From March 26th to May 6th 2014 the first retrospective on the art and design collective led by Piergiorgio Robino, Nucleo, named ‘Manifesto’ took place in Parisian Hôtel de Galliffet. The exhibition was conceived and realised by the Nilufar Gallery of Milan, and curated by Elena Giulia Abbiatici and Melania Rossi. It was set up under the ‘Promises of Art’ program, which aims to promote young talents from the ultra-contemporary Italian art scene. Manifesto tells the story of the highly creative collective and its assertions. A thought which translates into action, a meeting at the peak of artisanal and artistic research. Nucleo’s work is simultaneously material and conceptual: molded by many hands, it has the ambition to combine three forms of knowledge: theory, practice and production (theoria, pràxis e poiesis).
Each object discloses its internal secret as an original artistic vision. The exhibition serves to enforce the creative process by making it explicit and to present the relationship between different materials, shapes, colours, weights and concept, as their balance changes and evolves. The result is a perfect link interlocking empty spaces and volumes, abstract principles and everyday use, potential allusion and the real essence of objects.
Nucleo is a collective of artists and designers directed by Piergiorgio Robino based in Torino, Italy. Active in contemporary art, design and architectural fields. Distinctive, curious and tactile, Nucleo draws comparisons between the past and the future. A theme that influences the perception of the ‘self’ and the surroundings. They play with the presumption of interlacing timeframes and exploring the space they create. With a focus on three dimensional shapes, the physical and tactile experience is an important part of the expression. With a clear interest working with history, the lack of history, and the creation of it. Aspects necessary to build a memory, Nucleo believes that through making a past of the future, it can create a curiosity of history that has not yet happened.
Nucleo’s design has been exhibited worldwide over the years: in Italy (Fondazione Re Rebaudengo, Turin, 2009), France (Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris 2004), Belgium (Pierre Berge and Associates, Brussels, 2008), Spain (Marco Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, 2005 ), Germany (Gabrielle Ammann Gallery, Köln, 2013), Brazil (Museu Nacional do Conjunto Cultural da República, Brasília, 2008), Denmark (ID Forum, Horsens, 2006) and the United States (Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie 2004; Chelsea Art Museum, New York, 2004; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2003), and in the most important art and design fairs: Design Miami Basel, PAD Paris, PAD London, PAD New York.
Photography by Laila Sonsino.
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