The installation Cinema a luce solida [Solid light Cinema], realised in 1968, consists in a projector made of plastic and neon lights. It reminds us of the “Lampadine con i raggi solidificati” by the two Futurists Depero and Balla.
With his work, the artist gives concrete form to the idea of “projection”, he transforms light into a solid body.
He moves from the assumption that in life everything, including the thought, is real. The corporeality of the projection here anticipates the further development that this idea will have in the cinematic reflection of the Screen and the Projections. It is a metaphor of the relationship between mind and world, between the memory of things and their recognisability and evolution. (Dora Aceto)
Exhibition dates and venues
1968 – Mana Art Market, Rome
– Il cinema a luce solida [Solid-light cinema],Galleria de Niebourg, Milan
1976 – Galleria Toselli, Milan
– Galleria La Steccata, Parma
1987 – Sogno Italiano [Italian dream], Franchetti Collection, Castello di Genazzano, Rome, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva
1994 – Retrospective Fabio Mauri. Opere e Azioni 1954 - 1994 [Fabio Mauri. Works and Actions 1954 - 1994], National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome, curated by Carolyn Christov Bakargiev, supervised by Augusta Monferini
1999 – Il popolo della notte illumina l’arte delle città [The people of the night light up the art in the cities], National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome
2010 – Attraverso le collezioni II ‘Quadro scultura –scultura quadro’ [Through the collections, The “Painting sculpure - sculpture painting”], National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome
2016 – Fabio Mauri Retrospettiva a luce solida, Museo MADRE, Napoli, a cura di Laura Cherubini e Andrea Viliani