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Mousse Publishing

Italian / English
176 pages
Softcover, 17 × 24 cm
€ 30 / $ 35



Edited by Alessandro Rabottini
Texts by Alessandro Rabottini, Davide Ferri, and Simone Menegoi, and a conversation between Giovanni Kronenberg and Pavel S. Pyś


Giovanni Kronenberg’s sculptures, drawings, and spatial interventions insert brief formal interruptions between natural objects and artifacts of human material culture. A rock crystal and a black pearl, a glass bell jar and a mouflon skin, an ancient olive press, a rough sea sponge, crafted malachite, elk antlers: all of these and more number among the evocative, and sometimes rare and precious, objects that the artist collects and then transforms. Some alterations are simple and light, others are more complex, and together their ambiguous and slippery taxonomies call to mind a Wunderkammer. Kronenberg’s characteristic “combinatorial grammar” offers a key to his drawings as well. The structure of this publication, curated by Alessandro Rabottini, follows a methodology based on suspension and distribution of things in space and time. The volume includes in-depth critical essays by Rabottini himself, Davide Ferri, and Simone Menegoi, and a conversation between the artist and Pavel S. Pyś.

Strata  compiles 37 conversations with artists whose work has made a significant contribution to the Italian and international art scene since 2000. This book is the personal account of a number of encounters, friendships, and professional relationships that Vincenzo de Bellis and Alessandro Rabottini have nurtured over the past twenty years. The conversations explore pivotal moments in each artist’s career and delve into their conceptual and formal concerns, focusing on the aesthetics, philosophies, and politics underpinning their work. 

Vincenzo de Bellis and Alessandro Rabottini
Artists: Yuri Ancarani, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Francesco Arena, Rosa Barba, Elisabetta Benassi, Luca Bertolo, Rossella Biscotti, Chiara Camoni, Gianni Caravaggio, Giulia Cenci, Danilo Correale, Roberto Cuoghi, Enrico David, Patrizio di Massimo, Lara Favaretto, Formafantasma, Linda Fregni Nagler, Giuseppe Gabellone, Martino Gamper, Francesco Gennari, Massimo Grimaldi, Petrit Halilaj, Adelita Husni Bey, Giovanni Kronenberg, Luisa Lambri, Marcello Maloberti, Diego Marcon, Masbedo, Luca Monterastelli, Adrian Paci, Diego Perrone, Alessandro Pessoli, Paola Pivi, Pietro Roccasalva, Alessandro Sciarroni, Marinella Senatore, Francesco Vezzoli.
Designed by Lorenzo Mason Studio

2023, softcover, 10.8 x 18.4 cm, 720 pages

Co-published by Lenz with Les Presses du réel

SBN: 978-2-37896-461-0 (English edition)

Project supported by the Italian Council (10th edition, 2021), program to promote Italian contemporary art around the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture
Proposing entity
Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro
With the contribution of
Fondazione In Between Art Film
Cultural partners
Camden Art Centre, London, UK
Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan, Italy
Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein

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