The Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute are pleased to present the exhibition opening of Mirror, Mirror On The Wall by Patrizio Travagli.
Patrizio Travagli invites us to turn our attention to the disturbing singularity of the mirror. How many times have mirrors deceived us? How many times, even if for a few moments, have we believed that the reflected image was a window or a door, an entrance not to Wonderland, as it was for Lewis Carroll’s Alice, but to our own common, everyday world?
In the exhibition Mirror, Mirror On The Wall, artist Patrizio Travagli asks you, the viewer, to become the piece of art. Your reflection in the mirror is the launching point for questions about identity, illusion, and reality.
The reflection is perceived as an antinomy: the Other and the Same, Everything and Nothing, Identity and Difference. The mirror’s surface is the event horizon that allows this dialogue to happen with the fascinating power of illusion. The word illusion comes from the latin in lusionem, that means to get into the game (lusia). It refers not to a mere representation of appearance, but rather to an authentic recreation of reality.
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Embassy of Italy
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Washington, DC 20008
Patrizio Travagli completed his degree at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze in 1993. Soon afterwards he had his first exhibitions, winning prizes in Italy and abroad.
Mainly known for his light installation work, he skillfully applies mathematics and architecture to his sculptures. Combining the historical arts and sciences to his own contemporary findings on glass and light, he has shown in galleries, museums, art fairs, public spaces and private commissions in Bern, Zurich, Moscow, Florence, Dubai.
He has taken part in group exhibitions at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York, at the Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Arts MAK, Vienna, at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, at the Museum of Architecture MUAR, Moscow, and at the Tornabuoni Art, Paris.
Patrizio Travagli has been invited to participate in numerous biennales, such as the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Paris Biennale, the Cairo Biennale and in two editions of the Venice Biennale of Art.