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biography

Francesco Arena was born in Mesagne, Brindisi, in 1978. He lives and works in Cassano delle Murge, Bari.

To create his works Arena starts from History, especially from the political and social events that characterize the recent past. In his works, episodes of the past – often hidden or hushed up – gain new life through the synthetic and metaphorical forms of his sculptures.

A number of solo exhibitions have been devoted to Francesco Arena, including: Letto, The Open Box, Milan (2019), Orizzonte, Art Unlimited, Art Basel (2017), Francesco Arena. Perimetro con quattro opere in uno spazio, TRA Treviso ricerca arte, Treviso (2016); Jannis Kounellis – Francesco Arena, Palazzo Baronale, Novoli, Lecce (2015); Francesco Arena: Posatoi, Olnick Spanu Art Program, Garrison, NY (2014); Onze mille cent quatre-vingt sept jours, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (2013); Trittico 57, Museion, Bolzano (2012); Com’è piccola Milano, Peep Hole, Milan (2011); Art Statement, Art Basel (2010); Teste, Fondazione Ermanno Casoli, Fabriano (2010); Cratere, De Vleeshal, Middelburg (2010).

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Francesco Arena was born in Mesagne, Brindisi, in 1978. He lives and works in Cassano delle Murge, Bari.

To create his works Arena starts from History, especially from the political and social events that characterize the recent past. In his works, episodes of the past – often hidden or hushed up – gain new life through the synthetic and metaphorical forms of his sculptures.

A number of solo exhibitions have been devoted to Francesco Arena, including: Letto, The Open Box, Milan (2019), Orizzonte, Art Unlimited, Art Basel (2017), Francesco Arena. Perimetro con quattro opere in uno spazio, TRA Treviso ricerca arte, Treviso (2016); Jannis Kounellis – Francesco Arena, Palazzo Baronale, Novoli, Lecce (2015); Francesco Arena: Posatoi, Olnick Spanu Art Program, Garrison, NY (2014); Onze mille cent quatre-vingt sept jours, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (2013); Trittico 57, Museion, Bolzano (2012); Com’è piccola Milano, Peep Hole, Milan (2011); Art Statement, Art Basel (2010); Teste, Fondazione Ermanno Casoli, Fabriano (2010); Cratere, De Vleeshal, Middelburg (2010).

Works by Francesco Arena have been included in several group exhibitions, among which: The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2020); There will never be a door. You are inside. Works from the Coleção Teixeira de Freitas, Santander Art Gallery, Madrid (2019); The Humans, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (2018); Sculpture Projects Ping Yao, Pingyao (2018); Re-Evolution, MAXXI, Rome (2017); Mario Merz Prize, Fondazione Mario Merz, Turin (2017); La dissidència nostàlgica, La Capella, Barcellona (2016); Par tibi, Roma, nihil, Area archeologica del Palatino, Rome (2016); The 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival, Baijia Lake Museum, Nanjing (2016); Toute première fois, 22 Visconti, Paris (2016); Ennesima, Triennale di Milano (2015); Ritratto dell’artista da giovane, Castello di Rivoli (2014); Vice Versa, Italian Pavilon, 55 Biennale di Venezia (2013); La storia che non ho vissuto. Testimone indiretto, Castello di Rivoli (2012); Sotto la Strada la Spiaggia, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2012); Il bel paese dell’arte, GAMEC, Bergamo (2011); Pleure qui peu rit qui veut – Premio Furla, Palazzo Pepoli, Bologna (2011); Temporaneo – contemporary art in the evolving city, organized by Nomas Foundation and IMF Foundation, Rome (2010); Practicing Memory – In the time of an all – engaging present, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (2010); Les sculptures meurent aussi, Kunsthalle Mulhouse (2010); Annisettanta. Il decennio lungo del secolo breve, Triennale di Milano (2007).

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images

Letto, 2019

Installation view at The Oper Box, Milan, 2019

Copper and ash

80 × 190 × 50 cm

Photo: Roberto Marossi

Letto, 2019

Copper and ash

80 × 190 × 50 cm

Photo: Roberto Marossi

Ardesia con minuto (rettangolo), 2019

Slate, magnetic tape

81 × 61 cm

Photo: Nicola Morittu

Ardesia con minuto (rettangolo), 2019

Slate, magnetic tape

81 × 61 cm

Photo: Nicola Morittu

Ardesia con minuto (rettangolo), 2019 (detail)

Slate, magnetic tape

81 × 61 cm

Photo: Nicola Morittu

Ardesia con minuto (quadrato), 2019

Slate, magnetic tape

71 × 71 × 2 cm

Angolo quinto, 2019

Bronze

20 × 20 × 20 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Blow Stone, 2018

Fior di pesco marble

152 × 69 × 27 cm

Photo: Nicola Morittu

Blow Stone, 2018

Fior di pesco marble

152 × 69 × 27 cm

Photo: Nicola Morittu

Blow Stone, 2018

Fior di pesco marble

152 × 69 × 27 cm

Photo: Nicola Morittu

Marble between 20 years, 2018

White marble, diaries

16,5 × 16,5 × 21 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Marble between 12 years, 2018

