Artist: Giovanni Copelli
Exhibition title: Amanti
Venue: Operativa Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy
Date: February 28 – April 4, 2020
Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Operativa Arte Contemporanea
Operativa Arte Contemporanea is glad to present A Cavallo (Monumenti Equestri e Altre Pitture), the second solo exhibition by Giovanni Copelli in the gallery spaces.
The exhibition presents a series of unreleased paintings instilled with images from the Italian 15th and 16th centuries. Copelli specially conceived the artworks through an intimate journey of rediscovery of the ancient.
The pictorial path represents the artist’s attempt to reintroduce the Renaissance cult of the classical world in a contemporary key. By reconfiguring these motifs into completely new forms in the present time, the artist verifies the old, driven by the need to fill gaps or respond to the unexplained needs of the present.
The references to classicism and their early modern reworking offer a set of suggestions and iconic elements, as happens with the two equestrian monuments which propel the exhibition. Remaining faithful to the continuous mixture of past and present, Giovanni Copelli investigates his historical identity and the pictorial tradition through a path of cultural and artistic rediscovery.
Giovanni Copelli (Correggio, 1989) lives and works in Bologna, IT. Recent solo shows include: Amanti, Operativa Arte Contemporanea, Rome, 2017; Per Sempre, Edicola Radetzky, Milan, 2017; L’Amore Vince Tutto, Dimora Artica, Milan, 2016. Recent group shows include: Les Chemins du Sud, MRAC, Serignan, FR, 2019.