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Francesco Arena was born in Torre Santa Susanna, Brindisi, in 1978, now he lives and works in Cassano delle Murge, Bari.

Arena starts from history to create his works, in particular from the political and social events that have characterized the recent past. Episodes, which have often been hidden or silenced, take on new life thanks to the synthetic and metaphorical forms of his sculptures.

Francesco Arena’s research is centered around ways of thinking about temporality, questioning the notion of history, by revealing irruptions in the course of things that seem to conform to a linear development marked by causes and effects. The historical and the personal are constantly intertwined in the artist's work in the representation of historical events based on a factual relationship with himself. We frequently encounter the use of the artist’s anthropometric data (such as weight, body mass, height, distance from his eyes to the floor), acting as tangible figures to quantify history.

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Selected Works

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Cratere

2010

Wood, metal, sand

600 x 400 x 600 cm (236 732 x 157 1532 x 236 732 inches)

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Keats between cubes

2016

Bronze, steel wire

10 x 15 x 185.5 cm (3 1516 x 5 2932 x 73 132 inches)

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Division of the square (Nietzsche)

2016

Metal, wire, different materials

100 x 100 x 2 cm (39 38 x 39 38 x 2532 inches)

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Division of the square (a couple)

2018

Bronze, various strings

100 x 100 x 3 cm (39 38 x 39 38 x 1 316 inches)

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Cube (The Picture of Dorian Gray)

2018

Moroccan gray stone, The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

20.5 x 20.5 x 20.5 cm (8 116 x 8 116 x 8 116 inches)

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8 Arms with Times

2018

Bronze, analog magnetic musicassette tape

178.5 x 10 x 1 cm (70 932 x 3 1516 x 38 inches)

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Angolo Stanco (hommage à la mort de Walter Benjamin)

2018

Iron, performer, chair

200 x 200 x 200 cm (78 34 x 78 34 x 78 34 inches)

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Marble between 1 year

2018

Marble, agendas

20 x 18.5 x 21 cm (7 78 x 7 932 x 8 932 inches)

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Old chair with old shoes, old Capital but new newspaper

2019

Chair, shoes, books, newspaper

40 x 40 x 80 cm (15 34 x 15 34 x 31 12 inches)

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Medio, pollice, rosa

2020

Bronze ring

70 x 20 x 6 cm (27 916 x 7 78 x 2 38 inches)

Installation

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Cubic Metre of Seawater as a Diagonal, 2019
Sprovieri Gallery, London

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Cubic Metre of Seawater as a Diagonal, 2019
Sprovieri Gallery, London

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Les sculptures meurent aussi, 2010
Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse

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Sette, uno, quattro, 2015
Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

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Sette, uno, quattro, 2015
Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

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Autumn Lines, 2016
Sprovieri Gallery, London

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Bajo el brazo: entre la palma de la mano y la axila, 2018
CaixaForum, Barcelona

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Bajo el brazo: entre la palma de la mano y la axila, 2018
CaixaForum, Barcelona

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Escamas, 2019
Casa Vicens, Barcelona

News

Exhibitions

Revelations on a shapeless sphere

Fonteta
Jun 17 - Aug 28, 2022

For the second consecutive year, we are delighted to present a collaborative project between galleries Bombon, Galeria Joan Prats and NoguerasBlanchard. The proposal for this summer once again brings together artists from the three galleries and from different generations in an exhibition format that will be based on the exquisite corpse principle, with a text by poet Eduardo Escoffet written for the occasion.

Focusing on this act of collective exchange, during the summer of 2022, the artists invited to participate, the first of them Pere Noguera (La Bisbal del Ampurdán, Girona; 1941) , will be in charge of selecting the first group of artists, and so on in succession, until closing a cycle of exhibition proposals made up of works spanning different generations and imaginaries.

Chapter 1: Opening Saturday 25 June
Pere Noguera, Luis Gordillo, Ludovica Carbotta (Room 1)
Pere Noguera, Anna Dot, The Late Estate Broomberg & Chanarin (Room 2)

Chapter 2: Opening Saturday 16 July
Ludovica Carbotta, Muntadas, Francesco Arena (Room 1)
The Late Estate Broomberg & Chanarin, Jordi Mitjà, Rasmus Nilausen (Room 2)

Chapter 3: Opening Saturday 6 August
Francesco Arena, Victoria Civera, Perejaume (Room 1)
Ángela de la Cruz, Rasmus Nilausen, Lola Lasurt (Room 2)

Chapter 4: Opening Thursday 18 August
Perejaume, Pere Llobera, Ignacio Uriarte (Room 1)
Lola Lasurt, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Fernando Prats (Room 2)

c/ Empordà, 10, Fonteta, Girona
Jun: Friday to Sunday from 5 to 9pm
Jul and Aug: Monday to Sunday from 5 to 9pm

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Measured stones

Madrid
Feb 05 - Mar 26, 2022

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Angolo Stanco

Barcelona
Sep 26 - Nov 16, 2018

Francesco Arena’s research is centred around ways of thinking about temporality, by revealing irruptions in the course of things that seem to conform to a linear development marked by causes and effects.

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WATCHDOG-LAPDOG-PLAYDOG

Barcelona
Apr 02 - May 07, 2016

“The press is a watchdog. Not a lapdog. A watchdog. Now, a watchdog can’t be right all the time. He doesn’t bark only when he sees or smells something that’s dangerous. A good watchdog barks at things that are suspicious.” -Dan Rather (American journalist and a former anchor for CBS Evening News)

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Meditaremos em silêncio a diferença entre nós

Madrid
Nov 14 - Jan 09, 2016

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3 Ludwig reflections and 1 horizon

Madrid
Nov 15 - Jan 17, 2015

The exhibition parts from an investigation around the cabin built by Ludwig Wittgenstein on a fjord in the remote town of Skjolden (Norway) in 1911.

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The Story Behind | Pilastro

Barcelona
Sep 05 - Oct 04, 2013

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