RYTS MONET

Bari, 1982



 

La Caduta degli Dei
Ryts Monet
dal 26 Gennaio al 16 Marzo 2019

a cura di Agnes Kohlmeyer

Ryts Monet, indubbiamente uno dei giovani artisti italiani più interessanti, ha prodotto negli ultimi dieci anni una serie di lavori importanti, di forte attualità e urgenza, sia per la ricchezza d’idee, tecniche artistiche e forme espressive visuali e testuali, che per la loro poesia e l’estetica che coinvolge, anche a prima vista, chi osserva.
Nella prima sala della Galleria Michela Rizzo incontriamo i cinque meteoriti-sculture Migrant, in cui l’elemento dominante è l’oro, assieme a RIOT:, una sequenza di frasi, quasi uno statement, scritte in grandi lettere dorate applicate a parete. Dedicato alla comparsa di questo metallo prezioso precipitato sul nostro pianeta, il lavoro introduce il tema dell’intera mostra: il conflitto e la collisione tra diverse forze, l’irrequietezza, la turbolenza, i gruppi marginalizzati e la fuga. In un’altra stanza si trova uno dei lavori più recenti, il cui titolo descrive perfettamente il processo che l’artista ha messo in atto, Taking the shadow of an obelisk and letting it dissolve into the sea, lasciando immaginare qualcosa di meraviglioso ed evocativo. Il risultato è ciò che ora troviamo in forma di opera monumentale: un lavoro che si sviluppa in sette metri di lunghezza e che pende dal soffitto, presentato insieme al video che ne documenta il processo di realizzazione. Nella stessa sala incontriamo l’opera Grinder, una scultura posta a terra, dove ancora una volta ritorna l’elemento dell’oro, qui in forma diversa e con modalità inaspettate.
Al piano superiore uno dei lavori centrali della mostra, dal titolo Lamassu, affronta gli eventi della distruzione di opere d’arte antica per mano dello Stato Islamico, configurandosi come una risposta personale dell’artista alla vicenda, a partire dalla ricostruzione di due frammenti di una delle statue andate distrutte. Qui incontriamo inoltre le grandi fotografie della serie Blue Holes. Ulteriori lavori completano l’installazione attraverso l’intero spazio espositivo, come l’opera documentaria sui Lost Children of Israel, le sculture Sole e Palm Oil, così come, all’entrata, We Are All Snow Under The Sun, un lavoro particolarmente affascinante, al cui processo il visitatore può partecipare attivamente, ottenendone una parte in dono. (AK)

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Ryts Monet, without any doubt one of the most interesting young Italian artists, has gradually for the last ten years developed a series of important artworks. Their significance stems not only from a broad range of ideas, artistic techniques and the use of both textual and visual forms of expression, but also their poetry and engaging aesthetics even at first glance, but also from their actuality and perceived ‘urgency’. In the first room of the two-story exhibition space of the Galleria Michela Rizzo we encounter the five Migrant golden meteorite-sculptures next to the statement RIOT:, some sentences similarly written in bold golden letters on the wall, tied to the appearance and the landing of this precious metal on our planet, while at the same time touching on the exhibition’s very theme: conflict and collision of forces, restlessness, turbulence, marginalised groups and even flight. In another room one can find the artist’s newest work, wonderfully titled Taking the shadow of an obelisk and letting it dissolve into the sea, perfectly describing the artist’s process in creating such artwork, which we can admire in the form of a 7-metre long monumental piece hung down from the wall, and a video portraying the process which led to it. In the same room we find Grinder, a sculpture laid on the ground in which the topic of gold is yet again explored, but in different and unexpected ways. On the floor above, important works titled Lamassu are set, about the malicious destruction of ancient sculptures by the Islamic State and on the artist’s answer to this by interpreting and reconstructing them personally. Here we can also find the large photographs of the Blue Holes series.

More artworks complete the installation throughout the exhibition space, such as the documentary work on the Lost Children of Israel, the sculptures Sole and Palm Oil and, right at the entrance, the work We Are All Snow Under The Sun, an interesting project in the process of which the visitor might take part, by receiving as a gift a piece of the work itself. (AK)

Links

www.rytsmonet.eu

Supported by Bildrecht  

www.bildrecht.at 

Born in Bari (Italy) in 1982, he lives and works between Venice and Vienna.

He studied at the University IUAV of Venice, where he graduated in the BA Visual Arts in 2007 with Nicolas Bourriaud as thesis’ supervisor. In 2011he specialised in Visual Communication (MA Program) in the same university.
Ryts Monet is currently Professor in the Faculty of Visual Arts at University IUAV of Venice (BA Degree of Visual Arts). Ryts Monet is an artist member of Artist Pension Trust.
He took part in national and international art residency programs, such as RAVI, Residences Ateliers Vivegnis International, Liège (2016); BijlmAir, a residency program established by CBK, Flat Station and Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, (2015); Institute of Contemporary Art and International Cultural Exchange, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo (2013); Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice (2012); Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, Torino (2012).
He was finalist in various national Art Prizes and in 2013 he was winner of Premio Celeste, in the section Sculpture, Installation and Performance, with the work ‘Black Flag Revival’.
His work has been exhibited in Kunsthaus Graz (2016); Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como (2016); Stedelijk Museum Bureau (2015); PAN, Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli (2013);15th Tallinn Print Triennial at KUMU Art Museum. In 2011 he was present in the 54th Venice Biennale, with a performative event in the Denmark Pavilion (Osloo Floating Pavilion) and with a site-specific installation in the group show ‘Baton Sinister’, Norvegia Pavilion curated by Bjarne Melgaard and OCA, Office for Contemporary Art Norway.

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