Treccani pays tribute to a master of Italian art and to the value of the encyclopedic tool as a source of inspiration for contemporary creativity, fifty years after the historic exhibition in which Emilio Isgrò presented the deleted volumes of the Treccani Encyclopedia. When the Schwarz Gallery in Milan proposed the highly anticipated Isgrò exhibition, the pages of the large volumes of the Great Encyclopedia Treccani (covered by black erasures) were hung on the walls as if they were paintings; some books were instead placed on black pedestals which declared their provenance: "Encyclopedia Treccani". Treccani Arte has decided to celebrate this anniversary by inviting the Maestro to compete again with the Great Encyclopedia, to create a special large-format edition. Isgrò responded to the invitation by deleting in red, the Treccani color par excellence, a text composed in the typical characters of the Italian Encyclopedia, leaving only twenty voices alive, including the names of Dante Alighieri, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Giuseppe Verdi and Albert Einstein.
2019, Screen printing on Hahnemuehle gr. 320 / sqm
160 x 120 cm,
Edition of 50 copies + 10 artist's proofs
Each copy is signed and numbered by the artist
Italian writer and artistic operator (b. Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto 1937). After the first works of poetry, in which the echoes of the illustrious tradition are still felt (Fiere del sud, 1956, and L'ante-war, 1963, later reunited with other verses in The age of gymnastics, 1966), he devoted himself to experiments of visual poetry, characterized by a happy balance between the verbal and the iconic element (Volkswagen, 1964), to "cancellation" operations (Il Cristo cancellatore, 1969
cancellation of the first volume of the Treccani Encyclopedia, 1970) and to staging of visual cycles, in which there is a strong conceptual component (Chopin: scores for 15 pianos, 1979). A lively experimentalism also presides over his parallel activity as a prose writer and theatrical author: L'adventurosa vita di Emilio Isgrò (1975) and Marta de Rogatiis Johnson (1977), several dramatic texts, including Gibellina's Orestea da Eschilo ( Agamènnuni, 1983
I Cuèfuri, 1984
Villa Eumènidi, 1985), the novel Polyphemus (1989). In 2017 the artist published the autobiographical text Autocurriculum. For the Institute of the Italian Encyclopedia he created the works Twenty voices for Treccani and ten commas for the world (2019) and Planisphere (2021).
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