PREMIO ARTISTICO FONDAZIONE VAF – VI° edizione: Posizioni attuali dell’arte Italiana

9 Febbraio – 27 Aprile 2014

Schaufler Foundation – Schauwerk Sindelfingen

Dal 9 febbraio al 27 aprile 2014 lo SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen ospiterà la mostra per il “VI° Premio Fondazione VAF”, presentando così nel Baden-Württemberg gli attuali sviluppi della giovane arte italiana. La mostra verrà poi ospitata nella Stadtgalerie di Kiel nell’estate del 2014, rinnovando la proficua collaborazione nata già nel 2008. La Fondazione VAF prosegue così la sua ambiziosa serie di mostre assegnando per la sesta volta consecutiva il premio ad un giovane artista italiano creando al contempo, oltre alla premiazione in sé, una piattaforma privilegiata di confronto per gli artisti che avranno modo di presentare i loro lavori più recenti. In mostra i lavori di Guglielmo Castelli, Flavio De Marco, Marco Di Giovanni, Rä Di Martino, Zoè Gruni, Jacopo Mazzonelli, Margherita Moscardini, Caterina Nelli, Maria Elisabetta Novello, Giovanni Ozzola, Laurina Paperina, Nicola Samorì, Marco Maria Giuseppe Scifo, Nicola Toffolini, Gianluca Vassallo.
In occasione della mostra sarà pubblicato un catalogo, in edizione bilingue tedesco e italiano, edito da Allerheiligenpresse. Il 13 aprile 2014 presso lo Schauwerk Sindelfingen si terrà la conferenza dal titolo “All’italiana – Italian contemporary art in the focus” con i relatori Philippe Daverio, Lorand Hegyi, Peter Weiermair.

A cura di: Volker W. Feierabend, Lorand Hegyi, Silvia Höller, Norbert Nobis, Peter Weiermair, Klaus Wolbert

Catalogo: Allerheiligenpresse – Innsbruck
SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen
Eschenbrünnlestraße 15, 71065 Sindelfingen, Germania
+49 7031 9324900

Guarigione dell’ossesso

25 October – 07 December 2013

Christian Ehrentraut
Friedrichstr. 123
D-10117 Berlin
(Subway / U Oranienburger Tor)

Samorì  examines the theme of obsession from a number of different perspectives: that of the human body, religion, science, and the obsession of the artist with his own work. In his new paintings and sculptures he references art historical and biblical representations of ‘the healing of the possessed’.  Examples of such associations are Raphael’s “Transfiguration”, Jean-Martin Charcot, who “invented” the medical diagnosis of hysteria in his hospital in Paris in the late 19th Century, and Efisio Marini, an Italian scientist and physician who created rather unconventional sculptures from preserved corpses.

In the eponymous, large format painting on canvas, a figure is pierced by bars and struggles in front of a blurred group of figures in a mirroring of the practice of exorcism. In “Vomere”, the largest installation piece on display, Samorì physically dissects a horizontal life-size portrait of a man on a table placed in front of a monumental copper-coated diptych; among the copper, a large group of viewers in an anatomical theater follow the spectacle. In other paintings Samorì works with meticulous detail, creating a collection of butterflies on copper or physically attacking his own images with surgical precision.

Tel/Fax +49 30 44 03 83 85

open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm





22 June – 06 October 2013

Man in the contemporary art collection of the Fondation Francès

Museum Dr. Guislain
Josef Guislainstraat 43
B-9000 Gent

2012, oil on copper, 100 x 100 cm

2012, oil on copper, 100 x 100 cm


25 June – 06 September 2013

RLB Kunstbrücke
Adamgasse 1-7
6020 Innsbruck

2011, oil on copper, 70 x 50 cm

2011, oil on copper, 70 x 50 cm

Schöne Landschaft/Bedrohte Natur

09 June – 13 October 2013

Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche,
Hasemauer 1
49074 Osnabrück

Opening hours:
Tu 1 pm – 6 pm
We – Fr 11 am – 6 pm
Sa – Su 10 am – 6 pm

2011, oil on wood, 35 x 65 cm” align=”left

Vom Abtun der Bilder

02 June – 14 July 2013

Hospitalhof Stuttgart
Jägerstraße 14-18
70174 Stuttgart

Opening hours:
Mo – Fr 2 pm – 5 pm
Su 10.30 am – 12.30 am


January 26 – March 2013

Galleria Mazzoli Arte Contemporanea
Via Nazario Sauro, 62
41121 Modena

On Saturday, January 26th at 6.30 pm, Nicola Samorì will open his first solo exhibitionat Galleria Mazzoli in Modena. The title of the exhibition Die Verwindung (Overcoming)is taken from Heidegger and suggests a disloyal attitude to tradition, namely, a betrayal– which is also an uneasy transition – that recaptures and at the same time rethinksthe integuments of the painting. Such distortion/dislocation has permitted the artist toinvestigate and reinterpret the history of art, putting his crimes-pleasures of damaging thepainting into practice (a discipline that is accepted as an uncomfortable yet, at the sametime, necessary legacy).

