DANILO BUCCHI Blu Curated by: Gianluca Marziani June 9 – September 9, 2022 at Mazarine Variations

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Danilo Bucchi (Rome, 1978) completed his studies in Rome, where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts and concentrated on drawing, painting and photography. From the outset, the artist has shown a strong desire to root his language in a universe of signs that harkens back to the European abstraction tradition of the early avant-garde, using highly technological techniques and media.

With Blu, Bucchi returns to tell a substantial story about a colour with a high symbolic charge, elaborated with the usual meticulous attention to the chromatic ritual, to its impact on the clean white of the background. A gestural awareness that faces the rhythm and balance of the sign, capturing the liquid values that only blue feels and sustains with Mediterranean empathy, evolving between the abstractions of the sky and the crystalline brilliance of water, adding the mysterious mineral awareness of blue, alchemical in its unstable movement of tonal values, gemmological depths, plays of light.

After having confronted the long breathing of the black sign on white backgrounds, after having inserted arterial fringes of red between the wefts of the black signs, after having plunged his gaze into total blackness, Danilo Bucchi thus rediscovers with Blu the geography of white over which run the rivers of his new chromatic twin: a mineral and boreal blue, gliding between loops that widen and narrow, between streams that splash and compact the chromatic density, between elastic curves that remind us of the Planet seen from the sky but also of the microcosm that the naked eye does not perceive.

Major solo exhibitions include those of: Contemporary Art Society (2008, Rome); Museo del Risorgimento (2011, Bologna); Palazzo Collicola Visual Arts (2011, Spoleto); Museo Laboratorio di Arte Contemporanea (2011, Rome); Galleria Poggiali e Forconi (2015, Florence); Galleria Il Ponte Contemporanea (2016, Rome). Between 2014 and 2015, Danilo Bucchi was invited to carry out three major urban redevelopment projects: Il Paese dei Balocchi (2014 Rome) the permanent work present at MAAM; Assolo (2015, Rome) for Big City Life in Tor Marancia with which he then participated in the XV Architecture Exhibition in Venice.
2017 is marked by the solo exhibition Lunar Black at MACRO in Rome, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva.

In 2019 Marussa Gravagnuolo and Christine Lahoud presented his first solo exhibition in Paris at the Pièce Unique gallery on rue Jacques Callot.
In January 2022, he exhibited at the Visionarea Art Space in Rome organised by Gianluca Marziani

Among the main public collections: PRATO CONTEMPORANEA Bastione Delle Forche, PECCI MUSEUM (Prato ITALY), FARNESINA COLLECTION Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Rome ITALY), COLLICOLA ON THE WALL Palazzo Collicola Visual Arts (Spoleto ITALY), TRUE LIES COPELOUZOS ART MUSEUM (Athens, GREECE).
In 2018 he enters the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome with the work “LIQUID” and in 2020 he creates the monumental work for the port of Giardini Naxos in Sicily.

Founded in 1988 under the name PIECE UNIQUE, its original concept was to exhibit a single work of art created especially for the space by a contemporary artist.

In February 2000, the gallery expanded to a new space at 26, rue Mazarine in order to present the works of the artists represented on a permanent basis and to organise special events throughout the year.
Since February 2020, Marussa Gravagnuolo and Christine Lahoud have concentrated their activities at 26, rue Mazarine in the space now called “MAZARINE VARIATIONS”.

Galerie Mazarine Variations – 26, rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.