Giulia Napoleone. Reality in Balance

Between to dots on a line, there's always room for another dot

By La Galleria Nazionale

Giulia Napoleone Realtà in equilibrio (echibition catalogue)La Galleria Nazionale

One hundred and four works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, engravings, artist's books, dated 1956-2018) selected to highlight the birth and growth of a particular formal language, interior landscapes, landscapes made “of dots”, as defined by herself.

Giulia Napoleone Realtà in equilibrio (echibition catalogue)La Galleria Nazionale

A research on the semantic complexity that dominated the intellectual and artistic scene of the Sixties, during which the artist expresses her personal view of reality mediated by poetry.

Nr. 5 incisioni a maniera nera (1992 - 2001) by Napoleone GiuliaLa Galleria Nazionale

“Poetry is like a landscape - writes Giulia Napoleone - all understanding of things takes place through poetry, everything correlates with a verse. My reading is slow and anguished, an arduous process of assimilation”.

Giulia Napoleone Realtà in equilibrio (echibition catalogue)La Galleria Nazionale

A continuous and constant dialogue between poetry and visual art therefore defines her work, from the first reflections on the theme of the mark, to the tradition of colour, especially blue (“versatile colour”), in which the absence of matter brings out light from the bottom of the paper with delicate clearness.

Giulia Napoleone Realtà in equilibrio (echibition catalogue)La Galleria Nazionale

“The crackle of the fire that brings sheets, sicoglass, canvases, plates, artist's books to life, is the same. The marks seem to cross an entire continent in the sleet, summarising in a point, which is at the same time form, the convergences of Klee, the teachings of Morandi, the ghosts of Fontana, the diagrams of Novelli, the extensions of Sanfilippo, the jokes by Tancredi, the cells of Angeli, the shadows of Guccione”, Giuseppe Appella, curator of the exhibition.

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