GIOVANNI CERRI

Always attracted by the urban and hinterland territories, his research has developed in the thematic investigation of industrial archaeology, with depictions of disused factories, abandoned areas and wreckages of buildings on the border of city and outskirts. From 2001 t0 2009, with the cycle of “ghost cities”, he painted on newspaper, a support that – through some fragments of text – tells of the present-day, like a sort of emerging chronicle of the pictorial material. In 2006, with this technique, he revisited in 16 paintings some of the most celebrated faces of the Sixteen Chapel and The Last Judgement of Michaelangelo for an exhibition at Galleria Blanchaert in Milan and successively was invited by the curator, Philippe Daverio, to take part in the Michetti Prize at Francavilla al Mare. In 2008, together with his father, Giancarlo, at the Museo della Permanente in Milan, he held the exhibition “The Cerris: Giancarlo and Giovanni: Painting from Generation to Generation”. In 2009, he completed a large triptych entitled: “Gomorra: The Other Eden”, inspired by Robert Saviano’s best-seller.

In these years, several of his catalogues were accompanied by texts written by his friend and writer, Raul Montanari.
In 2010, he returned to painting on canvas, presenting another great triptych entitled “Habitat” at the Trinnale Design Museum in Milan, in occasion of the “Redesigning Architecture” Prize.
In 2011, he was invited by the curator, Vittorio Sgarbi, to exhibit in the Lombardy Section of the Italy Stand at the 54th Biennale di Venezia, and successively in the exhibition “Artists for Noto. The Shadow of the Divine in Contemporary Art” ?at Palazzo Grimani in Venice.
One of his works is present in the collection of the Museo della Permanente in Milan.

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