2022.
Curiosity is at a fever pitch. Fabrizio Plessi, considered one of the precursors of Videoarte in Italy, will inaugurate the space, in collaboration with the publisher Forma Edizione. His artistic esearch has always revolved around the themes of fire and water, expressed in his video-installations, video-sculptures and videotapes. In the Seventies, he was one of the first to use the TV monitor
as the main material and tool for his products. His works, exhibited in the most important museums in the world, maintain close ties with classical art, providing a link between past and future. The artist makes good use of the tunnel for his site-specific work ORO (GOLD), which appears on the translucent walls that cover this space, forming a gigantic gold mosaic that
dissolves and moves and breathes “in its subterranean liquidity, splendid and sumptuous”. The artist has imagined a single great work that, almost organically, appears to flourish in this unusual, sensorial, circular architecture. The luminous nocturnal reverberations of their golden surfaces change, surge, stretch, swell and expand like the waves of an evocative, abstract sea, with its perpetual motion.
“The Digital Refuge is simply an innovative cultural crossroads that, precisely in a city like Florence, finds the perfect stimulus for comparison and display, juxtaposing its art on all that has come before”, says Fabrizio Plessi.
For Plessi, the spirit of communication is the true and profound philosophy of this extraordinary place: traversing different languages and experiences, past and future. His golden flow speaks to the collective imagination that unites us all.
The Digital Refuge can be visited via the online platform rifugiodigitale.it, which will illustrate the program and content of the exhibitions and will enable visitors to stay informed about upcoming events and meetings thanks to the text and video notices integrating the material shown.
by Fabrizio Plessi
April 14 – May 31, 2022
Monday thru Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday by appointment
via della Fornace 41
Fabrizio Plessi, Oro, 2022, site-specific digital work
For this new Digital Refuge I have imagined a single vast work that, almost organically, would be able to flourish in its unusual, sensorial, circular architecture. Using its translucent screens as my canvas, I created a gigantic mosaic of gold that melts and moves, breathing in its subterranean liquidity, splendid and sumptuous. The luminous nocturnal reverberations of their golden surfaces change, surge, stretch, swell and expand like the waves of an evocative, abstract sea, with its rhythmic, ceaseless movement. The Digital Refuge is simply an innovative cultural crossroads that, precisely in a city like Florence, finds the perfect stimulus for comparison and display, juxtaposing its art on all that has come before. The spirit of communication is the true and profound philosophy ofnthis extraordinary place: through the languages of different experiences, past and future. That is the meaning of this golden flow that represents the collective imagery we all require in the end. Everything moves and passes through the funnel of time in an endless replay of history and life.
– Fabrizio Plessi
FABRIZIO PLESSI, ORO
FABRIZIO PLESSI PHOTO