21 Mar 2024

Francesco De Grandi at Fondazione Merz

Fondazione Merz presents, from 21 March to 12 May 2024, an evolution of the exhibition Happy Days? curated by Agata Polizzi, currently running in the spaces of the ZAC Pavilion at the Cantieri Culturali alla Zisa in Palermo.
The new exhibition project is entitled Giorni felici? quello che succede, quello che può accadere (Happy Days? What Happens, What Can Happen) and connects to the creative languages deployed by Yuri Ancarani, Per Barclay, Joanna Piotrowska, Genuardi/Ruta and Chen Zhen in the exhibition Giorni Felici?, producing an evolution that opens up new reflections and experimentation.The exhibition project continues by expanding and activating a transit entrusted to the Palermo artist Francesco De Grandi and the sacredness of his painting.
Francesco DeGrandi presents Come Creatura (2015-2018), Medea nel giardino del regno di Colchide (2023), and Inizianti (2021), a trilogy that celebrates a magnificent, controversial and/or soothing Nature, an ‘earthly paradise’ that offers itself in its immense ambiguous beauty, a place where everything has happened and everything can still happen, a universe in which the eternal déja vu of existence is staged, dominated by a round time that neutralises everything, where everything finds reason in the profound sense of belonging to something greater and transcendent.
In this imagined and at the same time perceived time, in this dimension balanced between fiction and experience, awareness makes us solid, becomes confidence and can finally translate itself into solemnity of action and thought.