Emanuele Becheri. Figura nel paesaggio. 2019. Terracotta and manganese oxide powder. 19 x 17 x 14,5 cm

Emanuele Becheri. Figura nel paesaggio. 2019. Terracotta and manganese oxide powder. 19 x 17 x 14,5 cm

The gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent works by Emanuele Becheri.

Emanuele Becheri (Prato, 1973), has always been interested in drawing, which he studied in different languages - experiences of drawing in total darkness, then through photography, video and music, and finally through sculpture and terracotta. The relationship between drawing and sculpture is not a concept but, according to Becheri, a reverberation. There is a resonant relationship - which we feel mainly in terracotta, a tension in the gesture, a vibration of the line, a complicity where certain details in the drawing resonate in the sculpture as certain details in the sculpture resonate in the drawing.

From his abstract, monochromatic forms, Emanuele Becheri seeks light, in sculpture, what he also sought in his older works in drawing. It would be deceptive to see in it a reminiscence of the works of Old Masters. If you ask him about a dialogue he would have with the great masters in his sculpture, Becheri answers: "In 2016, in the group exhibition The Lasting at the Galleria Nazionale di Roma, I found myself with one of my works (Shining, 2007, luminescent burrs of snails sculpting a black background for the photographic backgrounds) next to Impression de Boulevard and Ecce Puer de Medardo Rosso. That was the first spark. Later, in the exhibition De Scultura, curated by Saretto Cincinelli, at Casa Masaccio (2018), I showed my terracotta for the first time, creating a tête-à-tête with what was beginning to affect me more and more closely, a game of glances, revisions, tracking, the unique and rare possibility of visiting my works several times in rooms strictly wanted and shared with certain masters, imagining to find roots that only the real presence of the sculptures in a common space could conflict and reveal, something similar to the desire for possession, to the transmission of blood."

Emanuele Becheri's latest personal exhibition, Sculture e disegni, curated by art critics Sergio Risaliti and Saretto Cincinelli, recently took place at Museo Novecento in Florence. The catalogue of the latter is to be released at the end of 2020. Among his latest group shows, one could mention Ragione e Sentimento at Galleria Nazionale d'Arte e Moderna e Contemporanea curated by Chiara Stefani and Massimo Mininni in 2019 as well as the exhibitions Videos from the Collection of the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte e Moderna e Contemporanea at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens and De scultura, Casa Masaccio Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea, San Giovanni Valdarno that both occured in 2018.