Marble, diaries

16,5 × 16,5 × 21,5 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Cube (Le città del mondo), 2018

Carrara marble, "Le città del mondo" by Elio Vittorini

22,5 × 22,5 × 22,5 cm

Photo: 2019

Eisenhower between cubes, 2016

Stone, ground, steel wire

204 × 11 × 13 cm

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Roosevelt between cubes, 2016

Bronze, steel wire, wood

10 × 218 × 15 cm

Art Basel Unlimited 2017

Orizzonte, 2012

steel beam, soil

Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

Orizzonte, 2012

steel beam, soil

Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

Novantatremiliardi di albe, 2016

Sardinian granite, white bronze, cement, steel

170 x 250 x 350 cm

Novantatremiliardi di albe, 2016 (detail)

Sardinian granite, white bronze, cement, steel

170 x 250 x 350 cm

Installation view of Sette, Uno, Quattro at Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 1, Milan, 2015

I giorni (57), 2015

bronze

166,5 x 10 x 10 cm

Photo: Roberto Marossi

I giorni (110), 2015

bronze

166,5 x 10 x 10 cm

Photo: Roberto Marossi

Installation view of Sette, Uno, Quattro at Galleria Raffaella Cortese, via Stradella 4, Milan, 2015

Installation view of Mario Merz Prize: Finalists exhibition | 2nd Edition, Fondazione Merz, Turin, 2017

Photo: Renato Ghiazza

Autoritratto (omaggio ad Alighiero), 2016

Bronze and incense

166,5 x 32 x 32

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Autoritratto (omaggio ad Alighiero), 2016

Bronze and incense

166,5 x 32 x 32

Photo: Lorenzo Palmieri

Extrême Occident, 2013

Book

166 × 15 × 2,5 cm

Photo: Martin Argyroglo

Extrême Orient, 2017

Book

166 × 15 × 2,5 cm

Photo: Roberto Marossi

Extrême Orient, 2017

Book

166 × 15 × 2,5 cm

Photo: Roberto Marossi

Extrême Occident, 2013

Book

166 × 15 × 2,5 cm

Photo: Martin Argyroglo

Divisa mimetica nel vuoto di un'aureola, 2008

Divisa mimetica dell’esercito italiano, aureola in metallo zincato, luci, impianto elettrico

35 × 20 × 35 cm

public exhibitions

Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

St. Gallen

The Humans

15.9.2018 – 17.3.2019

Photo: Sebastian Stadler

Spazio Siena

Siena

Nonostante questo buio

13.5 – 30.6.2018

Photo: Andrea Lensini

Art Unlimited, Art Basel

Basel

2017-06-15

Orizzonte, 2012-2017. IPE iron beam, earth

18.6.2017

Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

Fondazione Merz

Turin

2017-03-08

Mario Merz Prize. Finalists exhibition | 2nd Edition

21.5.2017

Photo: Renato Ghiazza

55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia

Arsenale di Venezia

Venice

Massa sepolta (Burgos, Benedicta, Batajnica 02, Ivan Polije), 2013, Soil, wood, concrete, iron

1.6 – 24.11.2013

Photo: Roberto Marossi

55th International Art Exhibition - la Biennale di Venezia

Arsenale di Venezia

Venice

Massa sepolta (Burgos, Benedicta, Batajnica 02, Ivan Polije), 2013, Soil, wood, concrete, iron

1.6 – 24.11.2013

Photo: Roberto Marossi

De Vleeshal

Middelburg

Cratere

18.4 – 13.6.2010

Photo: Leo Van Kampen

De Vleeshal

Middelburg

Cratere

18.4 – 13.6.2010

Photo: Leo Van Kampen

press

L’arte come narrazione

Elena Bordignon

ATP Diary

March 20, 2019

Atrocity Exhibition: Francesco Arena’s Politics of Imperceptibility

Ara H. Merjian

Frieze

March 8, 2019

In Primo Piano: Francesco Arena

Ginevra Bria

Flash Art Italia

February 20, 2017

Sette, uno, quattro

Domus

October 8, 2015

Francesco Arena

Fabio Cherstich

Vogue Italia

June 13, 2013

publications

Francesco Arena, 5468 days

Texts by Vincenzo De Bellis and Jacopo Crivelli Visconti

Skira

Milan

2019

Francesco Arena, Six Horizons, Six Roads, Ten Landscapes

Texts by: Mario Fortunato and Andrea Viliani

Cura Books

Rome

2017

Francesco Arena - Perimetro con quattro opere in uno spazio

Pixartprinting

Venice

2016

Francesco Arena – Works 2004/2014

Beccaria, M.; Benedetti, L.; Derieux, F.; Merjian, A.

Cura Books

Rome

2014

Francesco Arena - Posatoi

Francesco Arena

MIA-Magazzino of Italian Art

New York

2014

Masse Sepolte

Franceasco Arena

Cura Books

2013

Francesco Arena

Francesco Arena

Edizioni Èxòrma

Rome

2011