The exhibition Major Arcana comes from the idea of asking 22 artists from different generations and backgrounds to make a deck of Tarot cards.
Each of the artists invited by Massimo Kaufmann has been selected to interpret one figure of the Arcana. The criteria behind the choice are absolutely arbitrary, but an attempt has been made to reflect the artist, his or her iconographic world, style and even personality.
In this show, therefore, Italian art becomes a sort of game in which the cards are constantly re-shuffled, the metaphor of an oracular art through which to predict the future.
The 22 artists invited have taken part in response to the requests of the curator, who has attempted to identify, for each of the Arcana, the personality most suited to its realization, relying on a mechanism of formal or personal ‘elective affinities’.
The catalogue will be a real Tarot deck, 22 cards in the format 13.5 x 18 cm, published by Massimo Kaufmann and Iaia Filiberti, in an edition of 1000 hand-numbered units, including a text by the curator and reproductions of the works. The works, made with different techniques – painting, drawing, pastels, ink, photography – all measure 40 x 30 cm.
The show, produced by Galleria Antonio Colombo in collaboration with Galleria InArco of Turin, will be presented at the Galleria Colombo from 8 to 23 February 2007, and then at Galleria InArco from 6 March to 13 April 2007.
Sandro Chia I The Magician
Iaia Filiberti II The High Priestess
Alessandro Bazan III The Empress
Mimmo Paladino IV The Emperor
Piero Pizzi Cannella V The Hierophant
Marco Cingolani VI The Lovers
Laboratorio Saccardi VII The Chariot
Stefania Romano VIII Justice
Giuseppe Gallo IX The Hermit
Chiara Dynys X Wheel of Fortune
Nicola Verlato XI Strenght
Andrea Mastrovito XII The Hanged Man
Pierluigi Calignano XIII Death
Francesco De Grandi XIV Temperance
Carol Rama XV The Devil
Carlo Spoldi XVI The Tower
Nicola De Maria XVII The Stars
Gianni Dessì XVIII The Moon
Katja Noppes XIX The Sun
Giuliano Guatta XX Judgement
Vincenzo Cabiati XXI The World
Enzo Cucchi The Fool
Opening Thursday 8 February 2007, 18.30
on view until 23 February, Tues-Sat, 16.00-19.30