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Artist Profile

Marcello Grassi

Was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1960.

Artist Profile

Marcello
Grassi

Was born in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 1960.

In 1985, having visited some exhibitions planned for the Year of the Etruscans, he designed a “visual excavation” project in the places, cities and necropolises of the Etruscan civilisation.

In 1999, during an exhibition of his photographs at the Musée Reattu in Arles, France, Federico Motta Editore published the book “Etruria”.

In 1992 he was appointed as photographer of the findings of the archaeological collection housed in the Marbles Gallery and Courtyard of the Civic Museums of Reggio Emilia. This first series of images triggered a long path of research into the Anatomy of Time, conducted in museums and archaeological sites in Italy and across Europe.

In 1995 he began a series of photographs – “The Borges Garden” – on the theme of the relationship between thereal and unreal, focusing on the collections housed in the halls of zoological museums.

From 1994 to 1996 he photographed the city of Arles, France.

In 1997, by appointment of the Musée Archéologique of Nice-Cimiez, he produced a photographic project of the local site.

In 1998, as part of the cultural exchange and twinning programme with Enzkreis in Germany, he was invited by the province of Reggio Emilia to photograph the Cistercian monastery of Maulbronn.

In 2002 he began to work with Fabrizio Orsi on a project about Luzzara, exactly fifty years after the publication of the book “Un Paese” by Cesare Zavattini and Paul Strand.

In late 2004 the book “Luzzara. Cinquant’anni e più..” was published by Skira Editore with a text by Luciano Ligabue.

In 2015 he exhibited the series “Herculaneum”, dedicated to the Campania city ravaged by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., as part of the tenth edition of the European Photography festival in Reggio Emilia. His works have been exhibited in a number of personal and collective exhibitions in numerous cities around Europe, where his photographs are on show in museums and other institutions.

PERSONAL EXHIBITIONS

1986

Segnali di Vita

Reggio Emilia, Cinema Rosebud

1989

Spazi e Astrazioni

Puianello (RE), Cinema Eden

1990

Le immagini dai luoghi degli etruschi

Trieste, Studio Phi

1992

Etruria

Quattro Castella (RE,) Biblioteca comunale

1994

I Paesi dell’Anima

Parma, Galleria della Coppa d’Oro

I Marmi degli Dei

Reggio Emilia, Musei Civici

1996

Arles

Bibbiano (RE)

Etruria

Cavriago (RE), Sala comunale

1997

Etruria

Nice (France), Galerie du Château

1998

Maulbronn

Sala del Preside del monastero di Maulbronn

Etruria

Cortona (AR), fortezza medicea di Girifalco

1999

Etruria

Arles, Musée Reattu

2000

Anatomia del Tempo

Nonantola (MO), Sala delle colonne

2001

Etruria

Grosseto, Museo Archeologico e d’Arte della Maremma

2004

Anatomia del Tempo

Berlino, Istituto italiano di Cultura

2005

Matzevòt

Reggio Emilia, Sinagoga

Cinquant’anni e più…

Luzzara (RE), Museo Cesare Zavattini, Mantova, Galleria Bonelli Arte Contemporanea

2006

Cinquant’anni e più…

Luzzara, Biella, Banale Concept Store

2008

Roma Fuit

Roma, Biblioteca Vallicelliana, Sala del Borromini

2012

Roma Fuit

Reggio Emilia, Spazio Arté

2015

Herculaneum, Fotografia Europea ‘Effetto Terra’

Reggio Emilia, Museo dei Cappuccini

2016

Divinæ Memoriæ, Circuito Off/Fotografia Europea

Reggio Emilia, Banca Albertini Syz

Medi-Nova, Circuito Off/Fotografia Europea

Reggio Emilia

2017

Sine Tempore

Palazzo dei Principi, Correggio

2018

Sine Tempore

Civico Museo Archeologico, Milano, Italy

2018

Sine Tempore

Civico Museo Archeologico, Milano, Italy

CROSS vol. 1. | Parole Suoni Visioni

at Chiostri di S. Domenico

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS

1992

Le tresor du Musée Niépce

Chalon-Sur-Saône, Musée N.Niépce

1992

Giovani Fotografi Italiani

Milano, Spazio Ansaldo, Modena, Sala piazza Grande

1994

Portrait d’une collection, XXV Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie

Arles, Musée Reattu

1995

Arles revisitée par la photographie

Lisbona, Institut Franco-Portugais

1996

Metti il fotografo al museo Reggio Emilia

Musei Civici 10 anni di fotografia Colorno (PR), Aranciaia

Photographes Italiens Contemporains Charleroi

Musée de la Photographie

1997

La Ville Multiple Liegi

Musée d’Art Wallon

1999

Bianco e Nero

Aurillac, Musée d’Art et d’Archéologie

2000

Esperienze

Foiano della Chiana (AR), Palazzo-Pecci Caiani

Biennale Postumia Giovani

Gazoldo degli Ippoliti (MN), Museod’Arte Moderna/Maccagno (VA), Museo Parisi Valle

2001

Abitare la Città

Reggio Emilia, Musei Civici

2002

ReVisioni

Reggio Emilia, Chiostri di San Domenico

2002

Works on paper by 365 contemporary artists

Trieste, Studio Tommaseo

2003

Arles & la Photographie: la collection du Musée Reattu

Saint-Paul de Vence, Fondation Maeght

2005

XL. la collection photographique d’Arles

Arles, Musée Reattu e altre sedi

2005

Un arte glocale

Albacete, Centro cultural de la Asunción

2005

La bestia ingenua

Luzzara, Museo Cesare Zavattini

2006

Il volto della follia

Reggio Emilia, Palazzo Magnani

2006

Uno sguardo sulla città

Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, Centro Loris Malaguzzi

2006

Le Reattu sujet photographique

Arles, Musée Reattu

2007

Binomi

Formigine (MO), Castello

2007

Le città/L’Europa

Fotografia Europea/Reggio Emilia, Ex OPG

2008

Collection Reggio Emilia

Mois de la Photo Paris, Hôtel de Galiffet

2009

Idea di paesaggio

Luzzara (RE), Museo Nazionale delle Arti Naïves

2010

Il mio Paese

Luzzara e la fotografia, Luzzara (RE), ex convento degli agostiniani, Fotografia Europea

2018

‘Virtual vs Real LOVE’

IAGA Contemporary Art Gallery, Cluj-Napoca

2018

”Art Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair”

Thessaloniki, Greece

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