There is something rather wonderful about seeing a great exhibition in a small private gallery, Light In Motion at Mazzoleni is exactly that. It’s a special treat to such brilliant work from a trio of Italian artists, that I must admit, were previously unknown to me.
The big blockbuster exhibitions certainly have their place but having to dodge around busy crowds to properly see the work or read the notice advising who created the piece can be a little dispiriting.
How lovely then to walk along Albemarle Street in Mayfair, London, and to see a large room with no people, through the large plate glass window. You also see the work by Piero Dorazio entitled “Happy Happy”. It’s a vivid blaze of colour and geometric shapes, perfectly setting the tone for the rest of the exhibition.
For this show the work of three Italian artists whose work spans the twentieth century are gathered together to happily rub shoulders. The three are Giacomo Balla, Gianfranco Zappettini and the aforementioned Dorazio.
Of these three Balla (1871 – 1958) was the first to emerge, indeed he was part of the Famous futurist movement which was headed by Marinetti. As such his work is full of explosive energy and movement, colours leap out of you with a swirl of movement.
Dorazio (1927 – 2005) was born nearly sixty years after Balla but was apparently both a fan and then a friend of the older artist. The work of Dorazio in this shows often features line of bold colour overlapping, leading the colours on a journey to the outer reaches of the canvas.
Zappettini (b. 1939) produces work of subtle depth of tone, often using a simple palate of subtle variations of the same colour to create patterns which only emerge on closer inspection. There are also some striking pieces using bold contrasting colours to jaggedly slice the paintings apart.
The works of the three artists are mingled together over the two floors of the gallery, always complementing and pushing thoughts and ideas from piece to another. The show has been beautifully curated by Elena Gigli and on these dark winter days, it produces an inspiring and vital dash of energy. We received a friendly welcome when we visited, so don’t be afraid to pull the door open and enjoy the treats inside.
The exhibition is free to enter and runs to 22 December 2017