In their doing and undoing, the paintings indulge an intrinsic shattering “of the identityand of the identical” which aims to comprehend the grammatical limits and the syntacticpossibilities of extremely diffuse images. Purloining the memories that languish in galleriesall over the world, Samorì thus decided to desecrate the masterpieces of art in the hopeof «understanding the violated vitality of our culture, an unconscious and material capital».Encouraging the instinctive and destructive force of formal organization, the pictures inthis exhibition shatter the harmony of the images in order to unveil and uproot the paintingitself.

Transforming his subjects into a material in the process of disintegration (which carriesthe unbearable onus of the agony on top of itself), the artist ultimately punishes thatwhich he has created, thus arriving at the inevitable and unrenounceable assassinationof the painting. In the works expressly created for the spaces of the gallery, NicolaSamorì actually wanted to upset, disfigure, and deform the painting, demonstrating itshaemophiliac aspect, of bloody metamorphosis.

Nicola Samorì – Die Verwindung
with texts by Franco Rella and Alberto Zanchetta
Galleria Mazzoli Editore

Galleria Mazzoli
Arte Contemporanea
Via Nazario Sauro 62, 41121 Modena
Tel. 059243455 – Fax 059214980
orari: 10.00-13.00/16.00-19.00 (chiuso i festivi)

The Disappearing Act

12 January – 23 February 2013

Esplanaden 8D
1263 Copenhagen K


September 22–December 2, 2012

Kunsthalle Tübingen
Philosophenweg 76
Tübingen, Germany

The paintings by Nicola Samorì are full of sensuous energy. The 35-year-old artist arranges them like a Baroque master before partially destroying them again by intervening with a brush, palette knife, or scalpel. The Kunsthalle Tübingen invites the public to discover the paintings of this internationally aspiring Italian in his first solo museum exhibition.

The technical skills of the 35-year-old Italian can be measured against the Old Masters of the Renaissance or the Baroque period. Yet the painter from Romagna also has a leaning towards Italian postwar modernity and Arte Povera. Lucio Fontana, with his slits and perforations, is his model, as are Gino de Dominicis or Michelangelo Pistoletto. What he shares with them is the idea of creating something new out of what already exists by means of artistic transformation.
Samorì takes his subjects from art history: portraits, crucifixions, saints, still lifes, landscapes. His compositions for the most part conform to Baroque chiaroscuro. His figures emerge from the darkness of the pictorial space into the light with dramatic realism. Samorì completes his paintings in the style of the Old Masters with the highest degree of precision, causing the interventions he subjects them to to be all the more painful: he distorts them, smears them with his hand, disfigures them with the palette knife, paints them over, spills paint on them, or like a torturer removes the half-dry skin of the uppermost layer of paint with a scalpel. For all the destructive violence inherent in these virtuoso manipulations, his paintings are deconstructive compositions that make the historical pictorial legacy available to the contemporary viewer with the highest possible degree of sensuous energy. In recent years, Samorì has attracted a considerable amount of attention on the art market. His works are shown by galleries in Bologna, Trent, Turin, Milan, Berlin, Copenhagen, Cape Town, London, and New York. With this first solo museum exhibition, the Kunsthalle Tübingen is providing a broader public with the opportunity to become acquainted with works by this exceptional and highly talented artist. Besides approximately sixty paintings and five sculptural works by Samorì, an exquisite selection of Baroque works will be on display that inspired the artist, including a large oil painting that was just recently attributed to Jusepe de Ribera.

Philosophenweg 76 . 72076 Tübingen Tel. 07071 96 91 0 . Fax 07071 96 91 33 . 2

General Information

Friday, September 21, 2012, 7:00 p.m.

Opening Hours
Daily (except Monday) 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Tuesday 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Regular: €7.00, reduced: €5.00, pupils: €3.00

Nicola Samorì. Fegefeuer / Purgatory, edited and prepared by Daniel J. Schreiber, with texts on
the individual works by Davide Pairone and Alberto Zanchetta, ca. 144 pages,
ca. 100 color illustrations, hardcover


18 May – 10 June 2012

PAN | Palazzo delle Arti Napoli
Via dei Mille 60, 80121 Napoli

Thursday 17 May 2012, in the first floor rooms of PAN | Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli will see the inauguration of the exhibition Memory: International Contemporary Sculpture, curated by Ian Rosenfeld. Hosted for the first time at an Italian institution after being exhibited in London at Rosenfeld Porcini in 2011, Memory is an exhibition of ten international sculptors from six different countries; Italy, Spain, Germany, England, Finland and United States. The exhibition showcases the diversity of today’s contemporary sculpture as each artist takes a radically different approach to their work, using different materials, aesthetic frameworks and concerns. All deal with ‘memory’ in distinct yet equally powerful ways with their shared poetic sensibility creating a sense of unity.

Artists: Roberto Almagno, Mar Arza, Andreas Blank, Leonardo Drew, Steve Goddard, Silvia Hatzl, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Nicola Samorì, Spazio Visivo, Rossana Zaera