Daniel Steegmann Mangrané. A Leaf-Shaped Animal Draws The Hand

Curated by Lucia Aspesi and Fiammetta Griccioli

Pirelli HangarBicocca

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané

A Transparent Leaf Instead Of The Mouth (2016-17) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

A Leaf-Shaped Animal Draws The Hand

The work of Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (Barcelona, 1977; lives and works in Rio de Janeiro) ponders on the relationship between culture and nature. The artist’s interest in biology has led him to analyze complex ecological systems and introduce the natural world into his works. 

A Transparent Leaf Instead Of The Mouth (2016-17) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

A Transparent Leaf Instead Of The Mouth (2016-17) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

In Steegmann Mangrané’s practice numerous are the references to the rain forest in Brazil—such as branches, leaves, and insects—which interwoven with geometric forms and abstract motifs engender a reflection on the complex dynamics between the elements that surround us.

A Transparent Leaf Instead Of The Mouth (2016-17) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

Lichtzwang (1998-ongoing) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

His first exhibition in Italy presents more than twenty works made from 1998 to the present time, ranging from films, virtual reality devices, 2D holograms, sculptures, and installations. 

Phantom (Kingdom of all the animals and all the beasts is my name) (2015) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

Phantom (Kingdom of all the animals and all the beasts is my name) (2015) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

Holograma 1 (Estrutura e galho) (2013) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

Elegancia y Renuncia (2011) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

Orange Oranges (2001) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

The artist places the physical and sensory dimension of the viewer at the heart of the exhibition project, offering new visions of the entire corpus of his works as they dialogue with one another.

“A Leaf-Shaped Animal Draws The Hand” (2019) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

“A Leaf-Shaped Animal Draws The Hand” (2019) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

“A Leaf-Shaped Animal Draws The Hand” (2019) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

The exhibition is characterized by a shift between material and immaterial experiences, expanded further through the site-specific intervention that are made of white transparent fabric partitions that redefine the industrial quality of Pirelli HangarBicocca, whilst both concealing and revealing the exhibited works.

“A Leaf-Shaped Animal Draws The Hand” (2019) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

Like fluctuating membranes, these screens give shape to the different areas of the show while allowing, by means of their transparency, an immediate overview of the entire exhibition.

Geometric Nature/Biology (2011) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

Geometric Nature/Biology (2011) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

“A Leaf-Shaped Animal Draws The Hand” (2019) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

Some of the most relevant international institutions have hosted his solo shows, including IAC – Institut d’art contemporain, Villeurbanne; Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2019); CCS Bard College, New York, Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona, CAC, Vilnius (2018); Fundação de Serralves, Porto (2017); Medellín Museum of Modern Art, Antioquia, The Green Parrot, Barcelona (2016); Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro, Casa Modernista, São Paulo (2015); CRAC Alsace Centre Rhénan d’Art Contemporain, Altkirch (2014); Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janeiro (2013). 

“A Leaf-Shaped Animal Draws The Hand” (2019) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

Spiral Forest (Kingdom of all the animals and all the beasts is my name) (2013-2015) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

His works have also been displayed in numerous group shows, such as at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, 14th Lyon Biennale (2017); 9th Berlin Biennale (2016); New Museum Triennial, New York, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2015); 9th Mercosul Biennale, Porto Alegre (2013); 30th São Paulo Biennale (2012).

Spiral Forest (Gimbal) (2014) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

16mm (2007-2011) by Daniel Steegmann MangranéPirelli HangarBicocca

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