Massimo Bartolini

*1962 in Cecina, Italy

The Italian artist Massimo Bartolini works with various materials and media, from sculpturing and performance to photography. Through often simple adjustments like light and perspective, Bartolini changes and fools the observer’s perception of his works radically. Both three-dimensional and temporal judgement get twisted: A bedroom that appears to sink into the floor, a gallery room in which the light changes with the visitor’s steps, or a white room with round corners where walls and distances are indiscernible (“Head no. 8”). Bartolini himself calls his works “animated architecture”, which destabilizes the observer’s perception and abandons them to disorientation. His works often have sensual connotations and set them in a meditative and contemplative state which encourages reflecting on the relativity of continuity and the unchanging. For the documenta (13) Bartolini installed his work “Untiteled (Wave)” in front of the Kasseler orangery: A water basin in which a wave was sloshing back and forth eternally and evenly.

Exhibitions and awards (selection):
Massimo Bartolini has participated in many group exhibitions, among others the documenta (2013), Manifesta (2002), the Biennale of Sao Paulo (2004), the Biennale di Venezia (1999, 2009, 2013), the Quadriennale di Roma (2008) and the Shanghai Biennale (2006), and has had many solo exhibitions worldwide, among others at the Museo Marino Marini (2015), Florenz, SMAK (2013), Gent and at the P.S.1, New York (2001).