Gilberto Zorio


18 October 2008 - 18 January 2009

Gilberto Zorio belongs to a generation of Italian artists who in the mid 1960s pioneered a radical and distinguished artistic movement which later became known as Arte Povera. Through the use of often modest and humble materials, these artists posed sophisticated and profound questions about the very nature of human existence.

This was Zorio’s first solo exhibition in the UK and included new installations made specifically for Milton Keynes Gallery’s spaces combined with works that trace the historical points of his practice. Energy, through the use of elemental forces, is essential to Zorio’s work and is addressed in many ways, from the near invisibility of oxidisation and its effect on copper to the ferocious heat of metal welding. Zorio’s use of different metals such as lead, copper and steel connects his work to a lineage of historical and primordial forms of creative expression.

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