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Simon Lee Gallery is pleased t o announce the first exhibition in Hong Kong by renowned Italian artist Cla udio Parmiggiani. Associated with the Arte Povera and Conceptual Art moveme nts\, Parmiggiani's work resists a firm connection to both. Themes of absen ce\, the inevitable passage of time\, fragmentation and ordeal recur throug hout his practice and are essential to his oeuvre\, as too does his concern with the power of memory\, poetic images and shared history. Parmiggiani&r squo\;s practice demonstrates a profound interest in our artistic\, histori cal and moral past. Deeply personal meditations on life and death\, the pow er of reflection and feelings of the sacred are realised in concrete object s\, photographic and painted images\, and in his signature Delocazioni< /em>\, made with fire and soot on canvas.

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At the centre of the exhibition is an assemblage of plaster heads\, in stalled like a mass of remains on the gallery floor. In this work\, Parmigg iani engages with classical iconography and fragments of antiquity\, using the figures and motifs of an imaginary archaeology to rewrite and evoke the effect of ancient ruins. Another new work consists of paper painted with t he constellation of the stars and pierced with a burn. Its materials are ch arred but memories of their presence remain. Moving between homage\, transg ression and estrangement\, the echo of the ancient world is charged with my stery as the artist gives form to ephemeral notions of time\, silence\, mem ory\, absence and dreams through sculptural installations\, paintings and < em>Delocazioni that resonate with imaginative tension.

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Using relics\, fire\, ashes\, pigment\, dust\, shado w\, Parmiggiani&rsquo\;s work is exquisitely and brutally material but reta ins the longing for a transcendent dimension\, a desire to render infinitie s\, abstractions and what is burrowed in the world but nameless and without noise. First exhibited in 1970\, Parmiggiani&rsquo\;s iconic Delocazio ni use powder\, smoke and fire to make shadows and imprints on paper a nd board. In order to create his Delocazioni\, Parmiggiani builds an instal lation and sets it on fire through the combustion of tyres. When the object s are removed\, what remains are their negative outlines in soot\, revealin g their trace and memory\, silhouettes immortalised using smoke. In this la ndscape of shadows and light\, bodies and objects\, the whole universe of l ife is evoked in absentia.

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Claudio Pa rmiggiani was born in Luzzara\, Italy in 1943. His first major exhibition w as held at Liberia Feltrinelli\, Bologna in 1965. Parmiggiani&rsquo\;s work has been widely exhibited in international museums and collections. His wo rk has been shown six times at the Biennale de Venezia (1972\, 1982\, 1984\ , 1986\, 1995 and 2015). A retrospective of his practice between 1960 and 1 995 was held at the Musé\;e d&rsquo\;Art Moderne et Contemporain\, Ge neva (1995). Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Galleria d´\;Ar te Moderna di Bologna\, Bologna (2003)\, The Grand Palais\, Paris (2005)\, The Musé\;e des Beaux-arts de Nantes\, Nantes (2007)\, Collè\;g e des Bernardins\, Paris (2008)\, Palazzo del Governatore\, Parma (2010) an d Fondazione Bernareggi\, Bergamo (2014). His work was recently included in the major group exhibition &lsquo\;Post Classics: The revival of antiquity in contemporary Italian Art&rsquo\;\, curated by Vincenzo Trione in the Ro man Forum&ndash\; Palatine\, Rome (2014) and Unlimited\, Art Basel\, Basel (2013). In June 2015\, a permanent installation of his work was unveiled at Villa Medici\, Rome.

DTEND:20150829 DTSTAMP:20150703T062711 DTSTART:20150709 GEO:0.0;0.0 LOCATION:Simon Lee Hong Kong\,304\, 3F The Pedder Building 12 Pedder Street \n Hong Kong\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Claudio Parmiggiani UID:388423 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150708T200000 DTSTAMP:20150703T062711 DTSTART:20150708T180000 GEO:0.0;0.0 LOCATION:Simon Lee Hong Kong\,304\, 3F The Pedder Building 12 Pedder Street \n Hong Kong\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Claudio Parmiggiani UID:388424 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR