Similarities & Differences is the inaugural exhibition at a new contemporary gallery space in Vienna, Hofstätter Projekte, by Italian artist Maurizio Nannucci. Known widely for his neon sign creations along with work in the fields of photography, video, installations and artists’ books, Maurizio Nannucci’s acclaimed neon work installed on the facade of the Altes Museum in Berlin claiming that All Art Has Been Contemporary, proved the inspiration for the general theme of the Hofstätter Projekte and the allowing of artists the greatest possible freedom when exhibiting in this new gallery. It is fitting then that Similarities & Differences finds the Hofstätter Projekte inhabited by seven neon signs created by Maurizio Nannucci in different colours that accentuate the vertical and horizontal aspects of the exhibition space using light as a material and as a physical substance. As part of Similarities & Differences, Maurizio Nannucci has included objects from Kunsthandel Reinhold Hofstätter, a private art and antiques collection, a unique concept that will feature in all the exhibitions at this new gallery space, the interplay between contemporary art and the artefacts used by the artists from the collection. The texts used by Maurizio Nannucci in his neon signs are kept simple, references rather than assertive statements, they are open to meaning and change when viewed with the objects such as chairs, chandeliers, tables and books that have been placed in the open gallery space forming basic shapes of writing such as a rectangle and contrasting the ambiguous texts with strong geometric shapes. The ever changing colour shades of the neon texts heighten ones sensual perception towards the composition, enhanced by the careful use of the perspectives between the gallery spaces’s upper and lower floors.
Contemporary artist Maurizio Nannucci was born in Florence, Italy, 1939. Widely known for his neon installations, he has also worked in the fields of photography, video, sound installations, neon installations, artist’s books and has also been involved with the development of concrete poetry and been in contact with the Fluxus artists and conceptual art. The late 1960’s revealed his first neon sign installations, working on the concepts that exist between art, language and images and working on the relationships between light and space, colour and writing, language and society. At this time Maurizio Nannucci also explored relationships between architecture and art within the urban landscape by working on projects with a range of architects such as Auer & Weber, Renzo Piano and Mario Botta.
Hofstätter Projekte is a new contemporary gallery space based in Vienna, Austria. The exhibition space was created by Anton Hofstätter, under the direction of Sophie Tappeiner, after he took over his father’s art collection and antiques dealership, Kunsthandel Reinhold Hofstätter. His father’s first shop is now dedicated to the Hofstätter Projekte where during the year, five to six exhibitions will be hosted and the artists invited to enter into a dialogue with the objects from the Kunsthandel Reinhold Hofstätter collection creating interplay between the old and the new thereby reinterpreting and recontextualising the content. Exhibitions planned for the first year of Hofstätter Projekte include solo shows by Klaus Mosettig, Tobias Rehberger and Constantin Luser. Similarities & Differences by Maurizio Nannucci runs from 15th November 2014 until 28th February 2015 and can be found at Dorotheergasse 14, 1010, Vienna, Austria.
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Photos courtesy of Hofstätter Projekte.