Il Ponte Contemporanea

Maurizio Mochetti

Maurizio Mochetti was born in 1940 in Rome, where he still lives and works. He attended the Liceo Artistico and then the Accademia di Belle Arti. Since 1962 (with his transparent sphere with light) his interest shifted towards “physical” light (meant as matter, and carrying no symbolic or mystical meaning), as well as cars, planes, weapons and geometries. In 1968 he made his entrance in the Roman art scene with his first solo exhibition at the historic gallery “La Salita” where he showed 10 projects and 2 pieces. Mochetti believes that “the artwork is the idea, the project”, while “technology is the tool that allows me to realise pieces more and more close to the idea: in this sense the artwork is perfectible”. In 1969 he won the 1st Pascali Prize in Polignano a Mare and the sculpture prize at the VI Biennale Giovani in Paris. In 1970 he participated for the first time to the Venice Biennale and then again in 1978,1982, 1986, 1988, 1997. He approached the international scene during the beginning of the ’70s, participated in the Sidney Biennale in 1976, in the XXIV Sao Paulo Biennale in 1998 and in the International Nagoya Biennale in 1991. In 1988 he was invited to the Exploratorium, San Francisco (USA) as artist in residency. In 1993 he took partin the collective exhibition “Three Artistic Generations in Contemporary Italy” at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and also exhibited at the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum di Eindhooven (1975), Stadtische Kunsthalle in Dusseldorf (1978), Forum Kunst in Rottweil (1982), and at the Museum Alvar Aalto, Finland (1985). Amongst his other important exhibitions are: “Vitalità del negativo nell’arte italiana:1960/70″ (Rome, 1970), “Linee della ricerca artistica in Italia: 1960/1980″ (Rome, 1981); “Arte italiana 1960-’82″ (London, 1982); “La otra escultura” (Madrid, 1990): Roma anni ‘60 (Rome,1990), “The Italian Metamorphosis” (New York, 1994); “Arte italiana: ultimi quarant’anni” (Bologna, 1997); “Minimalia. Da Giacomo Balla a…” (Venice, 1997 – Rome, 1998). In 2000 the Centro Cultural del Conde Duque in Madrid hosted “ Elica Infinita” one of his most suggestive solo show. In the same year he also took part in the famous exhibition “L’avventura della materia. Dal Futurismo al Laser” at the Palau de la Virreina in Barcelona. In 2003 the Palazzo Ducale in Sassuolo hosted an anthology of his work. In 2009 he had a solo show at the Palazzo Collicola in Spoleto and won the international contest MAXXI 2per100 with his “Linee rette di luce nell’Iperspazio curvilineo”, piece which is now permanently installed in the foyer of MAXXI (Rome).