Denis Savary at Museo Pietro Canonica, Rome

The project, conceived and curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto presents a reflection on the relationship between the central players of both contemporary international art and Italy. Still today, a great number of foreign artists find themselves presented with the Italian historical and cultural context, renewing its ancient traditions and reinterpreting its canons and methods. Each artist has been called upon to make an original work specifically designed for the museum’s spaces, closely relating to their historical and architectural traits.

Spanning a wide range of mediums, from drawing to video, performing arts to sculpture, the work of Denis Savary (born 1981 in Granges Marnand, Switzerland, lives and works in Lausanne) fictionalizes fragments of art and literature, and deals with historical figures such as Max Ernst, Oskar Kokoschka, Félix Vallotton, and Lautréamont. Savary’s practice weaves narratives steeped in childhood fantasies and adult phantasmagoria, notably through a vision of exhibition as a domestic place that the spectator can inhabit.

Denis Savary
Curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto
Museo Pietro Canonica, Rome
Through October 29